Complete Foodie’s Guide to Moscow or Where to Eat Like a Local

It’s not surprising that when foreigners come to the capital of the largest country in the world, they get overwhelmed with the abundance of choice, starting from ‘where to go’, ending with ‘where to eat’. This guide will help you plan your time right and eat at the best restaurants in Moscow.

Tips 101: you can never be overdressed in these places AND do NOT forget to make a reservation (you don’t want to wait for 40 min to get a seat).

So let’s start.

Nobu

Address: 20/1 Bolshaya Dmitrovka St, Moscow

One of the hottest contemporary Japanese dining destinations in town, Nobu is famous for its stylish interior design, helpful staff and delicious signature dishes. Being a part of the worldwide Nobu empire, Moscow branch has been favourited by many celebrities, socialites and all sushi-lovers.

 

O2 Lounge

Address: The Ritz-Carlton, 3 Tverskaya St, Moscow

Located on the top floor of the Ritz-Carlton hotel, this restaurant/bar has the best close-up panoramic views over the Kremlin and Red Square. Sophisticated house-mixed cocktails, the finest caviar, seafood and sushi form the best combination for an unforgettable night out in the city that never sleeps.

 

Boston Seafood & Bar

Address: 7 Lesnaya St, Moscow

Paying a tribute to the American city of seafood – Boston – this restaurant can boast its exquisite shrimp and crab platters at reasonable prices. Dozens of unusual and special seafood recipes, collected from all over the world, casual atmosphere and large portion sizes have definitely made this place so popular and unique.

White Rabbit

Address: Smolensky Passage, 3 Smolenskaya Square, Moscow

Having some prestigious restaurant awards under its belt, White Rabbit is loved by all Moscow’s trendy foodies. Infused with themes from Alice in Wonderland décor, phenomenal culinary masterpieces by Vladimir Mukhin and one of the most spectacular views (which essentially puts all of central Moscow right on the palm of your hand) this place will make you want come back here again and again.

Erwin

Address: 2/1, Building 6, Kutuzovsky Ave, Moscow

Seafood paradise – that’s how one can describe this posh place. Two-storied restaurant with a capacity of approximately 400 guests (including patio) gets fully booked at dinner time. Notable for its unique assortment of fish, prepared in truly impeccable style, Erwin is a pearl among Moscow seafood restaurants.

 

Turandot

Address: 26/3 Tverskoy Boulevard, Moscow

Perhaps, the single most expensive restaurant in Moscow. The opera-themed Turandot is also quite possibly the most awe-inspiring place you have ever had the pleasure of eating at. Estimated to have cost between $40-50 million to construct, this intricately designed restaurant is spread throughout 14 rooms resplendent in 17th century baroque magnificence. Serving an enormous variety of cuisine of the highest quality, this place attracts the most powerful and well-known people in Moscow.

 

Sixty

Address: Federation Tower, 12 Presnenskaya Emb., Moscow

Europe’s highest-placed restaurant can offer you not only the panoramic view from the 62nd floor, but also nostalgia for the 1960s – trendy, wild, stylish and a little bit crazy. Vibrant juicy colors in the Andy Warhol and Blow Up style create a festive vibe and awaken a flurry of emotions. The staff’s uniforms were created by one of the most trendy and in-demand Russian designer – Alyona Akhmadulina. Breakfasts, business lunches, romantic dinners or flamboyant parties – Sixty is ideal for any occasion.

Café Pushkin

Address: 26/5 Tverskoy Boulevard, Moscow

Designed to recreate the feel of a 19th century aristocrat’s house, the restaurant has become one of the most popular in Moscow, thanks to the quality of its food, the impeccable service and excellent vodka selection. The atmosphere of pre-Revolution Imperial Russia radiates the historic decadence of those times, making you feel like a Tsar.

 

Syrovarnya

Address: 12/1 Kutuzovsky Ave, Moscow

If the words Mozzarella, Burrata, Ricotta, Stracciatella, Caciotta mean anything to you, then you cannot miss this cheese heaven. No sanctions could prevent this place from serving the best quality dishes and amaze the public with its creativity and skills. Having many of its original factory-space features retained, Syrovarnya has the artfully rustic interior with some incorporated sleeker modern features.

 

Farsh

Address: 12 Nikolskaya St, Moscow

Deservedly the best burger joint in town, lines to get in there sometimes stretch half way around the block. Chefs at Farsh have mastered the art of the hamburger which simply melts in your mouth. Established by The Arkady Novikov Group – experts in the restaurant business with over 50 successful conceptual projects – Farsh has gained strong popularity among all Muscovites.

 

Bolshoi

Address: 3/6, Building 2, Petrovka St, Moscow

Beautifully appointed with Ralph Lauren furniture and modern art on the walls, Bolshoi offers its guests a variety of French and Russian dishes and a rich selection of wines. Located right by the Bolshoi Theatre, this elegant restaurant is great for a post-opera dinner.

 

Kalina Bar

Address: Lotte Plaza, 8 Novinskiy boulevard, Moscow

Super fancy bar/restaurant with the view from the 21st floor of Lotte Plaza together with the provocative darkness, the chic atmosphere and the sensual music is the perfect place for a romantic dinner all year around.  Extensive and delicious food and cocktail menus, a karaoke and an incredible summer terrace make it so worth visiting.