From Russia with love

Russian cuisine is distinctive and unique and as any other national one, it was formed under the influence of different environmental, social, geographical, economic and historical factors.

In Moscow, Russian cuisine is still as strong as ever and the most Eaten.

Russian restaurants whether with a modern twist or classic are popping up like mushrooms.

Who should keep track of the variety of restaurants and find the best in town?

This week we will show you our top 8 of the Russian restaurants in the capital from modern to classic, and more.

Grand Café Dr. Zhivago / Dr. Живаго

Located on the ground floor of the Hotel National, overlooking the Kremlin, Dr. Zhivago offers specialities of Russian cuisine with an added modern twist.

The place is about to prove that Russian cuisine can be modern and this restaurant following a purely Russian concept appears to be surprisingly fashionable and stylish.

If you would like to visit Dr. Zhivago a reservation is required at least a week in advance!

Address: Mokhovaya St, 15/1

Metro: Okhotny Ryad / Teatral’naya

Phone: +7 499 92 01 00

Café Pushkin

Not only the authentic setting and the historic atmosphere make the visit special.

The fine Russian cuisine even attracts gourmets to this place.

A place like no other which makes a reality of our Russian-romantic notions.

The welcoming ambience, the fantastic Russian cuisine, the multilingual, attentive waiters, the surprisingly reasonable prices and the historical setting make this restaurant a deserved five-star experience. A reservation is indispensable if you plan to go there for dinner, or be prepared to wait 1 hour or more.

Address: Tverskoy Boulevard, 26 А

Metro: Pushkinskaya / Tverskaya

Phone: +7 8 495 739 00 33

White Rabbit

Is listed as number 15 of "Worlds Best Restaurants"!

The ambiance and the interior of the Alice in Wonderland themed restaurant on the 16th floor of the Smolensky Passage could have been taken of the same titel fairy tale.

White Rabbit's philosophy is to combine Russian cuisine with global food trends by using contemporary techniques and international ingredients.The restaurant offers a large menue selection by always using fresh sesonal produce.

Address: Smolenskaya Square 3

Metro: Smolenskaya

Phone: +7 495 663 39 99

Lavkalavka the farm restaurant

Lavkalavka is a farm restaurant with a country-like hipstery atmosphere, where best of local and seasonal produce is processed and every food item on the menue is ascribed to an individual farmer.

The food choice is limited, nervertheless the food is super fresh, delicious and comes from ethical sources across the country.

If you value good food quality and if you like to taste a great new Russian cuisine experience, you have to visit the Farm Restaurant Lavkalavka!

Address: Ul. Petrovka, 21, стр. 2

Metro: Between Pushinskaya and Trubnaya

Phone: +7 495 621 20 36

Twins Garden

At Ivan and Sergey Berezutskiy’s restaurant Twins Garden you can enjoy „Russian“ food at a new level with handpicked healthy, fresh farm produce, artisan treats with a burst of flavors.

Simplicity is beauty.

As chefs, they draw from a lifelong curiosity about individual ingredients combined with extensive training in the art of finding food’s true essence and flavor.

They chop, cook and bake everything themselves, sharing a Farm-to-Table approach with everyone!

Twins Garden also scores with the the largest wine cellar in Russia.

Address: Strastnoy Boulevard, 8AIvan and Ser

Metro: Pushkinskaya

Phone:+7 499 1123300


SAVVA is located in the very heart of the capital, just a stone's throw from the Red Square, on the ground floor of the legendary Hotel Metropol.

In a historic room inspired by the time of the tsars and with its sumptuous ceiling paintings, you can enjoy Andrey Shmakov’s creativ cuisine with authentic products from all over this vast country, which is appreciated by gourments of the city.

Address: Hotel Metropol Teatral'nyy Proyezd, 2

Metro: Lubyanka / Teatralnaya

Phone: +7 499 270-10-62


The main emphasis in the menu is placed on the best products from all corners of Russia.

From the Golden crucian carp from Yakutia, the Gdov pike perches from the Pskov region and the Sea hedgehog from Kamchatka to hazelnut from Kaluga, cloudberries from Karelia and the Bashkir honey.

Vlad Piskunov is responsible for the selection of exclusive and unique products and the creation of exquisite dishes.

Address: Kutuzovsky Propekt, 2/1 p. 6

Metro: Kievskaya

Phone: +7 495 788-06-00


In the name RUSKI the national identity of the presented kitchen of the country, which was stretched from the Pacific Ocean to Baltic, from the North Sea to the Black Sea coast is unambiguously presented.

Restaurant Ruski is located on the 85th floor of skyscraper "EYE" in Moscow City, the tallest residential skyscraper in Russia and Europe.

The best time for visiting Ruski is at night time when the city lights twinkle in the evenings and the hectic city is far left below.

Address: 1st Krasnogvardeyskiy proezd, 21, p. 2

Phone: +7 495 777-71-11

Metro: Vystavochnaya