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Things to do in St Petersburg • Restaurants and cafés

From traditional Russian cuisine to global fusion, you won’t go hungry in St Petersburg – find the best restaurants and cafés with Time Out’s local experts

St Petersburg Riba na Dache

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Almost all good restaurants in Saint Petersburg are managed by either the Probka Family or the Ginza Project. Probka Family restaurants generally lean toward traditional Italian cuisine and design – you’ll find one of their best offerings a little out of town at Riba na Dache, an elegantly spacious eatery with grand cream and brown decor.

Ginza Project establishments, meanwhile, combine Russian flavours with a distinctly European approach – a concept that has proved popular in both Moscow and in New York. The chain’s Mari Vanna restaurant offers a unique experience, where guests are invited to dine in what feels like a private living room. Every aspect of the décor, from the twee curiosities on the walls and mantelpieces to the quaint furniture and flowery aprons, conspires to makes you feel at home.

The ambience of Mari Vanna is in stark contrast to the Ginza Project’s sleek Mansarda restaurant. Located on the sixth floor of the Quatra Corti business centre, it was designed by PiuArch (+ARCH) studio (known for their work with Dolce & Gabbana) and offers charming views of St Isaac Cathedral.

If you’re looking for real Russian cuisine you should try Kalitka (no website). This refreshingly modern restaurant offers an outstanding menu with lots of pies, soup, game, fish, liqueur, mead and beer.

For a more innovative take on Russian traditions, visit Kokoko (owned by celebrity singer Shnur) where an order of ‘borsch’ beetroot soup is served with ingredients on the side for diners to mix in themselves.

One final venue that cannot fail to impress is the Kempinski Bellevue Brasserie, which offers a fusion of French and Russian classics, elegantly set off by the hotel’s spectacular panoramic views across the city.


Restaurant and café venue details

Riba na Dache Sestrorezk. +7 921 574 0701.
Mari Vanna
18/49 Lenina Ulitsa. +7 812 230 5359.
Mansarda 3 Pochtamtskaya Ulitsa. +7 812 946 4303.
Kalitka 34 Nekrasova Ulitsa. +7 812 923 7761.
Kokoko 8 Nekrasova Ulitsa. +7 812 579 0016.
Kempinski Bellevue Brasserie 22 Moika River Embankment. +7 812 335 9111


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