St. Petersburg

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Like many of its central and eastern European brethren, St. Petersburg has seen its culinary scene--non-existent under the commissars--explode over the last two decades. While excellent foreign cuisine is served up citywide, visitors should also seek out local fare at a Russian PECTOPAH (the Russian Cyrillic rendering for “restaurant”).

Top Restaurants in St. Petersburg

Aquarel

This one-of-a-kind restaurant boat serves up fusion Eurasian fare (think Thai lobster hot pot) in trendy surroundings, distinguished by retro leather chairs and Gustav Klimt paintings. The three-story glass windows offer killer Neva River views.

Prospekt Dobrolyubova 14a, 011-7-812-320-8600
Tags: expensive | trendy | global fusion

Imperial

Known for its Mediterranean cuisine, the Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg's Imperial Restaurant looks out over the city’s main thoroughfare.

Nevskiy Prospekt 57, 011-7-812-380-2001, www.corinthia.com/en/StPetersburg
Tags: family | expensive | smart splurge

Korchma

Try Ukrainian cuisine – they specialize in meat dishes -- at pre-Revolutionary prices in traditional Tsarist-era tavern surroundings within the Fontanka.

Naberezhnaya Kanala Griboedova 69, 011-7-812-312-0518
Tags: budget | russian

Tbiliso

Set aside an evening for authentic Georgian fare. This popular restaurant brings the Mediterranean-like flavors of the Caucasus Mountains to Baltic meat-and-potatoes territory. Sample Tziteli--steamed, chopped salmon cutlets with vegetable puree.

Ulitsa Sitninskaya 10, 011-7-812-232-9391, www.tbiliso.ru (Russian only)
Tags: moderate | georgian

The Idiot

This café-pub in the Fontanka, popular with visitors, is packed with books, antique furnishings and other odds-and-ends. Choose Russian staples – borsch, bliny, zakuski – off of the mainly vegetarian menu.

Naberezhnaya Reki Moyki 82, 011-7-812-315-1675
Tags: budget | vegetarian | russian

Troika

French crooner Charles Aznavour has called Troika the “Moulin Rouge on the Neva” – come for Russian entrees and flashy cabaret shows.

Zagorodny Prospekt 27, 011-7-812-713-5343, www.troika-spb.ru
Tags: moderate | continental | russian

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