Whether you’re a football fan heading out to this year’s Fifa World Cup or you’re visiting to see all Moscow has to offer, the city’s luxury restaurants offer a range of cuisines and styles, allowing you to experience tastes from around the world as well as classic Russian dishes. Read our guide to the Russian capital’s top establishments for fine dining
If you’re looking for a restaurant with a view, Buono is hard to beat. Located on the 29th and 30th floors of the recently restored Radisson Royal Hotel Moscow, the venue offers incredible panoramas of the city. With classic Italian cuisine by chef Christian Lorenzini and elegant interior design, this stunning eatery also offers a covered terrace, suitable for all-year round dining, which offers the very best views.
Buono, Radisson Royal Hotel Moscow, Kutuzovsky prospekt 2/1, stroenie 1, Moscow 121248, +7 495 221 5555
Novikov Restaurant & Bar
One of the most famous restaurants in Russia, Novikov Restaurant & Bar opened its first branch in London’s Mayfair area, offering the best Asian and Italian cuisine under one elegant roof. The Moscow edition, located in the city’s Ritz-Carlton hotel, serves a pan-Asian menu with essential Russian elements, 15 types of sake and also features its famous seafood and fresh produce bar. The VIP room, with its fireplace and large oval table, is ideal for meetings and occasions, and guests are able to order a personalised bottle of the restaurant’s exclusive whiskey. In keeping with the restaurant’s cuisine and theme, the décor includes black marble, stained-glass windows, metal chandeliers, flowers and red and grey armchairs.
Novikov Restaurant & Bar, The Ritz-Carlton, Tverskaya ulitsa 3, Moscow 125009, +7 495 797 5720
Andrei Dellos founded Café Pushkin after he was inspired by a fictitious location of the same name in Gilbert Bécaud’s song Natalie. A visit to this Franco-Russian-style café and restaurant is a must during your stay in Moscow. It is located on Tverskoy Boulevard, once a popular destination for famed 18th-century poet Alexander Pushkin, the café’s namesake. Opened in 1999, the café brings old-world Russian heritage into the modern day and has a range of beautiful rooms, including Pharmacy Hall and the Library – renowned for its elegant wooden décor and mezzanine. The Summer Terrace is the perfect spot for dining in warmer weather and Fireplace Hall offers a more intimate space for a party, with traditional 18th century interiors and chandeliers.
Café Pushkin, Tverskoy bulvar 26A, Moscow 125009, +7 495 739 0033
Contemporary Japanese restaurant Yoko brings a taste of Tokyo to Moscow. A must-visit for any sushi or fish lover, Yoko offers the freshest fish from the best fish market in Tokyo, giving an authentic Japanese food experience. The vast menu of seafood includes bluefin tuna, halibut, calamari, kanpachi, hamachi, sea urchin and scallops. Based on traditional Japanese aesthetics and culture, the interior design is modern and minimalist. The name Yoko means bright, light or sunny in Japanese, which perfectly describes the atmosphere created by the large windows across one side of the restaurant, that look out over the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Soft furnishings, grey marble, stone, matt glass and orchids create a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere – ideal for dining alone or in a group.
Yoko, Soymonovskiy proezd 5, Moscow 119034, +7 495 637 1371
Bringing the art world and fine dining together, Bolshoi is an unusual concept that’s perfect for art lovers visiting Moscow. With an extensive collection of modern art and sculptures, the restaurant encourages people to come for not only the food but also the art work and atmosphere, which is enhanced by live jazz performances. The restaurant’s expansive grand white hall acts as a gallery space and is the ideal backdrop for both the art and luxury furniture by Ralph Lauren. The restaurant is in close proximity to the Bolshoi Theatre and is the perfect place for a pre or post-theatre dinner, as well as business lunches and meetings. Bolshoi is known for its sweet treats and desserts, and customers should look out for the traditional Russian honey cake.
Bolshoi, Petrovka ulitsa 3/6, Moscow 107031, +7 495 789 8652