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MacThespian
April 3rd, 2007, 01:45 PM
We'll be taking a custom tour with Denrus when we are in St. Petersburg this summer. Denrus sent us a list of recommended restaurants for our lunches each day, but also said that we could stop at any restaurant, whether or not it was on the list.
Does anyone have a favorite restaurant (or two) to recommend? We'll be a group of nine (including three children aged 10-13); we're not looking for anything fancy, but we also don't want to descend to MdDonald's level either. I guess the main thing is something relatively quick and easy; we'll be eating our main meals on board ship, anyhow.
Thanks for your suggestions.

tclowe
April 4th, 2007, 02:47 AM
Try Stolle's. Our Denrus guide, Elena, took us there and we loved the russian pies. They are square slices filled with either salmon, meat, rabbit, cabbage, or mushrooms. For dessert, more pies! They had apple, peach and chocolate? Most local patrons were genteel and would have one slice to share with a couple cups of coffee. We barbarians from the West ordered two slices of each and had dessert pies as well.

Our favorite was the cabbage and meat. Our guide and driver each had a slice of the salmon. The dessert pies were a little on the sweet side. Oh, we had soda with our pies (probably a big no-no). I think one of the fun parts of our tour was sitting down to a simple meal and eating with our guide and driver. Our driver Andre didn't speak much English but our guide was extremely fluent in English and translated for us and Andre. We asked many questions about their life and family, and they asked many questions about our lifestyle in the US.

The pies were a high-end food item for the average working Russian family so it was nice to see our guide and driver enjoy their food and they really loosen up and treated us like family throughout our 2 days with them. Our time in St. Petersburg with our guide and driver was one of the best private tours that we have taken.

Happy Planning.

mushroom
April 4th, 2007, 08:46 AM
We have a small group with DenRus in July. One day, we eat with a Russian Family. The second day, we eat in a restaurant. We are hoping that our driver and guide will join us as our guests. How do you handle this since everything has been prepaid with Denrus? Thanks for your advice.

MacThespian
April 4th, 2007, 12:25 PM
We have a small group with DenRus in July. One day, we eat with a Russian Family. The second day, we eat in a restaurant. We are hoping that our driver and guide will join us as our guests. How do you handle this since everything has been prepaid with Denrus? Thanks for your advice.

Let me quote what our contact with Denrus wrote:
"The tradition has always been that the guests invite and treat their guide to an identical lunch they are ordering for themselves. The reason for this is that almost all of our cruise passengers are visa-free tourists, and accordingly the guide is expected to be with you on all occasions. Weather you want the guide to sit with you and next to you, or you prefer your own group’s privacy, that is another question and up to you. You have the right to tell the guide that you’d prefer if he/she sat in another table, no offence. The driver is not so much engaged as the guide, and can take care of himself, while you are touring various museums. However, some gusts like to invite for lunch both the guide and the drive to create warm and friendly atmosphere for two days of their tour. This is all up to you."
I assume that we'd pay for their lunch on the day, but I'm not sure.

MacThespian
April 4th, 2007, 12:45 PM
Try Stolle's. Our Denrus guide, Elena, took us there and we loved the russian pies. They are square slices filled with either salmon, meat, rabbit, cabbage, or mushrooms. For dessert, more pies! They had apple, peach and chocolate? Most local patrons were genteel and would have one slice to share with a couple cups of coffee. We barbarians from the West ordered two slices of each and had dessert pies as well.

Our favorite was the cabbage and meat. Our guide and driver each had a slice of the salmon. The dessert pies were a little on the sweet side. Oh, we had soda with our pies (probably a big no-no). I think one of the fun parts of our tour was sitting down to a simple meal and eating with our guide and driver. Our driver Andre didn't speak much English but our guide was extremely fluent in English and translated for us and Andre. We asked many questions about their life and family, and they asked many questions about our lifestyle in the US.

The pies were a high-end food item for the average working Russian family so it was nice to see our guide and driver enjoy their food and they really loosen up and treated us like family throughout our 2 days with them. Our time in St. Petersburg with our guide and driver was one of the best private tours that we have taken.

Happy Planning.

Do you remember, more or less, where Stoli's was located? Or what sites it was near? It sounds really interesting to me, but only if it will not require a detour from our tour. Thanks.

mushroom
April 4th, 2007, 01:20 PM
MacThespian, thank you so much for posting this. Apparently, this is commonly done so I agree with you...we'll probably just pay there. The tip would be paid locally as well...so this would make sense. I hope the same procedure works for "Lunch with a Russian Family". This is why we travel: to learn!

MacThespian
April 4th, 2007, 02:32 PM
MacThespian, thank you so much for posting this. Apparently, this is commonly done so I agree with you...we'll probably just pay there. The tip would be paid locally as well...so this would make sense. I hope the same procedure works for "Lunch with a Russian Family". This is why we travel: to learn!

Glad I could help. i've learned so much from others on these boards, so it's good to be able to reciprocate a bit.

We were thinking of lunch with a Russian family, but we have a group of 9 and Denrus indicates 8 is the maximum. Besides, we're doing so much other stuff that I don't think we'd have time to make the most of this. Have you decided which restaurant you'll be eating in when you're not dining with a Russian family?

mushroom
April 4th, 2007, 03:01 PM
We going to 28 Millions. Apparently it's close to the Hermitage and will save us some time on a very busy day. As for eating with a Russian family, I think they have had to split us up into two groups to make that work. Thanks again for your input!

MacThespian
April 4th, 2007, 03:12 PM
We going to 28 Millions. Apparently it's close to the Hermitage and will save us some time on a very busy day. As for eating with a Russian family, I think they have had to split us up into two groups to make that work. Thanks again for your input!

We've pretty much decided on 28 Millions for one of our lunches also. Now we have to decide on the other!

We leave for the UK on July 31, and start our cruise on August 5th. If you have time to post any reactions to your tour (and/or the lunches), that would be great.

Enjoy your cruise and tour!

mushroom
April 4th, 2007, 03:23 PM
MacThespian...will do! We'll be back July 24th and I'll send our impressions...which I'm sure will be positive!

MacThespian
April 4th, 2007, 03:25 PM
MacThespian...will do! We'll be back July 24th and I'll send our impressions...which I'm sure will be positive!

Thanks, Mushroom. I really appreciate it.

tclowe
April 5th, 2007, 03:43 PM
To answer the questions about Stolle. I don't have the specific address. I had a business card but can't find it now. It seems like the Stolle cafes are a chain franchise so there would be a few in the city itself. I could be wrong about this. Ask your Denrus contact person. Actually, we were scheduled to go try Bliny House but our guide suggested that we may want to try the pies instead because it was closer to one of our sightseeing stops (maybe Church of Spilled Blood).

This cafe only took rubles. I had some local currency from our last cruise to Russia. But I had our guide take us to a money exchange location and she went in as a local to get me $300 of rubles (we enjoyed shopping at the dance store). She went into the money exchange location by herself and gave me the rubles along with the exchange receipt so I knew how much was the exchange rate and how much I was suppose to get back.

Whether to eat with your guide and pay for their meals is a matter of personal choice. My husand and I just felt that we spent so much money already (about $1000 for a family of 4) that treating our guide and the driver is not a big deal. We made a good impression with our guide & driver and they really treated us like good friends. Our driver always parked as close as possible to the sites and came out to escort us from the dance shop (where we spent some money) to the car so our purchases wouldn't be snatched as we were walking back to the car. Andre, our driver, carried my sleeping daughter from the van to the immigration hut after our 1st long day in St. Pete. Our guide always kept one eye for the restrooms and when there was a short line, suggested that we go immediately before the big tour buses came. We spent more time at the Petershoff fountains because our guide saw how much our kids loved the gardens and fountains. St. Petersburg really was the highlight of our Baltic cruise, not only because of the rich history and amazing architecture, but also from learning about how the Russian people live and what they think.

MacThespian
April 5th, 2007, 05:14 PM
To answer the questions about Stolle. I don't have the specific address. I had a business card but can't find it now. It seems like the Stolle cafes are a chain franchise so there would be a few in the city itself. I could be wrong about this. Ask your Denrus contact person. Actually, we were scheduled to go try Bliny House but our guide suggested that we may want to try the pies instead because it was closer to one of our sightseeing stops (maybe Church of Spilled Blood).
This cafe only took rubles. I had some local currency from our last cruise to Russia. But I had our guide take us to a money exchange location and she went in as a local to get me $300 of rubles (we enjoyed shopping at the dance store). She went into the money exchange location by herself and gave me the rubles along with the exchange receipt so I knew how much was the exchange rate and how much I was suppose to get back.
Whether to eat with your guide and pay for their meals is a matter of personal choice. My husand and I just felt that we spent so much money already (about $1000 for a family of 4) that treating our guide and the driver is not a big deal. We made a good impression with our guide & driver and they really treated us like good friends. Our driver always parked as close as possible to the sites and came out to escort us from the dance shop (where we spent some money) to the car so our purchases wouldn't be snatched as we were walking back to the car. Andre, our driver, carried my sleeping daughter from the van to the immigration hut after our 1st long day in St. Pete. Our guide always kept one eye for the restrooms and when there was a short line, suggested that we go immediately before the big tour buses came. We spent more time at the Petershoff fountains because our guide saw how much our kids loved the gardens and fountains. St. Petersburg really was the highlight of our Baltic cruise, not only because of the rich history and amazing architecture, but also from learning about how the Russian people live and what they think.
Thanks for the detailed response. I'm concerned about location just in terms of not having to go out of our way all that much to eat lunch, but it sounds like we could handle this.
I had sent an email to my Denrus contact, but didn't have a reply when I posted here. (That was a good suggestion of yours, though.) Yes, it is apparently a chain, but as you note, it offers a bit of variety and something we don't normally get.
All of us like the idea of eating with our guide and driver. The additional cost is not a big deal, and I think it's just another way to enrich the experience for us. We're planning on doing it.
Do you recall how expensive Stolle was? It sounds quite reasonable from your description, but there will be three unrelated families on this tour and I'd like to have all the information for them.
I really appreciate alll the details.

tclowe
April 5th, 2007, 09:41 PM
I don't recall the exact price but I think we spent around $45 to $60 USD for at least 7-8 slices of entree pies and an additional 3 slices of dessert pie. This amount fed 4 adults, 2 small children, and our guide plus driver. Oh, we had 3 sodas and 3 cups of tea. I wouldn't be surprised if the sodas cost more than the slices of pie. I don't think we tipped at Stolle because it was sort of self-serve. You go up to the counter and point/tell what you want and you take your slice of pie to your small table. A staff person did bring us our drinks. I am pretty sure that I asked our guide if we needed to tip, and she must have said no. We went to a sit down lunch the next day and I did leave a tip at this restaurant.

During our meals together, I learned that our guide and her husband met at the University while studying Geology. Her husband is a professor in England and she has two daughters. They have an exotic persian cat. The "in" thing is to eat sushi. Most average Russian workers do not eat out often because it is too expensive. They cook at home. Our guide makes sushi at home. Sounds like being a tour guide pays way more than being a professor in Russia. Our driver was very proud to tell us that his daughter is studying in Germany at a university. It was interesting to just hear about everyday life in Russia and takes away the perception that "most Russians never smile".

MacThespian
April 5th, 2007, 10:00 PM
I don't recall the exact price but I think we spent around $45 to $60 USD for at least 7-8 slices of entree pies and an additional 3 slices of dessert pie. This amount fed 4 adults, 2 small children, and our guide plus driver. Oh, we had 3 sodas and 3 cups of tea. I wouldn't be surprised if the sodas cost more than the slices of pie. I don't think we tipped at Stolle because it was sort of self-serve. You go up to the counter and point/tell what you want and you take your slice of pie to your small table. A staff person did bring us our drinks. I am pretty sure that I asked our guide if we needed to tip, and she must have said no. We went to a sit down lunch the next day and I did leave a tip at this restaurant.

During our meals together, I learned that our guide and her husband met at the University while studying Geology. Her husband is a professor in England and she has two daughters. They have an exotic persian cat. The "in" thing is to eat sushi. Most average Russian workers do not eat out often because it is too expensive. They cook at home. Our guide makes sushi at home. Sounds like being a tour guide pays way more than being a professor in Russia. Our driver was very proud to tell us that his daughter is studying in Germany at a university. It was interesting to just hear about everyday life in Russia and takes away the perception that "most Russians never smile".

Thanks for all the information. It's certainly an inexpensive lunch, but it sounds delicious. And you obviously learned a lot from your guide and driver.

I really appreciate your taking the time to clear things up for me.

MacThespian
April 7th, 2007, 12:07 PM
Stolle cafes are located in Konyushenny pereulok #1/6 (close to the Church-on-Spilt Blood), in Dekabristov str. # 19 and #33 (both - not far from the Theater Square and Mariinsky theater), yet another one - in Vasilievsky island, 1st line, #50.

Thanks, Alexei. I think we'll probably be able to eat at one of these.

MacThespian
April 8th, 2007, 12:20 PM
Another nice place to catch a quick lunch - Stroganoff cafe located in the yard of Stroganoff palace (Nevsky prospect, corner of Moika embankment). One can have an inexpensive good meal served buffet-style.

Thanks for the suggestion, Alexei.
Do you by any chance live in St. Petersburg? (Just wonderring.)

Fairport
April 9th, 2007, 06:44 PM
There is so much to see in two days in St Petersburg, that anything other than a quick lunch wastes too much time. On day one we had a quick lunch on our Den Rus tour (7 of us) with or guide. We had great perogi's at a buffett restaurant. The second day we did not want to waste time eating after being stuck in unbelieveable traffic, that we skipped lunch altogether so that we could see everything we wanted. We were so busy we didn't even miss the not eating. There is plenty of food on the ship when you get back. Have fun, it is a great trip.

Peregrina651
April 12th, 2007, 09:47 PM
We made a good impression with our guide & driver and they really treated us like good friends. Our driver always parked as close as possible to the sites and came out to escort us from the dance shop (where we spent some money) to the car so our purchases wouldn't be snatched as we were walking back to the car. Andre, our driver, carried my sleeping daughter from the van to the immigration hut after our 1st long day in St. Pete. Our guide always kept one eye for the restrooms and when there was a short line, suggested that we go immediately before the big tour buses came. We spent more time at the Petershoff fountains because our guide saw how much our kids loved the gardens and fountains. St. Petersburg really was the highlight of our Baltic cruise, not only because of the rich history and amazing architecture, but also from learning about how the Russian people live and what they think.

tclowe -- I just stumbled across your post. I have no idea why I read the thread when we aren't (until I read this thread) planning on a meal in St. P.

I had to stop to say thank you. Thank you for the details and thank you for the reminder that we are visiting Russia not just to visit historical sites but to meet the people of Russia.

MacThespian
April 12th, 2007, 09:57 PM
tclowe -- I just stumbled across your post. I have no idea why I read the thread when we aren't (until I read this thread) planning on a meal in St. P.

I had to stop to say thank you. Thank you for the details and thank you for the reminder that we are visiting Russia not just to visit historical sites but to meet the people of Russia.



I recall what a friend I met in Germany once told me: You can see buildings anywhere; it's the people that make the difference.

He's right. Yes, I certainly like seeing historical sites and amazing palaces, but what I'll remember from our trip are the people we meet.

dog
August 17th, 2007, 12:41 PM
Can anyone tell me more about lunch at 28 Millions? Is there a website for the restaurant?

Thanks,
dog

olga77
August 17th, 2007, 01:59 PM
Do you remember, more or less, where Stoli's was located? Or what sites it was near? It sounds really interesting to me, but only if it will not require a detour from our tour. Thanks.

Here is Stolle's web site with info about addresses:http://www.stolle.ru/eng/adresses.html

Is it expensive place? This place should be relatively new place; I don't think I've seen it when I was in SPB last time (2005).

cruza
August 17th, 2007, 02:06 PM
Can anyone tell me more about lunch at 28 Millions? Is there a website for the restaurant?

Thanks,
dog
Dog,
I've checked yellow pages in StP. Looks like there are no web site for this restaraunt. Check the yeloow page link:
http://www.yellowpages.ru/eng/nd16884/qu10/bo2889198/sq20
I've checked the other sites with russian language, still could not find the site for the restaraunt
Mike

olga77
August 18th, 2007, 04:21 PM
http://www.saint-petersburg.com/dining/Sverchok/
http://www.sverchok.spb.ru/en/index.shtml

another place right in a heart of the city

CruiserGreg
August 18th, 2007, 11:24 PM
Alexei,

Can you recommend a really nice place for dinner and drinks at night? We have a tour planned with Alla, and she has agreed to take some of our group to dinner. Thanks!

CJcruzer
August 19th, 2007, 01:36 PM
We were on a 3 day custom tour with Denrus (8 people) and we didn't want to commit to pre-decided restaurnat lunches....first day we went to Stolle Pies (very good!) but at a busy location!!! Next day we went to Stroganoff's (also nice choice!) and then third day we had wanted a blini place (almost like ordering from a hot-dog stand), but we ended up at another Stolle Pie location (quieter, less crowded)....there are so many fillings to choose from with your pies (meats, vegetables,cheese, fruit filled) - unfortunately Stolle Pies do not take reservations (despite the fact that their website says so!)...there are also hot soups you can order, but they were going to take longer to prepare, so the group just stuck with Stolle Pies....

CJcruzer

olga77
August 21st, 2007, 10:04 AM
http://www.grafsuvorov.ru/?rest=4

suzyluvs2cruise
September 9th, 2007, 05:36 PM
I checked out the online menu for Stolle's. Looked mostly like dinners. Do they have different things for lunch................any sandwiches?

CJcruzer
September 11th, 2007, 02:33 PM
Stolle Pies have these filled breads - meat, cabbage, cheese, spinach, etc...and fruit ones for dessert - you can purchase a "wedge" of any kind, my husband and I bought 1/2 to be split of the meat one, and then 1/2 of a small pice of a cherry filled (also to be shared)......very reasonable..and they are out on display - the hot menu items may take longer to prepare and might cut into your touring time - depending which location you eat at.....

CJcruzer

suzyluvs2cruise
September 11th, 2007, 08:17 PM
Stolle Pies have these filled breads - meat, cabbage, cheese, spinach, etc...and fruit ones for dessert - you can purchase a "wedge" of any kind, my husband and I bought 1/2 to be split of the meat one, and then 1/2 of a small pice of a cherry filled (also to be shared)......very reasonable..and they are out on display - the hot menu items may take longer to prepare and might cut into your touring time - depending which location you eat at.....

CJcruzer

thanks - I guess that's their "sandwich"...............sounds yummy too :)

CJcruzer
September 11th, 2007, 10:25 PM
We went to Stolle Pies on our 1st day and last day, (3 day private tour) - the first location was right in the middle of town, I believe on Nevsky - very very busy!!! the third day was at a location that was less crowded, not right in the crowded shopping/business section.....

On the second day we went to Stroganoff's - which is in the courtyard of Count Stroganoff Palace - and yes, Beef Stroganoff got its name from here - they had a nice buffet, you could also order from the menu, but we had not pre-arranged to eat there and they seemed a little overwhelmed (mind you there were only 8 of us and the restaurant was not that busy) - so we had the buffet, both English and Russian dishes....


CJcruzer

I&MsMom
September 12th, 2007, 09:21 AM
CJcruzer: Do you by chance recall approximately how much the buffet cost? Thanks!

MacThespian
September 12th, 2007, 10:30 AM
Can anyone tell me more about lunch at 28 Millions? Is there a website for the restaurant?

Thanks,
dog

http://www.saint-petersburg.com/dining/Pogreba-Monakha/ is the web site. The place was originally called Cellar of the Monk.

Lunch was ok, but certainly nothing special.

leenie29
September 12th, 2007, 12:14 PM
We went to Stolle Pies on our 1st day and last day, (3 day private tour) - the first location was right in the middle of town, I believe on Nevsky - very very busy!!! the third day was at a location that was less crowded, not right in the crowded shopping/business section.....

On the second day we went to Stroganoff's - which is in the courtyard of Count Stroganoff Palace - and yes, Beef Stroganoff got its name from here - they had a nice buffet, you could also order from the menu, but we had not pre-arranged to eat there and they seemed a little overwhelmed (mind you there were only 8 of us and the restaurant was not that busy) - so we had the buffet, both English and Russian dishes....


CJcruzer

How was the food at Stroganoff's Yard? Stolle's sounds interesting for the 3 of us but I'm not sure my very fussy 9 year old would eat anything. Stroganoff's Yard menu has food more towards his liking and it seems like more variety. The restaurant sounds interesting with the telephones.

Thank you!
Eileen

CDRMark
September 12th, 2007, 01:22 PM
We ate at the Hermitage Restaurant last month and would recommend it.
Cheers
Mark

Miss Jolly
October 13th, 2007, 02:42 AM
Were you REALLY there Mark???? Our CC members were all looking out for you on board Rotterdam but never located you. You became our mystery man. We were very disappointed not to ever meet you. Hope you had a great time anyway.
Jennie

suzyluvs2cruise
February 18th, 2008, 01:50 PM
We were on a 3 day custom tour with Denrus (8 people) and we didn't want to commit to pre-decided restaurnat lunches....first day we went to Stolle Pies (very good!) but at a busy location!!! Next day we went to Stroganoff's (also nice choice!) and then third day we had wanted a blini place (almost like ordering from a hot-dog stand), but we ended up at another Stolle Pie location (quieter, less crowded)....there are so many fillings to choose from with your pies (meats, vegetables,cheese, fruit filled) - unfortunately Stolle Pies do not take reservations (despite the fact that their website says so!)...there are also hot soups you can order, but they were going to take longer to prepare, so the group just stuck with Stolle Pies....

CJcruzer

Approximately how much is an average lunch at Stolle Pies? I've been told we need to pay in rubles so I need to know how much $$ to bring.

suzyluvs2cruise
March 8th, 2008, 08:19 PM
Meal at Stolle would not exceed 200-300 rubles - $10-15. The most convenient is the one next to the Church on the Spilt Blood; there are 2 more - not far from the Mariinsky theatre and the Synagogue.

Thank you. In checking our itinerary I see that our tour guide has arranged for us to eat at the one next to the Church of the Spilled Blood on day 2 of our tour. We're really looking forward to our 2 day tour of your beautiful city.

merryecho
March 9th, 2008, 12:06 AM
we had lunch at the stroganoff cafe, but apparently we came at the end of a busy day, as there was no food on the buffet table! Finally they brought out a pot of stroganoff and some shredded cabbage. We were all so hungry everyone took a big scoop of the stroganoff, but it went immediately into our napkins- I can still remember that taste. Our guide told us it was a special kind of stroganoff, made out of horse liver. Bleaghh! It was very cheap though, about 12$ for 6 of us.

CJcruzer
March 12th, 2008, 03:42 PM
I believe we took out the equivalent of about $100 in rubles - our guide took us to an ATM before we were going to lunch the first day - that being said, we ate 3 lunches, bought a few small things and I still had rubles left to use towards the tip (used the rubles up first, then added US$ to make up the total)....

Stroganoff's - you can eat from the buffet - OR you can order from a menu - soups, etc....however, it may hold up the progress of your tour....we all elected to eat from the buffet (and there is lots more than just stroganoff!!!) - to shorten the amount of time taken for lunch -

CJcruzer

diannedri
March 12th, 2008, 07:20 PM
For a day that you are not eating with a Russian family, Denrus suggested eat at the best "fast food" kiosk in St. Petersburg: Teremok. Blini heaven, cheap and fast!! Works for us. Do a google search and get more info..

diannedri
March 15th, 2008, 11:58 AM
For a day that you are not eating with a Russian family, Denrus suggested eat at the best "fast food" kiosk in St. Petersburg: Teremok. Blini heaven, cheap and fast!! Works for us. Do a google search and get more info..

Web site :www.teremok.ru

murphysmum
March 15th, 2008, 02:59 PM
Hello...

A lot of restaurants have been mentioned multiple times. They are quite good and present an opportunity for a quick meal at a reasonable price.

I've tried all but one of the recommended restaurants and I'd like to add an alternative. My favorite restaurant in St. Petersburg was Borsalino in the Angleterre Hotel/adjacent and connected to the Astoria. It's bistro-like with a selection of both Continental, Italian and Russian food. Directly across the street from St. Issac's Cathedral, it's easy to access and the prices are moderate.

I wanted to sample caviar at least once while in St. Petersburg and it was presented well and quite a treat!

For a more upscale experience, Davidov's in the Astoria, had amazing Russian food and ambiance. They did require reservations and the restaurant is more for "dining" and not cheap, but worth the one time experience.

Enjoy...wherever you go!

murphysmum;)

PINEY10
August 23rd, 2008, 01:58 PM
Stolle is a winner! Podvorye also was good.

Greenwhite
August 26th, 2008, 12:35 PM
Hello...

A lot of restaurants have been mentioned multiple times. They are quite good and present an opportunity for a quick meal at a reasonable price.

I've tried all but one of the recommended restaurants and I'd like to add an alternative. My favorite restaurant in St. Petersburg was Borsalino in the Angleterre Hotel/adjacent and connected to the Astoria. It's bistro-like with a selection of both Continental, Italian and Russian food. Directly across the street from St. Issac's Cathedral, it's easy to access and the prices are moderate.

I wanted to sample caviar at least once while in St. Petersburg and it was presented well and quite a treat!

For a more upscale experience, Davidov's in the Astoria, had amazing Russian food and ambiance. They did require reservations and the restaurant is more for "dining" and not cheap, but worth the one time experience.

Enjoy...wherever you go!

murphysmum;)

After a lot of research we decided to have lunch at Davidov's in the Astoria--and were very happy we did. As mentioned, it is not cheap, but it is nice and the food was very good. You can see their menu online, which was helpful in making our decision to eat there. It was definitely an upscale experience with good service and a nice ambiance. Other advantages: The Astoria hotel itself is nice, has good restrooms, and you can pay by credit card.

The 2nd day we had lunch at Stolle, and cannot recommend them highly enough. We thought it was fun. Good authentic Russian food, plus it was fast and inexpensive. Don't miss it!

goldenprincess53
September 1st, 2008, 03:04 PM
We jsut returned from Baltics. Our guide (Alla Tours) took us to a really nice casual restaurant (take out as well) very near the Hermitage Museum. They served the meat pies and blueberry/apple/lemon pastries as well, and borsht soup. The price was great - I have too look up my receipts but I believe it was around 400,000 rubles (approx. $22 for 3 meat pies, blueberry pie, 2 cappucino and a soup). The ambience was great as well and many locals seem to go there. We noticed a lot of locals coming in to take home pies. - My favorite was the mushroom/onion, DH liked the beef and we also had a salmon pie. The blueberry pie was good as well.