A night with nice people with whom you can share your daytime adventures and a bottle of wine is a lovely final touch. We've made a list of St. Pete cafés and restaurants to host you.
The name of the place speaks for itself – it’s mostly about wine. Every day new bottles arrive, so you better tell the waitress about your preferences and follow her advice. Prices range from 97 to 297 roubles per glass. Food is fine – generous and fair portions and seasonal offers (ask your waiter). The chef can easily customize any meal while you can choose your cheese and meat platter taking three sorts of each.
The best seats are in the courtyard (book them ahead) – cat graffiti on the walls and lots of cats around. And don't be late, your table will be given away in case of a 15-minute no show and there are more guests than seats. This vibrant and hip place is ideal for a gang of three or more
Zhukovsky Street burger place was opened by three friends with no restaurant business experience just for fun. Buro is a next door cafe for locals but passers by are also welcome. In this little space you can see a guy from next door wearing flip flops, a mother with a kid, a couple on a date and loud folks longing for a snack between bar hopping and arrive by night.
The place is famous for its burgers and they're cool. Their classic is the lamb and coriander burger (290 roubles) or the vegetarian one with beetroot and goat cheese. You can choose the bun – tomato, spinach, rye, chiabatta, four grain or iceberg salad. Any take away goes with a ten percent discount. Their drinks are also good – interesting lemonades (tangerine-cucumber), classic and signature cocktails and homemade liquors on barberry caramels, tangerine peels, and everything the bartender had at hand. Before going have a note that every second Monday the owners host an intellectual quiz and Thursdays 10 pm is movie time so you will hardly be able to have a quiet burger chat.
This is the project of two chefs who were missing live interaction with guests. So they opened a small gastrobar behind the church in an untouristy street. Now they are taking rounds – one is taking orders, pouring wine and asking how they are doing and the second is cooking . The menu is long and tricky: smoked salmon with fresh horseradish, halibut with cauliflower cream, tomato consommé with crab, passionfruit and Gorgonzola. Prices are nice but portions small (the idea of a gastrobar is to taste different flavors) so order several meals at once. Bring your foodie friends to appreciate the concept and not complain that “I am not full with this food.”
Cafes and restaurants come and go, change their names and interiors but Sup Vino keeps on making people happy with good food and wine. It has just five tables and unchanging menu – soups, salads and their famous wines. The room is too small for more than three people but is ideal for two – dimed cozy lights and the size make for intimacy, so you will not even want to talk loud. Food portions are big, but reservations are kept 12 minutes only in case of no show and no sympathy for the latecomers. Night reservations are a must as despite the age the place is still sought after.
This labyrinth of a cafe is decorated as a cozy living room and is located far from vibrant streets so there are not so many chances you will randomly pop in. All visitors are friends and love its home-like atmosphere. The food is also granny-recipe like but more of a foodie granny – warm salads, pancakes and cakes are perfect with mulled wine or thyme tea.
A quiet and somewhat bourgeois neighborhood venue from S-11 team (the sign it is pricey). Their specialty is pizza – with baked pumpkin and spinach, goat cheese, strawberry and arugula, ricotta and estragon, mint and pomegranate seeds. When it is hot outside trey their cold avocado cream soup on coconut milk. They also have a deli for homemade dinners – olives, cheeses and meat snack. Not a must go place but if you're on Petrogradka, it could be a nice option to kill the night.
St.Pete is now seeing a real boom of hot venues that pop up like mushrooms after spring rain. This place is one of them. It was opened by Mishka bar founders, as a place to eat after cocktails. The venue has become so popular it's hard to get a table. The menu mainly comprises burgers and salads with several vegetarian options. Alcohol is also here with the focus on wines. If you can't stand tobacco, note they have a smoking zone by the bar. Weekends are DJ time, but if you want some dance Mishka suits you better as it’s hard to party amid pine designer furniture. Or better come after Mishka – they serve food till 6 am.
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