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The Idiot Restaurant

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Vegetarian, Russian
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Moika Embankment, 82, St. Petersburg, Russia
(812) 315-1675
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11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 43
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  • 22
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Hearty Russian food in a cosy atmosphere

Great selection of food. Everything we ordered was very tasty. The only drawback is they forgot one of the main dishes that we had ordered.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

Great selection of food. Everything we ordered was very tasty. The only drawback is they forgot one of the main dishes that we had ordered.

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English heartlands
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Found this incredibly hard to find despite the fact it was just by a bridge on the canal near our hotel. We'd all but given up when we realised we were standing right in front - what idiots! It was quiet when we went in and a little daunting but it's an amazing place and good atmosphere once things warm... More 

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Bergen, Norway
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66 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The Idiot sadly suffers from some mixed reviews so we were not expecting too much on our visit there one evening for dinner while in St Pete's but all was well in the end. After being seated by our English speaking waitress Nataliya our complimentary shots of vodka duly arrived along with the menus and our drink orders were taken... More 

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St.Paul
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Dining made easy as these folks are used to serving up classic Russian fare to travelers. The welcome champagne and a appetizer is a charming touch as is the story of the restaurant. The ambiance and history enhance the culinary experience.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This restaurant has nostalgic decor and a great location just below street level on the Moika Canal, easy walking distance from many hotels. Complimentary vodka and lots of different vodka flavors were fun to try; the appetizer of traditional Russian pickles, veggies, and herring was terrific. The vegetarian entree was good, as was the beef stroganoff, so there's something for... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Fantastic vegetarian food! Extremely reasonable prices too, and a nice low-key setting. Excellent place to visit if you're keen to try traditional Russian dishes (like Borsch!) and very authentic. Very friendly staff who spoke excellent English. Complementary vodka shots, which we loved as a Russian experience. Definitely the best vegetarian option in St Petersburg. Good idea to book on a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I love the atmosphere moreover ,the kindness they show was over rated love it..Highly recommended 😀😀😀

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

A very nice, cozy restaurant on the Moika River. Lots of traditional Russian foods and drinks offered, and prepared very well. Pleasant staff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Extremely hospitable staff and owner. Great service, even though we reached pretty late. Food was a gourmet 's delight.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

An attractive & tourist-friendly spot, reasonably priced & with a bilingual menu. The businessman's lunch is the way to go on a workday -- all three courses cost less than the typical entree or salad.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Moika Embankment, 82, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Location: Europe  >  Russia  >  Northwestern District  >  St. Petersburg
  • Phone Number: (812) 315-1675

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Russian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:00 am

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