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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients

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  • 32
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  • 20
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  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Traditional Russian food

After we visited the Moika Palace (Yusupov palace) we went this restaurant to have lunch. This was one of Dostojevskis favourite bars. At the beginning waiter brought us a vodka shots, they were on the house. Then we had some bread and our dishes. We wanted to have something traditional and the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
Annu K
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Haemeenlinna, Finland
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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322 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Haemeenlinna, Finland
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

After we visited the Moika Palace (Yusupov palace) we went this restaurant to have lunch. This was one of Dostojevskis favourite bars. At the beginning waiter brought us a vodka shots, they were on the house. Then we had some bread and our dishes. We wanted to have something traditional and the waiter was really helpful by suggesting some of... More 

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San Diego, CA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I stumbled upon this restaurant my first day in St. Petersburg and ended up eating there 3 times in 2 days. Me and my 4 friends all loved this place. The food was wonderful and the menu diverse. Especially enjoyed the creative teas.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We decided to try this restaurant due to recommendations that we'd seen but when we called in to try to make a booking, we were completely ignored by the staff for a considerable time and then we managed to get someone to acknowledge our presence, they were rude and completely disinterested. The food may be good but we never got... More 

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Surbiton
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Booked The Idiot in the afternoon for dinner that evening. A series of interconnecting rooms, decorated in traditional, antique-style. Very pleasant service and good food. We both wanted to try Russian dishes - the borsch soup was excellent and full of flavour but the pelmeni (dumplings) were a little disappointing and lacking in flavour. Finished off with wonderful pancakes.

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Dublin, Ireland
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108 restaurant reviews
205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I had a great dinner here after stumbling across this restaurant. The place itself is very cosy inside and it feels like something from a different time. The food was very nice and there was lots of selection on the menu. We also got a complementary shot of vodka with our dinner. The staff were really friendly too.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Really friendly service and fantastic food especially for vegetarians... Didn't expect to eat so well in Russia ... Lots of choice and yummy food. Was very quiet but it is winter but still felt cozy

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Summerland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Went there twice. Enjoyed the food both times. Pleasant service and good drinks, free shot of vodka to start the evening

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Las Vegas
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61 reviews 61 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Being a fan of Russian literature, I definitely had to check this place out (named after Dostoyevski's novel). I just stopped in for a few beers and they gave me a shot of vodka! They had a modest, tiny bar but--as with many of the "bars" in Russia, you end up at a table with a waiter/waitress. It's is definitely... More 

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

You know it can't be that bad when Russians are eating at the Idiot. This place was recommended by friends and we weren't disappointed. The interior is homely-quirky-literary-quaint with books shelves, fireplaces and different furniture. We stopped for a lunch of borsch, a bread baskets and pancakes. A free shot of vodka was given before the meal, which helped warm... More 

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napier
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014 via mobile

As i was staying in a nearby hotel, this basement restaurant was well worth checking out. I have eaten there twice this week, and on both occasions I was met with open and friendly staff. It caters well to a local crowd as well as tourists. English menu available. Food wonderful with a homemade feel. Don't be stupid. Go.

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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 0 - 15
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Russian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
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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