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“Amazingly good - simple as that” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Arbat

Arbat
Oborishte St., 69, Sofia, Bulgaria
0877774212
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Ranked #187 of 511 Restaurants in Sofia
Cuisines: Russian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Sofia, Bulgaria
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3 restaurant reviews
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“Amazingly good - simple as that”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Not to make it long. This is one of the best restaurants I have ever been to, not only Russian restaurants, but generally amongst all of them. Food is - for this quality - quite reasonably priced, and you definitely have to try their pelmeni and ukha. Delicate taste, superbly fine balance of spices. I have been there a couple of times (it is quite next to where I live - fortunately - and amongst many dishes I had, there was merely one that was not outstanding (blini it was - too dry and a bit too long they spent on the pan). To give a piece of an advice, if you want this witty, really Russian styled service, a bit family feeling and care (which also includes recommending all the types of vodkas - they do know how to bring a good mood to you!) - ask for a male waiter. Order whatever. Literally - whatever you order will be good. One thing not nice (never be too enthusiastic :) is - remember, that if you choose the place with the music, you will pay extra charge, information about which is hidden far away in the menu. This I realised last time I went there and I have to say, was surprising, as nobody ever said that. But yeah, I reckon everybody wants to earn money. Nevertheless, it was not something to spoil the amazing food experience.

Oh and one more thing - if you appreciate people with good voices and singing nicely, remember not to choose the live music place, the singers are terrible. Although I personally like it, since it makes me feel cosy, like at a countryside party with no frills, if you know what I mean.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Sofia, Grad Sofiya, Bulgaria
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Russian restaurant in the hart of Sofia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Very nice restaurand wit good ambiente.
Delicious quality food, polite personal.
Live russian music.Very interesting.
Resonable prices.
I suggest this restaurant!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sofia, Bulgaria
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“True Russian Spirit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

When it comes to Russian cousine, Arbat stands out in the crowd. What is more, the spacious garden could hide you in the hot summer nights( or lunches, as a magnificent lunch menu is served.)
With nice and convenient interior, it offers great variety of Russian dishes, from which the salad Selyodka pod Shouboy and the Solyanka soup distinguish. For dessert order a piece of the Napoleon cake and you could feel the Russian Spirit.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Arbat is super”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

The best caucasian shashlyk and the best live music.

Visited March 2012
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Good party,bad hangover”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

The good about Arbat is the location and the live music.The singers are very good proffessionals and are able to make anybody dance. But the alcohol served is definately not the same one as in the shops- even after 1 glass of whiskey or vodka you`ll have to `erase` your next day.If drinking,order only bottles.

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