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“A nice very elegant restaurant to go after being at the Bolshoi.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bolshoy

Petrovka St., House 3/6, Structure 2, Moscow 125009, Russia
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Ranked #341 of 9,836 Restaurants in Moscow
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Russian
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Tel Aviv, Israel
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“A nice very elegant restaurant to go after being at the Bolshoi.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Our problem was we went there the night after we dined at Cafe Pushkin. It can't compare, not in the quality of the food or the service. More elegant but less personality. They don't take care of you as they do at Cafe Pushkin. High prices but you can choose the more reasonable dishes.

Visited June 2012
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“Bolshoi means BIG”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

Bolshoi restaurant is also known as Big. It is surprising that someone has not used this name yet for a Moscow restaurant but it has just opened at the southwest corner of Kuznetsky Most and Petrovka not far from the Bolshoi Theater. This is one of Arkady Novikov’s latest ventures and Grand would be a better expression, or Opulent to describe the first impression upon entering Bolshoi’s modest lobby. The colors are stark white and black accented with large, colorful, modern canvases throughout, the deep purple fabric and brown leather upholstery of the dining chairs, and a splash of greenery from the white orchids. A side hall is decorated with classic deep brown polished wood from floor to ceiling. Though the restaurant itself is not Big, the concept tries to be.

Ushered to our table, we discussed the design with the management and were informed that it was “Ralph Lauren”, though when we left we were still unsure if Ralph Lauren had been involved in the design, had supplied the furnishings, or was simply its inspiration. The description taken from the Ralph Lauren home website is a fair characterization of Bolshoi: “Lush, highly saturated colors always feel decadent, especially when set against the crispness of white foundational pieces.” I would have thought this design icon would be too tired for Moscow; the two Polo shirts I have come from American discounter TJ Maxx.
The cuisine is French/Russian. French chef Kamel Benamar shares his time between Bolshoi and nearby Vogue where he has served for some years. A wine list was not available, so we took suggestions from Pavel, our attentive sommelier, starting with a white Villa Russiz Sauvignon from Capriva del Friuli, Italy. Based upon the other wines we had that night, I expect the wine list will be well chosen. We were also pleased with Bolshoi’s nice Speigelau glassware, which helps bring out the best in expensive wines.
The menu starts with Russian traditional homemade drinks: cranberry mors, black current mors, cherry kisel and kvas (300r per half liter). The fresh baked, yeasty rolls came out with a plate of very thinly sliced Iberico de Bellota Gran Reserva (1000r), ham dried for thirty-six months from free-range pigs that only feed on acorns. The Olivier Salad (750r) was delightfully fresh and specially made with grilled baby chicken meat. The Borsch (450r) is made with fresh spring vegetables, very bright and flavorful. I tried a starter of Grilled Scallops with Sweet Corn Puree (1000r), a huge tender scallop nicely complemented by the sweet yellow topping.
The main course, a T-Bone Waygu 4-5 with Fried Potatoes and Mushrooms (3800r for two), served with Veal Stuffed Cabbage (900r), a Ukrainian dish called golubtsi with young cabbage, were presented on Russian Imperial Porcelain, designed for Bolshoi. The Imperial Porcelain Factory is a Russian treasure founded in 1744 in St. Petersburg. The Waygu steak certainly rivaled some of Moscow’s best and the golubtsi provided an interesting Slavic side. The presentation of all menu items was, as expected, lavish and impeccible.A trip around the premises revealed more of Bolshoi’s stately layout and everything from the washrooms here is very well designed. It appears that the basement also holds a substantial wine vault. The main dining hall has a splendid grand piano, but the Yamaha electric piano lodged on top appears as one flaw in an otherwise serious design.
Bolshoi is not a trendy competitor to Novikov’s GQ Bar or Ne Dalny Vostok, but a rather formal dining venue, as if vying for Michelin stars. The menu and style make it a modern challenger to Pushkin Café, though I found the Ralph Lauren design a little too stark. We plan to go back to see if Bolshoi can lighten up a little.
Address: Ulitsa Petrovka 3/6
Metro: Okhotny Ryad
Phone: (495) 789-8652

Visited October 2011
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Stockholm, Sweden
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“Beautiful - insanely overpriced - mediocre food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

Typical Moscow. They seem to believe that a beautiful decor and ideal location is a good substitute for good food and attentive service. The waiters will make certain your wallet is emptied out, suggesting whatever is most extravagantly expensive to your date - though he was coldly rebuffed by mine when he offered vintage champagne by the glass - and berries at about $100 a go...

Visited June 2012
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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“Close... but no cigar”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

It is off course tough odds for Bolshoi being no 1 restaurant i Moscow according to tripadvisor and not suffering for some more detailed critics but I was not overwhelmed. Sure this is a very nice restaurant but also very expensive and frankly I don't think that Bolshoi quite delivers. There are many waiters and you get a small chair for your purse or bag, that's quite nice..
We went for one the wines on winelist that we were looking foreward to, but they did not have it.. this is not the first time.. and like last time when they also did not have the listed wine, Bolshoi can offer an even more expensive wine - so no compensation or a similar wine at the same price.. not good enough for a no 1 restaurant where there are more waiters than people dining..
The food was OK, not especially stunning but quite nice.
So get your wine list together, loose a few waiters and let the ones that are left be more interested in how I am actually doing - then you'll have the cigar

  • Visited April 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Elegance, refined food, service, decor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

We liked the comfortable settings, lots of space between tables, the refined atmosphere, the good advice from the staff.
We did not like the prices
Wines and mineral waters reach stratospheric heights, local drinks (kvass, fresh cranberry juices and local vodkas, as well as teas are your best bets)

Visited May 2012
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