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The Idiot Restaurant

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Moika Embankment, 82, St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
Name/address in local language
(812) 315-1675
11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The basement location and the overall feel of the restaurant were very nice but seemed catered to tourists. The food was okay but really nothing special. I compare it closely with Gogol another restaurant in the same area but although I preferred the more authentic feeling atmosphere of Idiot, Gogol had better food. I'd recommend going to one or the... More 

Thank Dory B
Naples, Italy
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46 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I loved the idea to eat in a restaurant dedicated to one of the best novels by Dostoevskij and the location is quite convincing and very well set up. Also the food was good, especially the wide range of vegetarian dishes. Unfortunately we had dinner at 10 pm and many dishes were not available. The potatoes pelmeni were a bit... More 

Thank Albtagliac
Berwyn, Pennsylvania
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56 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The restaurant is down below, in the basement, as so many Russian restaurants are. Don't be put off (if you are likely to be) by the free half shot of vodka they give you to start. Surely somebody at your table will like it. You see they are hospitable, and the service is fine. I had an hors d'oeuvre of... More 

Thank ronald k
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69 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good location for dinner, nice landscape, the staff is very kindly and de food is good. There are traditional Russian dishes and the staff wearing traditional clothing, very nice soups and desserts, the other dishes are in average. Is not the best for me but is a good place for go at least one time.

Thank Francesco B
Near London, England
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39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to this restaurant on a Friday night after 8pm and were able to get a table for four without any problems. Our waitress spoke excellent English and was friendly and efficient. She noted that credit cards could not be used as soon as we arrived. The menu was in English and there was a wide variety of dishes.... More 

Thank EllieO
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very Russian beautiful and warm atmosphere and decor. Great and delicious food. Excellent service. Had a great evening!!!

Thank Stella K
Dublin, Ireland
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ate here a few times during our visit.We were never disappointed. Pleasant and obliging staff and a complimentary shot of vodka to start things off

Thank Rowland70
Milan, Italy
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48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great restaurant with traditional cuisine, really delicious! The staff speak English and they are very kind and friendly. The atmosphere is very worm and you feel like at home.Really recommended!!!

Thank Kos S
Denver, Colorado
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83 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We liked it so much we came back again. Very um, INTERESTING decor. Plenty to look at, a visual treat. Extensive menu, and though primarily vegetarian and seafood, I seem to recall a bit of meat as well. Complimentary vodka shots, excellent service, engaging staff, great English speakers, who welcomed us and invited us to sit anywhere we liked. Good... More 

Thank Travel_Synopsis
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68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although I was with a tour group and we were eating from a set menu the effort had been made to include some traditional Russian dishes and it was enjoyable.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
European, Vegetarian Friendly, Russian, Eastern European, Central European
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Moika Embankment, 82, St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
  • Location: Europe  >  Russia  >  Northwestern District  >  St. Petersburg
  • Phone Number: (812) 315-1675

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?