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The Idiot Restaurant

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Moika Embankment, 82, St. Petersburg, 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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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

An atmospheric restaurant below the street level. The meal starts with a complimentary shot of vodka which was very good as the weather was not great and we needed warming through! We also had a plate of pickles - cabbage, cucumbers and garlic which were lovely and some very good bread. The menu is varied and there is an excellent... More 

Thank Katie S
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83 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is a wonderfully atmospheric taste of Russia - not the glitz and glamour but the normal Russia. Good quality food, service was good and staff attentive.

Thank Theresa D
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56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful blini, good salad. Excellent salmon steak and tiger shrimps. Very helpful staff that speaks English, but be prepared that food is pricy here compared to other places. Would compare it to average price of a North American / Western European restaurant. Nice atmosphere!

Thank Miranna
Singapore, Singapore
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

nice Russian food, with menu in English as well, Cellar / library atmosphere. vodka shot offered by the restaurant - central location. Very nice dinner experience .

Thank caroline l
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39 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was planning to go to another Russian recommended restaurant but without reservation it wasn't possible. They were kind to recommend this and we were not disappointed. Plenty of history in the location of the restaurant, friendly staff, cosy decoration, Russian menu and great food for reasonable prices.

Thank missChow
New Paltz, New York
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of options for a vegetarian, and super delicious (I loved the soups and the pelmeni). My meat/fish eating Italian American husband fell in love with their herring appetizer and still talks about it, and claims it's the best herring he's had in Russia (he kept ordering it at other places but apparently it didn't come close). Also, nice service... More 

Thank ikc74
Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went there simply because it was very close to our hotel and it was pouring with rain. It turned out to be a good choice. The layout is quite interesting but with the rain we rushed indoors. This was our last night in St. Petersbug and I wanted to try some local dishes. we were told it was mainly... More 

Thank corrado m
Orlando, Florida
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45 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great bar under ground level, staff pleasant, good selection of drinks, the grapefruit and coconut cocktail was amazing. Nice atmosphere

Thank lisa d
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The concierge at the Domina Prestige Hotel recommended the Idiot, a mainly vegetarian restaurant. All of the dishes were excellent, especially the potato selections. When the bill come we were surprised to be charged for a dish we did not order; after trying 3 times to explain to our waitress that the Siberian mushroom dish was not ordered, we gave... More 

Thank Steven S
Braga, Portugal
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41 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Following the advice of a friend I went to this restaurant with family and friends. After a week in Russia we abandoned all hope of tasting something good. But every cloud has a silver lining! Everybody speaks english in the restaurant (wich is rare in Russia) and we were greated with a shot of vodka. The Dostoievsky inspired restaurant is... More 

Thank Luís C

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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, Russian, Eastern European, Central European
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Local cuisine
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, 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?