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“Good food, strange waiter”
Review of Bolshoi

Bolshoi
Ranked #17 of 13,809 Restaurants in Moscow
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Russian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Tverskaya
Moscow, Russia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good food, strange waiter”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

We dined with our friends in this classy-looking restaurant and were disappointed. The waiter quite shamelessly kept for himself approximately 12 cl from the first bottle of red wine we ordered. From the second bottle we were offered only once, approximately 6-8 cl for each 4 customers. This makes 24-32 cl from a bottle of 75 cl. The rest the fellow obviously kept for himself. The bottle and the waiter disappeared until it was time for dessert.

When it came time for the bill, the waiter came to us and told us that we are expected to tip them 10 percent of the bill. As we have stayed in Russia already for some years, we knew it was not so. (You are expected to give tips, it is not a must. Also from a small bill you give 10 percent and from a big one only 5 percent.) Not wanting to embarrass our guests my husband said nothing. We did complain the next day, though.

Not very happy, although the food was relatively good.

  • Visited March 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Beautiful restaurant just around the corner the ballet, perfect for dinner after a performance.”
Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

Excellent food and great service (without being over the top). As is typical for Moscow open late so you can comfortably go after the ballet. Also typical for Moscow and Russia the wine prices are ridiculously high, seems inescapable! Overall a great restaurant and definitely recommended.

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1 Thank Eamon_and_Monika
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Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
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“May be, the most expensive restaurant in Moscow.”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

If you are interested, what wine is the most popular among Russian oligarchs in this season - here sommelier knows the answer. Be ready to pay more than 1000$ for the bottle, and more then 300$ per person for the food.

Visited January 2013
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Abu Dhabi
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102 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Nice formal dining...”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

Bolshoi is a proper formal dining place. Went here for a business dinner, service was very good. They have a very extensive menu with good variety, and as expected, a comprehensive wine list. The appetizers were excellent, the mains pretty good.

Overall a solid bet for a formal meal.

  • Visited November 2012
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1 Thank SVSAbuDhabi
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Caracas
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“Awesome culinary experience”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

In great cities you always need to go to great restaurants. Everything about the Bolshoi was big, including the bill of course. If you can afford it go because it is a great culinary adventure, I had the best blinis with beluga caviar, great veal and amazing dessert

  • Visited October 2012
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