We had had a snack in the upstairs cafe (which has some window tables for great people -watching), and decided to try the restaurant downstairs. We enjoyed it a lot. The food was quite good. They have a 3-part menu: Russian standards,"Mediterranean", and French. I had the Beef Stroganoff, which was very tender and flavorful. I was surprised that it came with rice (I'm used to Noodles), but they worked well together. My wife had Borscht (also very good), and we split a salad, which had great herbs in it.
Portions, while not huge, were plenty for dinner. The total cost (including 3 glasses of wine and tax, but no desert and excluding tip) was US$57. While this is not cheap, it's quite reasonable for downtown St. Petersburg.
The ambiance is very nice (looked like a Paris Bistro), and there was live piano music. Service was generally good, but since the restaurant is in several rooms, sometimes it was hard to find a waiter. However, we had no trouble getting out when we needed to in order to make our train.
Our dining room had 2 large TVs, showing a bathing suit fashion show (with the sound muted). Depending on whether you liked this or not, you might choose another dining room. We had no problem with the noise level, even with the piano playing.
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