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“Lots of atmosphere!”

The Idiot Restaurant
Ranked #93 of 10,445 Restaurants in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $15
Cuisines: Russian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Chicago, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Lots of atmosphere!”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

We only stopped in for a glass of wine so cannot comment about the food. The wine was good and the place is decorated in old style European furniture.

  • Visited April 2013
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
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  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
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  • German first
  • Hebrew first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
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  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
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English first
Dartford, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Quirky, fun and excellent food”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

I found The Idiot (name for the book by Dostoyevsky) on Trip Advisor and thought I'd add to the praise - with a number of rooms intended to be redolent of the era of Dostoyevsky - book shelves and comfy settees as well as tables fortunately it doesn't reflect any of Dostoyevsky's hard times!!

The staff are friendly and all speak English that is far better than my Russian. The meals are substantial, well prepared and beautifully presented. The Brunch between 11am and 2 pm is excellent and for 410 Roubles is good value I think in such a venue (43 Roubles=£ Sterling when I visited). There is of course the free vodka shot - which takes a little getting used to at 11.30 am - but we adapted!

We were so impressed we went there 4 times in three days (it was very convenient for breakfast each day) on the day we ate dinner (Saturday) we had booked a table for 8 when we were in for breakfast - this was a wise decision - it was pretty much full when we arrived at 7.50pm - Dinner was superb and came to about £80 for 2 - but it included a Long Island Tea and The Idiot's very toxic but nice "Crime & Punishment" cocktail and numerous beers but no wine. I'd gauge this as very expensive in local terms but OK for us - as a special occasion - but in London the standard of this meal would have commanded nearer £150 I think

There is a non-smoking area but it does receive fall-out in terms of smell of smoke but nto too much - Putin's smoking ban from June 2014 will improve all restaurants and airports etc come to that!

Their site has English as well as Russian and has a menu listing www.idiot-spb.com/

  • Visited April 2013
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Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Fantastic experience overall!”
Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile

A cool place with a very special ambience. The service is very good and hospitable and the food is absolutely great. We had a very nice fruit rulet and fantabulous pastas. The absolute must try is the evil pasta if you are a spice lover. Great experience overall

  • Visited April 2013
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Hampstead
Level 6 Contributor
240 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Yummy Food, Family Friendly”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

High chair available, toys as well! Food was great and came out quickly. Everything the 4 of us had was wonderful. Highly recommend.

  • Visited March 2013
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2 reviews
“The good food is only topped by the awesome atmosphere”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

Large and varied menu with excellent authentic Russian food. Salads are fantastic especially the avocado sailor and herring in shuba. Love the pelmeni and pogarka. Menu is in English which is helpful. Waitresses are very friendly. Gotta like the complimentary vodka shots. Reasonable prices with excellent value. Very relaxed and quaint atmosphere. We went twice in 7 days!

  • Visited April 2013
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