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The Idiot Restaurant

Moika Embankment, 82, St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
+7 812 315-16-75
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good37%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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European, Russian, Eastern European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Moika Embankment, 82, St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The atmosphere was relaxing. Candle lit dinner. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly. It wasn’t full when we were there but it didn’t matter. We drank tea, ate our dinner and shared the chocolate fondue. It was a wonderful experience. They even gave a...More

Thank AngelaBourd
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was going to go to a new well-reviewed local-elite restaurant nearby but glad I decided to make the walk to The Idiot -- the service was truly excellent, warm, friendly and genuine, and the English speaking waitress was super helpful explaining the food. The...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Following a review in a national newspaper we thought we would give this restaurant a visit to see if the reviews were accurate. The restaurant is located at the side of the canal and down some steps. Inside is divided into several rooms with a...More

Thank Sunshinemap
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great restaurant with excellent food close to the Mariinski Theatre. The restaurants has a very fine menu!! The staff is very helpful and nice!

Thank Otto B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On our return visit to St. Petersburg, we once again dined at The Idiot following a ballet performance at the Mariinsky Theatre. This time we arrived in the middle of a blizzard, again, very late at night. It is so warm, cozy and inviting in...More

Thank cocoanutty
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fantastic restaurant if you want reasonably priced food of excellent quality. We have visited both in the summer and winter and the standard is consistently great. A great bonus is that if one of the group is a vegetarian it has excellent...More

Thank Antony E
Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

The service was great, the place was cozy and warm, the food was very tasty and the best thing is that Dostoievski used to come here. Definitely we will come back!

Thank Mireya_SC
Reviewed 28 January 2018

Don't be put off by the name, it is based on a local historical character. Like many restaurant a slightly underground location, old style homely rooms like sitting rooms. Very friendly staff and excellent English. The food was very good and fairly priced. Loved this...More

Thank davenewbury63
Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

We wanted to try some Russian cuisine, though interactions with hospitality staff in St Petersburg had so far been pretty underwhelming. Pleased to report that this was far from the case at The Idiot. Warm and cosy atmosphere, with tons of options for vegetarians too....More

Thank larko23
Reviewed 26 December 2017

We went there to eat on a friday night but they would not accept credit cards on a "Friday evening"???!!! We walked out.

Thank sashimite
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, 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
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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: +7 812 315-16-75
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Restaurant "iDIOT" 2018 - our days. We tried to do justice to the time, the place and the history. The restaurant "IDIOT" is an ideal place for business meetings, tourists, foreign friends, late dinner, a pleasant weekend, family exits and happy idleness. The restaurant is located in the historic centre of Saint Petersburg, near St Isaac's Cathedral and Yusupov Palace. The relaxed homely atmosphere of old St. Petersburg of the late XIX century creates a sense of harmony and comfort. Nice background music-classic, jazz, retro. Board games for guests: backgammon, chess, cards, checkers. It offers high-quality service and English-speaking staff. Russian cuisine, vegetarian. The menu includes fish dishes and seafood.
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