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The Idiot Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
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Moika Embankment, 82, St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
Name/address in local language
+7 812 315-16-75
11:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Tunbridge Wells
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is a well known eatery in the city so we decided to give it a try. Excellent service and very good food. Bit odd getting vodka with early brunch but when in Rome....... My stroganoff was very good and my wife's salmon great. Service is speedy and very efficient.The borch soup is not quite what I have been used,... More 

Thank suedeblue
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recommended to us by our guide this cosy little restaurant is near the Yusopov Palace. Divided into small areas/rooms it offers cosy and semi-private dining. Decor was pretty and spotlessly clean everywhere. Menu was translated into English, waitress helped with further explanations of local dishes and wines. Food was hot and tasty, wine was cold and good quality. Service was... More 

Thank denise h
Brussels, Belgium
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71 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very cosy and homey, good food with a lot of vegetarian options (but also lots of fish & meat) and very friendly staff

Thank Stanm0re
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The staff is very friendly and speaks English. The food was good, but I found the portion too small. The prices are medium range to quite expensive for Saint Petersburg. Nice 'old Russian' atmosphere. Free wodka shot!

Thank Sara M
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

I asked for information and I got a detailed explanation of the difference between each dish and wine from Darina, a sweet and professional waitress that loves her job and do it with passion with a nice smile. Thank you Darina for advising us on the wine, we really appreciated the local wine you suggested. The decoration is cosy and... More 

Thank Barbara C
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81 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

We walked from the Pushka Inn to the Morinksy Theater and stopped here on the way back for dinner per a recommendation from our tour guide. We were not disappointed. I had the stroganoff being in Russia, and my husband had the shrimp. Complete with chilled vodka and mulled wine for dessert, it was a fabulous dinner.

Thank HappyTrippinMamma
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Excellent value for money, very helpful staff who were more than happy to assist with food choices and the food was delicious. More than happy to recommend.

Thank Linda H
Renkum, the Netherlands
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324 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

This restaurant was one of Dostojewski's favourites. I can understand it because of the location and the ambiance, which is cosy and historic with its vaulted ceilings, but the food was disappointing. So go for a drink, but eat elsewhere.

Thank Klaas S
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

we've been to this restaurant for the birthday of a friend. if you ask for a drink they give you a free shot of vodka! the food was very good, we tried the boeuf stroganoff!! i would recommend this restaurant!

Thank chloe c
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Definitely not the most eye-grabbing interior or cozy, settling atmosphere, but the service was exceptionally good and the food - the best we've had for a reasonable price. The menu is rich, the preparation time was low, the quality of the food was very good.

Thank name n

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
European, Russian, Eastern European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?