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#433 of 10,902 Restaurants in Moscow
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Russian, Ukrainian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Reviewed 11 March 2020 via mobile

What a fantastic restaurant! We were looking for somewhere to eat and I just happened to see this one through the windows and it looked amazing. Welcoming, cosy and an eclectic collection of bits and some old fashioned décor, which created a great space to...sit and chill. We went in and it was just lovely, we asked for a table of two and we were directed upstairs rather abruptly. Upstairs was very busy and we waited around 5 minutes for a table (downstairs was virtually empty). However, we sat at a lovely table which had a colouring sheet and pencils to keep you busy. The menu came and there was a vast range of what I can only call ‘good wholesome food’ that mum used to make; Stews, meat, potatoes, dumplings, hot soups, etc. Prices were a little more than you could pay in the basic restaurants, but this was well worth it. We ordered chicken kiev (I know, but when you cut it open, it was just the best experience if you love garlic!), I had dumplings with mushrooms and onions in a garlic sauce, bread, beers and a couple of wines for a total price of  £16! It was so nice, we went back the next day (shunted upstairs again! Not sure what you have to do to sit downstairs!) and I had the kiev and the other half had bacon, onion and mushroom dish. Again, very reasonable. Service was good and a lovely atmosphere. Nice food and we would definitely recommend. It just felt very authentic and cosy on a cold night.  More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 27 January 2020

As a group of two, we returned here time after time during our week-long stay in Moscow. The restaurant is very centrally located, a short walk from Ploschad Revolutsyii (Red Square) metro station. The food was great tasting, very filling, and fairly affordable, so it...was great value. The atmosphere is unique and kooky, and while the music could be a bit loud, you can still hear each other talk. The menu also had descriptions in English as well, and most of the staff could understand at least simple English, which was great.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 27 January 2020

We have visited them randomly but after the first time we have been there for several times. Super service, prices are good (not cheap), good side you may see them in moscow almost everywhere! Pelmeni uralskie, mors, aubergine wrap, beer set, draniki, gulyaj, kievskie kotleti,...kurinie kotleti are super tasty! Btw on tables there are pencils and paper for coloring which is incredible!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 19 January 2020

Don't understand the good reviews! Yes, this place is nicely decorated but that's about it! The atmosphere is far from relaxing with music blasting so loudly that you can't speak with one another. When you see the length of the menu, you understand this place...uses industrial frozen food. Indeed, the menu has a huge selection of traditional Russian dishes, with plastic pictures galore. However, everything has the same bland taste! Varishneki were tasteless, pelmeni as well, the zucchini pancakes were halfway cooked. The Olivier salad was again very bland, the only acceptable dish was the goulash. Really not worth the detour.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 10 January 2020 via mobile

The atmosphere was cozy and authentic, we really enjoyed that aspect of the place. The dumplings in mushroom sauce and their homemade honey beer were awesome, i strongly recommend them. The service was very hit and miss...almost no one knew english, and there was one...guy who was super irritating and didnt give a f..k about being helpful. Later a girl replaced him and she was a delight. I can recommend this for a one time visit, but not for a regular place.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 29 December 2019

I had a sweet snack break at a family restaurant opposite the Eliseyevskiy food store main entrance. Varenichnaya number 1 is a short Walking distance from the Red Square. It is surely a Kids friendly place with crayons and Drawing pads being laid on at...each table. The menu looked tempting with big bright photos and hearty Ukrainian dishes. The interior is truly authentic with a genuine feel of Soviet Russia. You will see books on wall shelfs, B&W TV and large Soviet style overhead lanterns. You will feel nostalgic. I had Honey cake with Sea buckthorn and sour cream for a quick tasty snack. I was eager to try the Russian honey cake “done properly”. I loved the cake; it was moist and not too sweet with nice flavour once mixed with the sour cream. This place seems popular and affordable eatery for locals and tourists alike. SEE photos.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 28 December 2019

The food is not tasty at all and the portions are extremely small. Expensive considering the quality of the meal. Probably would never come back! Positive points: good location and nice interior design

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 4 November 2019 via mobile

If you know nothing about Russian gastronomy, Varenichnaya is a good restaurant to start exploring it ! To start with its amazing decoration and style reminding us the Soviet period of Russian history, it’s old fashion and retro so if enjoy such atmosphere, you’ll feel...home there ! The food is of a good quality as well, you can taste almost all most popular Russian dishes as well as Ukrainian ones and for a cheap price, which allows you to eat and eat again ! It’s located on a very popular Moscow street so it’s quite easy to join it by using the metro...nothing to say about the service, they are all kind and polite :) Don’t hesitate too long and enjoy that place !More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 30 September 2019

OMG! Got to try! They have various menu of traditional Russian varenniki (ravioli sort of): with cheese, fruits, meats and etc. Delicious beyond this world! Great customer service, interesting and fun decorations of 70th-89th. Highly recommend!

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 23 August 2019

Вареничная № 1 is a chain serving authentic Russian dishes. The one we visited was like the European cafes, partly outside sitting, partly inside. The branch visited was somewhete near Gum . The streets were beautifully lighted. We sat inside as it was too cold...to sit outside. We concentrated on the authentic Russian dishes like the chicken a la kiev, russian salad, strogonoff etc. Food was yummy though helpings were meagre. Staff was attentive and helpful. Only 1 waitress knew english- so she was quite in demand with the tourists. A special mention about the crockery- pretty red polka dotted plates were unique! Food was reasonably priced. A must visit, especially at night time.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Varenichnaya №1 is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5