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C.D.L. Restaurant

Povarskaya St.,50/53, Moscow 121069, Russia
+7 495 663-30-03
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good19%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“bread” (4 reviews)
“soups” (3 reviews)
“borscht” (4 reviews)
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Russian, Vegetarian Friendly
Povarskaya St.,50/53, Moscow 121069, Russia
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Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

The place is very well known thanks to the Bulgakov’s novel: “Master and Margarita”. It is kind of club house for the writers. Very interesting and specific decoration. The cuisine is primary Russian. We tried kind of dumplings with turkey, mushrooms. Not very traditional with...More

Thank Talgat D
Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

So happy we came to dine here, the restaurant is beautiful, very elegant and the service was top notch and extremely attentive. The food was delicious, from the soups to the main dishes, zero complaints! Dessert was phenomenal, try the tvorog souffle, it is like...More

1  Thank VT17
Reviewed 15 December 2017

This is one of my favorite places in Moscow. Stunning atmosphere, cuisine and history around. This restaurant must be visited, especially for tourists. They plunge into the atmosphere impregnated with the history and culture of Tsarist Russia. The kitchen is of high quality and will...More

1  Thank Frogtraveller1980
Reviewed 17 October 2017

CDL (TsDL) - We dined in “The Oak Room” – classy décor. Music was provided by a young man on the piano – wonderful player who added to the dining experience. Service, food and food presentation, were excellent. We split a bowl of borsch (best...More

1  Thank Billbor
Reviewed 21 August 2017

Visited this place while on business trip with one of our partners. The company made reservation in advance as we thought it would be hard to get it. Although the main hall was quite empty at dinner time. We were unpleasantly surprised when we came...More

1  Thank mariast813
Reviewed 7 July 2017

The setting for this restaurant is out of the ordinary and history breathes through these walls. Unfortunately, under management of a private club, there are some regrettable aspects. While service is very courteous, it is also incredibly lengthy (and I mean really lengthy, read 30...More

Thank Anne-Sophie D
Reviewed 11 June 2017

I was sceptical to go to the restaurant with my boyfriend as in some places they tend to speculate on people's feelings of nostalgia towards Soviet times. It is probably the same phenomenon as "nostalgia" in Germany -- goods and services related to that time...More

Thank 973elena
Reviewed 24 May 2017

This is an incredible space with an incredible history. The restaurant has recently been separated from the rest of the Central House of Writers with different owners and, apparently, now a different chef (someone quite "trendy" in Russia and known for molecular gastronomy, as if...More

3  Thank eab2124
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Magic atmosphere in an authentic house of XIX century with its original furniture, boiserie, painting, pictures, carved timber columns and stairs, art deco jewel of central Moscow. Food is adequately high class with succulent starters and superb main courses, including game, Russian/French style. Cellar is...More

1  Thank Pietro L
Reviewed 24 January 2017

There are Russian restaurants with more famous names in Moscow, but there you might come across issues with booking and they will be over-crowded. CDL is not as famous but is much better. The interior of CDL is great, the food is superb. I highly...More

1  Thank Milly M
Crowds of tourists, both local and international take
in Old Arbat and its modern and gigantic peer – New
Arbat. One reason visitors keep coming is no doubt
Konstantin Melnikov’s famous private house, now open
to the public and worthy of a visit. After exploring
one of the oldest parts of Moscow, avoid the crowds
and turn to the side streets and boulevards where
calmness and affordable food is plentiful.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Povarskaya St.,50/53, Moscow 121069, Russia
  • Location: Europe  >  Russia  >  Central Russia  >  Moscow>  > Arbat
  • Neighbourhood: Arbat
  • Phone Number: +7 495 663-30-03
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The restaurant "C. D. L."is inextricably linked with the Central house of writers. The count and Countess Olsufieva possession of the mansion on Povarskaya street until 1917, was hospitable hosts. Grandiose receptions for the capital's nobility, famous Moscow poets, writers and musicians were held in a large, exquisitely decorated house. There were celebrations in honor of the coronation of Nicholas II, the Royal dinner, which was attended by members of the Romanov family. After the revolution, when the mansion belonged to the Union of writers, there was a dining room for the Union members and their families, and later in the main halls opened a restaurant that exists to this day and is one of the best restaurants in Moscow. For such an eventful era guests of the restaurant were Indira Gandhi, Ronald Reagan, Gina Lollobrigida and many other famous politicians, actors, writers...
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