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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 4 January 2012

Dining at CDL is not just dining, it is going back in time. The man who brings over the rollilng bread cart does more than slice one of his dozen fresh breads for you to select from - he presents the history of the building...More

2  Thank RobertZ50
Reviewed 23 December 2011

This place is probably the best restaurant in Moscow. It is far better than Cafe Pushkin (which is just a lounge, crowded with tourists and greatly overpriced). CDL restaurant is not so large, and offers lots of privacy with its calm, sophisticated atmosphere! There is...More

3  Thank etarmo
Reviewed 25 October 2011

Beautiful decor, delicious food, attentive staff (and proud of their history) - definitely one of the best restaurants in Moscow . All you can eat specials cannot be matched.

1  Thank Benguin
Reviewed 16 October 2011

If you read this your excitement of the restaurant will be spoiled: I will tell you "who the murderer is before you watched the crime fiction". I arrived without any expectations. From the outside the building is non-assuming: dull colour scheme, no signage but a...More

5  Thank ED_5577
Reviewed 15 September 2011

This was my second time in this beautiful restaurant. The atmosphere is fantastic and speaks to Russia's long and interesting history. Food is great and service very attentive.

1  Thank Macarad
Reviewed 13 September 2011

Located in the 19th century mansion of a Russian noble family, the restaurant still has the ambience of a private residence. Interiors are decorated with Oak wall-panels, antique balustrades, heraldry, parquet floors, fireplaces. Elegant atmosphere, top quality food, beautiful presentation would provide a nice dining...More

Thank DANET65
Reviewed 7 July 2011

My Russian friend highly recommended a visit to CDL, and I'm so glad he did! What a magnificent evening! (CDL means "House of Writers.") Three U.S. colleagues joined me for a spectacular experience. The atmosphere -- in a castle-like setting in a house built in...More

3  Thank Nancy B
Reviewed 27 June 2011

We were seated in the main dining hall, which I was told was former masons lodge. Vaulted cielings, beautiful woodwork. The atmosphere was the best part, and what I would go there again for. The food was very nice, though pricey. Typical Russian and European...More

Thank Tlance
Reviewed 19 May 2011

The restaurant is beuatiful inside, and quite cozy. However the service is rather bad, and the prices are higher than everage for a good restaurant in Moscow. Don't go there if you want Russian food, there are places way more attractive.

2  Thank Tigra86
Reviewed 25 April 2011

Finally I've found cozy and elegant place in the center of Moscow - for pleasant dinner without noise of capital city and annoying smoke from cigarettes. Delicious food, especially I liked beef stroganoff with vodka:). Highly recommended. My final conclusion: the place is known as...More

Thank Tommy8547
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, Business meetings, Groups, Child-friendly
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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