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Staraya Tamozhnya

Tamozhenny Lane, 1, St. Petersburg 199034, Russia
+7 812 327-89-80
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good16%
  • Average1%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible6%
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“amuse bouche” (4 reviews)
“caviar” (2 reviews)
“fine dining” (3 reviews)
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French, Seafood, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Tamozhenny Lane, 1, St. Petersburg 199034, Russia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you like high end French restaurants, but cannot get a reservation in Paris, this would be the place to go. Everything including design, service, food presentations, food itself and prices :) is to the highest quality standards. Of course, there is a Russian touch...More

Thank EAS21
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

We had a great time dining at this restaurant. All my friends liked the ambient and all the dishes served. The wine list is sufficient and we ended up choosing Italian wines. Unfortunately, we didn't try their desserts after the starters and main courses.

Thank Vallobh
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

We were referees there by our hotel, bit difficult to find as only indicated in Russian, but great place and really fine dining - you wont be disappointed

Thank Danny V
Reviewed 4 May 2017

A fine restaurant with excellent cuisine. I love French cuisine, this restaurant it is really tasty, just like in France. All dishes are exquisite and beautifully decorated. Delicious mussels and also tried «kamchatsky» russian crab. French cheeses are very elegant, although it is said that...More

Thank Hellar B
Reviewed 14 November 2016

This was the best experience of our week stay in St Petersburg. An amazing meal with two great amuse bouche. Even though we were the only customers in the restaurant we were treated to music from a pianist and singer. With an open kitchen we...More

Thank Malcolm D
Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

My wife and I just had dinner at this highly rated restaurant. Although we got off to a weak start with a mis-made martini, Tony Gear, the owner personally made my wife a fresh one that was perfect. Tony is quite a character and it...More

Thank Larry8451
Reviewed 3 June 2016

On Sunday my wife and I decided to visit "Old Customs" restaurant . My wife told me that this is one of her favorite establishments and that the restaurant is more than 20 years old. It is really very beautiful, I was impressed when I...More

Thank Thomas C
Reviewed 28 January 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is just unbelievable, I won't even call it a restaurant , its a true deep experience between taste and love. Food is innovative , surprising and wonderfully created as little art pieces you might be sorry to eat at first. Music is chilling...More

Thank Oriana M
Reviewed 24 December 2015

This is a premium restaurant with everything (service, food, atmosphere) excellent but for a price. When I went there, the chef offered complimentary dish to me and my girlfriend. Also, there were free chocolates. Next time I go there, I will stick to hot starters...More

Thank alextimashkov
Reviewed 18 October 2015

What else can I say, but classically delicious! The restaurant is located on the Vasilevsky island, just across the Neva river from the palace square. Wearing winter travel outfit, we hesitantly walked into this top class restaurant with a warm welcome by a gentle doorman,...More

Thank Pattira S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
USD 59 - USD 1,196
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tamozhenny Lane, 1, St. Petersburg 199034, Russia
  • Location: Europe  >  Russia  >  Northwestern District  >  St. Petersburg>  > Vasilyevsky Island
  • Neighbourhood: Vasilyevsky Island
  • Phone Number: +7 812 327-89-80
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Long recognized as one of St. Petersburg's finest restaurants, the Old Customs House has a superb location in a historic building just behind the Kunstkamera. Popular with wealthy tourists and well fed local businessmen, the restaurant has conservative but attractive interiors and a fairly formal atmosphere, which is no surprise considering the high prices. The owners are British and the head chef is currently Russian, but the menu is very much based on traditional French bourgeois cuisine, with rich sauces, winter vegetables, truffles and foie gras. A few more modern, Asian influences make an occasional appearance, but the highlight is probably the fresh seafood flown in from the farthest corners of Russia (Kamchatka crabs and Sakhalin oysters). The wine-list is similarly robust and reassuringly expensive. The restaurant regularly hosts guest chefs from all over the world, as has been visited by numerous international celebrities, from Prince Charles to the Russian Patriarch.
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