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The Idiot Restaurant

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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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Annapolis, Maryland
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41 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Since this is named after a book by Dostoevsky, seeing lots of books not unlike a library was no surprise. What this also means is that there are numerous rooms throughout the restaurant with quaint little table settings, including couch settings. The food was very good, the service very nice, and the staff spoke English.

Thank mdsailorman
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have eaten here many times on various visits to St Petersburg. The restaurant is lovely, full of atmosphere and very cosy. The menu is superb with a huge choice for vegetarians. The dishes are beautifully cooked and the staff are really friendly. This is one of our favourite restaurants in the city and it never disappoints us. We look... More 

Thank CaroleAsker
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117 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The price is fair. The restaurant in pleasant and nice. They don't speak english , but it is easy to order and they are very kind and helpfull. Pay cash, there is an ATM in the surrounding, ask in the restaurant. Very good russian foods.

Thank Enzo F
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice waitress spoke good English. Food was excellent - we had fish and prawns - but most of all we loved the atmosphere of dark wood and gloomy lighting.

Thank colinparish
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35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

I was expecting an authentic cosy place but encountered dirty/torn/stained carpet and run down furniture. Run down furniture could be OK and even romantic aside from the fact that tables were not well cleaned and the carpet was simply filthy. The service was poor quality - not fiendly (not rude either), dirty dishes not removed, one waitress speaking loudly to... More 

Thank Veronica_ML
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

It was our first restaurant in st Petersburg and we don't know at all the traditional Russian food. The waitress was perfect with us and recommand us our complete dinner.. we were perfectly happy about her suggestions (vodka, red caviar, stroganoff beef and salmon). That was a perfect beginning to start our trip in Saint Petersburg!!!! Spaciba Bolchoï !!!!

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Tunbridge Wells
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

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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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 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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78 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 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 22 December 2016 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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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
USD 15
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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
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?