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The Idiot Restaurant

Moika Embankment, 82, St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
+7 812 315-16-75
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good37%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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European, Russian, Eastern European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Moika Embankment, 82, St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a fantastic restaurant if you want reasonably priced food of excellent quality. We have visited both in the summer and winter and the standard is consistently great. A great bonus is that if one of the group is a vegetarian it has excellent...More

Thank Antony E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The service was great, the place was cozy and warm, the food was very tasty and the best thing is that Dostoievski used to come here. Definitely we will come back!

Thank Mireya_SC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't be put off by the name, it is based on a local historical character. Like many restaurant a slightly underground location, old style homely rooms like sitting rooms. Very friendly staff and excellent English. The food was very good and fairly priced. Loved this...More

Thank davenewbury63
Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

We wanted to try some Russian cuisine, though interactions with hospitality staff in St Petersburg had so far been pretty underwhelming. Pleased to report that this was far from the case at The Idiot. Warm and cosy atmosphere, with tons of options for vegetarians too....More

Thank larko23
Reviewed 26 December 2017

We went there to eat on a friday night but they would not accept credit cards on a "Friday evening"???!!! We walked out.

Thank sashimite
Reviewed 15 December 2017

You just can't help but feel as if you are in Dostoyevsky's St Petersburg. (OK, minus Lenin on the shelf but who cares :)). The food is fair, portions are big, drinks are exellent.

Thank AnnaAnnushka3108
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Visited The Idiot for dinner on the recommendation of our local tour guide who was keen to help ensure we dined at places with character, which this place has in abundance. It was well patronised on the Saturday evening of our visit, but service was...More

Thank Michael John T
Reviewed 23 October 2017

Unique historic restaurant with amazing friendly staff, Loved true Russian food, this place attracts intellectuals as well as families. Can get busy so booking is recommended

Thank ClaymorePB
Reviewed 12 October 2017

There's a great feel to this quirky restaurant- several linked rooms,all oozing a warm, front room atmosphere. Some of the dishes work better than others, but you can't argue with the complimentary shot of vodka and the friendly, welcoming waitresses.

Thank southlondonsno1
Reviewed 4 October 2017

It was surprisingly quiet when we visited on a Saturday evening. I enjoyed the Beef Stroganoff *, but my wife did not enjoy her vegetarian option of mushrooms and onions. As elsewhere, offered free vodka - not our thing. Georgian wine expensive. Large room with...More

Thank John E
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
USD 15
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
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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Restaurant "iDIOT" 2018 - our days. We tried to do justice to the time, the place and the history. The restaurant "IDIOT" is an ideal place for business meetings, tourists, foreign friends, late dinner, a pleasant weekend, family exits and happy idleness. The restaurant is located in the historic centre of Saint Petersburg, near St Isaac's Cathedral and Yusupov Palace. The relaxed homely atmosphere of old St. Petersburg of the late XIX century creates a sense of harmony and comfort. Nice background music-classic, jazz, retro. Board games for guests: backgammon, chess, cards, checkers. It offers high-quality service and English-speaking staff. Russian cuisine, vegetarian. The menu includes fish dishes and seafood.
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