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Nab. reky Moiky 82, St Petersburg, Russia

Serves meat, vegan options available. Fish restaurant with a few vegetarian dishes. Uses egg and dairy, so vegans must inquire. Quiet setting, historic interior. Frequented by tourists. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-1:00am.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, Russian, Non-veg

16 Reviews

First Review by Marquis

Takes one to know one - Edit

Lovely surroundings, good food (garlic bread. GARLIC BREAD!!!) and a very nice complimentary shot of vodka- thank you!

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excellent fine dining - Edit

After a beautiful walk along the canal, you can enjoy a delicious and drawn-out lunch or dinner here. I had a 2 hour, relaxing lunch, multiple courses, espresso, vodka, black tea ... the works! I went through the menu with the waitress and decided what could be ordered vegan. I chose fried mushrooms and potatoes, mushroom soup, black bread, and a garlic green bean dish. All of it was superbly tasty! I would definitely eat here again!

Pros: mushrooms (so tasty), friendly staff, romantic atmosphere

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Russian veggie food - Edit

FEel I Need To Redress Some Of These Reviews. This Is A Russian Restaurant Serving Russian Food. The Default Would Be That We Could Order NOTHING ! Several Vegan Options, Not Salads They Also Serve Lots Of Vegetarian Food So Good For Mixed Group Of people. I Also Had A Pudding That Wasn't Fruit Salad ! If You Want To Try Something RussiAn Whilst In Russia Worth A Try. Cheap By Uk Standards.

Pros: Russian food, authentic interior

Cons: vegan options not marked

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Don't go!!! - Edit

I never have writen reviews. Until this one. I joined happy cow just to write this! The vegan options consisted of nothing more than a few vegetable dishes and soups -- not unlike many places that don't call themselves vegan or vegetarian friendly. They are deceiving people. Happy Cow--can you change their listing?! Not only did they have limited options the extensive menu choices for non veg food is overwhelming. A balance is fine. A few dishes even would be ok. But this place is not veg friendly!!!!

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Vegans beware - Edit

This restaurant is in a cellar and is filled with interesting bric-a-brac. The food was tasty and also pricey. The waitress spoke English (unusual for St. Petersburg) and I told her I wanted only vegan options. She confirmed that I don't eat meat, cheese or eggs and recommended the mushroom dumplings. After I ate them, another waitress told me they contained eggs.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Pricey, limited vegan options

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Quite alright - Edit

I didn't really like the interior, but that's a matter of taste. It was nice to come there and sit after a long day of walking. Got free shots of vodka (I don't drink alcohol myself, but friends appreciated it though). They had vegetarian options, but very little vegan. I ended up eating fried veggies with sausage. It was taste but not very much (especially for the price I paid). Go there if you're in the neighbourhood, but don't make a long walk for it if you're looking for a good vegan meal. Might as well go some other place, it wasn't that special. Friendly service though, they knew English!

Pros: Friendly service, Free vodka

Cons: Not a lot vegan options, A bit ugly

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Great for vegetarians traveling with omnivores - Edit

This is a wonderful vegetarian option for those traveling to St. Petersburg made better because I often travel with a non-vegetarian. My friend and I loved the food and the ambiance. There is a smokers section well separated from nonsmokers. It is not inexpensive but a good value for the price.

Pros: excellent food

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Not vegan - Edit

This place is barely vegetarian, I ended up with a bowl of bloody salad, cost me an arm and a leg too. Free shot of vodka when you sit down though. If your a vegan forget it.

Pros: Free vodka

Cons: Not vegan

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Expensive with a very few vegan options - Edit

Looks like their "vegetarian" status is only to follow the facion. 2 years ago, when I went there for the first and last time, they had 2 options for vegans in menu: boiled potatoes and veggie rice (it was tasty though).
It's very expensive, too.

Pros: Interior, Stuff

Cons: Overpriced, almost no vegan options

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Nice but expensive - Edit

Had been there quite often in the past, but at that time I still ate meat so I didn't really noticed what kind of restaurant it was. I just loved the atmosphere. This week I was there the first being a vegan. It was not easy to find something on the menue suiting me, but finally had a delicious dinner. My fellows were not so happy, because they are meat eaters and the found it quite hard to find something in the menu.

Nevertheless: Price is far too high!

Pros: free Vodka I didn't need

Cons: Price

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Not a Great Vegetarian Destination - Edit

It's easy to see why it gets the raves: it's conveniently located, it is extremely atmospheric, it caters to American ex-pats, and it offers complimentary vodka shots. Nevertheless, I thought this place was overrated. First, the restaurant has more vegetarian options than many Russian restaurants, but it's not actually that vegetarian-friendly. Second, my meal was unremarkable. Finally, prices are not cheap.

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Loved the interiors and the name - Edit

Loved the mood. I ate there twice on my St. Peterburg trip. Good Borstj and Pelmini! If there's meateaters in the company, the have a small meatselection.

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The most relaxing place ever! - Edit

I went to Idiot once in November 2008 and loved it! Luckily, there weren't many tourists there then.
I was served by the very friendly and English-speaking staff and got a pot of tea and pelmeni with potato filling and mushroom sauce. She told me it was vegan but somehow I had the impression she didn't exactly know what that meant. If I think about it now, it probably wasn't vegan. The food was, however, delicious, and the atmosphere great. I felt more comfortable than at home - the dark red walls, the old interior, the music, warmth.
I totally recommend it.

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Great food in a great setting - Edit

We went twice to Idiot which served fish dishes and a range of vegetarian versions of Russian dishes. First time had the borsch and perogis and the second time had a delicious pear salad and the perogis again! The building is by a canal, about 5 mins from ST Isaac's church and the interior is really cosy and friendly. The staff spoke English and the menus were in Russian and English and the prices weren't too bad for Russia! Food is served with a wide, complimentary selection of breads which were lovely.

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Vegetarian?? - Edit

Pretty good food and nice atmosphere, but...

'Not 100% vegetarian'? You could say that again. It's more like a fish restaurant with some vegetarian options.
'Vegan-friendly'? The waitress didn't know what 'vegan' meant and the menu didn't indicate if something is vegetarian or vegan. There wasn't anything specifically vegan besides vegetables and potatoes. All in all, not that much more vegan-friendly than any other non-vegetarian restaurant I went to in St. Petersburg.

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Fantastic! - Edit

I've been to this restaurant about two years ago and it was one of the highlights of my trip to Russia. You should try the brosjsj (Russian beet soup)!

Pros: Food, Interior

Cons: Many tourists

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