The most pleasant way to survive Moscow heat is on the water, and Radisson Royal Moscow Flotilla's floating patios are simultaneously a restaurant, a tour of Moscow by water, and a rescue from the noonday heat.
The menu here is standard (in a good sense of this world) dinner event fare: fish plate, Caesar, Nicoise, and Blue Cheese salads, fettuccine with salmon, gazpacho soup, two kinds of cold okroshka soup (with ham and kvas, or with smoked salmon and kefir), penne Arabiata, duck "Magret," beef cheeks in white wine sauce, stewed mussels in tomato sauce.
In the course of three hours, the ship sails down the Moskva River past the principal city attractions: from Gorky Park past the Kremlin, the Novodevichy Convent, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and Hotel Ukraina. We suggest booking the table either at sunrise or sundown.
- Naberezhnaya Tarasa Shevchenko, Gostinitsa Ukraina berth
- st. Kiyevskaya
- 2,000 rub.
- 7 (495) 228 55 55
Patio at Noor | Electro, an excellent bar and restaurant, is a tiny secluded courtyard, where people sit everywhere, including the steps. For the kids, there is a swing, a hammock, and a rope ladder, but adults can use them as well.
Despite the fact that people usually come to Noor | Electro to have a drink and dance, its food is also very good. For breakfast, try almond croissants, eggs Benedict with salmon. The lunch menu is modest, but respectable: tomatoes with mint, Tom Yam Kun soup, lamb cutlet with bilgur, roasted farm chicken, and potatoes with "adjika". In the evenings, people come here for pomegranate tinis, Bloody Marys, Mimosas, and classical Old Fashioneds.
- Ulitsa Tverskaya, 23/12
- st. Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya
- 2,000 rub.
- 7 (903) 136 76 86
Enthusiast is a curious example of a downtown café that manages to stay inexpensive, delicious and full of people on Fridays and weekends even in summer, when Moscow seems half-deserted. Basically, it is a typical local pub in the British sense of this word: a place where people come to have a pint of craft beer, discuss motorbikes (there is a motorbike workshop), watch movies (every week there is a new film about music, speed, and Rock 'n' Roll), listen to some lectures and meet up with friends.
Weekdays here are also great. Lunch menu includes excellent and filling sandwiches (with baked vegetables, chicken, tuna, and baked salmon), soups of the day and brownies, and breakfast menu has great eggs on toast and more. Once the terrace is opened in the summer, the little courtyard in the centre of Moscow is transformed: wooden tables, hanging lamps and chairs made out of old beer kegs, lounge chairs and palm trees in huge tubs – a great way to spend the day, eating tabouli salad and polishing it off with apple cider.
- Pereulok Stoleshnikov, 7, building 5
- st. Chekhovskaya, Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya
- 700 rub.
If you walk through 15 Kitchen + Bar and go outside, you will find a bar, which expands into the rows of tables, trees and neat sofas. People wine, dine and celebrate here even during lightning storms.
This restaurant has an interesting story with its chefs. They come here for vacation or a guest performance: some cook for a week, some – for a month. They come from all over the world – French, Mexicans, English – so you better check ahead about the current menu.
The restaurant has one important demand of its chefs, they have to cook using local produce. And this the real magic, to see how familiar salad ingredients are turned into something completely else by Mexican or British chefs. In summer there are a lot of grilled items on the menu, such as fish, vegetables, or spicy chicken.
- Pereulok Pozharsky, 15
- st. Kropotkinskaya
- 2,000 rub.
- 7 (985) 767 10 66
In summer this lively terrace with huge windows expands outward, and several rows of tables are put up in the Hermitage Garden itself. During daytime, it is full of mothers with their children (fresh vegetable salads with sunflower spouts, young zucchini with sour cream sauce, club sandwiches with chicken breast, and crepes with orange sauce satisfy their cravings), and in the evenings, Veranda 32.05 is transformed. Party goers of all ages come here to have a glass of wine or house sangria (which is made here in huge containers) and dance till the wee hours to the music played by popular DJs. In the evenings, people usually order chicken wok with noodles, ribeye steak, kebabs in pita bread and appetizers to go with the alcohol: red mullet, quick pickled cucumbers, meze, bruschettas with chicken liver pâté and onion confit, and buckets (small ones) of french fries.
The restaurant's owners regularly host special evenings, such as oyster days or sangria nights. All the information is published on its Facebook page, and if you want to join, be quick, there is quickly a long queue.
- Ulitsa Karetny Ryad, 3
- st. Chekhovskaya, Pushkinskaya, Tsvetnoy Bulvar
- 2,000 rub.
- 7 (905) 703 32 05
Chips is a happening place for wild get-togethers with champagne. If you are not a fun of loud parties, come earlier, before the place gets crazy. The summer patio is located almost on the roof, with a great view of Kuznetsky Most, TsUM, and the Bolshoi Theatre.
The menu is a complete fusion: smoked duck salad or Caesar salad with shrimp is next to soup with salmon or chebureki meat pies and vodka, while the chicken burger (a favourite with the kids) is found side by side with black ravioli with crab meat. Chicken schnitzel competes for attention with homemade veal pelemeni, and mutton Luleh kebab gives the traditional Russian schi soup a run for its money. In other words, the menu has everything that may be desired by the person who had danced half a night, or who had simply gotten hungry shopping at the upscale TsUM.
- Ulitsa Kuznetsky Most, 7
- st. Kuznetsky Most, Lubyanka
- 1,500 rub.
- 7 (495) 628 68 67
This small, but soulful Italian restaurant is headed by Giuseppe Davi, a chef with a beard, lots of jokes and passion for pasta and cooking in general. In order to get a real taste of his talent, ask for tasting sets from the chef: bruschetta with crabmeat, pike-perch fillet in a bed of zucchini with shrimp sauce, black ravioli with sea bass and pick shrimp, porcini cappuccino with truffle aroma, Olimpia dessert.
The main menu has lots of pasta and risotto (such as spaghetti with mullet bottarga, capers, garlic, and tomatoes, or risotto with buratta and tomato sauce) as well as numerous Sicilian seafood dishes: marine reptiles soup, oysters, free range fish of the day, red Sicilian shrimp and langoustines.
The Italians have a spacious patio, with starched tablecloths, nonchalant umbrellas and plants in tubs – you can see that the chef wants to feel as much at home here as at his native Sicily. It would be a waste of a sunny day to avoid the desserts, so give a try to the tender semifreddo with almonds.
- Ulitsa Povarskaya, 33
- st. Barrikadnaya, Krasnopresnenskaya
- 2,000 rub.
- 7 (985) 367 44 44
White, light and fresh – the terrace of the Schastye Na Kryshe (Happiness on the Roof) restaurant is really located on the roof, and offers a great view of central Moscow and Tverskaya lanes (but keep in mind that there are several rooms inside as well). The menu is appropriate for the location: light, pleasant and familiar dishes.
The kitchen serves dishes beloved by most, but with interesting twists: spaghetti carbonara is served with a poached egg and chili bread crumb; beef stroganoff is cooked with honey fungus; salmon steak is served with baked beet and black rice. Chicken soup comes with wheat croutons, vegetable fritters – with orange creme fraiche, grilled veal – with potatoes and wine sauce. There is also a salad with homemade pastrami and sorrel.
Vegetarians will find a separate menu: ravioli with cheese, gnocchi with spinach and arugula, and oyster mushroom steak with sprouted green buckwheat.
- Pereulok Bolshoy Putinkovsky, 5
- st. Pushkinskaya, Tverskaya, Chekhovskaya
- 1,500 rub.
- 7 (499) 788 76 76
It is difficult to find a better place for a summer patio than next to the small botanical garden known as Aptekarsky Ogorod. In the garden itself there are secluded corners for walks, ponds with waterlilies and weeping willows, and a constant bloom of flowers – and all of this is practically in downtown Moscow. The restaurant itself has its own garden-beds, mostly with herbs, and lots of greens in pots and tubs.
The menus is also full of healthy greens: Nisuaz salad with tuna, salad with avocado and pink tomatoes, tomato gazpacho, smoked salmon (the restaurant has its own smokehouse, so everything smoked is house-made), and celery cream soup with truffle.
Or you can order a picnic basket and take it with you to some agreeable lawn. The basket includes smoked salmon with fennel, chicken wings with paprica and lemon juice, apples, strawberries, grapes, goat cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers and radish, olives, herbs, and a bottle of wine.
- Prospekt Mira, 26, building 2
- st. Prospekt Mira
- 2,000 rub.
- 7 (495) 256 04 03, 7 (909) 635 31 11