Restaurants with a view

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Panoramic windows of the Bellevue Brasserie, located on the ninth floor of the Kempinsky Hotel, grant a magnificent view of historical St. Petersburg: the Winter Palace, the bridges, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and the Peter and Paul Fortress. The menu combines French cuisine with traditional Russian accents: starters include a Matrioshka borsch risotto, while the venison pelmeni come served with a truffle sauce. But the most memorable item of the restaurant is not found on the menu - many visitors come to Bellevue Brasserie for a chance to study the intricate designs on the wings of an angel atop the Alexander Column, or maybe even catch a smile on its face.
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This place has no kitchen. What it does have is concerts, raves, after-parties and other amusements for the local youth. You can take your tea or coffee with homemade biscuits and carrot cake - and a dose of Italian St. Petersburg. Solaris Lab cafe is located in the transparent sphere on top of an old building in Kolomna, whose residents had long been rehoused. The windows offer an excellent view of the neighbouring roofs and towers as well as the dome of St. Isaac’s Cathedral.
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This karaoke restaurant, named in honor of a popular Soviet movie is located on a boat: the Neva River cruise from Sampsonievsky to Blagoveshchensky bridge lasts an hour, but, if desired, you can take another trip. The menu is dominated by fish and seafood. The guests are offered whole baked crab with butter sauce, Russian salad with smoked sterlet or black cod with miso and a light salad. There are also several kinds of dumplings (vareniki and pelmeni), okroshka summer soup, fois gras, duck confit and asparagus, steaks and risottos. Overboard are the views of the Palace, Troitsky and Blagoveshchensky bridges, the old stock exchange and rostral columns of Vasilievsky Island and numerous embankments. The lower deck is equipped with panoramic windows and the upper deck is open and offers the best views.
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In the afternoon Cafe Singer is full of tourists who come to see the famous Singer House and have some sandwiches, salads or blini overlooking the Nevsky Prospect and the Kazan Cathedral. The locals, who know the historic building as the Dom Knigi (“House of books”) bookstore, usually come here for breakfast - the view of the waking city goes well with pancakes with maple sauce and cottage cheese baked pudding with nuts and honey.
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The restaurant is located on the top floor of Olympic Plaza business centre. Here you can find plenty of natural flowers and brightly painted furniture; the wall racks with dinnerware and empty wine bottles give a cozy, homey feel. Beyond the restaurant’s windows are the multi-coloured roofs of St. Petersburg along with a picturesque intersection of Marat Street and Nevsky Prospect. Commonly for the Ginza restaurant syndicate, which runs the place, the cuisine is international with some out-of-the-box twists: for an appetiser you can try a carpaccio, continue with a bowl of borsch with veal cheeks and finish the dinner off with a pizza.
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Although this panoramic restaurant is located on the ground floor, the view here seems like a postcard: the old stock exchange and rostral columns of Vasilievsky Island, the Palace Embankment and Neva River. Inside you will find rows of sofas, multicoloured chairs, a lot of flowers and waiters. The crowd is made up of tourists, football players and businessmen. The smelt fish (koryushka), which is considered the main catch of local waters and which gave the restaurant its name, is served at any season and in many varieties: fried au gratin, pickled or smoked. The fish dishes are complemented by local type of gyros (shawarma) with a Georgian satsibeli sauce, several types of khachapuri (Georgian cheese-pies) and khinkali (large Georgian dumplings).
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You can visit this restaurant to enjoy the views of Neva River, the Petrograd Side, Tuchkov pier and Petrovsky stadium which is the home field of the local football club Zenit. Even the roof in this restaurant is made of glass. The menu is based on classical Italian recipes (including pasta Aglio e olio, risotto with scallop and spinach and several kinds of pizza), but there are also traditional Russian dishes (pea soup with smoked pork, home-made khinkali and “Stolichny” salad with chicken breast).
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The best view of the St. Isaac’s Cathedral dome is the main reason to climb to the top floor of Quatro Corti business centre, which houses the Mansarda restaurant. The business centre itself is also a landmark of sorts, an example of modern architecture integrated into historic ensemble of St. Petersburg. Visitors come to Mansarda smartly dressed; typical orders consist of oysters, wine, scallops, king crabs and fois gras.
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There are two Mindal Cafe locations in St. Petersburg, but the one with a view is located at the Angliyskaya (English) Embankment. Just beyond its windows lies the Neva River, the Imperial Academy of Arts, the stone sphinxes and the Rumyantsev Garden of the University Embankment. The menu includes 23 kinds of Georgian and Azeri pies and pastries - khachapuri, chebureki, mchadi and kutaby. There is also a burning-hot kharcho meat soup, ojakhuri (fried meat and potatoes), chashushuli (spicy braised meat) and pilaf. Chef Marina Naumova gets all her herbs from the Caucasus Mountains where even mint leaves smell differently.
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The main room of this trattoria reminds one of an airport, but instead of airplanes and ramps beyond the floor-to-ceiling windows you’ll see the Neva River, the new buildings of the Vyborg Side and the TV tower. If you’re planning a romantic date or a business meeting, book a secluded table by the window ahead of time. The menu includes the creme de la creme of Italian cuisine: the pastas and pizzas are unbeatable although the restaurant’s chef is French. The “Motherland” section of the menu includes excellent Russian salad and borsch, while the “Japan” part presents wonderful wok dishes and miso soup.
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This restaurant’s menu has something for everyone: from a Indonesian salad with beef to gyros (shwarma) with teriyaki sauce, from pike cutlets to shrimps in vietnamese style . The restaurant has a large balcony with a view of Vosstaniya Square, Moskovsky Rail Terminal and the roofs of Nevsky Prospekt, and on good weather days the tables here are in great demand.
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The three-story mansion on Moika Embankment is crowned with a terrace that offers views of the whole city centre. The kitchen is headed by a young chef Ivan Berezutsky - a student of Adrian Quetglas and the twin brother of Sergei Berezutsky, last year’s winner of San Pellegrino Cooking Cup. Ivan learned his molecular cuisine tricks from Quetglas: the octopus tentacle is served with potato fondant, while the ribeye steak on coals with celery “vareniki” is garnished with mushrooms and pickled ramson. Food critics compare a dinner at PMI with a reading of a thrilling detective story.