Vstrecha is a small, two-storey café with a porch, sited not too far from the beach. The posh interior kind of clashes with the modest size of the place and its affordable prices. However, Vstrecha is devoid of any particular pretence or attitude. It’s just your average café, one of those places every major city is supposed to have on every corner. They do grilled, char-broiled and smoked specialties, and also cook in a Russian wood-burning oven and tandyr clay oven. Whatever they prepare, you end up with a lot of food. They cook fast and they charge little (375 rub. pan-fried mussels, 255 rub. tongue the Caucasus style). The wine list consists of Italian, French and South Russian wines. Vstrecha, which has been around for nearly two decades, is one of Sochi’s most popular affordable restaurants.
- Ulitsa Kirova, 35, Adler District
- 600 rub.
- 7 (862) 240 33 93, 7 (918) 102 16 56
At Grusha (the Russian for “Pear”) they try to add pears to every dish they prepare - ice-cream, pizza, pasta and so on, and they cook with farm-fresh local produce here. The prices are not exactly cheap, but the chefs personally assure the quality of their beef stroganoff (690 rub.), carrot cake (250 rub.), burgers (from 380 rub.), pizza (from 520 rub.) and pasta (from 360 rub.).
They are attentive to kids at Grusha, and have a kids’ menu with simple and tasty dishes like franks and potatoes, or baked pear (elegant and good-tasting). They will take the kids away for some master-classes after dinner, where they will learn things like making pizza, and then will eat again. Grusha has DJs or live bands playing sometimes, and hosts parties. Grusha is located at Rosa Khutor ski resort. You will appreciate the enjoyable mountain views out on its porch.
- Ulitsa Medoveya, 8/1, Plateau 1170, Rosa Khutor ski resort, Krasnaya Polyana, Adler District
- 1100 rub.
- 7 (928) 259 62 59
The people who run this urban café have thought of every little detail – from interior decoration to the menu – to make you feel at home. The place is appointed to resemble a comfortable apartment complete with couches, a pet rabbit, lacework tablecloths, floor lamps, framed portraits and, last but not least, a kids’ room furnished to make many parents feel jealous. The sign out front says “family recipe restaurant,” and the food is up to the mark: stuffed pastries, several recipes of Olivier salad, syrniki, “potato” pastry, cherry vareniki and khachapuri. Olive focaccia, lamb tongues and pumpkin soup add a touch of the Mediterranean. The place is ideal for a quiet family dinner, bearing in mind that the child will surely leave the table at some point to run and seek amusement, take part in some fun activity or a master-class. They serve very affordable breakfast at Olivier on weekdays. The place is really generous in its pricing policy, offering all kinds of promotions and specials all the time. For example, holders of flight or rail tickets are entitled to a discount. The girls in a large party coming in on a Monday get a deal on drinks.
- Ulitsa Roz, 52, Central District
- 1100 rub.
- 7 (862) 264 06 42, 7 (966) 777 52 52
Seli-Poeli is a chain diner with several establishments in Sochi. This is a real self-serve diner equally appreciated by locals, executive travellers and holiday-makers with kids. It’s clean and tidy, with no kitchen odours in the air. The prices are truly amazing for a resort town: 75 rub. okroshka, 100 rub. chicken and mushroom pasta, 20 rub. berry compote, 100 rub. pork shish kebab. Seli-Poeli works unusual hours, which are convenient for many people, opening at six in the morning.
This is the right place to bring your hungry, whiny kids and feed them plain “like-home” buckwheat or macaroni. The servings are substantial, but do not expect any gastronomic discoveries. Seli-Poeli is the place for a quick, filling and affordable meal – no more, but no less.