Brigantina is a French restaurant in Sochi’s old port neighbourhood. This is where people come for fresh fish and seafood, both local and imported: oysters, snails, mussels, crab, scallops, clams, shrimp, and many kinds of Black Sea fishes: mackerel, surmullet, and all the rest of the local catch. They also make pizza here, which is available for takeout. The prices are not exactly low: a pot of mussels will set you back 950 rubles. But the view of the sea and the port is fabulous. Sit out on the porch, sipping French or Italian wine, watching the sunset, the sailboats and the big ships at anchorage off in the distance.
- Ulitsa Nesebrskaya, 3, Central District
- 1100 rub.
- 7 (918) 608 71 11
Del Mar is a café on the waterfront with lots of fish and seafood on the menu: soup DelMar di mare, tuna tartar, cream stewed mussels, shrimp tempura, Genoa salad. The seafood offering fits in well with Italian food: delicious thin-crust pizza, Parma ham pasta… Even Japanese selections are served with Italian flair at Del Mar: the sushi rolls have names like Liguria or Calabria. Wash it all down with any of the numerous French, Argentinean and Chilean wines on offer.
When it’s warm out, most people sit out on the porch or at the tables down by the water’s edge. A visit to Del Mar in the morning is a special kind of pleasure. That’s when they serve Italian omelette, syrniki and house breakfast. The kids get their own menu with titles like ABC chicken soup, mini burger and franks with mashed potatoes.
- Primorskaya Ulitsa, 11, Central District
- 1000 rub.
- 7 (988) 237 10 20
Mediterranean food with plenty of fresh fish and seafood, coupled with a transcendent view of the sea and the sky... How does it get much better than this? They treat fish with respect here. There are many exclusive seafood entrees on the menu, such as Black Sea yellow-fish Carpaccio, grilled flounder, or mullet fillet with bulgur risotto. Fish goes well with wine. European wines can be ignored in favour of local South Russian varietals. There is a real swimming pool out on the porch. Some patrons actually swim in it, when they’ve had enough to drink. Sanremo stages music events and parties from time to time, advertising them on its website. A yoga class occupies the same porch in the morning, from 6:30 to 8:00. Call the restaurant for more information.
- Chernomorskaya Ulitsa, 13g, Central District
- 1000 rub.
- 7 (862) 227 08 88
This is a sunlit, festive-looking veranda overhanging the sea. It’s a pretty sterile ambience, with nothing to distract one from the contemplation of the blue-water expanse or from the ingestion of Uzbek food, served here without the customary Central Asian décor. The view is incredible. So before you get on your way to make your visions of succulent tandyr-baked lamb a reality, call to make sure the restaurant is not booked for a party or a wedding tonight. The local cognoscenti come to Lighthouse for the pilaf, chuchvara or manty. People usually drink French or Italian wines or mixed drinks here.
- Morskoy Pereulok, 1/1, Central District
- 2000 rub.
- 7 (963) 160 73 37, 7 (988) 237 74 74
A summery seaside restaurant of the kind they show in the film scenes about the life of the privileged. Wicker furniture, gauze curtains, servers dressed up as sailors, rooftop terrace, and a bogus but picturesque lighthouse... The food tastes good, the servings are lavish, lots of fish and seafood on the menu, including Black Sea catch: flounder, surmullet, bullfish, mussels, Black Sea oysters, and much more.
The ambience, the view and the great food end up costing you large: the prices at Mare d`amore are a bit steep: 1,000 rub. for Spanish shrimp, 950 rub. for Black Sea mussels, 800 rub. for grilled flounder, and so on. To wash down the fish, they suggest Belgian beer, which seems to be the preferred poison at Mare d`amore.
Kids have a lot of fun here, even if no one makes an effort to entertain them. The lighthouse, the snout of a historical wooden ship together with its helm, awesome French fries, and the sea splashing only a few feet away from the restaurant’s steps provide enough entertainment.
- Nizhneimeretinskaya street, 161а
- 1,000 roubles
- +7 (988) 235 70 13