Views with meals: Which are best in Moscow

Where to wine'n'dine with a breeze and killer view in the Russian capital. Source: White Rabbit restaurant

Where to wine'n'dine with a breeze and killer view in the Russian capital. Source: White Rabbit restaurant

If a good meal comes with a breathtaking view, then it becomes spectacular. The Red Square, Stalin’s “Seven Sisters”, the Moscow River; these are all wonderful places at ground level; but people who know say these sites are even more breathtaking from above. What better way to enjoy them than with a nice meal and a drink in hand?

RIR looks at some of the best dining places in Moscow, with a view.

Kalina Bar

The Kalina Bar requires you to take out your fancy shoes and dish out a hefty sum, but the view at dusk over the brightly lit New Arbat, Moscow City and essentially all of central Moscow makes it all worthwhile. These views from the 21st floor of Lotte Plaza, combined with the provocative darkness, the chic atmosphere and the sensual music, make it the place for a romantic dinner, any time of the year. The open-air summer terrace is by far the most spectacular. The menus are extensive, a wide variety of cocktails is available and the food is delicious. 

Jerusalem

This cosy little Mediterranean style terrace on the top floor of Moscow’s main synagogue offers a very romantic view over uneven rooftops of houses in the Pushkinskaya area, and a comprehensive menu of Middle Eastern and Jewish fare. It’s best during the warm summer months when the outdoor part is functional. Word of caution: ‘Shabbat Shalom’ is taken seriously at Jerusalem, so there is no chance of eating Friday dinner or Saturday lunch here.

White Rabbit

White Rabbit is the current the rage among Moscow’s trendy foodies, not least because it made it into the prestigious British hospitality industry trade journal “Restaurant Magazine’s” top 50 this year. The food here is phenomenal; certainly among the best in Moscow at the moment. But what gives it that extra something? The view from the restaurant, without question. Overlooking Moscow from the 16th floor of Smolensky Passage, the restaurant that infuses its décor with themes from Alice in Wonderland essentially puts all central Moscow within your sights as you sit back and enjoy chef Vladimir Mukhin’s culinary masterpieces. 

Bon Tempi

This Italian restaurant (with an Italian owner and chef) on Red October will serve you some of the finest and most authentic pasta, risottos, meat and seafood with the added bonus of an unparalleled view over the Moscow River and Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The only downside: the spacious rooftop terrace is open only during the summer so hurry up and go there before autumn arrives. 

Sky Lounge

One of the capital’s oldest and most beloved rooftop restaurants, Sky Lounge is located on the top floor of the Soviet futuristic Russian Academy of Sciences building just south west of the city center, which means one thing: marvelous 360 panorama views of the Moscow River, Moscow State University, Luzhniki Stadium and Moscow City. It’s not the cheapest place in town but for your hard-earned rubles you will get attentive staff, a high-energy upscale vibe and an internationally inspired menu from brand chef Artem Dobrovolsky. The views are gorgeous all year around but in the summer months you have the chance to sit outside and take in the views as the wind blows through your hair.

Schastye na Kryshe
Translated as “Happiness on the Roof”, this cute veranda is perfect for a group of girlfriends, a young family or a couple romantically looking into each other’s eyes whilst enjoying beautiful views of Pushkin Square. Many guests complimented the pastries and breakfasts as well as the price to quality ratio but noted that service was rather slow and reservations essential on weekends.

Radisson Royal Hotel

This stylish hotel occupies one of Stalin’s “Seven Sisters” and is a beautiful site in itself but as the elevator starts taking you higher and higher, the views and dining options only get better and better. We’ll warn you straight away: these restaurants are very pricey.

Designed by Russian restaurateur Arkady Novikov, Tatler Club Restaurant offers innovative cuisine and river views. In the warmer months, you can dine on the terrace for a delightful and memorable experience.

For premier Italian dishes, try Buono Restaurant. Chef Christian Lorenzini masterfully prepares each meal with meticulous detail. The lovely terrace features a glass roof that lets natural light flow into the dining area.

The Romantic Restaurant is located on the hotel’s top floor and serves delicious cuisine set against a stunning backdrop of panoramic Moscow views. Celebrate any special occasion, from an anniversary to engagement, at the restaurant, the ideal venue for a memorable dining experience.

Decorated in a 1930s Manhattan style, the 31st-floor Mercedes Bar pours an array of creative cocktails constructed by expert mixologists. The views from this bar are unforgettable.

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