St Petersburg's Masha and Bear (Masha i Medved in Russian), is named after the famous Russian folktale and children's story that is a popular animated cartoon loved by children worldwide.
Inside, the décor is modeled after the motif of folklore in a style that is uniquely Russian, which makes it a quaint and entertaining place to dine. While favored by tourists for its fashionably fun theme, the cozy atmosphere has a distinctly local feel and is why this place is known for providing a truly authentic Russian experience.
In warm weather, the beautiful floral terrace invites customers to dine at street level while enjoying the sun and passers by along this side street off the famous Nevsky Prospect.
But, the main restaurant is located in the basement, which hosts a cozy and welcoming setting. Tables by a fireplace, crisp linen tablecloths, napkins and fine tableware give the casual ambiance that special twist of renown Russian excellence in dining!
We have eaten at Masha and Bear and had a great experience! The food was tasty and the service was fast and friendly. Due to its central location, the restaurant becomes a popular tourist hot spot in the summer months, when both locals and visitors enjoy dining outdoors, while during the rest of the year is more quiet.
The menu at Masha and Bear offers a wide choice of delicious, traditional Russian food, such as Beef Stroganoff, Borsch and Chicken Kiev. A plate of smoked fish, herring and onions and pancakes are prepared and presented to perfection, but the baked salmon topped with caviar cream is one of the tastiest dishes on the menu.
This delightful St Petersburg establishment offers savory soups, fresh salads, hearty grain baskets, rich sauces, scrumptious hand-cut fries and excellent beer.
It's impossible to honor a low-fat diet when dining here, but you won't want to! If you're in the mood for dessert, the pancakes with condensed milk taste just like grandma used to make growing up in the village. That's the highest of compliments!
Dishes are served by a friendly, attentive waitstaff who speak English and an English menu is available. Visa and Mastercard accepted and reservations are recommended due to Masha and Bear ever-increasing popularity!
If you love dining outside on a warm summer day and enjoy watching the world go by right in the heart of the great city of St Petersburg, then this is the place to go.
WHERE YOU FIND IT: The restaurant is located on a pedestrian street very close to the famous Nevsky Prospect in the heart of the city.
OPEN FOR: Lunch and Dinner
WHO'S THERE: Mostly tourists, especially in the summer
PRICE RANGE: $$$ - From $25/27€ to $40/37€ per person for a full meal, including a drink.
MENU: English and Russian
KNOWN FAVORITES: Beef Stroganoff, Borsh, Sald Olivier (Russian Salad), Chicken Kiev and Pancakes with Caviar
OUR FAVORITE DISH: Chicken Kiev with salad and local Russian beer
OUTSTANDING POINTS: Just a few minutes walk from Kupetz Eliseevs Food Hall, Alexandrinsky Theatre, Catherine Park, the Russian Museum, Mikhaylovsky Theatre and the old department store Gostiny Dvor.
GOOD FOR: Groups of people, friends, and families as well as solo travelers who want to have a Russian dinner or lunch in the city center.
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Written by Davide C.