Regular city restaurants occupy ground floors, and their signs are easily noticeable to any passer-by. Meanwhile, there are special venues in Moscow hiding high above, sometimes almost just under the clouds. They are hard to find, but they are worth it. Windows of these bars and restaurants provide breathtaking views of the city. The highest-located of them sits at a height of 354 metres! And the most unusual one, in the Ostankino Tower, has a revolving floor. This overview includes the most intriguing dining spots with panoramic views of Moscow. Each of them provides a menu in English.
VIEWS OF THE KREMLIN
This restaurant and bar is located on the 12th floor of a five-star Ritz Carlton, in the very heart of the city. The terrace provides the best view of Manezhnaya Square and the Kremlin. The place is often visited in quest of this impression exclusively, as the menu is rather small and the prices are rather high. Cuisine: European, Japanese. An extensive cocktail menu and a good choice of wine. Average check: 4,000–5,000 RUB.
This restaurant and bar is located on the 10th floor of a five-star Ararat Park Hyatt. A terrace with panoramic windows is the key advantage of this place. In the warm season, you can enjoy the beautiful views of Teatralnaya Square, the Bolshoi Theatre, the State Historical Museum, and the Kremlin towers. Cuisine: European, Armenian. Average check: 3,500 RUB.
WITHIN THE GARDEN RING
This restaurant, ranked among The World’s 50 Best Restaurants on a regular basis, is a true gastronomic sight of Moscow. House specialties, along with the favourable location at the 16th floor of Smolensky Passage, have made this place one of the most popular dining destinations in Moscow. The windows overlook the monumental Stalinist buildings of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ukraine Hotel, the Garden Ring, and the Moscow City skyscrapers. Cuisine: Russian (author’s rethinking). Average check: 3,500 RUB.
Karlson occupies the roof of the 14-floor business centre Central City Tower. The terrace provides a good view of the Kremlin, the Moskva River, and the historic district of Zamoskvorechye. Prices are rather moderate; a children’s menu is available. Cuisine: Russian, Italian, house specialties. Average check: 2,000 RUB.
Kalina Bar (8 Novinsky Blvd (Russian: Novinskiy bul’var or Новинский бульвар))
This restaurant and bar is situated on the 21st floor of Lotte Plaza Business Centre. The windows provide an amazing view over Moscow, one side overlooking Old Arbat lanes and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, and the other (an outdoor terrace) giving on to Garden Ring, the White House, and the Moscow City District. Cuisine: European, Russian, Japanese, an extensive cocktail menu. Average check: 3,000 RUB.
The restaurant can be found on the 23rd floor of Golden Ring Hotel. This is one of the first panoramic restaurants in Moscow, founded in 2000. The restaurant offers a 360-degree panorama, so whichever table you sit at, you will have an astonishing view of various sights: New and Old Arbat, Stalin’s high-rise buildings, the Moskva River, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, or the White House. The place is designed in a classical, modest style. Cuisine: European, Russian. Average check: 3,500 RUB.
The summer terrace of the bar offers a beautiful view of the Garden Ring, Triumfalnaya Square with a monument to the Soviet futurist poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, and Tverskaya Street. The restaurant and bar is located in the belvedere tower of Pekin Hotel, occupying the 12th and 13th floors. The upper-floor room looks pretty unorthodox, featuring a combination of impressive 8 m high ceilings and historical elements of Soviet decorations (mosaics, columns, tiles, etc.). The bar is open from 5 p.m. until the last visitor leaves, but there are some days off.
RESTAURANTS IN HIGH-RISE HOTELS OF MOSCOW
While panoramic restaurants within the Garden Ring normally sit on the level of 10th–23rd floor, more remote locations feature dining spots on the 29th, 34th, 52nd, and even 85th floor, e.g. in the Moscow City Business Complex or in the modern high-rise hotels of the Swisshotel Krasnye Holmy and Radisson Royal chains. From a height like that, you will see not only the sights close by but also whole districts of the city.
This Italian haute cuisine restaurant is situated on the 29th floor of Radisson Royal Hotel. The historic building once was home to the famous Soviet hotel Ukraine, one of Stalin’s seven high-risers. Some tables are located by the windows, but others are not, so you need to book in advance to get a table with a view on the covered terrace. The terrace provides a fine view over New Arbat and the adjacent districts. Cuisine: Italian. Average check: 4,000 RUB.
This one is also housed by Radisson Royal Hotel, only on the 31st floor. The interior is designed with a reference to the classical Manhattan style of the 1930s–1940s: abundant leather armchairs, solid wooden tables, lots of mirrors, and, of course, posters with Mercedes Benz oldtimers. The panoramic windows look out on the Moscow City skyscrapers, the White House, New Arbat, and the city centre. Cuisine: European, Japanese. Average check: 2,500 RUB.
This is a 360-degree bar and restaurant on the 34th floor of Swisshotel Krasnye Holmy. From nearly any table, you will get a perfect panorama of the city. The historic district of Zamoskvorechye, the Moskva River, the Taganskaya Square area with its famous Stalin’s high-riser on Kotelnicheskaya Embankment, and the Garden Ring are well within view. The Kremlin, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, and Moscow City are visible in the distance. Cuisine: European, Russian, an extensive drinks menu. Average check: 3,000 RUB.
IN MOSCOW CITY
This is the highest restaurant location in Moscow, sitting in the rooftop of the OKO (EYE) Tower in the Moscow City Business District. It is only accessible in the warm season, from May to September. In winter, this roof is transformed into an ice skating rink. The height of 354 m is simply mind-blowing! This is the highest-located terrace in Europe. The place itself is relaxed and easy-going, although the prices are higher than average. Cuisine: Russian, European. Average check: 3,000 RUB.
This is the highest 360-degree restaurant in Europe. Located on the 85th floor of the OKO Tower, it features a huge Russian stove and offers breathtaking views of the capital. The stove, by the way, is not just a design element, it is actually used for cooking! Even an ardent foodie will be surprised at their special “stove menu” meals. Another distinctive feature of the restaurant is the so-called Ice Bar, where visitors are offered valenki (felt boots) and fur coats as well as warming drinks such as vodka. The place also has a large children’s entertainment room and organises rooftop excursions for anyone aged over 7. Cuisine: Russian. Average check: 3,000 RUB.
This is the second highest-placed restaurant in Moscow. Located on the 62nd floor of the Federation Tower in the Moscow City Complex, it features a platform with a balcony, from which visitors enjoy taking photos. It offers a particularly nice perspective of three Stalin’s high-risers: Ukraine Hotel, the residential building in Kudrinskaya Square, and the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as of the whole western part of Moscow. Windows open automatically every hour to let visitors enjoy the fresh air at the height of 225 m. Cuisine: Russian, Northern, Pan-Asian (author’s rethinking). Average check: 3,500 RUB.
This 80-seat restaurant can be found on the 52nd floor of the Federation Tower. The industrial-style design features panoramic windows with wonderful views of Moscow, creating an airy feeling which is only intensified by the small size of the restaurant. They have a separate room with a fireplace and lounge furniture seating 15 people. Please note that to get to Aviator, you need to call a hostess so that she comes down to the hall on the ground floor to fetch you. Cuisine: European, Russian, house specialties. Average check: 3,500 RUB.
IN SPARROW HILLS
The restaurant sits on the 22nd floor of the building housing the Russian Academy of Sciences. Its windows give on to the west of Moscow: Sparrow Hills, Moscow State University, and the Moskva River. If you want to sit by the window, you’d better book in advance. The restaurant has a covered terrace accessible in the warm season. Cuisine: Russian, European, Japanese. Average check: 3,000 RUB.
Extra Lounge (15 Kosygina St (ulitsa Kosygina or улица Косыгина))
This is a panoramic restaurant under a dome of glass located on the 20th floor of Korston Hotel. It offers astounding views of Sparrow Hills, Moscow State University, Luzhniki Stadium, and Moscow City. Karaoke is available. Cuisine: European, an extensive drinks menu. Average check: 3,000 RUB.
IN THE OSTANKINO TOWER
If you ask Soviet-born Muscovites what panoramic restaurants they know, 7th Heaven will be the first one to be named—it used to be the only panoramic restaurant in the capital back then.
The tower is 541 m tall, being the fourth tallest freestanding structure in the world. The restaurant in the tower opened in 1967 and has recently been reopened following an extensive renovation. The place occupies three levels, which house a bistro, a café, and a restaurant. The height of the levels ranges from 328 to 334 metres. All the three floors are revolving, so you don’t have to stand up from your place to get a panoramic view of the city. The restaurant takes about 40 minutes to revolve. You can even borrow an audio guide to have your cake and eat it too. Cuisine: European, Russian. Average check: 2,000 RUB in the café, 3,500 RUB in the restaurant. Children under 7 years of age are not admitted to the tower; carrying your ID is required.© 2016-2018 moscovery.com