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“Soothing” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Koleso

Koleso
Ranked #615 of 10,182 Restaurants in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$18 - US$35
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Admiralteisky
Description: <> is the time-honored russian cuisine restaurant in central neighbourhood. This is the place, where traditional interior concept meets contemporary meal variations. The restaurant located a few steps from prime city attractions such as Palace square and St-Isaac Cathedral, which made it a very favored tourists spot. All guests can enjoy a homestyle old-fashion tavern atmosphere while drinking a cup of tea. "Step down into the warm and cozy cave that is Koleso and get settled in for an evening of old Slavic comfort. Iron candelabras give the room a medieval glow, while the crisp creamy tablecloths lend things a romantic touch. The menu is truly Slavic and will satisfy anyone looking for a good fill of wholesome Russian food. Meat is king and there is a broad choice of succulent meaty cuts as well as delicacies such as tongue and liver to be found in the extensive menu. The waitstaff are professional and know the menu well and will be happy to guide you through some of the region's more unusual dishes." - says popular guide "in your pocket". All inferior items are hand-made: the candelabras, solid wooden barrels, horseshoes on the walls, and even stained glass at the windows. Also, here, at "Koleso" you can see a real working Russian samovar - typical symbol of a Russian tea ceremony. All furniture is made from first-class white oak. Every guest will be satisfied with a various original Russian cuisine recipes, such as famous Russian soup "rassolnik", which traditionally cooking with a duck, traditional Russian-cabbage soup is serving with a beef tongue. The classic Russian borsch and meat solyanka also made with a traditional and respected by Russians recipe. For main course are perfectly suited such classic meals as rabbit in pumpkin sauce served with mashed potatoes, and most-favorable by tourists chiken-kiev cutlets, beef stroganoff with mashed potatoes. All russian meat ravioli in "Koleso" restaurant are hand-made and serving with a sour-cream sauce. Well-known Russian blini in "Koleso" are serving with side of true Russian regale: black or red caviar, and with sweet strawberry or caramel sauces for a desert. Drinks menu includes vodka which perfectly combines with every meat meal or soup, calvados, gin, various whiskey labels.
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“Soothing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2013 via mobile

Walking the streets of SPB in winter it is hard to 'find' restaurants as they often have little frontage to advertise their existence, we stumbled upon this by accident, though it was only 4 mins from our hotel! A cellar restaurant, serving delightful dishes, the service was so charming and the value superb. As tourists on their final night, we succumbed and ordered stroganoff, with sauerkraut and hot veg sides, the food was excellent. Including beers and vodka, the bill was barely 60euros. Highly recommended *****

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St. Petersburg
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“Great atmosphere and service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2012

As a professional tour operator I would recommend this very place for group visits. Service is fast, food is good, atmosphere and design are appropriate. I had a group of 10 Americans having lunch there - everything was great! One thing that everybody from the group was surprises was the bathroom with two cabins and just one water sink. So ladies and gentlemen were all standing in one line)))

  • Visited October 2012
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Switzerland
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“Small, friendly, good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2012

Well run, small, friendly restaurant offering traditional Russian cuisine. Had a great time here. Decor is original and has good atmosphere.

  • Visited August 2012
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UK
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“Great meal, not pricey”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2012 via mobile

Dropped in for a family lunch. The staff were very friendly and got us seated promptly despite having to deal with a huge group booking at the same time. We ordered a few salads - all very nice -, potato pancakes draniki (lovely), borsch, ukha and solyanka ( all superb), chicken kiev, salmon steak and chicken, and all were really nicely cooked. A bread basked with freshly baked bread was very welcome. We were too full for desserts so can't comment. We are Russian so we know what proper Russian food should taste like - this is a great place for it. Overall a lovely lovely meal, worth every penny. Thank you!

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Durris, Scotland
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“A good Russian restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2012

An interesting choice of Russian dishes. The cooking was competent, the service was friendly and efficient and the surroundings were attractive.

Visited May 2012
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