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“Charmless kitsch” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chekhov

Chekhov
Ranked #216 of 10,130 Restaurants in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Petrogradsky
Description: Traditional Russian meals and modern gastronomic trends in the interiors of aristocratic country-house of the late 19th century. Collection of homemade vodka and liqueurs. An extensive wine list, representing the main wine regions. Courteous staff, dressed in the costumes of the era. Live piano music. A separate room for 6-8 persons, which also presents the classic Board game.
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Charmless kitsch”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

Exceptionally mediocre food, surpassed only by the rudeness of the staff.
As noted by a previous reviewer, service was sullen and painfully slow; unacceptable with 4 waiters to 3 tables.
Pan seared foie-gras to start was good, but both the salad and pelmeni's were ordinary. Crispy potato pancakes were void of crispiness and sat in a puddle of mushrooms. The lamb main painfully overcooked; fat and gristle masquerading as a dish.
Desert was brought to us while our main courses were still in progress on the table. A first. The slab of bitter chocolate cake was large and plain. The apple strudel was a v. poor pastry dish. Milkshake was admittedly delicious: the only serving with a semblance of freshness.
The cheque was brought to the table before coffee and without being asked for.

Lacks the manners to fulfill its pretensions in all.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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2 Thank Alexander K
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Charming place but disappointing experience”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2014

This restaurant was recommended by our guidebook, by my Russian friend and Tripadvisor. We had high expectations but unfortunately we were disappointed with both service and food.

For starters we had pelmeni and marinated mushrooms. Pelmeni was great but the mushrooms were way too acid and strong in taste. It would be a great side dish, but as a starter for one person it just didn't work. Maybe the starters were made to share, if so, we would have appreciated the waitress to say so.

We both had meat for main course, basically ok, nothing special. But the sauce was very sweet in both dishes. The berry sauce was something you would eat with ice cream, not with meat. I would expect berry sauce with meat to be something else. But, to be fair, we noticed that in many other restaurants the sauces were very sweet. Maybe it's typical Russian, but didn't work for us.

The waitress was kind but not very attentive. Service was slow. The restaurant itself was very charming and nicely decorated, has potential offer great experiences.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Susse84
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Indiana
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396 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 470 helpful votes
“Charming Place with Average Food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014

Our group ate here as part of a tour and had the fixed menu of salad, salmon and dessert. Nothing bad, but also nothing impressive about this place. The dining room is small and rustic, but charming. If you are looking for a simple lunch, I recommend this place. Just don’t have high expectations.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Profguy
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California
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64 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Chekhov is a nice place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014

Chekhov is part of a chain of restaurants named after authors. It’s good enough, though at $100 for a meal for two with only two glasses of wine, quite expensive. I found the white mushroom pickles awfully salty. The duck pelmeny were great. The beef stroganoff was good too. Everyone was nice although they forgot to bring the halibut in puff pastry. I was full anyway. The decor is cute and the theme menu, which is vaguely literary, is not irritating. The service is slow by American standards, as it ought to be.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank rtln
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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55 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014 via mobile

Went with three friends and we had an excellent meal. The service was attentive and the food well prepared and delicious

Visited July 2014
Helpful?
Thank Rinda166
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