Promenad is a restaurant/cafe located close to the Morvokzal. The decor is light and pretty, with elements such as plants and bookshelves creating a cozy, home-like ambiance. The menu is international, featuring Russian dishes such as borscht and chicken kiev, as well as steaks, salads, seafood dishes, and khachapuri (traditional Georgian cheese-filled bread, highly recommended). There is also a variety of internationally popular desserts.
Sineye More (Blue Sea) is an expensive place (think Moscow prices!), but it boasts beautiful views on the sea. The menu features a variety of meat and seafood dishes. The drink menu has a lot of pricy but high-quality wines and, of course, that ubiquitous Russian favorite, cocktails.
The name of this restaurant refers to an inextricable part of Russian culture, the dacha (summer house). Lots of people in the country, not just oligarchs, have them. Sochi has long been a place where influential people (such as high-ranking Soviet functionaries) had their summer houses, hence "The Boss's Dacha." The restaurant offers many entertainment options for its patrons, such as billiards, karaoke, live music, and DJ nights. The food menu is pretty standard, featuring European and Japanese dishes. You can also pay tribute to a time-honored Russian summer tradition by making your own shashlyk (skewered meat) on the terrace.
Santorini specializes in souvlaki, which is a popular Greek skewered meat dish. In addition to that, the cafe's menu features shawarma, stuffed pitas, sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, pastas, salads, and ice cream. If you want to have a drink, Santorini serves beer and mojitos. Also of note is the blue-and-white design of the place, which is quite pleasing to the eye. Sochi has two Santorini cafes, one in Central Sochi, the other in the Adler District.
In Russia the differences between restaurant and cafe are not as clear-cut as in other countries. A lot of the places have coffee and pastries as well as dinner food and a wide assortment of cocktails and other alcoholic drinks. A lot of establishments have both "restaurant" and "cafe" in the name. One such place is Brigantina, one of Sochi's favorites for casual meals. Brigantina strives to create the ambiance of a Mediterranean restaurant, boasting views of the sea and offering a large variety of seafood dishes. Brigantina is also commended for its high-quality, reasonably-priced breakfasts and delicious pastries.
If you want to dine Tzar or Tzarina-style, check out Aleksandr, a restaurant located inside the Chebotarev Hotel. This posh, classy establishment serves European and Russian dishes, including kulebyaka (stuffed pies) and smoked duck dumplings. Besides standard dinners, Aleksandr can also host banquets and business meetings.
Japanese cuisine is extremely popular in Russia; you can find sushi and rolls on the menus of most restaurants and bars. Yapona Mama is one of Sochi's foremost establishments that focus on the Japanese culinary tradition. The menu features a large variety of rolls, including hot and spicy ones. The place is also known for its desserts, which include battered fried apples and bananas and fried camembert with raspberry sauce.
The name of this restaurant and bar does not lie - the place is indeed located right by the sea. The views it offers are very beautiful. Sea Zone was originally launched as a summer-only restaurant, but may be open year-round in the coming months. The restaurant offers European dishes and of course sushi, as well as a wide array of drinks, including cocktails. Please note that the establishment is quite expensive and has a dress code: it doesn't allow people in footwear that might be deemed too informal (for example, flip-flops).