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.
Beliye Nochi (White Nights) focuses on the cuisine of the Caucasus, which is very popular in Sochi. The restaurant is famous for its khinkali dumplings, a staple of Georgian cuisine. There are also traditional dishes like shashlyk or skewered meat, lobio or spicy stewed beans, and satsivi or meat with walnut sauce. The bar also offers local wine and Armenian cognac. The prices at the restaurant are quite reasonable.
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.
Syndicate's prices are high, but the restaurant is commended for its meat dishes. Its menu even features marbled meat. Syndicate also serves seafood, pizza, pasta, delectable desserts, and a wide variety of wines. The design of the place is influenced by retro American style. As for the location, Syndicate is situated in Luna-Park, an amusement park for children. Nearby is the famous Zimny Theater (Winter Theater).
Konditersky Butik, which translates to pastry boutique, is part of the Syndicate Steak House. Here, you can buy internationally popular desserts such as panna cotta and macaroons. The shop also functions as a cafe, but the seating area is very small so it's probably best to go with a small group.
If you like beer, check out this brewery and restaurant at the corner of Donskaya and Gagarina streets. It offers a posh ambiance and a menu filled with beer grub such as knedliky (Czech dumplings), as well as seafood dishes. For music lovers, the restaurant regularly organizes live music concerts.
Even though the name of this stylish and expensive establishment has the word "bar" in it, rest assured that you won't leave the place hungry. The Bar London menu features a wide array of high-quality food, from Italian and Japanese dishes to sandwiches and steaks. A breakfast menu is also available. Bar London takes its name from a hotel that was located here in pre-revolutionary years. This hotel welcomed a lot of notable Russian cultural figures, such as composer Sergei Rachmaninoff and Futurist artist David Burliuk. Bar London pays homage to such an arty pedigree by holding a variety of cultural events, which include film screenings, jazz concerts, and rock shows.
Sushi and rolls are extremely popular in Russia - some are even calling them "the new Russian national food." So expect to find those Japanese dishes on the menus of most restaurants, cafes, and bars. Restaurants that focus on specifically Japanese cuisine are abundant as well. If you want to dine at such an establishment in Sochi, Soho might be one of your best bets. It features classics such as California and Rainbow rolls as well as a variety of hot and spicy rolls. There is also a large amount of non-Japanese meat and seafood dishes as well as desserts such as ice cream, cheesecakes, and chocolate pancakes with cheese and berries. Because this restaurant in located in a basement it has no windows, but the ambiance is undeniably stylish and cozy.
Nippon House is a very popular Japanese restaurant in the center of Sochi. The expansive menu features a lot of classic rolls, including hot and spicy varieties. There are also different kinds of sushi, sashimi, rice dishes, dumplings, and noodles. Desserts include delicious fried ice cream. For those looking to eat without leaving their couches, Nippon House delivers.
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 get to know Russian cuisine, it is essential that you try famous Russian desserts. A good place for that is Alyonka, a cafe and pastry shop beloved since Soviet times. There you can get all the "classics," such as kartoshka (a potato-shaped bread pastry with chocolate) and éclairs (a cream-filled oblong dessert).