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Dr. Zhivago, a recently opened restaurant in the very heart of Moscow, just a block from Kremlin, carries the name of the legendary novel, as well as creates its own intriguing story line. The place is about to prove that Russian cuisine can be modern and this restaurant following a purely Russian concept appears to be surprisingly fashionable and stylish. Just in weeks Dr. Zhivago became extremely popular not only with tourists but also with locals – a reservation required at least a week in advance. This new successful spot on the gastronomic map of Moscow was created by restaurateur Alexander Rappoport on the ground floor of the legendary Hotel Nacional. Since the spot is just a short walk
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
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Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer
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Reviewed 15 April 2024 via mobile

Loved the red and white theme. Even the ceiling has paintings! Very contemporary. Food was good too. Particularly enjoyed the desserts. Do go and enjoy a meal here.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Сергей Плескунов, Маркетинг at Grand Cafe Dr. Zhivago, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2024

Hello! Thank you very much for your kind words and appreciation of our work. We are really glad that you were pleased of visiting Restaurant and left us in a good mood. See you!

Reviewed 11 April 2024 via mobile

Today after my work I visited to restaurant. Perfect location opposite Red square. Delicious dishes and real gentleman. He jusped and sit with me 😜 interesting occasion 😜 he paid our lunch ! Cool knight 👏👏👏

Date of visit: April 2024
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Сергей Плескунов, Маркетинг at Grand Cafe Dr. Zhivago, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2024

Hello! Thank you very much for your kind words and appreciation of our work. We are really glad that you were pleased of visiting Restaurant and left us in a good mood. See you!

Reviewed 19 February 2024 via mobile

Very famous place with tasty food. Here you can find many classic Russian dishes like pelmeni, pickles and marinades, caviar, main dishes made of meat or fish. Of course, there are different porridges, home-made pies and pancakes as well. There are a very big variety...of vodkas and homemade liquors. Interesting teas (for example one with pines) are presented in the menu. Due to its popularity this restaurant is too busy: no private experience or some care from the staff, everyone is in a rush.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Сергей Плескунов, Маркетинг at Grand Cafe Dr. Zhivago, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2024

Hello! Thank you very much for your kind words and appreciation of our work. We are really glad that you were pleased of visiting Restaurant and left us in a good mood. See you!

Reviewed 31 December 2023

The restaurant is great food is the best but unfortunately the receptionist was very rude with no respect at all. They need to be flexible specially for late night food! Restaurant was almost empty and she said there was no booking under our name and...she was refusing to accept us even though the restaurant was almost empty at 12:30am . I hope they improve in this situation,More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Сергей Плескунов, Маркетинг at Grand Cafe Dr. Zhivago, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2024

Hello! Thank you very much for your kind words and appreciation of our work. We are really glad that you were pleased of visiting our restaurant and left us in a good mood. See you!

Reviewed 5 May 2023 via mobile

10 stars for this restaurant! This was the most delicious and amazing experience for food. Pleasant and professional fast and fresh! If you are in the area this is a must to visit! Thank you dr. zhivago team for the hospitality and I will be...dreaming of of this menu day and night! Forever!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Сергей Плескунов, Маркетинг at Grand Cafe Dr. Zhivago, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2023

Hello! Thanks for your feedback. See you!

Reviewed 6 April 2022 via mobile

Unique decoration, it’s a great atmosphere. When in Moscow definitely a must try. The food was delicious! I love Russian food! I took one star because the service can be a little bit more friendly.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Сергей Плескунов, Менеджер по связям с общественностью at Grand Cafe Dr. Zhivago, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2022

Many thanks for your feedback. We are really happy that your visiting of our restaurant was great! Will wait to see you again, thank you!

Reviewed 23 February 2022 via mobile

Do know what to do Just am amazing food super delicious Must try their avocado salad, caviar, everything delicious highly recommend but must do reservation

Date of visit: February 2022
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Сергей Плескунов, Менеджер по связям с общественностью at Grand Cafe Dr. Zhivago, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2022

Many thanks for your feedback. We are really happy that your visiting our restaurant was great and that you like the cuisine and the atmosphere. Will wait to see you again, thank you!

Reviewed 19 February 2022 via mobile

Good for every type of food: from breakfast till dinner. This time Dr Zhivago won my heart! Scallops with pike caviar as a starter was excellent: so fresh and high quality. Main dishes as sturgeon, baked eggplant with trumpet and also dumplings (my husband chose...it) were tasty and we were full up after it. If you want to try the best Olivier salad, I recommend you to choose Olivier with crayfish (for my opinion it’s better than classic Olivier from Dr Zhivago). And I want to highlight good cocktail card: classical and new interesting cocktails are presented, you can find everything you want. Prices are reasonable and it’s very pleasantly. This restaurant works 24 hours per day but I advise you to book table in advance especially on weekends.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Сергей Плескунов, Менеджер по связям с общественностью at Grand Cafe Dr. Zhivago, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2022

Many thanks for your feedback. We are really happy that your visiting our restaurant was great and that you like the cuisine and the atmosphere. Will wait to see you again, thank you!

Reviewed 16 February 2022

During my recent trip to Moscow, I had the pleasure of having breakfast at Dr. Zhivago. Nice atmosphere, good selection and quality of food. Much better and also considerably cheaper than breakfast buffet at the hotel. Recommended.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Сергей Плескунов, Менеджер по связям с общественностью at Grand Cafe Dr. Zhivago, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2022

Many thanks for your feedback. We are really happy that your visiting our restaurant was great! Will wait to see you again, thank you!

Reviewed 13 February 2022

We have pretty much given up hope going to this "highly recommended" and "overrated" cafe. First, tried to do an online reservation but it doesn't have an online reservation system. Second, when we tried to call the contacts +7 (499) 922-01-00, +7 (909) 906-02-30 &...+7 (909) 906-08-40 listed on it's website, nobody answered and there were no auto-recording for a return call. Third, when I was in the Kremlin area on 29 Jan 2022 and went in person to make a reservation, the receptionist confirmed our reservation for 13 Feb 2022 at 2 pm. Finally, we thought we got a reservation at the cafe. However, when we walked there and arrived at 2 pm today (13 Feb 2022), to our shock, the Main Receptionist told us there were no reservations under our names. The reservation system is so screwed up even though my reservation was keyed in on 29 Jan 2022. The Main Receptionist did not even offer any alternatives and just said there was no reservations for us and left us to stand there for 5 minutes. Later, a junior Receptionist attended to us and just told us that we would need to wait for more than an hour for a table. We just walked out in great disappointment. This was extremely unprofessional. In contrast, Cafe Pushkin is very professional and their reservation system is so much better and staff are very attentive. The staff at Cafe Pushkin will always call a few days before to confirm the reservations. We are expats leaving here in Moscow and have lived in many countries and this has never happened to us. We are very surprised of the very low level of professionalism of it's service staff at this highly overrated cafe.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Сергей Плескунов, Менеджер по связям с общественностью at Grand Cafe Dr. Zhivago, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2022

Hello! Thank you for your feedback. We are very sorry that your visit was spoiled due to poor service. Unfortunately, we were not informed about the existing problem in due time. We want to apologize personally. Please leave your contact number, we would try to...More

Reviewed 11 February 2022

I had to try the well-known, Grand Cafe Dr Jhivago, located on the first floor of the Hotel National in Moscow, on 14 January 2022- Approximately 2 pm. As I was seated by a friendly receptionist, a lady (waitress) without a mask (black hair with...red nails), came to me speaking in Russian and I replied by saying “I speak English”. She frowned and waved her hand sideway. As I am reading the menu, she came back pretending to be helpful, I asked about a few vegetarian options and ordered the beetroot dumplings. My order was ready behind the curtains, she picked it up and sneezed and within a second, I received it. I did not feel comfortable eating it. I left my table and headed to the reception to pay. I paid my bill and left. I did not complain, because she would surely deny it. See attached invoice This terrible review is for the terrible lady with terrible service!More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Сергей Плескунов, Менеджер по связям с общественностью at Grand Cafe Dr. Zhivago, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2022

Hello! Thank you for your feedback. We are very sorry that your visit was spoiled due to poor service. Unfortunately, we were not informed about the existing problem in due time. We want to apologize personally. Please leave your contact number, we would try to...More

Reviewed 22 January 2022 via mobile

Overrated restaurant imo. Boasts a lot of awards and many people come here. But the food isn’t as hyped as it is. I come from Baku and there is a Russian restaurant called MariVanna which serves excellent food, better than Zhivago, and has no awards....A little expensive too. Wouldn’t highly recommend it.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Сергей Плескунов, Менеджер по связям с общественностью at Grand Cafe Dr. Zhivago, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2022

We are very sorry that visiting our restaurant did not meet your expectations. We hope you will make another attempt to visit us, it is not always the first time you can appreciate something great, we will make maximum efforts and you will fall in...More

Reviewed 5 January 2022 via mobile

Excellent quality food, professional service, nice traditional atmosphere, family friendly, and fair prices. I went there with the family and enjoyed much the place and tasty dishes our waitress recommended. The waitress was professional, warm and accommodative to our requests. The food was amazing and...align with the great reputation of the place. I would definitely recommend this restaurant as a major dining experience in Moscow.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Сергей Плескунов, Менеджер по связям с общественностью at Grand Cafe Dr. Zhivago, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2022

Hello! Thank you very much for your kind words and appreciation of our work. We are really glad that you were pleased of visiting our restaurant and left us in a good mood. See you!

Reviewed 4 January 2022 via mobile

incompetent hostest at this restaurant. The review is not for the food but for the person working. Incorrect time was giving for wait list and then was changed to no sitting time at all. We missed reservation at other place due to that. For anyone...coming here. Please note. Any info giving by hostest is useless.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Сергей Плескунов, Менеджер по связям с общественностью at Grand Cafe Dr. Zhivago, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2022

We are very sorry that visiting our restaurant did not meet your expectations. We hope you will make another attempt to visit us, it is not always the first time you can appreciate something great, we will make maximum efforts and you will fall in...More

Reviewed 3 January 2022 via mobile

We went to the restaurant "Grand Cafe Zhivago". Something we have no luck at all with the restaurants of Mr. Rappoport (. From the pluses: Location opposite the Moscow Kremlin. Many tables with a beautiful view of the Alexander Garden, Manezh and the Kremlin. Very...polite hostesses and cloakroom attendants (this is the first time in the last big 10 years when we left more tips to the cloakroom attendant than to the waiter. Of the minuses: Waiters with pocket face, it seems that we owe them, because we came here to eat and drink. Arrogant faces, there is not an ounce of friendliness on their faces, while laughing at each other with a friend at the waiters' station, this is normal. They brought cappuccino coffee without a spoon (well, not everyone needs sugar), but apparently the waiter decided that we drink coffee without sugar, then we don't need a spoon. Although we don't say anything, the waiter decided so himself. asked for a cocktail card, they brought us 7 minutes, but they did not bring it until we almost caught the waiter by the hand, once again asked to bring a cocktail card (oh yes, the waiter apologized, thank God, and brought it through 2 minutes). It seems to me that if we got up and left, the waiters would not even have noticed this, we asked for the bill, paid off, did not want to tip at all, but still could not do it, left 5% of the bill. On food: delicious pancakes with salmon, it is not possible to eat the dessert “champagne with sea buckthorn, honey cake for firm 3, I do not recommend cheesecake made from baked milk. But that's my taste. Bottom line: a pretentious place with a beautiful view and location, you shouldn't waste time, especially since you need to book 2 weeks in advance. More in the restaurants of Mr. Rappoport not by foot.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Сергей Плескунов, Менеджер по связям с общественностью at Grand Cafe Dr. Zhivago, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2022

Hello! Thank you for your feedback. We sincerely regret that the visit to our restaurant did not leave you a positive impression.We accepted your comments to service. We will work hard to improve the service. Please leave your contact number, we would try to smooth...More

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From what I understand, you do not need to tip in addition to the service charge already added to the bill. Of course, you are always free to do so, but not obligated, since you have already 'tipped' through the service... More
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U can ask the Conceierge at the National if staying there. Or whatever hotel u r staying at. They will book it All the best
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  • Food: 4.5
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