Michelin Guide announces the BEST restaurants in Moscow (2024)

Twins Garden brother chefs Ivan and Sergei Berezutsky receive two Michelin stars and a Michelin green star during a ceremony held at the Zaryadye Concert Hall to award Michelin stars to Moscow restaurants and chefs.

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The prestigious French gastronomic guide Michelin has chosen 69 restaurants in Moscow, 9 of which received its coveted stars

“Moscow has many stars, but no Michelin stars yet,” joked Sergei Sobyanin, the city’s mayor, at the opening ceremony of the Michelin edition of Moscow. The capital has great historical gastronomic roots. Merchants and noblemen laid down their last ruble to treat guests with dignity. In Soviet times, many traditions were lost and first-class restaurants turned into Soviet canteens. In the 1990s, Russia and Moscow began to catch up and hundreds of good restaurants appeared which surprised guests with the sophistication of their dishes.

Moscow became the first city in the CIS with restaurants and cafes awarded with stars and other Michelin trophies, while Russia became the 33rd country in the world to join.

Why is the guide coming to Russia now?

According to Gwendal Poullennec, international director of Michelin guides, work on the Moscow guide started five years ago. Experts of the Guide visited restaurants anonymously and evaluated them according to international standards, analysing several criteria: quality of food, combination of flavors, chef’s skill, price and quality, regularity of restaurant’s work. The pandemic made a difference in the evaluation process and the announcement of the results.

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Gwendal Poullennec, international director of Michelin guides.

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“This project was a challenge for all of us because of the pandemic, travel restrictions and event cancellations. But, we got it done in the end. We are happy to say that Moscow, as one of the cities for gastronomic tourism, has great prospects in terms of its development. The city certainly has its own culinary identity; many chefs work with local products, carefully preserving the culinary heritage of their region. The first Moscow edition will include 69 restaurants,” Gwendal Pullenek said at the guide’s presentation in Moscow on October 14. According to him, this is just the beginning, which should support the restaurant industry.

Two Stars: The best of the best

Two restaurants in Moscow have been awarded two Michelin stars. The award means that the restaurant is so good that it is worth visiting, even if it is not up your street (or fit your budget!).

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Ivan and Sergey Berezutsky, Twins Garden.

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Two stars went to ‘Twins Garden’ restaurant, headed by brothers Ivan and Sergey Berezutsky. Twins Garden has won a number of international awards and in October it was ranked 30th on The World’s Best 50 Restaurants list. The brothers promote the symbiosis of science and nature and most of the products in the restaurant come from their farm.

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Fresh farm vegetable salad, Twins Garden.

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The second restaurant in this category was ‘ARTEST - Chef’s Table’, a new (open since February 2021) fine dining restaurant by chef Artem Yestafiev and restaurateur Arkady Novikov.

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Artem Yestafiev, Artest.

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Estafiev recently moved to Moscow from St. Petersburg, but has already managed to win over the Moscow public with his approach to gastronomy. The chef pays special attention to local products, uses wild and rare mushrooms. Before joining ARTEST, he trained at the restaurant of French chef Alain Ducasse, whose establishments have been awarded Michelin stars more than once.

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Artest.

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One Star: It’s worth visiting!

Seven restaurants in the capital have been awarded one Michelin star.

Among them:

- ‘Selfie’, a restaurant of auteur cuisine headed by chef Anatoly Kazakov (one of the top 100 chefs in the international ‘The Best Chef Awards 2021’ ranking);

- ‘Beluga’ restaurant of Russian delicacies, where you can taste two dozen kinds of caviar, enjoy the stunning view of Red Square and indulge in the explosive menu by Chef Evgeny Vikentyev;

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Evgeny Vikentyev, Beluga.

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Beluga with black caviar of Siberian sturgeon, beets and rose, Beluga.

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- ‘Grand Cru’ restaurant and winery by Patriarch’s Ponds with David Emmerle at the helm;

- ‘White Rabbit’ restaurant in the center of Moscow with chef Vladimir Mukhin and his innovative approach to Russian cuisine (No. 25 on ‘The World’s Best 50 Restaurants’ ranking);

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Vladimir Mukhin, White Rabbit.

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White Rabbit.

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- ‘Biologie’ gastro bistro with its careful attitude to nature and Ekaterina Alekhina at the head of the kitchen;

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Ekaterina Alekhina, Biologie.

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Biologie.

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- ‘Sakhalin’ restaurant, with its amazing variety of seafood and run by chef Alexey Kogai;

- ‘Savva’ restaurant in the historic building of the ‘Metropol’ hotel in the center of Moscow (run by Andrey Shmakov).

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Andrey Shmakov, Savva restaurant.

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Savva restaurant.

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Green Stars

The Michelin Guide gives this award to the restaurants that care about conscious consumption, the reduction of food waste and take into account seasonality. The restaurants Biologie (chef - Ekaterina Alekhina), Twins Garden (Berezutsky brothers) and the northern cuisine restaurant ‘Bjorn’ (Nikita Poderyagin) in Moscow all received a Michelin Green Star.

Good food for reasonable money

Fifteen restaurants made the BIB Gourmand list, where you can have a delicious meal for 2,000 rubles (approx. $28). Among them are ‘Sevicheria’, ‘Delicatessen’, ‘Bjorn’, ‘Eva’, ‘Erwin.RekaMoreOkean’, ‘Flor’, ‘Geraldine’, ‘Hibiki’, ‘Kazbek’, ‘Lucky Izakaya bar’, ‘Rybtorg’, ‘Tilda’, ‘Ugolek’, ‘Vani’ and ‘Uilliams’.

Another 45 restaurants also made the Michelin Guide’s list of recommendations.

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Michelin Guide announces the BEST restaurants in Moscow (2024)

FAQs

Michelin Guide announces the BEST restaurants in Moscow? ›

Nine Moscow restaurants have become the first in Russia to be awarded Michelin stars. Artest and Twins Garden both received two of the gastronomic accolades in a dedicated private ceremony. Seven other Moscow eateries — Selfie, Beluga, Grand Cru, White Rabbit, Biologie, Sakhalin, and Savva — were awarded one star.

Are there any Michelin star restaurants in Moscow? ›

In total, the MICHELIN Guide Moscow 2022 selection includes: 69 restaurants ; 2 restaurants with 2 MICHELIN Stars ; 7 restaurants with 1 MICHELIN Star ; 3 MICHELIN Green Star restaurants ; 15 Bib Gourmand restaurants.

Which city has most 3 star guide Michelin? ›

Cities with the most Michelin-starred restaurants worldwide 2022. Tokyo was the city with the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the world as of January 2022, with 203 of the Japanese capital's eateries boasting at least one of the tyre giant's coveted stars.

Where is the highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world? ›

France was the country with the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the world as of July 2023, with 625 restaurants in the country having been awarded one, two, or three stars.

Is there a difference between Michelin star and Michelin guide? ›

The MICHELIN Guide provides information beyond star ratings, including restaurant genres, contact details, pricing and sample dishes. While the stars spotlight the pinnacle of fine dining, the guide is comprehensive in covering high-quality dining experiences accessible to more diners on various budgets.

Is Michelin still operating in Russia? ›

The divestment marks an end of an era for Michelin, which has had a presence in Russia since 1997. When Russia launched its attack on Ukraine in February 2022, Michelin was among the first tire makers to cease operations in Russia.

Which restaurant refused Michelin star? ›

Other restaurants have turned down their recognition at the beginning and asked not to be in the guide at all, as they felt it would be too much of a crimp on their creativity. A restaurant owner in Korea even sued the Michelin Guide after they asked not to be in it, but the guide listed the restaurant anyway.

Which US city has the most Michelin stars? ›

Some US cities that have Michelin Star Restaurants include New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. New York has the most Michelin Star Restaurants with a total of 73.

Which US state has the most Michelin stars? ›

A research team at Restaurant Furniture recently found that California has more Michelin stars than any other state with 18 two- or three-starred restaurants. New York came in second place, and Illinois took third, likely because of the robust culinary scenes in New York City and Chicago.

Which European city has the most Michelin stars? ›

Paris, France – home to 136 Michelin-starred establishments. It comes as no surprise that the French capital is home to an outstanding number of Michelin-starred restaurants, a total of 129, and six Green stars, to be precise.

What's higher than a Michelin star? ›

Three MICHELIN Stars is our highest award, given for the superlative cooking of chefs at the peak of their profession; their cooking is elevated to an art form and some of their dishes are destined to become classics.

Does Gordon Ramsay have a Michelin star? ›

His restaurant group, Gordon Ramsay Restaurants, was founded in 1997 and has been awarded 17 Michelin stars overall and currently holds eight. His signature restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea, London, has held three Michelin stars since 2001.

Do Michelin stars expire? ›

Yes, a restaurant can lose its Michelin Star(s).

The Stars are awarded every year based on certain criteria. If the criteria are not met, the restaurant can lose the Star or the Stars they have been awarded previously. This can even happen to the top 25 Michelin Star restaurants.

What Michelin star is Gordon Ramsay? ›

His restaurant group, Gordon Ramsay Restaurants, was founded in 1997 and has been awarded 17 Michelin stars overall and currently holds eight. His signature restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea, London, has held three Michelin stars since 2001.

Which US cities have Michelin star restaurants? ›

Which US Cities Have Michelin Star Restaurants? Some US cities that have Michelin Star Restaurants include New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

How many Michelin 1 star restaurants are there in the world? ›

All about Michelin Star Chefs? First, there are about 2500 restaurants awarded of 1 Michelin Star in the world, 500 restaurants with 2 Michelin Stars and around 150 awarded 3 Michelin Stars. Secondly, this evolves every year based on the release of the guide in every part of the world.

Is Michelin tire also Michelin star? ›

You may be surprised to learn, however, that Michelin restaurant stars actually come from that very same tire company — you could even consider them another Michelin mascot, albeit more highfalutin than an anthropomorphic pile of tires.

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