Best Russian Food!!!. I have a new favorite place. Been here 3 times in last three months on different occasions and loved it each time. First time our server suggested to, as she said play with appetizers and we had eggplants with walnuts, Greek salad (best I've had in years), also had beef tongue grilled with horse radish ( Yum!) music was great and I just would suggest to them to get more wines from Georgia. Loved it guys thanks Irene and special thanks to Natalia- Top Russian Chef!
Simply amazing food.
We were a little concerned when we first entered the place as it was almost totally empty on a Friday night, however, the menu looked tasty and the elegance of the dining room impressed us so we decided to give it a try. We are glad we did.
We both ordered the Russian beet soup as appetizers and found them to be quite delicious. I ordered the beef stroganoff and my wife ordered the Dover sole. They were both, quite simply, amazing. The stroganoff was the best I have had at any Russian restaurant so far. It was served at the traditional way and alongside pan grilled potatoes and vegetables. I cleaned my plate, a rarity for me. My wife's fish was equally stunning. I am not sure that I would call it authentic Russian, however, it was expertly done and was far better than the sole typically served at many British joints. We were too full to order dessert, however, it sounded delicious.
The service experience was okay. I will say they were quite attentive (there were only two other tables so the waitress was able to give excellent table/food service), however, I did feel that they were trying to pressure us into purchasing drinks when we really just wanted water as we were coming back from a long day at the hot beach. However, she was extremely friendly and we expect she was probably just new and following guidelines to recommend drinks to everyone.
I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting delicious Russian food, and would especially recommend the beef stroganoff.
I love to have a real fun at a real Russian traditional restaurant.
I would never expect that leaving in America for 20 years I would be treated just like back in Russia.
DO NOT GO AND SUPPORT THE WORST LIAR IN SF who not only dessapointed 60 people in my party but also overcharged us for the servises that were not provided.
NO VOTE-NOT EVEN 1/2.
Excellent food, presentation, service. Tasty for all courses. Great price..
I grew up eating simple Ukrainian foods made by my grandmother. I have not had much Russian food since I was a child. My husband has never had ANY Russian foods.
When we came to SF, we were anxious to try an authentic Russian dining experience. Russian Renaissance, which is newly reopened, offered me the best in dining and atmosphere from the tea to the borscht to the lamb (wonderfully prepared) to the desserts. The waiter and manager (Steve) made our last evening in SF most enjoyable. The combination of nostalgia and the myriad of beautifully prepared cuisine nestled in the upscale surroundings left us wanting to return to SF and Russian Renaissance as soon as possible! Three cheers to the staff and cook.
Sandi and Darrell Gibson
An authentic Russian experience - run away!. I spent several years in Russia and had many interesting (read as poor) restaurant experiences there, this place came close to topping the list. Staff rude, food marginal and service awful. Between the demands to take our coats, to the food delivered incorrectly (which we had the choice to eat what was served or "wait a long time for cook to correct", plus the pelmeni tasted like they had been frozen for a long time) or to the entertainment charge for bad singing. The whole experience was something to write about in much greater detail. Save your time, save your money and save your taste buds, go someplace else.
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