Irkutsk Oblast (Russian: Ирку́тская о́бласть, Irkutskaya oblast) is a federal subject of Russia (an oblast), located in southeastern Siberia in the basins of the Angara, Lena, and Nizhnyaya Tunguska Rivers. The administrative center is the city of Irkutsk. Population: 2,428,750 (2010 Census).
Things to do in Irkutsk Oblast
4.5 based on 387 reviews
As great as the food was, the bubbly and fluent English speaking staff made our visit to Irkutsk memorable
4.5 based on 266 reviews
We stumbled upon this restaurant walking around town. It looked warm and inviting so we decided to give it a go and left feeling very satisfied with our choice.
The ambience is terrific. It’s very upscale (for Irkutsk) and we were the most underdressed in our hiking boots and fleece sweaters. We also appeared to be the only tourists in the restaurants – all others were locals. Nonetheless, the staff was great and looked after us well. There is an extensive picture menu in Russian and English. We had cocktails (all fruit juice was fresh squeezed) and great wine with our meal. There was a piano player who did a terrific job. This restaurant is more expensive than many of the restaurants we ate at but I didn’t feel hard done given the quality of service and fresh ingredients and the ambience.
If you are looking for a nice meal in Irkutsk, this is a great choice!
4 based on 242 reviews
We had a wonderful lunch, not much English spoken, but the service was still great and the food was good. Truly enjoyed the grilled chicken.
4.5 based on 237 reviews
DesignBar - a modern city bar, which is always nice to be. And day at lunch and at the end of the working day to run as an aperitif, or come and stay the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner, see friends or meet new modern nice people. This gastronomic bar with great emphasis on a new supply of quality food. We want to show that an unusual and tasty food can be available and the price, and to understand. And you can see the menu and quite familiar dishes, they have a different cooking techniques or feed. In general, this is the place where you can get and the gastronomic and aesthetic pleasure. Much attention is paid directly filling the bar, an unusual cocktail menu will take a lot of pleasure. Effect, the cocktails - it is also an explosion of taste and a great mood, and alcohol is not the dominant ingredient.
Located in the "Revolution Gallery", this small restaurant is by far the most interesting thing this otherwise rather lacklustre little shopping-center has to offer. Yes, it definitely has a touch of the хипстер about it - it was the first time in Russia that I found the whole collection of Fentiman's lemonades on the menu, and the friendly waitress was happy to help when we were looking for the Russian word for "elderflower."
But the hipster vibe doesn't mean you get weird looks if, like us, you come in straight from a rainstorm, dripping on the floor and wearing decidedly non-hipster clothes. Instead, everyone was helpful, friendly and eager to answer questions about the menu. We were lucky to arrive just after 1 pm - DesignBar isn't very big, and filled up swiftly for lunch. Portions aren't very big, but then again, that's a good reason to get dessert as well. It's also worth mentioning that there are a lot of vegetarian dishes on offer - not just the usual go-to greek salad.
The squid ink ravioli were al dente and delicious, as were the eggplant tortelloni. As for dessert, chocolate fondant with gorgonzola ice cream may seem like an odd combination, but it does go together well (the same is true for their home-made mango, cucumber and red peppercorn lemonade - both are worth a try).
4.5 based on 281 reviews
Sounded like an interesting place and it was recommended. Not very crowded but the food was good. The service was uneven but friendly. Friends in Irkutsk really enjoy this restaurant for special occasions. Staff volunteered to charge my phone for me; however they did not return my adaptor and refused to admit that they had had it. This was disappointing to say the least.
4.5 based on 503 reviews
Located in the very heart of the Irkutsk city centre the place where despite modern influences the cozy and comfortable Soviet apartment still exists. Restaurant "Rassolnik" offers exceptional cuisine while you have a chance to feel the history here. Every interior detail is the museum exhibit which you can even touch or hold in your hands. The two restaurant halls present the most prominent attributes of Soviet flat: an old piano, a wooden rocking horse, the bust of Lenin and etc... The good old Soviet films are shown on a "Rubin" TV set and when it's off the guests are treated with the timeless music of everybody's beloved films. The restaurant menu also matches the Soviet times: the dressed herring, the chicken Kiev and of course the three kinds of Rassolnik - all homemade recipes. Moreover, the signature feature of the restaurant and its merit are dishes cooked with Baikal omul, cisco, grayling and assuredly with wild fowls. "Rassolnik" has special "Farm menu" which offers meals prepared only with eco-friendly products from local farmers. Restaurant "Rassolnik" recreated the atmosphere of an intelligent soviet family flat in the seventies. If you want to become better acquainted with peculiarity of that time, please come and have a look. Before entering the door close your eyes and leave the noisy century behind. Inside you will meet friendly neighbors and homemade food. Welcome to "Rassolnik"!
Rassolnik offers a good bunch of local food. I tried the beef stroganoff and even though, I don’t like meat a lot, it was very delicious.
Also the dumplings were good. And we had very nice waitresses in ancient style clothing.
It is definitely worth a visit.
4.5 based on 175 reviews
Stable success for 13 years. Bier Haus is translated from the German language as «a house of beer» and this name reflects exactly spirit of this place. The restaurant offers the guests wide choice of German, Czech and Irish beer from Europe. It’s worth to say about our cuisine. Our restaurant offers classic European cuisine. Our chefs follow the European rules of cooking. The restaurant Bier Haus specializes in German dishes In the evenings there are Concerts of famous music bands, including foreign ones
Great choice of beer. Nice atmosphere and live German band some nights. Good is good with large portions. The beer comes with addictive snacks (bread cubes cooked in butter and garlic).
4.5 based on 167 reviews
Hunting - calling soul gentleman. Do any of these men's eyes light up at the sight of a beautiful gun, great hunting dogs and, of course, hunting trophies. Restaurant "Hunters" - a paradise not only for lovers of this ancient and elegant male hobby, but for all citizens of Irkutsk and guests who prefer service and top-level cuisine. The restaurant's interior is designed in the style of the hunting club, with various attributes - engraving colonial-style weapons and carved panels representing hunting scenes. Restaurant "Hunters" specializes in exotic dishes of wild meat, cooked on an open fire, as well as dishes from the Siberian fish. In 2010. Hunters Restaurant has been awarded as the best restaurant at the hotel. Also, the hotel has a cozy bar where you can sit with a glass of wine and a delicious cup of coffee, and in the summer open-air cafe. In addition, there are special offers outgoing banquets, business lunches, wedding services, and other celebrations.
This place has been skilfully decorated and themed as a Soviet style restaurant. - with the big difference that the service is attentive and the food varied and well-prepared.
4.5 based on 127 reviews
I came here one evening for dinner and was a bit skeptical but was pleasantly surprised. I have found that good tex-mex is hard to find outside of North America. The queso dip was very good and spicy. The nacho chips that came with it were good but different - they reminded me of pita chips you can get in the US. I also had the beef enchiladas which were good but it ended up being too much food. I would recommend this restaurant in Irkutsk.
5 based on 101 reviews
A tiny, dark and lovely little cake shop with great service. The cakes were delicious. We tried the Zebra and the Royal, which is full of dried apricots, prunes and cream cheese. Both were fresh and wonderfully tasty. The place has a real feeling of an intimate salon and has only four tables, with great coffee. The cakes are paid for by weight. Order a big slice! Highly recommended.
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