Yoshkar-Ola Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Yoshkar-Ola

March 11, 2018 Moriah Teneyck

Yoshkar-Ola (Russian: Йошка́р-Ола́; Mari: Йошкар-Ола) is the capital city of the Mari El Republic, Russia. Its population is about a quarter million. Yoshkar-Ola means red city in Mari and was formerly known as Tsaryovokokshaysk (Царёвококшайск) before 1919, as Krasnokokshaysk (Краснококшайск) between 1919 and 1927 (both after the Malaya Kokshaga River, which runs through the city) and Charla (Чарла) (old Mari). Yoshkar-Ola was established as a military fortress in 1584, following the Russian conquest of the Mari region.
Things to do in Yoshkar-Ola

1. Stary Georg

Antsiferova St., 37, Yoshkar-Ola 424020, Russia Reservations Bar, European, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks +7 836 272-44-44
Excellent
47%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 73 reviews

Stary Georg

Reviewed By Yulia_leasy - Moscow, Russia

This is a great place with the atmospheric interior of an old good pub. There you can find a great choice of meals, beer and desserts. There you can meet with your friends to spend a great time together watching live sport events or listening to a live band. This place has a small beer shop with uncooked food beside of the restaurant. I should suggest to try a delicious borshch.

2. Sandal

Proletarskaya St., 46, Yoshkar-Ola 424037, Russia Lunch, Dinner +7 836 244-88-09
Excellent
45%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 65 reviews

Sandal

Reviewed By SK_6455 - Moscow, Russia

Были тут с племянниками, захотелось попробовать марийские блины коман-мелна. Особенно понравились картофельные и с творогом. Подкогыльо тоже попробовали, сытные такие жареные пельменищщи ))). Встречают очень радушно, как-то по-домашнему. Все мило, недорого, вкусно и довольно быстро. Звучит негромкая национальная музыка, добавляет колорита.
Очень понравилось, хочется заходить еще.
От центра чуть в стороне, от Парка идти пешком минут 15.

3. Al Sole

Ryabinina, 2, Yoshkar-Ola 424002, Russia Lunch, Dinner +7 836 233-01-11
Excellent
62%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Al Sole

Reviewed By Gordon K - Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada

In 2008 when I first visited Yoshkar-Ola my wife took me for pizza here. The thin cust, wood oven cooked pizza was delicious to say the least. With many different toppings and salads too it was a great Italian pizza to say nothing else better. Home away from home :)

4. Restaurant Camelot

Pobedy Blvd., 5, Yoshkar-Ola 424002, Russia Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Caucasian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks HK$78 - HK$408 +7 836 242-14-71
Excellent
78%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 163 reviews

Restaurant Camelot

Restaurant Kamelot is not only an exquisite blend of European, Russian, Italian and Mediterranean cuisines with their unique recipes and unique combinations of flavors. It is also a sophisticated, thought out the interior in the spirit of the Vikings of the middle ages, unsurpassed service of the highest level. Offering our dear guests 2 luxury rooms for 80 and 30 persons for a chic wedding, the perfect presentation, Banquet or buffet. For you: European, Italian, Russian, Mediterranean cuisine. Catering, business Lunches on weekdays from 11.00 to 15.00.

Reviewed By Gordon K - Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada

My wife Iren and I visited Kamelot on Valentines Day 2015. We both had Caesar salads with king Shrimp and Shashlik, one of my faves. Both were impeccably prepared and served. I will certainly visit here again on Man's Day and possibly Women's Day. The meal for 2 cost less than $50 Cdn which was more than reasonable. Great atmosphere and service too. My compliments to the Chef and servers.

5. Panchitos

Bulvar Chavaina, 33, Yoshkar-Ola 424000, Russia Mexican, European Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$24 - HK$78 +7 836 243-30-30
Excellent
53%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
15%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 45 reviews

Panchitos

Truly Mexican restaurant in the heart of Yoshkar-Ola. Mexican and European cuisine, authentic interior with furniture delivered directly from Mexico. Live bands and dancing take stage every friday.

Reviewed By _phobosthegreek - Yoshkar-Ola, Russia

I'm an American living in Yoshkar-Ola and stumbled upon this restaurant while out for a stroll with my wife. I am a lover of Mexican food. The decorations are authentic and interesting just like the ones in Mexico and Texas. The Mexican food choices are small in comparison but will give you a good taste of Mexican cuisine. We were the only patrons in attendance at that time. The waiter was cordial and served us well. We had fajitas and salad which was done to perfection. Prices are normal for this city and we shall return for dinner sometime. I noticed they serve RibEye steak my favorite!

6. McDonald's

Pervomaiskaya, 109A, Yoshkar-Ola 424002, Russia Fast Food Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +7 836 242-20-10
Excellent
9%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 41 reviews

McDonald's

Reviewed By Gordon K - Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada

In 2008 when I was married in Yoshkar-Ola there was no McDonalds. When I returned in 2009 lowand behold a new McDonalds on the main street in Yoshkar-Ola. Everything on the menu was identical to Canada including a few extras like shrimp rolls which were superb to say the least. The staff are very helpful and it is a great place to take the family for lunch for very little money. They have a kids room there and often celebrate birthdays.

7. Tarelka

Leninskiy Ave., 21, Yoshkar-Ola 424006, Russia Fast Food Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +7 836 241-20-64
Excellent
55%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 94 reviews

Tarelka

Reviewed By EvgeniySutyagin

Для своего формата отличное заведение. Хороший выбор блюд, демократичные цены. Зимой ещё и глинтвейн неплохой подают!
НО, мне показалось слишком грязно на столах, в том смысле, что плохо вытирают после посетителей.

8. Tarelka

Bulvar Chavaina, 31, Yoshkar-Ola 424000, Russia Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +7 836 245-55-49
Excellent
54%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
9%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 85 reviews

Tarelka

Reviewed By LanaWoo - Perth, Australia

Awesome place, big choice of russian dishes, canteen like. Make sure you are very hungry as too many things to try. Great locations in the centre or another one overlooking the Cathedral and a theatre. Great for family outings and celebrations.

9. Chikago

Voznesenskaya, 110, Yoshkar-Ola 424000, Russia Takeout, Reservations, Free Wifi Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +7 836 220-55-55
Excellent
63%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
8%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 47 reviews

Chikago

Reviewed By Yulia_leasy - Moscow, Russia

It is a lovely place with a nice atmosphere. I spent the last evening on the Terrace with my friends. I was charmed by these warm lights on ceilings. Even late at the evening we staid warm as the staff provided blankets for everyone. I ordered a great burger and I liked its juicy beef patty and potatoes on its side. I really enjoyed my evening there. I recommend to try my favorite sea-buckthorn tea with honey. It was a big surprise for me that this place is pets-friendly and they have a cat there. It feels like home.

10. Chashka

Leninskiy Ave., 21, Yoshkar-Ola 424006, Russia Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Cafe +7 836 241-46-69
Excellent
48%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 28 reviews

Chashka

Reviewed By EvgeniySutyagin

Уютное местечко с намёком на «романтик». Площадь помещения маленькая, отсюда высокая плотность, т.е. лучше бронировать заранее, чтобы наверняка попасть сюда.
Как и большинство заведений города, имеет проблему с наличием заявленного в меню, увы.

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