Russian food in America is a very mixed bag. The cuisine encompasses Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Armenian, Polish, Georgian food, and more, and that's because all of those countries were considered Russia when many people from that area came to America in the 1980s and opened restaurants, which all fell under the Russian umbrella. The delicious consequence is that Russian food in America today encompasses all of those diverse cuisines, so keep that in mind when reading this map.
David Nayfeld is the chef/owner of the upcoming Che Fico, and he grew up here in the Bay Area with his Russian family. Nayfeld has spent his entire life — minus the few years he worked at the three-Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park in NYC — eating around the city's Russian gems, and has become a definitive expert on where to go when the craving for, say, pelmeni (Russian dumplings) strikes.
The following eight places reflect Nayfeld's and Eater's picks on the best places to feast on Russian food in San Francisco (plus one in Alameda), with expert tips on what to expect, what to order, and how to succeed at dining there. On this list you'll find a mix of old-school neighborhood spots, as well as some some newer, trendier choices.
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