About Severyanin

Severyanin is a typical St. Petersburg restaurant located in the old center of the city, where quiet lanes run from Sennaya Square (19th century’s largest market place) over the picturesque Griboyedov сanal.
There’s a play on words in its name – a Russian word ‘severyanin’ means ‘a man from the North' referring to Northern Russia cuisine traditions, and at the same time to the pen-name of Igor-Severyanin, a remarkable poet of the so called Silver age of Russian culture (the turn of the 20th century, ended with the revolution in 1917).
Severyanin restaurant appeared in Stolyarny Lane in 2011 specializing on substantial Russian meat cuisine. The place was opened by Eduard Muradyan, a notable restaurateur, and 2 years later reshaped by Aram Mnatsakanov, another famous personage in the city’s culinary society.
Mnatsakanov retained the overall concept of a retro-style place with Northern Russian cuisine and within this concept he made a lot of changes: Severyanin has got a fresh creative team, a new signature menu, a renewed interior and attractive events including music and poetry nights, Russian tea ceremony, monthly workshops for children and themed dinners.
Severyanin is a perfect place for a formal lunch or a romantic dinner, a meal during a city tour or a coffee and cake with a friend. It will help to keep your impressions after a night at a theatre (by the way, Mariinsky is within а 10-minute walk along the canal). Almost regardless of the weather you will enjoy the canal embankments, bridges and lanes around on the way to our restaurant.


A signature menu was created for Severyanin by Aram Mnatsakanov and Vladimir Yaroslavsky, Probka Group brand chef in charge of Russian cuisine. The menu is based on classic recipes of the Russian North. “Some of these dishes are so interesting and tasty that are worth giving up any diet, - says Vladimir Yaroslavsky.

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A renowned Russian restaurateur and chef, Aram Mnatsakanov opened his first place – a wine bar - шт 2001. Today his 'Probka Family' group includes 9 restaurants in St. Petersburg and Moscow. In 2011 Mnatsakanov became a TV presenter in several projects in Ukraine and Russia, among them the local format of the 'Hell's Kitchen'. Mnatsakanov has published 2 books about gastronomy and travelling. He is providing consulting services to several restaurants, for instance, Astoria Cafe located in the famous 5 star Astoria hotel. More information at www.probka.org


Severyanin’s elegant and warm interior reminds of black-and-white photographs of the 19th century St. Petersburg’s apartments. Our guests often note this atmosphere of the “past times”. Antique furniture, stylish lighting, white tablecloths, decorative elements such as real lace napkins or an old telephone set, all interior details help this "immersion".

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The area in the bend of the Catherine (now Griboyedov) canal is usually called ‘St. Petersburg of Dostoevsky’: the writer himself and many of his heroes lived in this part of the city. Dostoevsky changed more than a dozen addresses around, and just across the canal there is the building where he spent the first years of his married life with Anna Grigorievna.
Every guide will point on the Raskolnikov house which is located 1 quarter away from our restaurant, on the other side of Stolyarny Lane. Other personages of ‘Crime and Punishment’ also lived within a walking distance.

This area of the old city is worth a special literature tour being associated with many famous poets and writers – Pushkin, Gogol, Blok, Nabokov, to name just a few.
Poet Igor-Severyanin lived on the other side of the canal, in a rental apartment. He spent here 11 years of his highest success and popularity, until his emigration to Estonia in 1918.
Picturesque embankments and surrounings of the Catherine canal have always been attractive for strollers, and we can hardly make a mistake by saying that each and every person who lived in St. Petersburg or visited it in the 19th – early 20th centuries, had left footprints on these streets.