Katia's Russian Tea Room and Restaurant
Katia's the bestHad a wonderful authentic Russian dinner in a charming and quiet environment. I had blinis with all the trimmings; my friend had pel'mel which she said was the best ever. Also, it was great to be in a restaurant where one could actually have a conversation without all the "bright" noise.6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMCharmingHad a nice evening at Katia's. The service was attentive and the food was delicious. Notable was the chicken w/mushroom sauce, crepes with sides, and the wonderful appetizer sampler. Parking is tough, but worth the effort.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGo for the food; stay for SaschaI don't know of anywhere in SF that offers a menu like this in an intimate setting. Make sure to share an order of Blini!
Katia herself is warm and welcoming, visiting with each table - a nice touch.
Sascha is the accordionist who plays on Saturday evenings. He is an accomplished musician who can do amazing things with his instrument. His repertoire is vast. While he could easily choose to remain in the background playing Russian and other European "standards" ( Ex: "Подмосковные вечера" and "La vie en Rose"), Sascha will surprise and delight you with his arrangements of "Paint it Black," "Oh-bla-di," and, yes, "Stairway to Heaven" ! He reads his audience and perfectly blends his selections with the mood of the restaurant at the moment.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMI really enjoy the food atI really enjoy the food at this restaurant. And the service is terrific. The owner is very attentive and flexible with ordering. For those who are still missing Old Krakow in West Portal, the food here comes close. And there are blinis which are delicious! The accordion music was a nice touch.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was very fresh. IThe food was very fresh. I had smoked fish and freshness is very important.
The crepes were excellent, also.4/11/2013 12:00:00 AM