At the Senate Square in front of the Helsinki Cathedral is hidden one of the best restaurants in the whole of Finland. The Savotta is a quality restaurant where you can enjoy traditional Finnish dishes. Another highlight is the decoration of the restaurant. Based on Finnish tradition and with the waiters dressed in traditional clothing, you are taken back to times past. No doubt the restaurant offers an unforgettable experience. It was a shame not take pictures inside, but on their website lots of pictures of dishes, the place itself, the waiters and even a virtual tour of the Savotta and other quality restaurants in Helsinki can be viewed. I can strongly recommend that you come over to the Savotta if you want to learn more about Finnish culture and food. Booking is essential. It is true that it is quite expensive but if you go a fine restaurant in Finland it will be expensive. I ordered a dish consisting of reindeer sausage and grilled moose, something I have never tasted and ice cream dessert Savotta Sivu with Birch syrup. Come and immerse yourself deeply into Finnish cuisine. It was all very good. The treatment we received from the staff was excellent.
This beautiful building is so much more than just one of the best restaurants in Helsinki. It couldn't have a better location, a few metres from the Market Square. It's popular with Finnish people for lunch and dinner, and no wonder, because it seems like a little palace, with a classical facade and a wide terrace. It has an extensive menu, and you can choose from many different types of dishes, including many traditional Finnish options.
The service is also very good. It has a bar area, where you can have a drink at night while listening to jazz, a room for private dining, and an outdoor terrace which is very spacious and pleasant in warm weather. In terms of prices, it's quite fair - I had grilled chicken with goat's cheese, balsamic vinegar, seasonal vegetables and tomato sauce. It looked more like a work of art than a plate of food; I didn't know where to start to dismantle it all. It cost 20 euros. Founded in 1867, a restaurant like this, with so much history behind it, is definitely worth a visit.
You can't miss seeing this place, and eating here isn't even necessary. Even if you just drink something at the bar you can see the whole place and take pictures. It's very original, with a real tractor, and other agricultural stuff that's been adapted. What a pub! We had dinner there, but it's very, very expensive. We tried the reindeer meat, which was great, rich but the portion was small. What we liked the sausages with mashed potatoes, which were delicious and not very expensive.
This is a restaurant with history. Its dates back to 1932 and, since then, it has been one of the favorite restaurants of artists and the world of culture in Finland. It is also very close to an artists' residence. This cultural influence can be seen in dishes with the names of the artists at tables where they would sit. Its décor is very classic, but well maintained, without highlighting excesses or deficiencies. The food is of very good quality, both meat and fish portions are quite abundant. It has an extensive menu with outstanding entrees that are typically Finnish and it has different types of meat and fish. Tenderloin with pepper, for example, is highly recommended. They offer what they call "classics" such as fried herring with mashed potatoes, and various desserts each more palatable, such as the warm chocolate cake with mascarpone mousse and Cointreau. In addition, attention is pretty good. The restaurant has a large lounge, a bar counter that is quite spacious and in summer features an outdoor terrace which makes a meal even more enjoyable. Prices aren't too expensive for a good restaurant in Finland but somewhat higher than Spain, but the quality is excellent and the dishes are very well worked and prepared. Occasionally it has small exhibitions and musical performances. The trouble with this location, especially for tourists, is that it is out of the center and the tourist area. It is very near the Sibelius monument and not far from Kamppi Metro Station.
You can find a salmon special in pretty much any restaurant in Helsinki (and spicy), but none will be as good as it is in Savoy. It's a magical place designed by the genius architects Aino and Alvar Aalto. Hidden in the Esplandi Street, on a rooftop, you'll discover it like a geode. This marvel of minimalist interior (organic, functionalist, modern and ultimately unclassifiable) from the early 20th century (1937). Today it's the symbiosis between a restaurant and a museum, it retains the original furniture and designs. It also has one of the few original Savoy blown glass vases, which was designed by the same architects. The dim lighting, worn wood, and the flowers that fill the the vases there, the pianist's live music, the incredible views of the harbor and the cathedral are just amazing. This is a magical place to visit. We tried the anchovies (raw) with ginger, and reindeer fillet. The flavor was surprisingly intense. The price is around 50-60 euros per person, easily. I highly recommended it if your wallet can stand it.
Excellent restaurant, food prepared at the moment you order. Salads, pastas and pizzas, with whatever you want. It's impossible to go to Helsinki and not visit this restaurant. It's modern and fast! Great prices and great food!
With a young and international environment this is one of the best bars in Helsinki for going out for a beer after work. The kitchen (pasta, hot and cold sandwiches, etc..) and a selection of draft beers makes this place a reference in the city. They often carry out painting and photography exhibitions by local artists.
We found this spot on one of those days when you're dying of hunger in an unfamiliar city. You see all the really expensive restaurants and suddenly an "all you can eat" buffet appears. All you can eat for roughly 10 euros or less. The buffet is Italian food: Pastas, salads, and of course pizza. Obviously the quality isn't the best, but given the restaurant prices in Helsinki, this is still better than McDonald's.
The staff doesn't really speak English very well. Maybe it would be a good opportunity for you to practice your Finnish.
We were here in the past because of our trip to the Baltic and arrived in Helsinki only a few hours before our flight. We saw a sign which said: "buffet with salad, soup and pizza € 6.95" and since we already didn't have a lot of money and we had just blown € 7 for a beer we decided to return for dinner. It's not great, but hey, we pulled ourselves out of a jam. They also have a fast food menu with wings, burgers, etc.. You can take a look at everything on the website.