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Restaurants in Helsinki

Helsinki's city centre is the best place for restaurants. Elk, reindeer and bear are among the less usual treats on offer, while the city's proximity to the Baltic fishing grounds ensures a great choice for fish and shellfish lovers. Finland's historic links with Russia are plain to see at restaurants such as Bellevue, while traditional Lapp dishes are the focus at Saaga. Don't miss the highly individual Restaurant Zetor.

Top-end

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  1. 1. Saaga - Top-end: (More than €55 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Saaga, Helsinki. Courtesy of Saaga

    Saaga offers an authentic Lapp experience in the heart of the capital. The best of Arctic food, including local delicacies like elk, reindeer and arctic char, feature on the extensive menu, which is printed in five languages to assist international diners. Expect rich and carnivorous food, served in rustic surroundings, reflecting the restaurant's northern origins.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 6pm-11pm

    Address

    34B, Bulevardi, Helsinki 00120

    Telephone

    +358 (0) 9 7425 5544

    Transport

    Tram 6 to Aleksanterin Teatteri

    Website

    Saaga Website

  2. 2. G W Sundmans - Top-end: (More than €55 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    G W Sundmans, Helsinki. Courtesy of G W Sundmans

    The luxurious G W Sundmans restaurant is named after an esteemed navy captain and housed in a building designed by Helsinki master architect Carl Ludvig Engel. Located in the city centre, close to the harbour and fish market, it specialises in local seafood and meat, and is particularly renowned for its dessert selection.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 11am-2.30pm & 5pm-12am; Sat 6pm-12am

    Address

    16, Eteläranta, Helsinki 00130

    Telephone

    +358 (0) 9 6128 5400

    Transport

    Tram 3B to Kauppatori

    Website

    Royal Ravintolat Website

  3. 3. Kabuki - Top-end: (More than €55 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Helsinki's most popular Japanese restaurant, Kabuki is located close to the city centre in the Kamppi district. The wide-ranging and extensive menu includes an impressive range of sushi and sashimi dishes, along with a good selection of cooked fish, meat, vegetarian and tempura options. There is also a selection of teishoku (set menus).Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm & 5pm-11pm; Sun 4pm-11pm

    Address

    12, Lapinlahdenkatu, Helsinki 00180

    Telephone

    +358 (0) 9 694 9446

    Transport

    Metro to Kamppi

    Website

    Kabuki Website

  4. 4. Chez Dominique - Top-end: (More than €55 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Chez Dominique, Helsinki. Courtesy of Chez Dominique

    City-centre Chez Dominique is the only restaurant in Finland to receive two Michelin stars. Led by celebrity chef Hans Välimäki, it aims to create innovative recipes based on Nordic and French flavours. Specialities include fish, game and dishes like Finnish suckling pig. The main room seats 50 diners and the cabinet room seats 14.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Wed-Fri 11.30am-3pm & 6pm-12am; Tue & Sat 6pm-12am

    Address

    4, Rikhardinkatu, Helsinki 00130

    Telephone

    +358 (0) 9 612 7393

    Transport

    Tram 10 to Kolmikulma

    Website

    Chez Dominique Website

  5. 5. Bellevue - Top-end: (More than €55 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Bellevue, Helsinki. Courtesy of Ravintola Bellevue

    Located close to Uspenski Cathedral, Bellevue is Helsinki's longest-established Russian restaurant. It offers an authentic Russian experience with everything from zakuska (sausage, cold meats, pickled fish and other appetisers) and blinis to elk steak and pot-roast bear. A range of fixed-priced menus is also available, a good choice for sampling something new.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 11am-12am; Sat 5pm-12am

    Address

    3, Rahapajankatu, Helsinki 00160

    Telephone

    +358 (0) 9 179 560

    Transport

    Tram 4 to Katajanokan puisto

    Website

    Bellevue Restaurant Website

Mid-range

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  1. 6. Kosmos - Mid-range: (€35-€55 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Centrally located off one of Helsinki's main streets, Mannerheimintie, Kosmos is known throughout Finland as a gathering place for artists, writers and television personalities. The decor is 1930s and simple, and the menu includes dishes like grilled whitefish, smoked eel, fried Baltic herring, mutton chops with a creamy herb sauce, and chicken in cherry sauce.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 11.30am-1am; Sat 4pm-1am

    Address

    3, Kalevankatu, Helsinki 00100

    Telephone

    +358 (0) 9 647 255

    Transport

    Central Station tram, bus or metro

    Website

    Kosmos Website

  2. 7. Kynsilaukka - Mid-range: (€35-€55 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Kynsilaukka, Helsinki. Courtesy of Kynsilaukka

    Kynsilaukka is a rustic restaurant in Punavuori with wooden beams. Its name means "garlic" and the menu reflects this theme, but not all dishes are too pungent. The menu includes a combination of fish, meat and salad dishes, as well as Russian classics such as blinis. It generally closes when the last customer leaves.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 11am until late; Sat & Sun from 1pm

    Address

    22, Fredrikinkatu, Helsinki 00120

    Telephone

    +358 (0) 9 651 939

    Transport

    Tram 3B to Iso Roobertinkatu

    Website

    Kynsilaukka Website

  3. 8. Sea Horse - Mid-range: (€35-€55 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Sea Horse, in the Ullanlinna area, is a classic Finnish restaurant that opened in 1934. The menu ranges from salmon and deep fried herring to beef steak and reindeer, and there is also a good choice of vegetarian dishes. Specialities include warm open sandwiches and fried zander fish fillet. There are also daily lunchtime specials.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 10.30am-12am (until 1am Fri & Sat)

    Address

    11, Kapteeninkatu, Helsinki 00140

    Telephone

    +358 (0) 9 628 169

    Transport

    Tram 3B to Kapteeninkatu

    Website

    Sea Horse Website

  4. 9. Restaurant Zetor - Mid-range: (€35-€55 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Restaurant Zetor, Helsinki. Courtesy of Restaurant Zetor

    Restaurant Zetor is an unconventional restaurant, offering a truly idiosyncratic dining experience that in some ways sums up the unique Finnish approach to life. Named after a Czech manufacturer, the somewhat chaotic decor includes seating around real tractors. The menu is eclectic, ranging from traditional Finnish reindeer steaks to beef steaks and Russian blinis.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Thu 12pm-2am; Fri-Sat 12pm-4am; Sun 1pm-12am

    Address

    3-5, Mannerheimintie, Helsinki 00100

    Telephone

    +358 (0) 10 76 64450

    Transport

    Central Station tram, bus or metro

    Website

    Restaurant Zetor Website

  5. 10. Manala - Mid-range: (€35-€55 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Specialities at Manala (which means "underworld"), in the Taka-Töölö district, include fresh fish, sautéed reindeer and grilled chicken with garlic potatoes cooked on a hot iron grill. There's also a wide range of pizzas. For after-dinner partying, there's a bar and disco on the same premises.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 11am-2pm & 3pm-4am; Sat & Sun 2pm-4am

    Address

    2, Dagmarinkatu, Helsinki 00100

    Telephone

    +358 (0) 9 5807 7707

    Transport

    Tram 4,7 or 10 to Kansallismuseo

    Website

    Manala Website

Budget

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  1. 11. Ravintola VPK - Budget: (Less than €35 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Decorated simply like a 1950s-style Soviet café, Ravintola VPK in Helsinki's Kamppi district is run by the Volunteer Fire Brigade. It serves a daily changing buffet of hearty Finnish fare, such as its popular pea soup and pancakes. There are also cheap set meals available.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 10.30am-3pm

    Address

    29, Albertinkatu, Helsinki 00180

    Telephone

    +358 (0) 9 693 1581

    Transport

    Tram 6 or 3T to Fredrikinkatu

    Website

    Ravintola VPK Website

  2. 12. La Famiglia - Budget: (Less than €35 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    City-centre restaurant La Famiglia is a large Italian-American eatery that offers a classic Italian menu of steaks, pizzas, pastas, salads and seafood. There's also a selection of good-value set menus, and family menus for four to 20 people. There's a relaxed atmosphere here, and a decor of red-and-white check tablecloths and rustic wooden furnishings.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon & Tue 11am-11pm; Wed-Fri 11am-12am; Sat 12pm-12am; Sun 1pm-11pm

    Address

    3, Keskuskatu, Helsinki 00100

    Telephone

    +358 (0) 9 8568 5680

    Transport

    Central Station tram, bus or metro

    Website

    La Famiglia Website

  3. 13. Café Bar 9 - Budget: (Less than €35 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Café Bar 9, in the Punavuori district, is popular with artists and advertising types, despite the rather simple cafeteria-style Formica tables. They come for the varied, good-value menu, which includes stir fries, steaks, sandwiches, soups and salads. Specialities include dishes like sausages served with mashed potatoes and mustard.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11am-2am (from 12pm Sat & Sun)

    Address

    9, Uudenmaankatu, Helsinki 00120

    Telephone

    +358 (0) 9 621 4059

    Transport

    Tram 9 to Kolmikulma

    Website

    Café Bar 9 Website

  4. 14. O'Malley's - Budget: (Less than €35 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    O'Malley's is an Irish-style pub that offers traditional bar food such as fish and chips. Located in the city centre, its pub is very popular as well, and finding a seat can be difficult, so diners should come during the daytime or early evening before the crowds arrive. The kitchen does, however, open until late.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 4pm-10pm

    Address

    26, Yrjönkatu, Helsinki 00100

    Telephone

    +358 (0) 9 4336 6330

    Transport

    Central Station tram, bus or metro

    Website

    O'Malley's Website

  5. 15. Rax - Budget: (Less than €35 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    A local Finnish chain, Rax offers a basic range of good-value, buffet-style pizza dishes, aimed at those on a small budget or who just want a quick bite before continuing their sightseeing. There are also a few side dishes on offer, such as a salad buffet, chicken wings and meatballs.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11am-9pm (from 12pm Sun)

    Address

    8, Mikonkatu, Helsinki 00100

    Telephone

    +358 (0) 9 4780 0555

    Transport

    Central Station tram, bus or metro

    Website

    Rax Website

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