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Restaurant Nili

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Valtakatu 20, Rovaniemi 96200, Finland
+358 (0) 400 369 669
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6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff

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  • 191
    Excellent
  • 200
    Very good
  • 55
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Very genuine Laplish

We were attracted by the fame of this restaurant and wow it didn't disappoint! Arrived 7ish, it was crowded but the vibe was real good. Cosy, warm, soft music, local. The waitresses were constantly running around, so it was a bit hard to get their attention. But once you have one at your table... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
philip l
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We were attracted by the fame of this restaurant and wow it didn't disappoint! Arrived 7ish, it was crowded but the vibe was real good. Cosy, warm, soft music, local. The waitresses were constantly running around, so it was a bit hard to get their attention. But once you have one at your table, their hospitality would melt you :)... More 

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Thank philip l
Hong Kong, China
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The restaurant is close to our hotel and we decided to give it a try. We ordered platter for appetiser, where they have a selection of reindeer salami, pate, salad and few others stuff. For main, we order Artic Circle Zander, Reindeer Two Ways as well as Bear meet balls. Is was definitely an interesting experience as it's our first... More 

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Thank lkwsiy
San Antonio, Texas
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Restaurant tends to be full, so make sure you book before arriving. Very charming atmosphere, characteristic nordic food, served with smile and professionalism. Not to be missed, if you are in the area

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Thank Elrond55
Kifisia, Greece
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46 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is certainly the place to eat reindeer, bear, and willow grouse but the staff are really slow. Waiting for too long for our drinks and when I ordered a second one, it was never delivered. When you pay about 60 EUR per person, you expect better service.

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Thank Eibhleen
Saint Julian's, Malta
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45 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very expensive! We went to this restaurant as it was recommended by someone from our hotel as a typical finnish. Very busy place. Do not go there if you are hungry as the portions are extremely small, more like fine dining. We tried a reindeer and a bear meat, which was good , great experience and friendly, helpful staff but... More 

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Thank JolaZT
graciepapa
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98 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Firstly, a reservation is almost definitely needed in order to dine here. We walked in twice with no success. The place is a bit cramped with chairs bumping into each other. Waitresses are also too busy to chat more given it is always a full house. Once you step in, you can tell everyone is a tourist but Guess this... More 

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Thank graciepapa
Moscow, Russia
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner here when we were visiting Santa Claus village. We booked the table in advance. In the booking confirmation it was written, that we have the table only for 2 hours. The prices here are rather expensive, but the staff isn't very friendly. The reindeer rillette was delicious. The bear meatballs was nothing special. Our friend ordered one... More 

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Thank SvetlanaSY
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is one of the places I would generally avoid if recognise in advance, yet you have to decide for yourself. Booking: need to be taken care in advance for dinner, several passers-by were turned down while we were waiting for food. We booked a day in advance for Saturday evening. Atmosphere: Restaurant stylised to traditional finish village house. Service:... More 

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Thank Artyom P
Cleveland, Ohio
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came without a reservation in the middle of July on a Sunday evening and were able to get a table as it was early. We had read about it and had only one night in Rovaniemi. We ordered a sampler board that had reindeer prepared 4 ways and salads! My adult daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the authentic food... More 

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Thank dct555
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Best restaurant in Rovaniemi. Perfectly prepared salmon, delicious soup, nice place And kind stuff.... Recommand!

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Thank Helena M

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Valtakatu 20, Rovaniemi 96200, Finland
  • Location: Europe  >  Finland  >  Lapland  >  Rovaniemi
  • Phone Number: +358 (0) 400 369 669

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?