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Annankatu 4, Helsinki 00120, Finland
+358 09 698 0012
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Ranked #118 of 991 Restaurants in Helsinki
Price range: $6 - $24
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
san diego, ca
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90 reviews 90 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This family run restaurant is just of a couple of blocks away from some of the more expensive restaurants, and is moderately priced. The pasta is homemade, restaurant is warm and friendly. The owner visited with us before dinner and the chef--Raffaell visited with us after dinner...He goes back to Italy yearly for more food ideas...Food was good--not great--but certainly... More

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Palo Alto, CA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Vaelsa appeared to be one of the most highly rated Italian restaurants in Helsinki on TripAdvisor, so we decided to give it a try for dinner. At 6 p.m. on a Tuesday night, the restaurant was completely empty aside from our table--I know the locals tend to eat earlier, so we weren't sure whether this was a sign of the... More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

My expectations of this restaurant was really high due to the high ranking and the high grades given by the previous guests. Still my expectations was exceeded and the carbonara with home made pasta and really fine pancetta was excellent and the tiramisu was the best I've ever had. This place is so well worth a visit!

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Helsinki, Finland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

A very pleasant surprise. Straightforward service, and to make our three person family meal even better, the house wine was most affordable. Food was not overly fancy, but genuine Italian style, close to Trattoria. Extra points for the attent gluten-free pasta for one of us!

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Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

Stumbled across this new (?) Italian restaurant while visiting down town Helsinki. We received a warm welcome from the italian owner (whom however has lived in Finland for over 30 years). As the lady explained that they manufacture pasta themselves (and boil their tomato sauce for a minimum of 4 hours) we decided to go for it: I had the... More

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Haifa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

The choice of meals is not very wide (probably 5 pasta types and 5-6 others) but the proposed ones are excellent. The price is more then reasonable for Helsinki.

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Helsinki
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40 reviews 40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We were on a quest to find decent Pasta Carbonara in Helsinki a couple of weeks ago. Surprisingly few Italian restaurants seem to offer it these days (maybe it's not all that trendy right now?) but we stumbled across Vaelsa's website and decided to go and have a look :) The restaurant looks pretty new and fresh, and I had... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

I work around the corner and visit the place once or twice a week for lunch. It has excellent price/quality pasta lunch every day mon-fri. For below 10e (summer 2013) you get a true trip to Italia. The Italian/Finnish owner really knows what's she's doing. They make their own pasta as well. If there's pasta Carbonara or Amatritciana available, you... More

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Hyvinkaa, Finland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Absolutely fantastic! Service was patient, polite, friendly. And some italian lessons included :-) too Tutti bene, tutto bene..... Food was so good! We tasted pasta, tuna, bird, and dolce, icecream and tiramisu. Vegetables were all dente just perfecto! This is my new faworit Italian restaurant in Helsinki. I will come back and take my friends with me too!

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Small restaurant not far from the center. Tasty food, great service and good wine choice. Not that cheap but affordable.....

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Additional Information about Vaelsa

Address: Annankatu 4, Helsinki 00120, Finland
Phone Number: +358 09 698 0012
Location: Europe  >  Finland  >  Southern Finland  >  Helsinki
Average Prices: USD 6 - 24
Cuisine: Italian

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