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Ravintola Karljohan

Yrjonkatu 21, Helsinki 00100, Finland (Kampinmalmi)
+358 9 6121121
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Ranked #64 of 929 restaurants in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $37 - $147
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Kampinmalmi
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106 reviews from our community

81% Recommend
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English first
Los Angeles, CA
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59 reviews 59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

KarlJohan is located around the corner at the end of an otherwise very noisy street dining area, a refreshing change to calm and quiet. Food is well prepared classic Finnish/nordic, I had Chanterelle soup to start and reindeer for the main. Both were fine; keep the reindeer on the rare side, as it will be dry if cooked past even... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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62 reviews 62 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

If this place has been a bit cheaper, it would have rated it five stars. As it was, the food was very good but not quite up to the promised level. I had the largest set menu, consisting of an appetizer, soup, main course, cheese, and dessert. Each course was nicely presented and cooked just right. The reason for my... More

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Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

This is a really nice, even though a bit smallish restaurant. Do not get fooled by its appearances - the food is excellent and the choice of drinks is better than in most restaurants in Finland. I am not a huge expert in Scandic food, but the quality was very good and my wife and I really loved the experience.

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Tampere, Finland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

I had dinner with my boyfriend on Saturday evening. The started (asparagus) was a bit too artsy for us, and had too little of the core ingredient. The mains (worschmack and a salad) were ok, and the dessert creme brulees were excellent. The staff were friendly and helpful, and the location was excellent. All in all, an ok dining experience... More

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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Nice small restaurant that has good Finnish food, but at a cost. Still it is very nice and enjoyable evening was had by all. Would go back for sure as the menu is interesting.

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Espoo, Finland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

Nice little restaurant, good scandinavian aven Finnish food. Very friendly service and good wine succestions. Top ten restaurant in Helsinki.

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Helsinki, Finland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

We live close to KarlJohan - so we have visited there normally once/twice a year during several years. It has been a pleasure to see that they have kept their style and quality of food and service on a level equalling their prices. This time we had.crayfish soup and gratinated snails as a starter, followed by grilled whitefish and Black... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

My long time friends decided to meet for dinner in this restaurant. I found the prices high and portions small, as well was the choise for poor. Plusses for not too loud music.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

This was a very good find. The restaurant is in a quiet area just of the main central shopping area. If you are looking for something just a little bit different from standard restaurant fare then this is certainly worth considering. The menu changes regularly and there is a daily special. The menu is carefully thought out and well presented.... More

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La Crosse, WI
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90 reviews 90 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Conveniently located in the market section of town but tucked away on a side street so is very private. On line reservations work well, and the setting is typical Scandinavian simple elegance. Wait staff is attentive and friendly and facile in English, probably other languages as well. Expect to pay 50 euros for a decent meal, but they had 3... More

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