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Ravintola Karljohan

Yrjonkatu 21, Helsinki 00100, Finland (Kampinmalmi)
+358 9 6121121
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Ranked #41 of 882 restaurants in Helsinki
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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100 reviews from our community

81% Recommend
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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
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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81 reviews 81 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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Palo Alto, CA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

I initially visited Karl Johan for lunch, based on the good reviews and reasonable prices. The restaurant offers 8 or so lunch options that change daily--the website seems to be updated very diligently with the next days lunch specials, albeit in Finnish only (Google Translate to the rescue!). Prices range from 10e-19e for entrees, and includes salad and bread (to... More

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Narragansett, Rhode Island
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

I was searching around Helsinki for a good local place to eat and not touristy. Stumbled upon this place based on TripAdvisor recommendations and it didn't disappoint. Food was excellent and the tasting menus were set a three difference price levels. Good representation of Finnish fare. Wines are reasonably priced as well. Place is small but consistent with the area.... More

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Padua, Italy
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013 via mobile

Yes let's a write my experience. The dishes would like to seem dishes from super restaurant, with this small portion and good presentation but the taste is completely another thing. No savour at all. It is not worth a menu for 50 bucks. Not good.

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Melbourne, Australia
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79 reviews 79 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013 via mobile

Used trip advisor to find my best option near where i was at the time and this very local gem came up. Blackboard menu in finnish (but the staff speak english as well) refreshed me enough to continue sightseeing in zero degrees.

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North Potomac, Maryland
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166 reviews 166 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

I had just one afternoon and evening to roam around the central part of Helsinki near the railway station. While walking around, early in the afternoon, I noticed Karl Johan restaurant (and guessed from so many other signs that "Ravintola" must mean restaurant :-) The restaurant looked cozy and menu was interesting. After making the rounds of Esplanadi and Senaatintori... More

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