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Elite

Kampinmalmi
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Runeberginkatu, Helsinki, Finland
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1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Sat 1:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations

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  • 19
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  • 18
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  • 5
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cult restaurant close to the centre of Helsinki

A place to visit in the evening. Nice interior in the Finnish 50's style. This was the place where the local artists met and you still may bump into one. The artists' house is around the corner. Food is quite good. Service appropriate and the quality for price is correct. Do not forget to enter in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 19, 2014
Auli51
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Helsinki
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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English first
Valencia, Spain
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

A real character in Helsinki. It looks like it used to be when it was opened and it shows.. in a nice way! The atmosphere is unique and the food is really tasty and nice. We enjoyed the tartar, the salmon soup and some other fish plates. The price is not too cheap but not bad for Finnish standards. Really... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This is where we had the best Swedish hash ever! The decor in this beautiful restaurant take you back to the middle of the last century, and the service is just as amazing as the food. And it won't cost you a fortune. Meat, sausages, and potatoes made to perfection, perfectly spiced, accompanied by pickled beet roots and pickled cucumber,... More 

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Espoo, Finland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Had a Tauno Palo steak at lunch and had to send it back twice. First and second steaks were well done, the second was even worse than the first one. Slight disappointment 😕

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Helsinki
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

A place to visit in the evening. Nice interior in the Finnish 50's style. This was the place where the local artists met and you still may bump into one. The artists' house is around the corner. Food is quite good. Service appropriate and the quality for price is correct. Do not forget to enter in the garden of the... More 

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Been around for 80 years and the favorite diner of the Finnish artist scene, Elite stands almost alone in its genre. The menu or decor don't change much - they don't need to. The waiters are well above middle-age and do their job in a distinguished manner. The main room is always filled with loud laughter and ex tempore speeches... More 

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Turku, Finland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Very nice and good classic restaurant in the functional architectural atmosphere. We were very pleased also of smooth service and unusual large (in Finland) service crew. Good value for money!

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Helsinki, Finland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We happened to be nearby Elite at lunchtime and decided to eat there. We were only ones wearing jeans in the restaurant, but the service were still excellent and fast enough for an hour lunch break. There is not very large variety in menu, but everyone should be able to find something to eat. Now they also have some “home... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
Top Contributor
124 reviews 124 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

If you are looking for a 30's atmosphere with functionalism, austere milieu and basic Finnish food, this is the place. Elite was popular with famous Finnish authors (Mika Waltari), actors (Tauno Palo) and it still has some celebrities in its regulars. Service is courteous and quick. The restaurant is one open space, well. lit and pleasant. The menu is quite... More 

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KentUK
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This is a very pleasant "old fashioned" venue with menus to match. All is nice though ; the 'function style' décor and not least, the splendid art work - all very genuine. It has history, too, always an added spice. We had a set "artist menu", with shrimp starter, steak and crème brulee (the largest ever seen). These were good... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The food was great .. we had smoked salmon as an apitizer .. roasted dear with pota5and a variety of vegetables .. and youcant have a good dinner without the almost 2nd best vodka (no one bothered to tell me the brand but it went well with the meal ... service was TOPS .. and it was very comfortable to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Runeberginkatu, Helsinki, Finland
  • Location: Europe  >  Finland  >  Southern Finland  >  Helsinki>  > Kampinmalmi
  • Neighborhood: Kampinmalmi

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Scandinavian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
1:00 pm - 1:00 am

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