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Elite

Kampinmalmi
Scandinavian
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Runeberginkatu, Helsinki, Finland
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Today
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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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: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 20
    Excellent
  • 51
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Mother´s Day lunch

This year we enjoyed our Mothers´s Day lunch at Elite restaurant. Though the restaurant was almost crammed, the service ran smoothly without delays all the time. Partly this was due to the fact that only a limited number of courses were available. Since asparagus season is on, it was strongly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
kariheikki
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Helsinki, Finland
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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English first
Espoo, Finland
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Elite has been around since 1932, offering a place for artists to gather in a cozy, yet sophisticated surroundings. The restaurant still has a traditional doorman to welcome you and take your coat, after which the waiter takes you to your table. The staff are seasoned professionals, no spring chickens here. They must have witnessed some peculiar things with their... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This year we enjoyed our Mothers´s Day lunch at Elite restaurant. Though the restaurant was almost crammed, the service ran smoothly without delays all the time. Partly this was due to the fact that only a limited number of courses were available. Since asparagus season is on, it was strongly present in starters, which were asparagus soup and salmon with... More 

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Valencia, Spain
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100 reviews 100 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

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
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66 reviews 66 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
150 helpful votes 150 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
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
10 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
42 reviews 42 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
127 reviews 127 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 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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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?