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Runeberginkatu, Helsinki, Finland (Kampinmalmi)
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Ranked #116 of 1,026 Restaurants in Helsinki
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
Cuisines: Scandinavian
Neighborhood: Kampinmalmi
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
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English first
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 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
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111 reviews 111 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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Helsinki, Finland
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163 reviews 163 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We had fresh asparagus with seafood that was very tasty. The restaurant is a bit old-fashioned but values traditions in a nice way. The food is very traditional and mostly good. There is a special ambiance as well that you can not find in many places.

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Helsinki, Finland
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70 reviews 70 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Nice atmosphere in Elite. Not so usual concept with waiters any more in Finnish restaurant. Very formal and polite waitress. Menu was nice and they have special menu for Schnitzels which seems to be quite popular. I toked whitefish which was absolutely too salty.Crème brûlée was absolutlely grate so velvety.

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Teddington, United Kingdom
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101 reviews 101 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

Set in Art Deco surroundings, the service was excellent, both polite and efficient for the lunch that we took this week. It was also very reasonably priced for the quality of the food. A definite destination for the next visit to the city.

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Additional Information about Elite

Address: Runeberginkatu, Helsinki, Finland
Location: Europe  >  Finland  >  Southern Finland  >  Helsinki>  > Kampinmalmi
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
Cuisine: Scandinavian

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