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Runeberginkatu, Helsinki, Finland
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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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, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Wonderful atmosphere

The appetizers were great, as was the ambience. The vegetarian pasta was a disappointment, but the creme brulee perfect. One of my favorite restaurants in Helsinki.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 9, 2015
Marie M
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

The appetizers were great, as was the ambience. The vegetarian pasta was a disappointment, but the creme brulee perfect. One of my favorite restaurants in Helsinki.

Thank Marie M
London, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Excellent food, amazing service. Not the prettiest of places in terms of decoration but the food is so good that it is very worth it. The waiter was incredibly helpful recommending us food and wine pairings. Overall, we had a wonderful experience on our first night in Helsinki.

Thank CCfromLondon
Wichita, United States
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

While living in Helsinki, I had several private and business meals at Elite. The Finns pronounce it eh-lee-teh by the way. Sometime the taxi drivers can't understand you when you pronounce it like an English speaker would normally say it. I had several Finnish friends, who were foodies by the way, say that this is their favorite restaurant in the... More 

Thank Eric W
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54 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Perfect food and service at Elite. Pike Wallenberg and lamb was so skillfully done, taste excellent. Haven't eaten nothing of the same quality for a long, long time. Nice terrace with white tablecloths in shadow of trees. Nice and polite service. really professional. Immediately decided to come back.

Thank Maari100
South of England
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196 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I had eaten here about six years ago, and returned while on a city break with my (grown up) daughter. The prices seemed even higher, but everything else was much as I remembered it. This is a well-thought-out establishment which makes the most of its indoor and outdoor spaces. We had fair portions of excellent food, very professionally served under... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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72 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

On a conference in Helsinki I returned to my University Guest House, tired and hungry, having had too little to eat at a bad reception. The restaurant just opposite the tram-stop looked inviting and had an excllent offer: Garlic Butter Escargots, cod with cripy skin and parsnip puree, with a buchthorn/hawthorn sorbet for spectaular dessert. the meal was delicious and... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We were a party of four for dinner here in July. Elite has character. They serve some traditional dishes that are hard to find elsewhere, such as Vorschmack and Tauno Palo's famous steak garnished with onions (Tauno Palo was a famous Finnish actor and this was his favourite dish here). Food here is very good and the place is elegant... More 

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Sunbury on Thames
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138 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

A little out of the centre, but on the 2 tram route. A big restaurant, on a corner site, but nice atmosphere. I had one of the set menus with additional matched wine. Food well cooked and very attentive service. Not cheap, but worth it.

Thank Paul T
Alanya, Turkey
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This is a restaurant with dignity and history. Many famous finnish film starts and other celbrities have enjoyed being quest in this restaurant. Worth to try and enjoy.

Thank Tapio P
Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This restaurant is in the backwatwrs of Helsinki, but well worth the detour. You enter a universe which you may have thought was gone forevever, with coat clerks and white linen. The interior is a period piece, slghtly worn, and the clientele is all sorts, from old-fashioned dressed for dinner to casual. Prices are moderate for Helsinki, biut the quality... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: European, Scandinavian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine


Open Hours
1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
1:00 pm - 1:00 am

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