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Bellevue

#123 of 1,068 Restaurants in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Russian
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Rahapajankatu 3, Helsinki 00160, Finland
09-179560
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 1:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Bellevue is the oldest Russian restaurant in Helsinki, founded in 1917 and...
Bellevue is the oldest Russian restaurant in Helsinki, founded in 1917 and has ever since been known for its good food and unique atmosphere. The old and valuable paintings, chairs and chandeliers take you back to the days of the Czar. The authentic Russian atmosphere is completed by classical Russian music in the background. Also the menu brings old Russian cuisine to you. The chefs are flexible and highly professional, so if one of your favorite classic Russian dishes is not on the menu, it is always worthwhile asking for it. There are also three private rooms in the restaurants.
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  • 36
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 3
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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 of 5 stars
A classic russian zakuska-table

Restaurant Bellevue offers a classic russian zakuska table from time to time (you can see the dates from their website) and we decided to try a little different dining experience. The service was friendly and the atmospere fantastics with the old style russian outfits and all the old world... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 11, 2015
Norkku
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Helsinki
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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Helsinki
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Restaurant Bellevue offers a classic russian zakuska table from time to time (you can see the dates from their website) and we decided to try a little different dining experience. The service was friendly and the atmospere fantastics with the old style russian outfits and all the old world nostalgia. Zakuska was beautifully set russian style buffet with many dishes... More 

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Espoo, Finland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Went there yesterday with my mother and really enjoyed it. We ordered the Russian starter to share which involved a mixed bag of different Russian dishes including several pates, mushroom salad, salmon, a blini, etc. My mother ordered a fish dish, which was pretty tasty and I picked the Russian steak with rose pepper. The dish included a small rösti... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This restaurant is in Katajanokka, which until late 1917 was the Headquarters of the Imperial Russian Navy Baltic Fleet. It was founded in early 1917 to serve the many rich Russians in the area. It has maintained its traditions. As a historian, I get a faint impression of how it must have been in those days before the Revolution. The... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

This Russian restaurant offers good quality food (how traditionally Russian I can't say, as I've never been to Russia), in hearty portions. The atmosphere is great, very old fashioned interior reflecting the long history of the place. The blinis in particular deserve a mention, they are very good, with a selection of delicious toppings (vendace roe and marinated salmon were... More 

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Sverige
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134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

The atmosphere is very nice. Attentive service. Moderate menu with large wine list. We had Borstj, Blinis, Fish Saslik and Chicken Kiev. All dishes are well prepared and tasty. This time the restaurant failed the Chicken Kiev, no butter inside which the waiter should have noticed when he stamped the knife in the "chicken bone". We were given the choice... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Dining here, I got the authentic feeling that I was eating in a typical pre - Soviet restaurant in Moscow, and treated like a Czar! The tables have a "royal" layout and look about it, you think you were in a palace! I thought I might have been a bit underdressed! The service was very prompt and the waitress was... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Visited with a friend during blini season. we both had the blini assortiment, which included five toppings and blinis as much as you wanted, served one by one, freshly baked. The toppings were tasty, but the best part was the blini - light and crispy on the edges.(not at all greasy as described in a previous review). For dessert,the chocolate... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I am familiar with Russian restaurants outside of Russia , they all suffer from the same affliction : greasy food of questionable quality reminiscent of Soviet culinary examples. Salad Olivier, herring under generous coating of mayonnaise, mushroom Julien and other ‘delicacies’ generously overcooked in too much oil. This restaurant falls within the same routine with one distinction; they manage to... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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260 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Well, you run out of garnish that you have to order more, but they make you those blinis (Russian style buckwheat pancake) as many as you like. It is not very common but here they offer gluten free pancake as well. The wild boar as well as roe are very nice on the blinis. For some reason, they don't keep... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

It is one of the rare restaurants in Helsinki that are still good after tens of years. Not much has changed since my first visit to this restaurant about 30 years ago. Food is simple but tasty. This is how cooking used to be before displaying became more important than taste. Pricing is also quite acceptable. I would be glad... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Rahapajankatu 3, Helsinki 00160, Finland
  • Location: Europe  >  Finland  >  Southern Finland  >  Helsinki
  • Phone Number: 09-179560

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 22 to 28
  • Cuisine: Russian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Romantic

Description

Bellevue is the oldest Russian restaurant in Helsinki, founded in 1917 and has ever since been known for its good food and unique atmosphere. The old and valuable paintings, chairs and chandeliers take you back to the days of the Czar. The authentic Russian atmosphere is completed by classical Russian music in the background. Also the menu brings old Russian cuisine to you. The chefs are flexible and highly professional, so if one of your favorite classic Russian dishes is not on the menu, it is always worthwhile asking for it. There are also three private rooms in the restaurants.
Open Hours
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 - 12:00 am
Saturday
1:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?