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Bellevue

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Rahapajankatu 3, Helsinki 00160, Finland
09-179560
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1:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 1:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 33
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Blini time heaven

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
MerjaRa
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Helsinki, Finland
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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83 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Helsinki, Finland
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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219 reviews 219 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Helsinki, Finland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is a white tablecloth classic that has been in continuous service since 1917. It has in other words very little to do with kitchy russian "theme" restaurants. A Russian restaurant from the times when Russia was influencing- and being a part of European. Its all about the quality of the food. They serve everything from blinies, pelmenies, Kiev Chicken... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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39 reviews 39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Next to orthodox catethdral - which is certainly worth to visit as well. Just 1 km from city harbour in Katajanokka.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Bellevue is one of the two top notch Russian places in Helsinki. Having tried both several times, Bellevue comes short of being excellent. I found service to be slow in picking up that we had arrived and albeit friendly in an old fashioned way, rather too slow. The atmosphere of the place is a bit muted and some lights are... More 

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Ascot, United Kingdom
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104 reviews 104 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Taken here on recommendation from a local, Russian cuisine is apparently more prevalent in Finland than I realised. My guests' recommendations were very useful, as my Finnish & Russian is not up to reading a menu! But the service helped a little as well.

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Portland, Maine
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117 reviews 117 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

As an American who grew up during the Cold War, I've always had a curiosity about all things Russian. On a business trip to Helsinki I had a chance to try what seemed to be real Russian food for the first time and it was terrific. The interior is ornate and well worn as if someone didn't want to tamper... More 

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Lausanne
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The restaurant does not seem to be very popular. There were only 3 tables occupied on Saturday night. The restaurant plays 70's Russian pop mainly. The food is ok. Nothing really exceptional. Quite expensive for the type of food and the service. The blinis for instance were quite disappointing. The bear sausage was mediocre as well as the steak. The... 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 - 27
  • Cuisine: Russian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Entertaining clients

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?