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Hietalahdenranta 11, Helsinki 00180, Finland (Kampinmalmi)
010 766 4280
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Ranked #91 of 939 restaurants in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $16 - $146
Cuisines: Russian, Scandinavian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Kampinmalmi
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154 reviews from our community

75% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

While the service was pleasant and efficient, the food at this place was terrible. We ordered the mixed fried fish which was a hash of potato and indistinguishable fish mash which we thought was mainly salmon. The sautéed reindeer was a bowl of mashed potato topped with a couple of spoons of stewed meat which could have been anything -... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We wanted a typical meal and got exactly that. Good basic food in a friendly informal setting. The sauted reindeer was interesting to taste - and quite nice - and the service was good. The wine list was somewhat limited and a number of wines on the list was not available, but we managed to get something to our taste.... More

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Spring Lake, Michigan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

If you want to try Finnish homestyle comfort food, this is the place. A wide-ranging menu, cozy and local-feeling atmosphere, and excellent service. It's a bit pricey, but this is to be expected in Helsinki and also along the harbor where there are a lot of tourists. I had a seafood scramble (salmon, shrimp, onions, potatoes) and my spouse had... More

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Helsinki, Finland
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Typical Finnish restaurant environment. Here you get typical finnish sea dishes, but also some meat dishes. The prices are average and so also is the service.....

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London, UK
Top Contributor
132 reviews 132 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We searched high and low till we found this restaurant not too far from our hotel. When we went in to book earlier we were quite surprised to find how busy it was. Surely a good sign? At the appointed time, we turned up and were led to a room at the back which was quite busy. We all thought... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Salve was recommended to us by the person we rented our accomodation from in Helsinki as being a place we could get authentic Finnish food from and he wasn't wrong. We arrived at the restaurant quite late (about 9.00pm) after our first day of exploring Helsinki worried we might be a bit late to get a table. Although busy, the... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Recommended by Finnish colleagues as a traditional Finnish restaurant with focus on fish and seafood. I tried the 'griddled salmon'. My observations - Food is decent but not great - surely Salmon can be cooked better - Portions are reasonable - Salad buffet is a travesty - surely needs to improve - Staff were expressionless - would have expected a... More

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Royston, United Kingdom
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122 reviews 122 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

stumbled upon this restaurant on one of the free maps, and decided to give it a go. A little bit away from the town centre, near the waterside, it attracts a mixture of locals and visitors. Good menu, or Nordic and Scandinavian dishes, very friendly staff, nice range of wines at reasonable prices, ( even for Finland), good ambiance, and... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This was one of the best meals we had in Helsinki. My daughter was desperate to try reindeer and we found this restaurant had it on the menu at a very good price compared to others. The staff were helpful and polite from the minute we entered until we left. The salad bar was filled with delicious fresh salad mixtures... More

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

The waiters in this restaurant make it clear that they will not go out of their way to make one feel a welcome guest. Also, the food is of mediocre quality. With one exception. When we visited, the restaurant ran a promotion for blinis. Perfect. We all felt sorry, that we had not ordered this for starter and main course.

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