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“Perfect dinner place for opera visitors” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Carelia

Carelia
Mannerheimintie 56, Helsinki 00260, Finland (Taka-Töölö)
+3589 270 90 976
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Ranked #241 of 1,012 Restaurants in Helsinki
Price range: $29 - $72
Cuisines: European, Vegetarian, Wine Bar, Scandinavian
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Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Taka-Töölö
Helsinki, Finland
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139 reviews 139 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Perfect dinner place for opera visitors”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

Carelia is a very safe choice for a wonderful dinner before the opera. The menu as well as the wine list is well planned and the service is professional and prompt.

Visited October 2011
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Helsinki
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73 reviews 73 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Name misleads”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2011

You would think that a restaurant called Carelia would specialise in Finnish traditional food, but that is not the case. Carelia is a bistro-style restaurant with mainly French kitchen influences. However, the L-shape and private cabinets means you don't get the typical noisy-busy atmosphere found in other similar restaurants, like Mäster Anders in Stockholm. If this is good or bad is up to you, but for me this was a disappointment.

Then the food. It was good, even though a bit pricy. There are some strange things, for example the entrecôte is served bistro-style with the side orders separately - but the side orders are predetermined! There was also a "cheese assortment" option on the menu, with an option of 1 (!) or 3 pieces. it stumps me how this could be called an assortment. We didn't order this, so maybe it's just a menu typo. The wine was 10-13 euros for 12 cl, which IMHO is too expensive.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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10 restaurant reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Quaint”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

A lovely quaint restuarant. Selection of food wasn't huge but a nice menu all the same. Food was good but not very special and a tad expensive. Service was absolutely outstanding.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Interesting location in...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2009

Interesting location in an old pharmacy. The food is ok but not high class.

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“delicious food, bit expensive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2009

delicious food, bit expensive

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