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“Almost fine dining” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Pinella

Pinella
Vanha Suurtori 2, Turku 20500, Finland
(02) 445 6400
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Ranked #29 of 219 Restaurants in Turku
Price range: $54 - $67
Cuisines: Scandinavian
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Pinella is unique. A contemporary restaurant and bar set within a historic building in the heart of Turku, Pinella seamlessly blends ancient and modern to create a superb, athmospheric riverside venue for drinks, dining and private parties. The restaurant's famous terraces have been imaginatively restored and provide a memorable setting for alfresco entertainment from May to September.
Turku, Finland
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Almost fine dining”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013 via mobile

Been there couple of Times.perhaps not excellent but among the best in town. Some wines had ran out on both Times.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
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  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
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Espoo, Finland
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“Excellent fish and friendly service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Pinella is one of my favourite restaurants in Turku after three successful visits. I've been most pleased with appetizers and main courses with fresh fish.

Yesterday I had their summer menu with an appetizer of Finnish local whitefish (siika) which was nicely seasoned and beautifully set on the plate. Some wihitefish roe and shrimps accompanied the main fish.

For main course with got beef tenderloin which we order medium-rare. Unfortunately they failed this at first. We got two steaks close to medium, the second one partially well-done. The waiter apologised, and we got new steaks in about five minutes.

Our menu dessert consisted of several sweet twidbits and berries, and it was absolutely fantastic.

We got a "wine package" consisting of three glasses of wine (white, red and sweet wine) for 25 EUR. These went very nicely with our appetizer, main course and dessert.

Pinella is not an affordable restaurant in Turku standards, but it's not too expensive on your own money either.

The restaurant is well located by the Aura River (Aurajoki) with an outside terrace in the summer.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Parainen, Finland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Nice salads outdoors”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We popped in for a light meal during a Sunday afternoon. As the weather was good, we dined outdoors. The menu was limited but everything on it sounded good - we ended up with a tuna salad and a duck salad.
The food was tasty and fresh, portions huge and fulfilling. Serving was also fast and friendly (there were not that many guests but fast anyway). Comparing the atmosphere, service and portions to the price I would say the lunch was a success!
Only minus was the distinct odor of beer - the terrace has apparently got its share of spills and would require a thorough wash or a downpour.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Finland
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203 reviews 203 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
200 helpful votes 200 helpful votes
“Such a disappointment”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

No wonder the place is half empty so often. I understand the portion sizes are not the main issue in fancy restaurant, but half a fish file is just something unacceptable. Last (which it will be forever) time we went the whole visit was more like a joke. They were out of all the more reasonably priced wines (which prices still were quite expensive) but had only 10-11 euros / per glass wines left. We asked if they could go down in the price as they really had only a fraction of the wines on menu available. They said they could sell the 11 euros wine with 10 euros... but then they charged 1 euros of the tap water (without any ice) we never ordered! After arguing they did take 2 euros off the wine price and took the water off the bill but not without a long discussion. Food was tasty but not great - definitely not worth the price which is among the most expensive in Turku. Never again, Pinella - never again. I wanted to give you a chance as it's such a historical place with great history. I'll revisit if the owner changes.

Oh, and the waiter we had did what she could, it most definitely wasn't her fault. The restaurants policy just seems to be the way that the waiters really can't do much. The girl we had was a sweetheart.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Outstanding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

My wife and I have eaten here three times. It is quite strange that people seem to find fault with this place. The food is outstanding and quite original. It is true that the menu is small and it is quite expensive but no more so than any other restaurant of this high standard anywhere in the world. If you are looking for a cheap acceptable dinner then you won't like Pinella but if you are ready for some fine dining, excellent service and a great atmosphere then I can't see how you could be disappointed.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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