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Muikkuravintola Sampo

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Kauppakatu 13, Kuopio, Finland
17 2614677
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Helsinki, Finland
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346 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

This is the best known and probably the best restaurant in Kuopio to serve vendace. This small fish is very popular among the locals. It can be very delicious and in this place they certainly know how to prepare the fish. If you don't like fish this place is not for you.

Thank beachstone2c
Phoenix, Arizona
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144 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is Finnish comfort food - vendace all ways -- in a great old-style pub. I think the vintage decor and neighborhood atmosphere is the best part about the place. The food was also good though. I had a vendace soup which was all fish -- something perhaps I wouldn't eat in the States -- but it was simple and... More 

Thank JKim27
San Diego, California
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51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you like vendace and like to have it traditional way, this is your restaurant. Cuisine is a little bit old fashioned, but perhaps it is the idea. Sampo is also a pub and there is quite relaxed atmosphere. Staff was very friendly and service fast. Sampo is good and popular restaurant near of the harbour of Kuopio. Therefore you... More 

Thank Ville T
Kuopio, Finland
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94 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the restaurant is famous among Finnish because it serves typical fish menu from one of Kuopio lakes near city center. I tried the menu with fried vendace, served with mashed potato, cucumber, tomato, and lemon. The serving did not look big but I struggled to finish it because it's fulfilling. The fish was really good, the mashed potato somehow tasted... More 

Thank Stef_Yang
Espoo, Finland
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213 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant have been there as long as i can remember - maybe longer than i have live. They sell different kind of portions of small fishes (vendace) - i recommend to take traditional version "fried in butter". A couple of drinks and fatty-salty-vendace & smashed potatoes - nomnom!

Thank Markus V
Kuopio, Finland
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

You can eat simple finnish meals, especially small fish called "muikku" (vendace) from the Lake Kallavesi with smashed potatoes. Simple but fresh and tasty. The menu has been almost the same about 40 years. They don´t even think about a new menu.

Thank havijahannele
London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

The oldest restaurant in Kuopio is a bright light restaurant with high ceiling, with tables arranged along a bar with crisp white tablecloths. The food is straight & simple. Fresh muikku served hot, with a very light crisp coating but soft inside, served with creamy mashed potatoes, a few rings of tomato & cucumber, & a slice of lemon. No... More 

Thank 2Mar5
Turku, Finland
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67 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

The place itself is basic but local fish food (muikku = vendace) is just so excellent and I can recommend this restaurant for everyone. Tasted two different servings druing two different visits, yummy. This was also one of the few places if not almost the only one open during holidays which was a huge plus. Service is very friendly. If... More 

Thank daniellax
Kuopio, Finland
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Basic, but good. The oldest restaurant in the town. Truly a place for everyone, from politicians to musicans.

Thank SilentPetri
Helsinki, Finland
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016 via mobile

Cozy pub-like interior, a good eat with basic Finnish fish dishes, good priced quality value for money with friendly service as a bonus the menu was written in Savo dialect (fun if you understand Finnish). Can recommend!

Thank Gustomer

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $22
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Kauppakatu 13, Kuopio, Finland
  • Location: Europe  >  Finland  >  Northern Savonia  >  Kuopio
  • Phone Number: 17 2614677

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