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Muikkuravintola Sampo

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Kauppakatu 13, Kuopio 70100, 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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Iisalmi, Finland
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85 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very traditional Finnish old style sailorman restaurant. Have Tönkkösuolattu muikku in strong liquer, magnificent! Authentic Atmosphere as well!

1 Thank JPOL6
Oulu, Finland
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Must-visit restaurant in Kuopio! Mashed potatoes and fried whitefish, generous amount of both. Old jukebox and furniture, very nice place!

Thank Tanja J
Helsinki, Finland
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366 reviews
209 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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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155 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

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 July 9, 2016 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 June 26, 2016

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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227 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016 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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76 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 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

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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
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
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 70100, 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?