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$37 - $147
European, Scandinavian
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0.2 miles from The Esplanadi Park
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Reviewed February 27, 2020 via mobile

Our first night in Helsinki and chose to eat in this excellent restaurant. The food was fantastic - in particular the snail starter and kidney main, which may sound very left field but were absolutely delicious! Service was spot on as well, loved it!

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 22, 2020

We had a very nice dinner here, it's a small place, with really good food, and very friendly service. Definitely recommend

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 22, 2020 via mobile

The restaurant is quite small but very neat and peaceful decorated with light Nordic colours and wood. However was their quite noisy during our visit, the restaurant was fully booked and there was also a larger party with laughter and loud talking, why it sometimes...More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed January 31, 2020

It has been our tradition for years, that whenever we want to be absolutely sure about tasty food and good service, Karljohan has often been our choise.. Also this time they did not disappoint us. Our starter blinis were ball-like in their form - not...More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 4, 2020

We were looking for somewhere to eat dinner and thought we would try this restaurant. We were all very impressed - starters were the crayfish soup and green salad, both were very enjoyable, main course of reindeer- melt in your mouth and there was a...More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 2, 2020

Nice steakhouse in Helsinki centre (just opposite the market buliding). Great stakes and burgers, not so good side dishes (soups etc). The place seemed to me a bit expensive, but this goes for the rest of Helsinki as well.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed December 30, 2019 via mobile

We came here for dinner and had the Vorschmack and Reindeer. The reindeer meat was simply outstanding. The dish looked great as well. The Vorschmack was great too, the mashed potatoes awesome. Service was food and the atmosphere a bit like in a Scandinavian living...More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 30, 2019

Nice place with awesome food, excellent service. The reindeer is a must try with its berry sauce and crispy vegetables. The plate of cheese is also very yummy if you like strong cheeses. The Australian wine was equally good... coming from a French lady, you...More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed November 9, 2019 via mobile

I went for a solo dinner on Saturday. This is a small place, so make sure you have a reservation. Tables are very close to each other, so do not expect much privacy. Food is delicious, service was very friendly and simply great.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 8, 2019 via mobile

Well, to be honest this is a great little restaurant with a homely atmosphere in high contrast to the nearby fancy places and the shopping mall. I had a great reindeer steak with Italian wine, however menu suggests that their main focus is fish meals....More

Date of visit: November 2019
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