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The Gingerbread House

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$$ - $$$
European, Scandinavian
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Kirkkorinne 2, Haemeenlinna 13100, Finland
+358 3 648040
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Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

In the small city of Hameenlinna iäthey have this lovely restaurant called Piparkakkutalo. Serving is the finest and the food is at the same level. You need to visit this restaurant if you're at Hämeenlinna.

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Thank Antti M
Cust_manager, Asiakaspalvelujohtaja at The Gingerbread House, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and recommendations. Welcome again! More 

Helsinki, Finland
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149 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

This restaurant offers no-nonsense good quality food. Definitely above average but no fine dining. Portions are big and you should not leave hungry. Service is very friendly. We popped in on Saturday afternoon without reservation, but you are advised to book ahead! The staff made an effort and organised a table for us and we served well. Good place to... More 

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Thank LPekkala
Cust_manager, Asiakaspalvelujohtaja at The Gingerbread House, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review! We were happy to organize a table for you. As you comment, we surely do recommend to book ahead. Welcome again! More 

Helsinki, Finland
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347 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

This is a nice restaurant for dinner when you are NOT in a rush, don't choose it for a quick bite. Menu was refreshing and gives focus on quality raw material.

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Thank Finn_on_the_go
Cust_manager, Asiakaspalvelujohtaja at The Gingerbread House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We have some challenges for faster food, but on the other hand we wish that customers would have time to relax and enjoy when visiting us. We are glad you liked our menu. Welcome again More 

Espoo, Finland
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96 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

Went to eat around three in the afternoon. The service was friendly, but we waited 45 minutes for a sandwich and a salad. I hope that it was due to the time we arrived, since there were only a couple other customers in the restaurant. The goat cheese salad was really good. The Caesar club sandwich was good, but nothing... More 

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Thank Jukka H
Cust_manager, Asiakaspalvelujohtaja at The Gingerbread House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! 45 minutes sounds too long time to wait. We are sorry about that. We hope to see you again and then we can serve you a little bit faster. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the meals! More 

Western Finland, Finland
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

I love everything with this restaurant! The decor, wines, food, staff. Especially I appriciate the traditional dishes they serve, like Toast Skagen and Worchmak.

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Thank Erja E
Cust_manager, Asiakaspalvelujohtaja at The Gingerbread House, responded to this review

What a lovely review to read. Thank you very much! This is our target, to provide total experiences. Welcome again! More 

Finland
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

Toast Skagen as starter is one of the best in my life. Pepper steak was really tasty and good quality. Excellent red wine and Creme Brulee with espresso. Served in nice atmosphere. Works with business as well as romantic dinner.

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Thank PeteFinland
Cust_manager, Asiakaspalvelujohtaja at The Gingerbread House, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review! Toast Skagen is our top selling starter. We are happy to hear you enjoyed it, as well other meals. Welcome again! More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

Prompt and friendly service. Excellent pepper steak and liver. Good value for the money. We were in a hurry, everything worked out just fine.

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Thank Timo K
Cust_manager, Asiakaspalvelujohtaja at The Gingerbread House, responded to this review

Thank you for you review! It is nice to hear you have enjoyed your meal at our restaurant. Welcome again! More 

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43 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful wooden building, good service and lovely food. (Goat cheese salad and sirloin steak were both excellent) Dessert menu is small and very ice-cream based but that's quite typical in Finland during summer months.

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Thank Snowflake_Fairy
Cust_manager, Asiakaspalvelujohtaja at The Gingerbread House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed visiting us. More 

Haemeenlinna, Finland
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48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016

So, for a short backstory, I visited here few years ago and that time I got server wrong main course and half frozen strawberries for dessert, with a waitress that couldn't bother to give us one smile. This time I'm glad to be able to write this review with 4/5 stars. Truthfully I don't think I would've ever come back... More 

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Thank KatiS_84
Cust_manager, Asiakaspalvelujohtaja at The Gingerbread House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! I'm happy to hear that we had a chance to serve you again. In past years we have put effort on developing our methods, meals and service. I'm glad to hear you could see the difference. We hope to see you again! More 

Helsinki, Finland
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26 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

A must place to go when in Hämeenlinna. We had a big group of colleagues having and after work dinner and everything was superb. The escargots turned the normally loud party to an absolute silence, they were just amazing. The mains were all around the tables appraised as well. Great place with a lovely venue and really good stuff. Highly... More 

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Thank Ville V
Cust_manager, Asiakaspalvelujohtaja at The Gingerbread House, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your lovely review! We are pleased to hear that your whole group enjoyed the visit to our restaurant. Welcome again! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$17 - $30
Cuisine
European, Scandinavian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Kirkkorinne 2, Haemeenlinna 13100, Finland
  • Location: Europe  >  Finland  >  Tavastia Proper  >  Haemeenlinna
  • Phone Number: +358 3 648040
Description
Restaurant Piparkakkutalo, "The Gingerbread House", is a traditional, popular and cosy restaurant at the heart of Hameenlinna next to the main church and the marketplace. The restaurant offers traditional European food with specialities and seasonal local ingredients. Restaurant Piparkakkutalo is located in a historical house. The house was built in 1906-07 as a home for merchant August Skogster whose department store was located next to the house. The house is designed by one of the most famous Finnish architect of that time, Selim A. Lindqvist. The house is a Jugend style building. Restaurant Piparkakkutalo is ideal for all kinds of lunch and dinner occasions, informal or formal. There are also dining cabinets and meeting cabinets available for private occasions. There is a cosy pub, Albertin Kellari, located in the basement of the Restaurant. The pub is fully licensed with a wide selection of beers, ciders and other drinks. Also a selection of tasty bar snacks is available. There is live music every week ranging from jazz to blues, roots etc. Also quiz and theme nights are organized regularly.

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