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$8 - $74
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European, Scandinavian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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All reviews brunch arctic char roasted veg tartare tempura fries open fire the main road finnish experience nice conversation red wine fine dining experience delicious wine wonderful dinner don t miss local ingredients amazing experience
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Reviewed July 29, 2020 via mobile

The food was the best we had on our round trip in Lapland! Great atmosphere and one of a kind service.

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed July 16, 2020 via mobile

Never ever before I havent wrote a third review of same restaurant. Now it fell that I must report that this one keeps it’s amazong level still. Laanilan kievari is just something that you do not normally find up in the north. Food is well...thought of, made up from good and local ingredients and served with love. Now they had their short summer menu. I took a mushroom soup from cep as a starter. If you would start a war over a food, this would be it. My main, arctic char was just perfect. A crisp skin and moist meat. Their homemade ginger icecream is nearing supernatural. Praise is in order when it is reserved. Now it was.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed May 15, 2020

We had dinner at Laanilan Kievari in December 2019 with our company. We were 20 people and we had contacted and agreed the menus beforehand. We had 2 menu options and we had informed them how many people had which menu and how many were...having the wine menu as well. Still when arriving it was very difficult for the waiter to "take our orders". When we were served the second starter, one of my colleagues just said that he was still missing his dish (as we were so many - this wasn´t a complain or anything, just to make sure the waiter knew what was the situation). The waiter turned back to our table and literally shouted: "And I didn´t eat anything today! I might as well go to the closet to eat!", and walked to the kitchen. He was almost threatening. When we were served the warm dish and we were having nice conversation, the waiter suddenly yelled to us: "And for your information! You can start eating warm dish right after it is served!". He was aggressive and angry in a very strange way and for no reason. We behaved all politely even after all this and some people felt a bit intimidated by his behavior. After this he calmed down and we even had a nice conversation later outside. Many of us had ordered the wine menu. The waiter never presented the wine. Also the dishes of the menu were presented poorly ("This is deer, this is bear, this is salmon, this is... oh what ever!" - direct quote of the dish Tastes of Laanila, a selection of seasonal delicacies). Also the wine pouring was mingy, for example I don´t drink red wine so I continued with the same white as I had before and waiter poured to my glass that was not even close to empty of the last pouring just as much as it had when full pouring. (small detail but it all adds up) In the end we were still ok because we had good atmosphere among us and the food was good, some dish even delicious. When looking at the bill that was already paid we noticed that there was something wrong. At some point someone had asked for some red wine besides the wine menu. The waiter (that was the owner I suppose) hadn´t asked which red wine he wanted and had opened a very expensive bottle and poured the whole bottle to us (which was ok) but he had charged it by glass. i don´t remember exactly, but the price of 12 cl was about 30 euros. If someone asks for red wine and the waiter interprets the situation that in that point it doesn´t really matter which wine is it, it´s totally ok to serve housewine etc. But independently, without asking the customer to choose an expensive bottle, to serve it all and then charge it by glasses is outrageous. We went back and asked about it, but he said it was as it was supposed to be and didn´t change anything. So in a quiet evening when they had only 2 other customers all night and us 20 people who had full menus with wine menus and other drinks they still wanted to rip us off with a little "cheat". The experience was the worst and we were so disappointed. We had chosen this restaurant because the good reviews and word of mouth, but we cannot recommend it to anyone. The place itself was nice and cozy and the food was good, but the behavior and moral of these people is below the mark. Next week I had menu at Kultahovi in Inari and that was an experience from another world from the food to the service and atmosphere and price.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed March 23, 2020

A magnificent dinner with exceptional and unique wines. Expensive but well worth it! If you’re looking for a fine dining -experience in Saariselkä, don’t miss this!

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 20, 2020

The dishes were all fine dining yet local. The staff was very friendly and the restaurant itself was cozy. For this price range it is one of the best restaurant in the whole country.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 11, 2020 via mobile

What a fantastic and quirky restaurant. We ordered the lamb shoulder and was luckiy enough to get the last one of the day, ( apparently best to book and order if you would like it). It was succulent and came with gorgeous roasted veg. The...owner was friendly and accommodating. It is a restaurant you should visit for an authentic Finnish experience.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 5, 2020 via mobile

Fabulous restaurant just off the main road. Lovely atmosphere and very friendly gentleman who served us and spent a lot of time chatting with us. The reindeer was delicious and finished off on the open fire near our table! This was a lovely treat for...us.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 5, 2020

We loves the cosy atmosphere with the roaring fire. The hosts were friendly and welcoming to our kids and even gave them a box of Connect 4 to quietly play. The local specialities were lovely, our favourite was the elk tatar. We had the reindeer...shoulder which was roasted in the fire in front of us, it was huge and could have fed all five of us! Slightly pricey but great quality.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 1, 2020

Amazing atmosphere! A lovely open fire and warming inviting decor. The food was absolutely delicious. I had the elk tartar and the reindeer shoulder. Both were fantastic. The additional touch of finishing the shoulder out in the restaurant over the open fire was brilliant! The...service was efficient and friendlyMore

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 31, 2019

Nutshell - we were there two days ago & were so impressed we cancelled another New Years Eve restaurant booking, so we could eat here again and see in the new decade from this, the “Restaurant at the End of the Universe”. Why is it...so good? The fun, friendly, Finnish professional proprietor makes you feel right at home, happily explaining the local refined gourmet dishes of the buffet and a la carte main dishes. A fine selection of beverages makes this somewhat remote experience, very special. Happy New Year!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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