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Reviewed March 31, 2022

We just knew we'd be coming back for another round before we even got to the end of our first dinner. The second night, we ordered food to share between the four of us, not unlike a little tasting menu, and I swear we could...have kept on ordering the Arctic char carpaccio over and over (and we kinda did)! As soon as the plate arrived at the table -- gone. I can't even remember when I've had a fish starter like that: fresh, flavorful, nuanced, and just very, very tasty. In the mains, especially the elk pepper steak is very much worth sampling. "Snowball" and the lingonberry parfait were outstanding, both of which strike so many of those good notes without oversaturating the taste buds. Simply world-class work on the desserts. Finally, the master of the house, Samuli, seems to enjoy geeking out on wine. Not being total strangers to the topic ourselves, we were happy to oblige, similarly enjoying the animated discussions on French champagne cellars, as well as the carefully assembled selection. I can't wait for our next pilgrimage to Saariselkä. I know which restaurant I'm going to book!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 30, 2022 via mobile

Probably the best dinner I have ever had! Tasty starter with salmon, reindeer and elk. Main course: pepper stake made of elk. Dessert: snowball. The owners, a very nice couple, really love what they do. Excellent service!

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 15, 2022 via mobile

Delicious meal Laanilan Kievari. A unique secluded restaurant. Definitely recommended to make a reservation for dinner.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed November 29, 2021

I highly recommend Laanilan Kievari! Food quality is excellent, they use local and sustainably farmed ingredients to make the best dishes in town. I had a vegan menu because I like to try out veggie dishes whenever I can, and it was one of the...best I've ever had. The overall atmosphere is great, service was really friendly and the wine collection is better than in most places. Just do it, book a table and go enjoy the real tavern experience!More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed November 15, 2021

We had dinner at Laanilan Kievari during our holiday in Lapland. Definitely the best food in town. We highly recommend the hunters pie! There is also a very nice and extensive wine menu at this place. Only point of improvement is the size of the...plates. We were still a bit hungry after having a starter and main course.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed November 3, 2021 via mobile

Excellent food with various tastes from Lapland. The reindeer shoulder roast with veggies was definitely a great experience for us before leaving Lapland. Awesome service.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed April 5, 2021 via mobile

One of the worst restaurant experiences ever. They served us old wine full of cork pieces and waitresses attitude became toxic after we asked to change the wine. Waitress became mute and acted disrespectfully. This place is not recommended if you are looking for a...cozy dinner with your family.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Laanilan_isanta, Owner at Laanilan kievari, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2021

Dear customer, So sorry to hear that your experience at us was so bad. It was not our intention to make you feel disrespected. Our whole business idea is to make our customers feel at home at our place and clearly we missed the mark...More

Reviewed January 16, 2021 via mobile

The staff is super nice and the food is excellent. And we are culinarists so we really value top style and taste of food!

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed December 26, 2020 via mobile

First time to Saariselka and this restaurant was absolutely awesome. The food selection and taste was absolutely first class and the ambiance was friendly and cozy. We sat by a beautiful, warm fire and enjoyed our Christmas Family Dinner. I spilt the reindeer shoulder for...2 and also had the mushroom pie in reindeer sauce as an appetizer. Others members of the family has smoked Arctic Char with vegetables, white fish and Hunter’s Pie. Everyone was super happy with their meals and no one left hungry or disappointed. There was also a wonderful selection of wine including a Finnish Blueberry wine which was great. The staff was very knowledgeable regarding their wine list. As good as the food was it was surpassed by their customer service and friendliness of the staff. The owner. Samuli. was generous with his time and was super interesting and engaging in conversation. The entire staff had a great way of making us feel at home. It was an outstanding experience with outstanding, friendly people. If your are in Saariselka this place is an absolute must and not to be missed. It was as advertised and much more.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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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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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5