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“Good Choice for Finnish” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kaarna

Kaarna
Ranked #176 of 1,453 Restaurants in Helsinki
Cuisines: European, Scandinavian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Kampinmalmi
Denver, CO
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61 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Good Choice for Finnish”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2014

Nice place. A bit brightly lit place for me; I prefer softer lighting, which is one of the negatives for me. Very clean and staff was efficient and courteous. It is on the 2nd floor of a building that looks out over Helsinki...entire wall of window that borders the street, so views are quite nice.
Recommended appetizers: Bread basket was delicious. The sweet and sour rye bread was excellent and the crispy rye was also good. Smoked reindeer appetizer had a ? sour cream-based chopped reindeer salad with a couple of slices of dried reindeer on top...very tasty and quite different.
Skip: squeaky cheese. bland and boring.
Entrée: excellent flatbread with reindeer meat. Order it rare! Mine arrived medium-well done, although I requested rare. This was another reason the rating is not higher. Regardless, the taste was extraordinarily good and is highly recommended.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Kirkland, Washington
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great food and drink”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2014

After a very stressful day, a fight with my daughter, and way too much walking, I had dinner at Kaarna. Food was great, the waitress was supremely helpful (I was in no mood to linger over the menu - wanted good food and a beer fast). I would definitely go back!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Real Finnish place to enjoy ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2014 via mobile

Very nice food in good location with view over the bustling street near Stockman. Some champagne, good service and great companionship. This is how Helsinki is at its best!

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Montreal, Canada
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71 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Excellent food, laid back atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014

We randomly selected Kaarna for dinner on a recent visit to Helsinki. Following a long day of sight-seeing, we landed on this venue and very pleased we took the chance to sample a very delightful menu of Finnish delicacies.
We thoroughly enjoyed the Kaarna game plate consisting of smoked reindeer, venison and mushroom salad, the Kaarna bread basket of rye / dark and white (sourdough?) breads with a delicious churned butter, the creamy salmon soup and the absolutely delightful mushroom filled cabbage rolls served on a warm beetroot salad. Not so thrilled with the crayfish, artichoke cold nordic tapas, but we should have known that these items would be canned and thus not of the same standard as the rest of our meal. We savoured Aret Runt beers from Nokia Brewery, perfectly paired choice with our flavourful meals. Quite satiated, but still having a bit of room for dessert, we shared the traditional Finnish blueberry pie served with goat milk ice cream and hobbled all the way home....

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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319 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Sensational stop for lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

Just off the main square, this is a great spot to have lunch.
We had traditional fare; to start, I had Finnish squeaky cheese with smoked Elk. Great choice.
For mains, Reindeer meat on flatbread, with beetroot purée. Really well cooked.
For dessert, the traditional Finnish blueberry pie with goats milk IceCream; again, excellent.
This was a great place, with superb food and attentive staff.
I would thoroughly recommend.
'A great way to Finnish a stay in Helsinki!!'

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