We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Relaxed atmosphere - ambitious food”
Review of Spis

Spis
Ranked #62 of 1,489 Restaurants in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, Scandinavian
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Tasty food, fresh ingredients and cosy service. Wine prices are decent.
Helsinki, Finland
Level Contributor
94 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Relaxed atmosphere - ambitious food”
Reviewed June 19, 2012

Spis looks and feels more like of the modern bistros:
- modern but a bit rustic look - no tablecloths, all the chairs are slightly different, rough look on the walls and floors
- friendly service (and they know their foods & wines)
- short menu (2 starters, 3 mains, 2 desserts)
However the food is much more ambitious, basically fine dining quality:
- very fresh, local ingredients (we had a lot of different herbs in most of the dishes)
- a lot of components in all the dishes
- exiting combinations and preparations
The combination worked really well. If I need to look for some negatives they would be:
- A bit pricy when it comes to food (49 euros for 4 courses)
- Fairly short and safe wine list

All in all I would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting Helsinki or locals looking for some modern Nordic cuisine. Note that it's a tiny place (18 seats) so be sure to make your reservation early enough!

  • Visited June 2012
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Janne_hki
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

125 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    92
    18
    10
    4
    1
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Helsinki, Finland
Level Contributor
19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Excellent scandinavian food & athmosphere”
Reviewed May 28, 2012

Small and forthright restaurant with friendly staff. Food is creative with interesting combination of fresh ingredients. Nice experience all the way and will be on my top list when somebody wants to get recommendation in Helsinki.

  • Visited February 2012
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Pihtsus
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Karis, Finland
1 review
“A pleasant surprise”
Reviewed March 9, 2012

Very tasty and innovative scandinavian style food. Good service and cosy atmosphere. I would definitely go there again.

  • Visited March 2012
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank NickeKaris
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Helsinki, Finland
Level Contributor
138 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Cozy tiny dinner restaurant with friendly service”
Reviewed March 4, 2012

Warmly recommend Spis for a good dinner. The place is tiny but cozy, staff very friendly and easygoing. Food is very very good, ingredients are fresh and the menu is innovative. Wine prices are decent, you can even choose half glasses.
Definitely worth a visit!

  • Visited February 2012
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Adventure2Stockholm
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Spis also viewed

Helsinki, Uusimaa
Helsinki, Uusimaa
 
Helsinki, Uusimaa
 

Been to Spis? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing