This one of the finest Summer restaurants (nowadays open almost all year round) in Helsinki. As the title might suggest, it takes some time and trouble to get there, but Stansvik certainly is worth a visit. I recommend you to take the metro (subway) and get off at Herttoniemi station. Since public transport to Stansvik is at the moment limited, you'll want to take a taxi (fare appr. 15-20 €) to Stansvikintie 1. The 10 minute ride takes you to another - green and peaceful - world.
The restaurant has a Buffet lunch (Mon-Fri) from 11 AM to 2:30 PM for 9,50 €. Soup of the day, wide selection of salads&vegetable, and main courses of meat and fish/vegetarian. The food is home made, of high quality; they even bake their own bread plus pastries etc. Clientele is varied; families, couples, elderly people probably spending their summer vacation nearby, and groups of workers who want to have a different kind of lunch break. After the lunch time you'll find A la Carte list with eg. salads, steaks and burgers. The staff is dedicated and helpful, even when you occasionally have to queue to pay for your lunch - this is a very popular spot, especially when the weather is nice... As a rule they are closed for Saturdays (due to private wedding parties etc.) On Sundays there is a lovely Summer Brunch for 25 €. The restaurant usually closes at 9 PM.
Probably the only drawback that comes to my mind are the seagulls, who keep a close watch for any leftovers on the tables of the marvellous seaside terrace. But who really cares, when you can enjoy the view, a cold drink, the company... I just want to add one personal note: the Stansvik area has been the Summer paradise for me and my family for some 15 years now, and though our kids have "grown out of it" a little, they still remember with fondness the place where they both learned to swim... to play Tennis... climb in the trees... to give you some idea what Stansvik is all about.
The restaurant's home page: http://www.stansvik.fi/ravintola.html
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