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“Surpringly good”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Virgin Oil Co.

Virgin Oil Co.
Ranked #110 of 1,470 Restaurants in Helsinki
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Vironniemi
Description: The only restaurant in the heart of Helsinki that combines American-Italian food, amazing live gigs and a laid-back bar atmosphere. Pizza from a wood burning oven, wine from the barrel, live music upstairs.
Finland
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229 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Surpringly good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

I visited this restaurant a couple of years ago and wasn't overly impressed. It was Ok, but nothing special. Well things have improved a lot. I understand there has been a recent manager change. Service was good, staff spoke English and were cheerful and capable. The food was excellent. Italian themed. Decor pleasant. Definately recommend this place if you are in Helsinki.
Three course dinner for two with wine 95E.

  • Visited January 2013
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English first
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Freshly made pizzas”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

Very nice freshly made pizzas. Barreled wine not so good. Generally good atmosphere and fairly good value for money for Helsinki.

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Helsinki
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97 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Average chain-like restaurant”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

I visited Virgin Oil as a member of 20 people party. We had ordered food beforehand. Service was a slightly slow and a waitress lost some drink orders. For a starter I had a tomato soup, which was nothing special, you could get the same result easily at home. For main dish I had salmon and tiramisu for a dessert. These dishes were food, that's only way you can descripe them, nothing mind blowing. Again the waitress was lost who ordered coffee and who not.

I have been here once before and a pizza was ok then. It would have been the best choice, but I wouldn't pay 16 € for pizza and athmospere. It is still strange, Virgin Oil has managed to stay as popular as it is.

  • Visited January 2013
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Helsinki, Finland
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59 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Quite ok for a lunch restaurant”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

This restaurant seems to be a member of the group owning too many restaurants around Finland. Live music on weekends at least. Standard food, no surprises.

  • Visited January 2013
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Shanghai, China
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52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Good pizza's but poor athmosphere”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

I like the place because they often have live music and stand-up comedy events. However, these are in a separate room making the restaurant feel like break area. There is also a pub in the same space making the whole atmosphere very loud.

Let me be honest. I prefer lounges over taverns, so if loud is your thing, Virgin Oli is your place.

Very good pizza's though

Visited April 2012
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