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“Suburban family hangout”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Casa Mare

Casa Mare
Ranked #758 of 1,470 Restaurants in Helsinki
Cuisines: Pizza, European
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Good for: Kids, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Espoo, Finland
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Suburban family hangout”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

Casa Mare is often really packed. And has been for decades. That has less to do with the food, which is not that special in any way, than the neighborhood it is located at.

Lauttasaari is a suburb with a clear identity because of its size (close to 20,000 people) and geography (it is an island). That leads to it being quite self-sufficient - one junior high school, one high school, one big gym, one big basketball club....you get the picture.

For like 30 years, Casa Mare has been "the place" where people meet. For a local, it is not uncommon to see a few relatives, neighbors, hobby friends and maybe even work friends each time going there. Further, a few years ago, the restaurant also rented the neigboring premises, enabling them to offer high practical meeting facilities for the local organizations (which are many)

So not a place for a tourist to visit. At least not for the food, but maybe for anthropological studies on what regular Finns look like.

Ed note: I no longer live in Lauttasaari. But I have lived in 7 different addresses there so I know the scene. And still return to Casa Mare, time to time.

  • Visited March 2013
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Helsinki, Finland
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“My kind of place...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

Very very nice restaurant in Helsinki. Atmosphere & the food is so good. It's your family's favorite (and the famous Finnish comedian Spede (R.i.p) too! But if you want to Gourmet or black tie stuff, so that's another place. Coz' here you can get delicious normal restaurant food, such as, fish, stakes, pizza, burgers ... It's a little far from the city center, but worth it, it is located in Lauttasaari. We usually go there with the family. I ate last time an excelent grill-steak, it was one of the best I've ever eaten anywhere and with rosamunda French fries ...! Self-baked bread is awesome, not to mention their secret selfmade butter with a little herb, cottage cheese and garlic, yum! The service is nice and friendly and the kids got lollipops after great dinner ... 'Till next time ...

  • Visited February 2012
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Cozy bistro with tasty food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2012 via mobile

One of my favourite restaurants in Lauttasaari. Food is usually very tasty and the staff is polite. Casa Mare also has special themes throughout the year which are great, especially when it is pizza week!

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Helsinki, Finland
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95 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Childrens place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

This is the real place for families with smaller children. They just love it. The reason is a special childrens corner with toys and games.
We are frequent visitors to this place since 20 years back, simply because we just live a few blocks away and we have never experienced any set backs. On the menue they have a great variety of pizzas, pastas, meat, poultry and fresh fish. The price includes a good and fresh salad buffet. A special childrens menue is available. From time to time they have specific theme weeks like pizza weeks, beef weeks, asparagus weeks and blini weeks. A specific luch setting is available every working day.
If you are lucky you might be served also in greek or arabic.

  • Visited December 2012
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Espoo, Finland
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40 reviews
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“Nice family restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

We had again excelent dinner in casa mare last Saturday and so did a lot other people. The food is very good and fresh and the salad buffet is great . They bake fresh bread every day. Service was nice and frienly also

  • Visited November 2012
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