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“Good Old Style”

Ravintola Lehtovaara
Ranked #168 of 1,470 Restaurants in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Taka-Töölö
Helsinki, Finland
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377 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“Good Old Style”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

This restaurant is the old style traditional high quality finnish restaurant. I had leek-potato soup and very traditional Cœur de filet Provençale 1952 with garlic potatoes. That is so good.
This restaurant has deep roots. Good choice.

Visited October 2013
Thank Eero N
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  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Hartsdale, New York
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64 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Another Superb Dining Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

I've been dining in Lehtovaara since 1976. The restaurant, located picturesquely across from the Sibelius Park just minutes from the city center, is one of my all-time favorites in the world. On this occasion last week, luncheon included a beautifully prepared arctic char preceded by a selection of tempting appetizer items from the sumptuous buffet station, including a variety of salad fixings, herring, smoked salmon and more.

Not only is Lehtovaara's food marvelous, but the extensive wine list, attentiveness of the wait staff, the charming, peaceful ambiance and, frankly, everything else about the place is absolutely tops!!

Lehtovaara has been in business for more than 80 years. The restaurant is a remarkable success story. Have always had great meals and splendid afternoons & evenings there. Can't wait to return next time I'm in Helsinki, which I hope will be soon.Thank you, Lehtovaara, for nearly 40 years of always superb, memorable dining experiences. You're the best!!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank TravelKnight1
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Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland
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81 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Traditional restaurant with style”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

This is the place to go when you want to have a wonderful meal, great wine, fantastic service in an minimalistic but elegant setting. My favorite dish has been on the menu for decades :) This is dining well in the old school style, the service is superb too. Perfect for couples. This is not the cheapest restaurant in the town, but worth every euro, always!

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank Miia L
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Helsinki, Finland
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105 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“From tradition to present”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Restaurant Lehtovaara is one of the oldest still servicing restaurants in town. I was around 10 when I went there first time. My all time favorite is the reddish Pepper Steak Sauce and Garlic Potatoes. Today I didn't get it. The new Master Chef had abandoned the traditional recipe and unfortunately not for the better. It wasn't bad at all, just the opposite, it was good, but not as good as the traditional sauce.

Still Lehtovaara remains in my book as one of the very best restaurants in town. Excellent service, excellent food.

  • Visited April 2013
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2 Thank Thomas E
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Helsinki, Finland
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46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“the best restaurant in Helsinki, a must visit, but only if you like really good food, wines and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2013

This place is the best, best food, best service and best affordable wine list in Helsinki. A meal here is not cheap, but it is extremely good and very, very good value for money The wine list is superb, the Neots St. Georges Premier Cru is a delight and decanted too. the staff are very good, know what they are taking about and show their skill and class in their craft. Space at the tables is a breath of fresh air, lots of room for bottles, glasses and everything, no time limit either. A wonderful dining experience. The history of the place is a wonder, starting out in Viipori, until the Soviets invaded, escaped to Helsinki and its been here ever since. Classic.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank Ciderman_11
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