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“Finnish comfort food”
Review of Salve

Ranked #52 of 1,537 Restaurants in Helsinki
Cuisines: Russian, Scandinavian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Kampinmalmi
Spring Lake, Michigan
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Finnish comfort food”
Reviewed June 13, 2014

If you want to try Finnish homestyle comfort food, this is the place. A wide-ranging menu, cozy and local-feeling atmosphere, and excellent service. It's a bit pricey, but this is to be expected in Helsinki and also along the harbor where there are a lot of tourists. I had a seafood scramble (salmon, shrimp, onions, potatoes) and my spouse had reindeer roast with mashed potatoes. Each came with salad from the salad bar, which included a nice selection of items. We shared blueberry pie with vanilla crime. Very good. The food overall was fresh very tasty. The portions are really big, which isn't necessary, but then you don't need to join the "clean platers' club." I am glad we went and would go back another time.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Kathryn R
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Helsinki, Finland
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Finnish sailor tradition”
Reviewed May 27, 2014

Typical Finnish restaurant environment. Here you get typical finnish sea dishes, but also some meat dishes. The prices are average and so also is the service.....

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank GoncaloBarreto
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Ripley, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
283 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
“Good food. Problems with the bill”
Reviewed May 18, 2014

We searched high and low till we found this restaurant not too far from our hotel. When we went in to book earlier we were quite surprised to find how busy it was. Surely a good sign?

At the appointed time, we turned up and were led to a room at the back which was quite busy. We all thought the food and wine was very good and reasonably priced and we would definitely recommend the place if you are looking for a good, traditional Finnish restaurant.

Unfortunately, after we paid in cash (with an amount that was at least 15 Euro MORE than the bill), on our way back to the hotel we were confronted in a deserted car park by our waitress who claimed we had underpaid. She stood there and counted the money twice more before realising that not only had we paid in full but that we had given her 15 Euro as a tip. She was quite embarrassed and apologetic. These things happen, I suppose, but it wouldn't put us off going here again.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank kenc
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Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Rustic, authentic Finnish food at a good price.”
Reviewed April 27, 2014

Salve was recommended to us by the person we rented our accomodation from in Helsinki as being a place we could get authentic Finnish food from and he wasn't wrong.

We arrived at the restaurant quite late (about 9.00pm) after our first day of exploring Helsinki worried we might be a bit late to get a table. Although busy, the restaurant was more than happy to find us somewhere, and indeed people were still arriving an hour after this! The restaurant was quite relaxed and informal so we felt fine in our jeans and t-shirts that we had been wandering around Helsinki in. On that same note, I'd say this isn't the place for a romantic meal in Helsinki :)

The food was lovely (although the portions were massive!), the service excellent and all washed down with some quality Finnish beer made for an excellent first evening in Helsinki. Price wise it was really good value for money.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Michael P
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Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Decent food - not too warm service”
Reviewed April 26, 2014

Recommended by Finnish colleagues as a traditional Finnish restaurant with focus on fish and seafood. I tried the 'griddled salmon'. My observations
- Food is decent but not great - surely Salmon can be cooked better
- Portions are reasonable
- Salad buffet is a travesty - surely needs to improve
- Staff were expressionless - would have expected a little more warmth especially towards foreigners
- Had the misfortune of sitting next to an extremely noisy group of youngsters who just shouted away oblivious to other diners and the staff made no effort to quite them

Overall - good for one try but you wont miss much by skipping it

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank travelust72
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