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“Fine Dining on the West Coast of Finland”

Raatihuoneenkellari
Ranked #18 of 72 Restaurants in Pori
Cuisines: European, Scandinavian, International
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Pori.
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“Fine Dining on the West Coast of Finland”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

Visited a casual fine dine restaurant in the city of Pori (West Coast of finland). The city was founded by a Swedish Duke of finland in 1558, named Johann. He was the son of King Gustavus Vasa of Sweden. The Raati Huone kellari Restaurant, translated the City council cellar, is located in the same building as the city hall. Nice location at the end of a city park lane, a tall white building with architecture that dates back to the previous centuries. The restaurant has arched stone structure of the ceiling, and a cool atmosphere during the summer weather when i dined there with some friends. It definitely has a fine dine atmosphere and the food was presented nicely. For starters we ordered a regional tasting plate of various types of fish, and two salads, one with a salt cured white fish. The main course choice was two grilled salmon with duchess potatoes and one whole white fish filet with vegetables. The first two courses were nicely presented, and the waitress was polite and friendly. It was a Tuesday evening, and there were only three other tables booked at the time we were there, so we had no problem of getting served on time. The only thing that we had to ask after the food was served was the salad dressing, the salad came without any dressing, after mentioning it we received a citron vinaigrette for the green salad. The objective of our visit that evening was for my overseas visiting friends to try some white fish, and that was met completely. We skipped the dessert that evening.

  • Visited July 2012
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  • English first
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  • German first
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Ulvila
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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“Great athmosphere, good food.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2012

Food was good but prices perhaps a bit steep. The place was in the basement of the City Hall and it had beautiful brick vaults. Really nice athmosphere.

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Helsinki, Finland
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150 reviews
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“This used to be good restaurant”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2012

I just used to love this restaurant. I am a fan of cellar restaurants and especially on Christmas time. I took some customers here and we were disappointed because the food was not it should be and what used to be years ago.
I had a soup (mustajuurikeitto = blackrootsoup) and it was too creamy with just a very mild taste of blackroot. And what was the worst - it wasn´t even warm!!! There was only one waiter and he disappeared after he served our first courses. So I just had to eat that nearly cold soup. As a main course I ate lamb and it was ok, but again - not hot, and nothing special.

It is sad that this restaurant has lost it´s standard. Atmosphere is just great. Service not even average.

  • Visited December 2011
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Helsinki
1 review
“bad service”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2008

we have visited this restaurant during the last two jazz festivals. The location of the restaurant is excellent within walking distance from the river and the main jazz happenings. BUT the service is far from excellent. Both our visits were nearly ruined even though the reservation was made about one month in advance. At the first time the restaurant was totally overbooked and full of very noisy people. Despite our early reservation we had to sit beside the kitchen door. Last summer we got the confirmation that our table is not situated as badly (we explained our bad experience the year before on the phone while making the reservation). Despite of that our table was again situated at the same awful corner. When we explained the situation to the waitress (who actually owned the restaurant), she just said that if you want a better table you should not come in this restaurant during the jazz festival. Obviously they are trying to maximise the profit without paying any attention to customer satisfaction. The food itself was not bad but quite standard restaurant food, nothing special. If you are going to The Pori Jazz Festival I suggest that you have your dinner somewhere else...

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