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European, Scandinavian
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Reviewed 8 September 2022 via mobile

I've been in Aanaar many times and it is always such a delightful experience. The staff is professional and friendly and the food is excellent. The food is made from locally sourced ingredients and presented beautifully. Needless to say it's also very tasty and delicious.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 30 July 2022 via mobile

Delicious, I and my SO had the 5 course menu with the non alcoholic pairings, my daughter the 3 course menu also paired. I was most amazed by how well the drinks were paired with what was served. I really felt as if I was...tasting the forest here.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 27 July 2022

Restaurant Aanaar is the restaurant of Tradition Hotel Kultahovi. The hotel was opened in 1937. Since then they have used local ingredients. So you can eat genuine Lappish local food here, e.g. berries, herbs, reindeer and fish. They use also many specialties, like lichen, birch...leaves and angelica, traditional Sámi herbal plant. This restaurant is very famous in Finland. Some people drive all the way from Helsinki to Inari (about 1,200 kilometers in one way) only to eat in this restaurant. This restaurant has been in Finnish TV programs, too. They cooked lichen for Finland's president Sauli Niinistö and footballer Jari Litmanen in a TV show. The restaurant has got many awards, e.g. "The restaurant of the year 2020 in Finland" award by the Finnish Gastronomic Society. So the restaurant is very popular and you almost always need a table reservation. It is a good idea to make a pre-booking at least one day before your dinner. I ate roasted reindeer smoked with pine needles. The portion included reindeer meat, reindeer blood dumpling, balsamico sauce, lichen seasoned with bilberry, wild mushrooms, birch leaves and Lappish potato puree. Crowberry juice was perfect with it. I appreciate that they have both wine, beer and non-alcoholic drink recommendations for every meal. Some vegetarian dishes are also available. My dessert was "Ice cream dropped to the sand". The portion really looked like that but it was very colorful, Instagrammable and delicious. It included sweetgrass-coffee ice cream, licorice stones, edible "sand" and cloudberry gel. This was a very beautiful and imaginative dessert! The location of the restaurant is very beautiful, too. You see Alakoski Rapids from windows. Sometimes you may even see reindeer. On top of that service in the restaurant is very kind and polite. However, this restaurant isn't "too much" like fine dining restaurants. The atmosphere of the restaurant is very cozy. I really love this place! This restaurant is perfect for me. You have to experience it yourself!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 10 March 2022

Amazing food! The best food I've ever had. Good service and wonderful food, something totally unexpereenced.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 7 March 2022 via mobile

Excellent, worth visiting even from distace. Food compares to michelin level restaurants. Made from genuine local incrediences..

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 21 February 2022

The dinner was absolutely fantastic. They offered flavors I've never had before in beautiful combinations that filled not only gustatory but also olfactory senses. Well worth to come even from a long distance!

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 9 February 2022

My husband and I had a late lunch at the Aanaar restaurant on Fri 28th January towards the end of a most fabulous week in Finnish Lapland. The menu is amazing, all locally sourced food using ingredients you will probably have anywhere else. We each...had the 5 course Inari taster menu with accompanying wine recommendations just changing one starter so we had a chance to try both, our request was graciously accommodated. Every dish was delicious which, combined with the delightful staff made it a really fabulous, and in our opinion, reasonably priced experience. If you find yourself in Inari don’t miss it. Book a table, it’s understandably popular.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 31 December 2021 via mobile

What an amazing visit! We had a New Year Eve lunch today and it was definitely the best fine-dining meal in 2021 (and we did many in different countries during this year). We chose 5 course Inari menu with wines. Really tasty innovative local dishes....Service was absolutely amazing! I can definitely recommend - even from afar it is worthwhile to make a trip! Michelin star worthy🌟More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 15 November 2021 via mobile

absolutely fantastic restaurant. incredibly friendly service, very tasty food. you have to test that! the service staff even took the time to recommend the spots where we can see the aurora borealis and we actually saw them. thanks for that!

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 10 November 2021

Book a table in advance if you want to eat here. We had nice experience. I had smoky reindeer and it was amazing. Prepare to be here a while because the service was slow. Fortunately we did not have a hurry.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 1 October 2021 via mobile

We really enjoyed the whole experience! Loved the food with the combination of perfect service we got. Loved the way local ingredients where used and the pleasant service we got.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 7 September 2021

We had high expectations of Aanaar, and the restaurant really delivered excellent food and a pleasant experience all round. The tables were not all full on a Sunday evening, but it seems the restaurant was working at full capacity for the season. Everything went well,...and we were warmly welcomed and served during the evening. One of us had the Inari Menu and the other chosen dishes from the list, plus recommended wines. What wonderful food! Beautiful dishes with great ingredients sourced from nearby and other Finnish areas. The prices were reasonable for this level of gastronomy. If there is one thing that could be improved with Aanaar, it could be the interior design and space they have. They have some very nice design elements (like classic lamps) in the restaurant, but the space looks a bit worn and not up to the quality of other things Aanaar offers. That said, the space is still roomy and open enough, the furniture is good and the views to the river are lovely. We will remember Aanaar fondly and would give it a 9.5 out of 10. This was food worth travelling for.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 16 August 2021

Food is definitely above average but the service was so slow - on a quiet Sunday night, with tables less than half full - that it was unacceptable. Not what you would expect from the "restaurant of the year". Needs more staff both in the...kitchen and waiting tables.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 11 August 2021

The restaurant and the hotel is plain and simple in a Lappish style. the surroundings are serene in the middle of nature. The food is amazing and sourced from local ingredients and suppliers. Definitely I'd recommend the Inari 5 menu. Especially the reindeer dish is...cooked to perfection. We have stayed there now a few times and it is now a location we are happy to take a detour just to get to dine there. Also worth having a destination on its own.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 4 August 2021

Restaurant Aanaar is located in the main building of Tradiotion Hotel Inarin Kultahovi. The atmosphere is plain and simple, but it fits well. There are tables with rapid views and they display the rapid life at two screens at the restaurant. The service was friendly...but since the restaurant was full, quite slow (it took us nearly 2 hours to get our two desserts of our menu while we were running our of drinks and the other tables were receiving their courses). The food was very good and wines paired good as well. Strong recommendation.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Restaurant Aanaar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5