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Restaurant Nili

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Mouth-watering Lapland Step into our restaurant in heart of Rovaniemi and let the unique atmosphere take you to the jourmey of fells and wilderness. Be delighted by the flavours of Lapland prepared from fresh Arctic ingredients. Warmly welcome!
PRICE RANGE
US$25 - US$60
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
European, Scandinavian
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Fantastic food, inventive and delicious. Tried things we hadn’t had before and the kids ate well too (small portions available of all dishes). The staff were friendly and it was busy with a good atmosphere

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent food and service! We ate at restaurant Nili twice during our trip to Rovaniemi and loved everything we had! I highly recommend the salmon soup and squeaky cheese dessert!

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Where do I begin…. THE FOOD WAS INSANE. Nili was recommended to us by some of the locals, including a taxi driver and a tour guide for one of the expeditions. Evalina was our waitress who was amazing! She helped us pick what to have...of the menu (she knew exactly what was good) so we went with her recommendations. We had a few different starters but before that, they brought out some complimentary bread and a smoked salmon taster which was tasty - our starters were the mushrooms, elk and the bear dish - the bear is a must have! For mains we shared the reindeer of the Christmas menu as this cut was recommended and the smoked salmon dish too - the reindeer was a strong 10/10, it physically melted my mind! I can read any more!! The desert was a Creme brûlée and a chocolate tart which were good too. Restaurant was lovely and filled with people, the staff were brilliant but Evalina takes the cake - if you go ask for her recommendations from the menu 😋More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came to this restaurant on recommendation from many locals including our taxi driver - Food was a taste sensation! Evelina was our waitress, she listened to our order and then advised us what she thought would be better (we ended up having completely different choices)....To start we had bear soup, mushroom soup and elk- all fantastic and great portion sizes to share between the 2 of us. Main courses were reindeer and salmon. Evelina advised us on the best cut of meat for the raindeer which did not disappoint. The accompaniments with both mains were excellent. To end we had chocolate fondant and crème brûlée- both equally as good. Food and service both fantastic, staff know all about the menu whether it be food or drink - they are passionate about your experience making everything work together. Would highly recommend and hope to visit again in the future. Thank you Evelina!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were very lucky to walk in at 8:15 and get the last spot for 9pm - thank you so much to our kind waitress for squeezing us in! The decor is one of a kind and adds to the ambience of the meal. In...terms of food, there's a set menu with ample options. We both were huge fans of the salmon pancake, bear soup (a must try!) and dessert. We also opted for the wine pairing which was ok - the highlight was the dessert wines (cloudberry and blueberry) and we were huge fans of the cloudberry. The rest of the wines but made up with the knowledge and enthusiasm of our lovely waitresses who carefully explained each course and its pairing. I would recommend this restaurant to all those staying in Rovaniemi and definitely don't make our mistake and book in advance!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 22 October 2022 via mobile

The staff there were very friendly and accommodating. We were promptly seated as we had previously made a reservation. Almost all of the patrons were locals which gave us the assurance we were not in a tourist trap. The restaurant had a set menu. My...son had the “From elk hunting...” menu. This was elk entrecôte braised overnight with rosemary potato gratin, dark black currant sauce, and honey vegetables. He ordered an extraBear Lukas which was tender bear roast in a braising stock. He thoroughly enjoyed his meal. My wife and I had the “Salvelinus alpinus” menu which consisted of Arctic char on top of a saffron cider foam with roasted Lapland puikula potato and grilled fennel. For dessert we all had strawberry ice cream and raspberry meringue touched with salted caramel and cranberry syrup. We were very satisfied with the dishes. Excellently prepared.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 19 October 2022 via mobile

The set menù Was very nice, the plate Was really posh. Food was traditional and tasty, but the fake-cappuccino is AMAZING, was the best dish i ever ate!!!

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 11 October 2022 via mobile

It's a kind of pity that they only serve an special menu that day so that actually not have much option to choose. The food is not bad and the service is awesome.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 26 September 2022 via mobile

The best dinner I had in a long time! It wasn’t just the food (which was absolutely delicious!) but also the whole experience and atmosphere! The waitress was super nice and very knowledgeable and could explain a lot about the meats we ate. The set...menu was a treat with matching wines and reindeer tartare, followed by an interesting house soup, elk meat and a huge dessert! Just to have a meal here is worth the trip to Rovaniemi!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 19 July 2022 via mobile

Being in Finland, I wanted to try reindeer. The choice was either sautéed or a steak (fawn!) for an extra €10. I chose the sautéed. What I received was shreds of meat over puréed potatoes with a light gravy and lingonberry sauce. The portion was...ample. However I was unable to discern any particular flavor in the meat. Perhaps too well done. Certainly nothing distinctive. Boring. It reminded me of the cafeteria lunches in grade school when they’d serve ground hamburger in gravy over mashed potatoes. Perhaps I should have tried the steak but the meal was already expensive (i.e. overpriced). Beer selection was minimal and likewise uninspiring and overpriced. I should add that the waitresses were very nice. But the meal was overall a disappointment.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 15 July 2022

a great experience for trying local sami foods. The food was tasty but a bit bland. The staff were a bit stretched. But overall a good experience

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 6 July 2022 via mobile

Even with only a main course 2 beers, and 1 sidedish 113 euro is wel paid. It's because the flavors and looks are very good otherwise (because you leave the table still hungry) I would not recommend this restaurant. 16 euro for the sidedish "...bear stew" is in my opinion wasted money, unless you wanted to tell at home you have tried it...More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 30 March 2022

Stopped in for dinner one night while visiting the city - and were glad we did so! The restaurant itself is conveniently located within a short walk of all major shopping and other attractions downtown. The decorum also jives with the local Lappi theme, which...in itself was pretty cool. We found the food to be pretty delicious and I recommend the smoked salmon - it was some of the best I've ever had. The wine list seemed to be a bit dated and overpriced. Other than that, Nili is worth visiting, but would encourage you to have a reservation, as there'll likely be no room for walk-in's.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 28 March 2022 via mobile

The food is the best part, we all took different stuff - reindeer roundup, salmon, steak beef and the bear Good news that the reindeer was kinda good, steak was great, salmon ok+ and the bear was horrible(15 euros for a small “cup” of something...you called a soup and leftovers), we return it after one taste and didn’t order anything.( mostly because all the food took so much time to arrive) But still in the bill they charged us cause this was the “head waiter” said, we argued and they removed it. Service was horrible, didn’t come to our table for long time, food took too much time, and the price was awfully highMore

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 26 March 2022 via mobile

The meal was amazing and the service as well! The food is traditional and made with care! The money is worth it! Highly recommend it 😊

Date of visit: March 2022
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Dear Aishak, Greetings from Rovaniemi and thank you very much for your message. Please make a reservation as quickly as possible. christmas eve is one of the busiest day for us. It's going to be fully bookedt very soon. You... More
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Restaurant Nili is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5