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Restaurant Nili

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US$25 - US$60
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European, Scandinavian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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All reviews beef steak mashed potatoes white fish soup traditional food recommend this restaurant bear lappish reindeer lapland christmas cloudberry decoration euro sami finish
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 27 February 2022

The plates have an amazing look for Instagram posts or to admire it tho the flavour of the whole menu of about 65eur was really disappointing, I am sorry to say that we would not eat it for 10 eur either. A good fact is...how beautiful is the tipi area.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 12 February 2022 via mobile

We were a party of six people, four adults and two adolescents. We found the Decor quite strange, instead of being a modern interpretation of tradition, it tried to poorly imitate a traditional “Kota”. We have ordered two first courses, rain dear tartar which was...excellent, and a smoke fish which was good, we also had the porcini soup which was very good. For main courses we had the smoked salmon which was very good, the traditional rain dear dish which was not vey interesting and a little dry, The kids had the steak and were happy with it. Both dessert were unfortunately bad.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 27 January 2022 via mobile

So came for lunch, made a reservation in the UK and we were kept informed about our reservation and need for Covid pass. Really friendly helpful staff, amazing food and an all round great experience

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 15 January 2022 via mobile

Good restaurant with fast and attentive service. It has a range of local dishes and they were all well executed. It is a bit pricey but worth the experience. I suggest the reindeer loin. It was very good

Date of visit: January 2022
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AishahZakaria
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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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Yes, Restaurant Nili is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Restaurant Nili is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5