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US$10 - US$85
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European, Scandinavian
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Vironniemi
0.6 km from The Esplanadi Park
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Reviewed 28 February 2020 via mobile

We tried the 3 course menu as was not feeling too hungry. For whatever reason, the dishes did not seem Finnish- risotto was the starter, followed by Iberico pork and vanilla ice cream with pamelo. All tasted good, perhaps very slightly too salted, but otherwise...good.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 28 February 2020 via mobile

A very beautiful interior indeed that provides for a romantic dinner. Service was great. The three course dinner for 39 Euros began with risotto with parmesan cheese which was very salty, a tasty and tender Iberican pork for the main dish, and vanilla ice cream...with meringue and pomelo for desert which had a very interesting flavour.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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OloGroup, Owner at Garden by Olo, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2020
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Kiitos Leslie ihanasta palautteestasi. Toivottavasti näermme sinut pian uudelleen. ystävällisesti Garden by Olo Team

Reviewed 25 January 2020 via mobile

Lovely food and ambience. Great service , friendly staff. Very accommodating. We had visitors from Saudi and they accommodated their requirements. Great food Had the surprise menu.

Date of visit: January 2020
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OloGroup, Owner at Garden by Olo, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2020

Thank you for your lovely feedback. We are truly happy you enjoyed your evening with us. Best regards Garden by Olo Team

Reviewed 8 January 2020

Bad reception, no one there. Approaching the bar there was a chef preparing a microscopic dish with pinces, did not look at us, did not help us when addressed. Very important man? Forget about your loser mini dishes without customers dumbo! Then some girls came...and showed little interest too. Cold place litteraly draughts running trough, but staff also show no enthousiasm or interst in treir clients. The food: too small dishes, tast on par, but not a balanced menu. This is a sterile, cold place that promesses but does not deliver in reception, service or food. We lost precious time here.....More

Date of visit: October 2019
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OloGroup, Owner at Garden by Olo, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2020

Dear dr Juan, I am truly sorry for your bad experience with us. No one is as important as our guests. I apologize for failing to make you feel welcome and important. Regardless of your bad experience, I would love you to give us a...More

Reviewed 19 September 2019 via mobile

Great place for a large group dinner in a fantastic location near the cathedral and water. The dining area is located in an atrium with its great height giving the restaurant a more spacious feel. Good food and great service. The food which was local...was well prepared, cooked and presented. The service was especially good given the size of the group.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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OloGroup, Owner at Garden by Olo, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2020

Thank you Dean! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your evening with us. Welcome again! Best regards, Garden by Olo Team

Reviewed 7 September 2019

From the cocktails through the entrées to the desserts and cheese this restuarant got everything right on the money. The menu was a creative fusion of scandinavian and international cuisine, with nordic flourishes thoughtfully added throughout. Service was excellent and the location (in a kind...of atrium) was spacious and comfortable. We kicked off with excellent nordic themed cocktails which were potent and well balanced. We went for a tasting menu but were allowed to request the steak rather than fish for one of the main courses (as I'm not great with bony fish) and everything arrived beautifully presented and extremely interesting and creatively imagined in terms of taste. I'd reallyh recommend this dining experience if you are in Helsinki and want tio experience some of the finest points of fresh, imaginative Scandinavian cuisine.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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OloGroup, Owner at Garden by Olo, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2020

Thank you for the kind words. We are truly happy that you enjoyed your evening with us. Welcome again! Best regards Garden by Olo Team

Reviewed 30 August 2019 via mobile

As a result of our inability to plan more than one meal ahead in a new country we found ourselves searching for a local style Scandinavian meal. Not sure how local given most people in Helsinki appear to be able to walk with ease after...a meal. We went with the chef’s 6 course tasting menu with wine flight and preceded with a cocktail. Not sure who had the idea of searing a lime, grating it finely and then using it with fine sugar to line a glass but they are surely in line for some form of sainthood. This was followed by a selection of carpaccios’ the signature mushroom risotto ( the sweet mushrooms could have been served as a dessert) that had us trying to work out how made and, after further courses of fish with seared fennel and a rosemary ice cream with strawberry and honey reduction we staggered out and wobbled our way back to the hotel. Service was friendly and unrushed with each course being explained clearly. No wine flight in the nordics will be cheap but no sales of kidneys were required to fund the meal. Strongly recommended.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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OloGroup, Owner at Garden by Olo, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words. We agree, our bartender is a genius :) Hope to see you again, whenever in Helsinki. Best regards Garden by Olo Team

Reviewed 29 August 2019

We thoroughly enjoyed wonderful food in an informal atmosphere. The Tomato aperitif is a special creation

Date of visit: August 2019
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OloGroup, Owner at Garden by Olo, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2020

Thank you Mike and Mavie. Hope to see you again one day! Best regards Garden by Olo Team

Reviewed 17 August 2019 via mobile

Restaurant situated inside the courtyard of a preserved building, makes it feel like sitting in a garden! The starters of oysters with spicy sauce, thinly sliced halibut in lime sauce and smoked salmon in flat bread - were really out of this world! Then we...had roast duck leg with polenta and pan-fried salmon - absolutely divine! Friendly and knowledgeable servers too.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 17 August 2019

We visited Garden by Olo in August 2019, for the first time. It is the more relaxed sister restaurant to the neighbouring restaurant Olo, which has one Michelin star. Unlike restaurant Olo which does only tasting menus, Garden offers also a á la carte menu...for more choice, and a less lengthy dinner time span. The restaurant is located in a courtyard, with a glass roof high up above the tables. The surroundings are pretty nice, there is artwork, plants, a living wall, an open kitchen, and a nice arrangement of the tables. The service, to our surprise, at Garden is pretty impersonal. The waitresses - there were two at work at the dinner - did not ask if we liked the dishes, and seemed always all too eager to leave our table after the bare necessities had been dealt with, using always the minimum amount of verbal communication possible. The other one of the waitresses, while walking by our table, took our empty water bottle, but never returned it filled up. The night was not busy at all at Garden. It felt the waitresses could not have cared less. As a starter we chose the beef carpaccio. We wanted it without the parmesan, and it was a nice surprise that the chef had not just left the parmesan out - as what happens in most other restaurants - but replaced it with bits of cheese crackers that suited the dish very well. Similarly to the other dishes in our dinner, the beef carpaccio was laid out beautifully. The carpaccio was very good. As the main course we chose the roasted salmon with grilled fennel, and sour cream sauce. It was served with new potatoes with amazingly good herring butter. The dish was again very good. A beautiful and tasty finish for the dinner was rosemary ice cream with strawberries. The recommended wines - two of them outside of the wine list given - for the dishes were very good matches, and very nice wines. As an overall observation on the food, while it was very good, it also was spicier than what we had been expecting. It may be down to the restaurants having to compete with the nowadays very popular, and very spicy street, and ethnic food. Overall, the dinner at Garden left mixed feelings, good food vs. the impersonal service.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4