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US$37 - US$147
European, Scandinavian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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0.3 km from The Esplanadi Park
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Reviewed 3 February 2022

Deep fried potatoes were okay but schnitzel was unsalty and below average quality, lingonberries were far away from fresh, maybe taken from fridge more than week ago.

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 27 February 2020 via mobile

Our first night in Helsinki and chose to eat in this excellent restaurant. The food was fantastic - in particular the snail starter and kidney main, which may sound very left field but were absolutely delicious! Service was spot on as well, loved it!

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 22 February 2020

We had a very nice dinner here, it's a small place, with really good food, and very friendly service. Definitely recommend

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 22 February 2020 via mobile

The restaurant is quite small but very neat and peaceful decorated with light Nordic colours and wood. However was their quite noisy during our visit, the restaurant was fully booked and there was also a larger party with laughter and loud talking, why it sometimes...was hard to strike up a conversation. The menu offers variety but without too many options and of course is there a Nordic feeling with ingredients like potatoes, lingonberries, cauliflower and reindeer. The service is very good and always with a smile. The waitresses talks passionate about the food and drinks also giving their suggestions and they feel very genuine and true. This is a place I would love to return to next time I visit Helsinki and I strongly recommend everyone to enjoy dinner here.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 31 January 2020

It has been our tradition for years, that whenever we want to be absolutely sure about tasty food and good service, Karljohan has often been our choise.. Also this time they did not disappoint us. Our starter blinis were ball-like in their form - not...pancake like as they usually are. The blinis were fluffy, tasty and the course was displayed beautifully on the plate Flank steaks were accompanied with nicely roasted vegetables, but the meat itself had some toughness.. Our desserts - fondant and parfait - were both excellent in their taste and appearance. And finally, the recommended Nerthe red wine matched very well with the main course. The service was considerate but not exaggerative and ran at a proper pace. So if you want to enjoy a good dinner this is certainly a good choise but since the number of seats is rather small, I highly recommend you make a reservation.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 4 January 2020

We were looking for somewhere to eat dinner and thought we would try this restaurant. We were all very impressed - starters were the crayfish soup and green salad, both were very enjoyable, main course of reindeer- melt in your mouth and there was a...fine balance with the vegetables, fish of the day - salmon which was also delicious. The suggested Cote de Rhone red was very complimentary and smooth to the palate. Dessert wine, also recommended, was a fine finish to a superb meal. This restaurant has been family owned for 33 years and that’s a testament to the quality of food and service. They also were supportive of one dîner needing to have gluten free options. We will definitely return. Many thanks.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 2 January 2020

Nice steakhouse in Helsinki centre (just opposite the market buliding). Great stakes and burgers, not so good side dishes (soups etc). The place seemed to me a bit expensive, but this goes for the rest of Helsinki as well.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 30 December 2019 via mobile

We came here for dinner and had the Vorschmack and Reindeer. The reindeer meat was simply outstanding. The dish looked great as well. The Vorschmack was great too, the mashed potatoes awesome. Service was food and the atmosphere a bit like in a Scandinavian living...room. We liked it much and would come back anytime! Not cheap but jsu for Helsinki.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 30 December 2019

Nice place with awesome food, excellent service. The reindeer is a must try with its berry sauce and crispy vegetables. The plate of cheese is also very yummy if you like strong cheeses. The Australian wine was equally good... coming from a French lady, you...must believe me.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 9 November 2019 via mobile

I went for a solo dinner on Saturday. This is a small place, so make sure you have a reservation. Tables are very close to each other, so do not expect much privacy. Food is delicious, service was very friendly and simply great.

Date of visit: November 2019
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4