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Reviewed 12 February 2021 via mobile

And good food. Nice waiters and waitresses, over all a nice birthday dinner. Steak excellent medium, but pike perch slightly over done. Perfect mashed potatoes.

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 6 January 2021 via mobile

The meal was delicious. The atmosphere literally shines in an ancient style. The waiters are knowledgeable and consider the customers to be great. I’m definitely coming back here.

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 17 October 2020 via mobile

We had a wonderful end of the season crayfish dinner at Elite. Crayfishes were perfectly done. Following braised perch with Beurre blanc-sauce melted in the mouth and the Flickan – The Girl from the portrait dessert that is a chocolate marquise with Port wine cherries...was really a cherry at the top. All this was served with a smile and wonderful stories of the restaurant’s colourful past and present.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 16 February 2020

We had a dinner here on Saturday night on Feb 2020. The place was fully booked, so it was a good idea to book a table a week before the planned night. The food was excellent; the service was great - different dishes were served...at same time - and quickly. Most of us had different selection for the starter, maincourse and dessert. All of them were excellent! This restaurant is famous about the history; many Finnish artists have used this restaurant as their favorite and the place has a unique decoration style and high-class service. This is truly recommendable to anyone!More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 13 February 2020

Me & my husband wanted to have a dinner at some nice restaurant and chose this restaurant Elite where we've been quite many times before and have been satisfied with the food and service. We had first a glass of sparkling wine and I had...Creamy salmon soup and my husband Blini with sour cream, red onion and vendace roe for the starters. I had Charred whitefish, potato and lemon terrine, fennel sauce and my husband Pernod flambéed king prawn tails with prawn risotto for the main course. The soup was soooo salted that I hardly could eat it. I told this to the waitress and she said that she would tell about it to the cook. No apologies.... :( The blini was not crispy as it should be so the starters were not as good as we expected. The fish tasted good, however, the portion was quite small and therefore I would have appreciated if there were some vegetables or some sides to go with it. Was nearly hungry after the dinner. However, my husband's flambéed king prawn tails with prawn risotto were really good and as the waiter flambéeded the king prawns besides our table, it looked really nice. We did not like that four different waiters / waitresses served us. The younger ones talked to us somewhat in a arrogant way; the order waiter was really nice a polite. So, all in all,,, not the best possible experience this time.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 12 February 2020

Food is delicious! I've been in the restaurant usually on first of May (labour day). Enjoying good food, vine and friends!

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed 11 January 2020 via mobile

A classic restsurant from the "ol' times". Started in the 30's and still going strong and keeping up the standars of good, healthy and proper food made from good and fresh ingredients. By far the best stake I have had in Helsinki is their classic..."Tauno Palon kermasipulipihvi". It's a must when visiting this eshtablishment. I strongly recommend it and I will be going back to test the rest of the menu as well.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 4 January 2020 via mobile

I had the “artists menu” the artichoke soup was good but the portion was tiny and it was warm not hot! My main course (the steak) took 45 minutes to arrive. Like the soup it was nice but warm not hot. The cream brûlée was...ok. If it wasn’t for the slow service, the temperature of my food and the resting on their laurels I would have given a higher rating.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 5 December 2019 via mobile

We went to have a Christmas Lunch and disappointed too many ways. Forest mushroom-salad and ”rosolli” tasted like from a Saarioinen :-(. Unfortunately nothing to mention in a positive way and the bill for the lunch was absolutely too high. Best part of the lunch...was the classic interior, ofcourse.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 28 August 2019 via mobile

Wonderful old school restaurant serving delicious , classic meals . Had vorschmack and calf liver and thought I just died and woke up in food heaven . Our waitress was attentive, pleasant and very knowledgeable. The wine he recommended was excellent and reasonable priced. Will...definitely be back . Strong recommendation!More

Date of visit: August 2019
TeemuRiipinen, Hovimestari at Elite, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2019

Dear grannaanna, thank you for visiting our restaurant and for this excellent review. It is really nice to hear that you enjoyed our restaurant's food and service was smooth. Have a nice late summer. I hope we can welcome you back again soon! Best regards,...More

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Elite is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5