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French, European, Wine Bar
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0.9 km from Temppeliaukio Church
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Reviewed 31 October 2021 via mobile

The food was almost impeccable, despite a slightly overcooked medium steak and a thick bearnaise sauce. Delicious nonetheless. The staff was equally excellent, but unfortunately didn’t wear a face mask. In my view, that’s unacceptable during a pandemic, whether they’re vaccinated or not. This review...would otherwise be 5 stars.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 28 September 2019

A very attractive restaurant, quite a way from the city centre but close to some large hotels. The entrecote steaks that we had were full of fat & gristle, and although very expensive, were far from worth it. The staff speak excellent English & are...very pleasant however.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 23 September 2019 via mobile

Had a dinner for 17 ppl, followed by an afterparty. The private cellar was perfect for The occasion. Food was really good and service nice. Also, good communication with manager-i was able to set up everything via e-mails.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 15 September 2019

Very good service and nice meal, french style.We took a tipical local fish with a very good desert .

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 28 May 2019

Carelia is well known classic with a good reputation for good food. One would expect that on weekday lunch time there is quite a rush. Strange enough we were the only customers. We had very smooth and friendly service - no wonder! The a la...carte menu is rather short, only about half a dozen dishes for each: starters, main course and sweets. The Carelia Tartar was fabulous! One of us was very happy with his asparagus soup and everybody loved the white fish. The interior - a previous old pharmacy - is interesting but it is no place for secret meetings because audibility in the main room is quite effective. There are though some separate smaller rooms.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed 10 May 2019 via mobile

Carelia is located in what used to be a pharmacy for decades and some wooden interiors are still visible, thus the place has its own feeling. The brasserie-style food works pretty well and the combinations can sound strange at first, but taste excellent when you...try them. Wine list is respectable for a Finnish restaurant. Service can be slow, even if there are not many customers.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed 5 May 2019

Visited after Opera, food was very well cooked, portions bigger than we expected, but still reasonable. Good wines also. Price on the high side, but in line with Helsinki restaurants of the same level. Very nice that it is open until later after the Opera...ends, so it is perfect for late dinner after a night in the Opera. Recommended!More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed 26 March 2019

Always worth a visit. Very beautiful and iconic. Food always good, no surprises to bad or good. Service extremely unassuming and stingy, but not specially polite. Interior one of the most beautiful in Helsinki.

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed 10 March 2019 via mobile

We had some late evening dinner after the concert. Great location, just a few minutes walk from many event location in Helsinki downtown. After a warm welcome we ware enjoying good seafood with excellent wine. Recommended!

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed 11 February 2019 via mobile

First night in Helsinki- and met up with family members here. A friendly restaurant with cheerful obliging service. The steak was fantastic. Chargrilled perfectly on the outside, and medium rare within. Generous portions. The mussel starter was also excellent. A good first night dining experience....Would recommend.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 4 February 2019

I don't often give five star reviews for restaurants, especially Brasseries, however Carelia warrants the score. The menu is not overly long but the food is perfectly prepared and some of the best we've had in the city. We both had the Steak Frites, which...is usually a good test of whether a Brasserie is great or just so-so. In Carelia's case, it was probably the best we've had; perfectly cooked with a slight char on the outside, excellently seasoned and most importanty, tender inside and well rested. Service is great and the location perfect for the opera or ballet which is just across the road.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed 17 January 2019 via mobile

What a lovely restaurant! Staff very attentive with a simple yet satisfying menu. First experience of Steak tartar and it was so flavoursome, highly recommend you try. Next I had moules which were big and plentiful and again the broth was very tasty.

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed 15 January 2019 via mobile

This place is very close to the Opera l, easily accessible by tram. The food was excellent , beautifully presented . Staff are friendly and efficient . This is not a cheap place to dine , but few places in Helsinki are . A very...pleasant place for an enjoyable dinner with friends .More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed 7 January 2019

Nice place, good atmosphere, good service, no long waits, good food, what else...? All details well taken care of.

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed 29 December 2018

The old pharmacy-turned-bistro provides a nice atmosphere, a true bistro-like one. It's been a while since my last visit and again, it was a positive experience. The á la carte-menu is limited but covers a good range of tastes. Our party had a classic entrecôte,...served with french fries, bearnaise sauce and salad, and a duck confit. Both well made, well presented. I asked for my steak to be "medium" but it was served "medium rare". Not much to fuss about since the meat was of good quality. For dessert there was a good choice of cheeses, a delicious caramelized apple and a chocolate cake. Service was friendly, efficient, knowledgeable and with no fuss. The winelist is ambitious and to our espressos I was happy to find a marc de champagne on the list. Excellent setting before or after a performance at the nearby opera.More

Date of visit: December 2018
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4