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Seafood, European, Scandinavian
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Reviewed 13 December 2022

There has been a recent renovation and the overall appearance is now fresher although the restaurant is a legendary sailor restaurant. We had a post-theater dinner and booked a table for 11 people. It was a little bit tight fit for tables meant for 10...people. The biggest difference from the past is the size of portions. They have been enormous before. They are smaller now. So it was possible to order also a dessert.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 23 August 2022 via mobile

The selection of dishes is various and also wines The service is kind but the level of details is poor. They served the wine without showing the bottle, there were flies in the room and no towels. Prices are a bit expensive considering the location...and serviceMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 23 August 2022 via mobile

Taking guests to see and taste finnish athmosphere.It started out fine, friendly service and a lot to choose from. Many typical finnish dishes.All three of us chose differently and all liked it.Pekka's vegetarian steaks were selfmade and tasty.Fish with carrotsauce tasted excellent and meatballs were...tasty as well. After bringing the dishes the waiter seemed to forget us.It took a long time to get the menu for desserts and way too long before he came to ask if we wanted any.We got tured of waiting and then had to wait for the bill.No tips today, sori. Usually not so slow service, maybe he had a long day. Lets see what happens next time.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 30 July 2022 via mobile

Food was quite ok but not anything special. We had fish, 2 different dishes. Staff was nice and made our special day request well, thank you for that. First course was cold and snails was 4/10. Very expencive so I would expect a lot more...from the food.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 31 May 2022 via mobile

Having a meal at Salve feels like eating a home cooked meal in somebody’s house. Despite the size of the restaurant, the place feels cosy, the feeling further enhanced by the super lovely waiting staff. And the food is definitely comfort food at its best,...including a fantastic salmon soup and fried herrings with absolutely perfect mashed potatoes. Hearty meals that come very heartily recommended.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 18 April 2022

decent food, not stellar. decent service, almost stellar good drinks and as a restaurant not too much stuffed with customers.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 31 March 2022 via mobile

The lunch options are usually fairly traditional Finnish meals. The quality of the food is good but not excellent and the portions are a bit small. The premises create a very cosy and appropriate atmosphere.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 25 March 2022

We stopped in here on our first night in Helsinki, and left feeling pretty impressed overall. The restaurant is located towards the industrial side of the town - yet still has a cool view from their location. The food was very good, however I felt...it was a little overpriced. Strongly recommend trying the sauteed reindeer dish - it was very tasty. Service was good, but just a tad slow for a late evening. Would definitely come back again to see if we can hit the 5 star experience.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 27 February 2022

This sailor restaurant has been our favorite for years. Our friends' also and that's why we were again dining here. There has previously been a salad buffet but not anymore. As two of us ordered starters, others had to wait one hour to get something...to eat. The main courses are so big that you cannot handle a three-course meal. So we didn't want starters. Maybe at least some bread could be offered as usual at other restaurants. My minute steak was okay but if I remember right it was much bigger before.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 21 November 2021

We recently had dinner here with friends, and it was a lovely experience. Two of us had the pike-perch gratin which was delicious, one of us had reindeer (very generous portion) and one had the grilled whitefish. All meals were excellent, and the service was...both friendly and efficient. Would definitely recommend a meal here.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 15 November 2021

What a delightful restaurant. I wanted to have a last opportunity to eat reindeer and I had a flight at 4pm. This is the ONLY restaurant in Helsinki that opens as early as midday on a Sunday, the serves reindeer. I booked a table the...night before and left a comment on the booking that I would only have an hour due to having to leave for my flight. When I arrived, he host knew who I was, and told me they has already started working on my reindeer plate before I arrived because it takes a while. What amazing, personalised service! My reindeer was served at 12:05! As for the food itself, absolutely exquisite. The wine they paired with it was delicious, too. An interesting change was that they served the reindeer with cranberries rather than lingonberries which I'd had before - but it brought a new and interesting tangy twist to this really traditionally stodgy meal. The mashed potato was creamy and the reindeer was cooked to perfection. The restaurant used to be a sailor restaurant for many years and the decor is very nice to look at. Some nice views of the docks too. I really recommend this restaurant to everyone who visits Helsinki, for good food, good service and a traditional Finnish experience.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 23 September 2021 via mobile

Very friendly restaurant with excellent food. Highly recommend. Waitress was particularly helpful and efficient.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 27 August 2021

After a few bad experiences at a few very much new in-restaurants, this was a happy welcoming! Nice table even for a single dinner, lovely not-in-a-hurry service, correct info of the dishes, everything exactly as it should be!! Not to wonder why this place has...survived all the bad and good years! One special thanks for the superb staff! You are the soul of every good place!!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 11 May 2021

This old sailor restaurant has been our favorite. I have usually given it five stars. Now there were some issues. We were at lunchtime. It was very busy but there were only two waiters. There was a quite long wait for our drinks. On weekdays,...the restaurant serves an affordable lunch. There are four options to choose from. The sausage sauce was quite watery in its consistency. If I remember right, I have eaten better sausage sauce at my school time. Mashed potatoes were tastier here. It was not made of powder.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 10 January 2021

This old sailor restaurant has been our favorite for years. It made no exception also this time. On weekdays 10:30-14:00, a very affordable lunch is served for 10,70. It includes soup, salad, main course, and coffee. On Thursdays, you will even get crepes for the...same price. We were still quite full from our hotel breakfast and didn't order lunch but just one dish from the ordinary a la carte menu. The food was tasty and the service was very friendly.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Hi, I can assure you that they will speak better English than you! :-) you have to look very hard in Helsinki to find anyone who does not speak at least good English. Regards, Jonathan
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