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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 14 November 2020

This is a very popular bistro in the heart of Lahti City center. Everybody wants to go there, it looks fine out and inside you can feel yourself also like a fine person. I guess that's a reason why it is so pop. Portions are...fine dining, so they are small and expensive. But they are nice decorated and taste good. So if you're looking for experiences, go. If you just want to fill your stomach, go somewhere else. The same company has also two other restaurants in Lahti, Roux and Kokka.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 11 August 2020

Great food and excellent service. Good winelist too. I can warmly recomend for food enthusiasts. Tartar was great!

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

Popot Cafe & Bistro is a relaxed place to have a quality meal. Fish cooked sous vide was excellent. Bistros staff is very friendly. This is a lovely place to finish the week with friends, food and wine.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 12 February 2020

Nice and cozy small bistro -type restaurant in the middle of Lahti. The staff is very friendly and professional. I recommend to taste wines in this reataurant!

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 1 November 2019 via mobile

Really great food! Also the ladies are so nice and friendly. Also it is a beautiful place. Everything is perfect!

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

I visited Popot for the first time a few years ago and since then I’ve gone back there multiple times. The lunch has always been amazing and I have absolutely no complaints about the quality-price ratio. I’m not sure what dressing they use with the...small salad that comes with the ’Päivän lounasannos’ but it makes the salad taste excellent. The staff is very friendly and I always feel welcome when I step inside the restaurant. I have eaten dinner there only once but from that experience I know that I can warmly recommend the à la carte menu as well. The overall cleanliness of the place is very good. All things considered, Popot is definitely worth a try (you will probably find yourself going back there again at some point).More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 2 September 2019

Had a Dinner with some friends over here. Service was nice and polite, and they did also offer some specials. We did only take them incount by ordering drinks Food was good... But i did expect more....something was missing. Its unfair to critisize, if i...can't point out what i did miss, but something it was.... But i will revertMore

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed 16 August 2019

The first time we went to Bistro Popot was 2016, and we have been coming back ever since. Our visit in August 2019 was about our tenth to Popot. Whenever we are in Lahti, we always dine at Popot. Popot is situated right in the...center of Lahti, on the corner of Vapaudenkatu, and Rautatienkatu. During years 1935 to 2016 this corner store housed a shoe shop, Nikkisen Kenka. Popot shows its appreciation to this long-standing shoe shop with its name (popot is shoes in Finnish), but also with some decoration - do check out the loos downstairs. Popot is the second restaurant by the owners of the restaurant Roux in Lahti that we have also been to. Our clear favourite of the two is definitely Popot. The interior of Popot is beautiful, even the fabulous floor tiling - we saw the exact same tiles, and tiling in a bistro in Genoa. The atmosphere in Popot is so pleasant that one is not in a hurry to leave Popot too soon. The service in Popot is very good, friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable - do ask the waitresses for wine recommendations. One of the marvellous things in Popot is that they serve wine by the centiliter, on almost all of the wines they have on the wine menu; for the most expensive wines they do not use Coravin so getting them by the centiliter depends on the overall demand on the day for those wines. You can therefore have a small taster of several wines during your lunch, or dinner. The pricing is based exactly on the fraction of the whole bottle price that you are buying by the centiliter. What a marvellous idea! This is something we have not come across anywhere else in the world. On our August 2019 dinner we took three courses, a modified salmon tartar - with avocado salsa replaced by just avocados, as we prefer to eat as little garlic as possible - as a starter, seared entrecote of beef - modified for us again, the taragon aioli changed to basil mayonnaise - with portabello mushroom sauce as the main course, and ice cream (from Porvoo) as dessert. The salmon tartar was very good, and very beautifully laid out. The entrecote dish had elements we liked - the look of the dish, again, very nice; the sauce; the veggies - and one we liked less, namely the entrecote of beef itself. That is down to our preference for the less fatty cuts in steaks. We did still get enough of beef out of the dish for a nice balance for the main course. The delicious ice cream gave a very nice finish for the dinner. On wines we took our waitress’ recommendations, William Fevre Petit Chablis for the starter, Amarone della Valpolicella Tedeschi for the beef, and the divine Lustau San Emilio Pedro Ximénez for the ice cream - good matches, and very nice wines indeed. Overall, our dinner at Popot was a very pleasant and enjoyable one again. We can’t wait to return to Popot.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 6 August 2019

Nice atmosphere, excellent meals and special wines. And You feel allways yourself welcome. Good service!

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed 3 July 2019 via mobile

Good location, nice customer service and delicious food. I recommend the place to visitors to Lahti and surroundings. Just request for wifi from the servers, relax while you enjoy your order.

Date of visit: July 2019
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