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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Single-use or sanitised menus
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Updated 24/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 24/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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US$25 - US$79
European, Scandinavian, International
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Best the town has to offer
1. Best the town has to offer
"We traveled over 250 km just to eat here and will do so again. "
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2. Excellent tasting menu
2. Excellent tasting menu
"It has an excellent tasting menu. It is full of surprises."
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3. Our Sommeliers wines
3. Our Sommeliers wines
"Wine menu completes the tasting experience."
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Ravintola Pöllöwaari has been nominated as the best restaurant inm Jyväskylä & Central Finland for years - and still for a very good reason. Atmosphere is somewhat old fashioned, but yet cozy. The service was smooth and friendly. The menu is not very vast but...instead well thought. The amuse bouche served the purpose well and the starter (beef tartar was truly delicious. The main course (pike pearch) was cooked at perfection and the wine pairing was perfect. The dessert was also mouth watering. Also my vegan colleague was over the moon about the menu she got. All in all, very strong recommendation.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 15 July 2020

Like many other reviewers, I fully agree that Pollowaari is an excellent place for a dinner. It is not cheap, but on the other hand, I think that it is unrealistic to expect prices to be quite low if you want to enjoy a fine-dining...dinner. The restaurant is situated in a house with an interesting history of which our waitress told us about. The resturant itself has a very limited capacity, so you should make a reservation unless you just want to rely on your luck. The personnel was young but professional. All courses were explained with detail when they were served. The service ran smoothly - not too slowly or too hastily. And the courses, starting from the kitchen´s greeting to the last drop of white chocolate mousse - they were all tasty, well-prepared and aesthetically set on plates. And last but not least - the wines: we followed the recommendations and were not disappointedMore

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 4 February 2021 via mobile

Visit Pöllöwaari Hotel if you like a relaxing athmosphere, good food and wine, lovely rooms, good beds (and pillows), sauna, and all round service. Buffer breakfast is outstanding! Superb value for money.

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 17 January 2021 via mobile

The excellence of the service and the quality of food makes the experience of dining fine Art. Never get disappointed here. This restaurant cannot be compared to the other ones nearby, itt is unique.

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 7 January 2021 via mobile

Very nice and well thought dinner with “non-standard” portions and great wine recommendations. Children got half portions with changes when needed which was nice.

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 10 August 2020 via mobile

This restaurant is absolutely top notch! High-quality Finnish ingredients and well thought food and wine pairing. Wine list includes some unique and excellent findings. You can choose from carefully planned menus (6-course surprise tasting menu costs 79€) or just go for a la carte dishes....The marbled beef was cooked perfectly medium rare as chefs recommended, and it completely melted in my mouth. There aren't so many places where steaks are cooked to perfection and chefs will recommend how each type of beef should be cooked, this is one of them. Professional, heart-warming and personal service too! Worth every single penny! Definitely will come again 😍More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 29 July 2020 via mobile

A very lovely place in terms of interior, music and atmosphere. For the price the startes and dessert vere good but the main (meat) could have been better I think. However that beeing said everything else on the plate was super good except the meat...itself. A special mention must be given to the bread as that was amazing especially the dark one.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 23 July 2020 via mobile

Family dinner on a Saturday evening. Classy place with friendly & professsional staff. Our neighbouring table experienced a small error by the waiter but that must have been an exception. Starters were good but the main courses were even better - perhaps the best pike...perch we’ve ever had. And the desserts were very tasty. Pollowaari is also suitable for children. Our kids enjoyed smaller portions of the pike perch, for half price. Prices are a bit on the high side - there clearly is less competition in Jyväskylä compared to Helsinki (meaning high-quality restaurants). However, quality at Pollowaari was so good that we definitely got value for the money.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 21 July 2020 via mobile

One of us had been here before, and insisted that we eat dinner at this restaurant when we stayed in Jyväskylä. Now we all know why: Absolutely great food and matching wines 🤗! Special thanks for the excellent service and professional attention of the gluten-free...guest. User-friendly table reservation through web-pages highly recommend as well!More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 12 March 2020

Excellent surroundings. Really good service. Excellent food. Maybe little too small portions. Felt a little like going to eat after 3 course meal.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Yes, Pollowaari is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Pollowaari is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5