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€16 - €35
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European, Scandinavian, International
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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All reviews ice cream steak creme brulee nice restaurant the heart of the city eat something a la carte building centre reindeer interior helsinki
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Reviewed 6 April 2024 via mobile

Beautiful building, friendly staff and good food. The menu is not that extensive, but everything is well done. If you are in Hämeenlinna and want the best food the city has to offer, this is a good choice.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 September 2023 via mobile

Really delicious food! Nice atmosphere and really good personal. Not that cheap but at least a must visit for your time here.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Julia Puoliväli, Other at The Gingerbread House, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2023

Thank you for your feedback! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to our restaurant. Welcome again!

Reviewed 3 August 2023 via mobile

All food was 10/10, starters, main dish and dessert. Super delicious 👌🏻Service was fast and friendly. I would highly recommend this place!

Date of visit: August 2023
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Julia Puoliväli, Other at The Gingerbread House, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2023

Thank you for your positive feedback! Lovely to hear you enjoyed your visit at out restaurant. Hope to see you again!

Reviewed 28 July 2023 via mobile

Lovely atmosphere, friendly and professional service, and tasty quality food. We dropped by on our visit to Hämeenlinna, and will certainly come again!

Date of visit: July 2023
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Julia Puoliväli, Other at The Gingerbread House, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2023

Nice to hear you enjoyed your visit at Piparkakkutalo. Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 28 July 2023 via mobile

I ate 3 course menu and it was great. Pepper steak was excellent and skagen toast was also good. Desert was crème brûlée which was on of the best I have eaten. Service was friendly and fast.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 18 July 2023 via mobile

Nice building and setup as well as tasty food with big portions! Josper wooden coal grilled food gave a special touch which I recommend!

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 19 June 2023

Nice classy place, great food and drinks. Been here many times during the last 25 years and never been disappointed.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 18 November 2022

We stayed a week in this small town north of Helsinki and wanted to eat something typical. So, asking local people, we decided to give this restaurant a try. From the outside it looks like a very elegant and high level place, the interiors are...also well furnished and classy. The kitchen is open to view and the staff very friendly. I ordered reindeer a la carte with a red wine sauce and a side of seasonal vegetables. The beef was really good, very similar to our beef stew. Very tender that fell off the bone on its own. If we really have to find a fault with this place (but it is something that many classy restaurants have in common) it is that the portions were slightly small. For the rest, a place that I absolutely recommend to try.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 7 October 2022

Visited this restaurant with friends. Gingerbread house sounds really nice and we had heard it's the best restaurant in town. Place had nothing to do with gingerbread or quality!! It was only expensive. I gave feedback to the waiter. Her reaction was "aha, ok". Avoid...this place!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 22 April 2022 via mobile

We all had different meals and couldn't have been happier! Loved everything about it, especially the tartar and petit filet. The staff were attentive and looked after us well.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 19 March 2022 via mobile

We visited the city of Hämeenlinna and on came the radio a song about the gingerbread man.. Over to TripAdvisor and the top rated restaurant was the gingerbread building.. Perhaps, this was meant to be? Situated in the centre, parking was a bit difficult to...find, but we made a reservation for an early time, only to be placed next to another table in the empty restaurant. So much for spreading the tables to avoid social distancing. On the reservation, I wrote the dietary requirements a few hours before the opening time. When we arrived, they said they only just saw it... This was a sign that the staff do not really look at the booking details and doesn't warrant the quality that other reviewers have noted. Anyway, fortunately, the menu dish was suitable as long as the sauce for the dish was made up without garlic. This meant the chefs only needed to mash up some bland cashews to accompany to grilled cauliflower. The cauliflower was disappointing, yet there were no waitresses nearby to raise this once the food came out... Rather, they arrived after the food was almost finished, but rather interrupted us at the table than to get into a conversation. Anyways, for 24Eur, i would expect the cauliflower to be a large one, like a steak, that is well cooked, and not pieces it the ones you get from a frozen pack! The grilled vegetables also were a bit too burnt, and went served was only luke warm, rather than piping hot. The other dish was, so they have a problem with keeping the food hot on the foyer, and the wait was too long. It was disappointing, to say the least, and it is certainly over priced given the lack of quality in the food, chef experience, and service. The dessert was ok, with the creme brulee being thin, so to be sure it cooks properly, and Ice cream pleasant, but nothing amazing. The table setting was for four people, but we only had three, yet, they never took away the fourth setting. Another example of poor service, and this is certainly an overrated place... Needing much improvement to justify its claim to be the top restaurant in the city. It has the potential given the building, but if its certainly has a poor rating right now.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 20 October 2021 via mobile

The starter, beef tartar was ok, not splendid but eatable. The main, charcoal grilled chicken was poor, I have to say bad. It was only cooked, skin was awful. Not crispy as it should be when grilled.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 8 August 2021 via mobile

Lovely staff ❤️ Warm and funny professionals! Always near when needed 💪👍 We took everything they recommend , coctails, food portions and wine, everything was excelent! Decoration was nice, intresting paintings and good views. Food was layed beautifully and tasted luscious. But the best thing...was the STAFF, pure gold 🥇More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 21 June 2021

The restaurant is beautiful and atmospheric. I was eating with my son and his friends on Saturday. Lunch was great. I actually ate fish that was really delicious. Thanks for your friendly service.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 13 June 2021 via mobile

Fantastic octopus from Josper grill. Great snails with blue cheese, and delicious gingerbread ice cream for dessert. Friendly, professional service. Reasonably fast despite the fact that it was a busy evening. Compared to Helsinki prices, good value for money. Thank you very much!

Date of visit: May 2021
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The Gingerbread House is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5