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Reviewed 31 March 2022

We just knew we'd be coming back for another round before we even got to the end of our first dinner. The second night, we ordered food to share between the four of us, not unlike a little tasting menu, and I swear we could...have kept on ordering the Arctic char carpaccio over and over (and we kinda did)! As soon as the plate arrived at the table -- gone. I can't even remember when I've had a fish starter like that: fresh, flavorful, nuanced, and just very, very tasty. In the mains, especially the elk pepper steak is very much worth sampling. "Snowball" and the lingonberry parfait were outstanding, both of which strike so many of those good notes without oversaturating the taste buds. Simply world-class work on the desserts. Finally, the master of the house, Samuli, seems to enjoy geeking out on wine. Not being total strangers to the topic ourselves, we were happy to oblige, similarly enjoying the animated discussions on French champagne cellars, as well as the carefully assembled selection. I can't wait for our next pilgrimage to Saariselkä. I know which restaurant I'm going to book!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 30 March 2022 via mobile

Probably the best dinner I have ever had! Tasty starter with salmon, reindeer and elk. Main course: pepper stake made of elk. Dessert: snowball. The owners, a very nice couple, really love what they do. Excellent service!

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 16 February 2022 via mobile

Delicious meal Laanilan Kievari. A unique secluded restaurant. Definitely recommended to make a reservation for dinner.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 29 November 2021

I highly recommend Laanilan Kievari! Food quality is excellent, they use local and sustainably farmed ingredients to make the best dishes in town. I had a vegan menu because I like to try out veggie dishes whenever I can, and it was one of the...best I've ever had. The overall atmosphere is great, service was really friendly and the wine collection is better than in most places. Just do it, book a table and go enjoy the real tavern experience!More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 15 November 2021

We had dinner at Laanilan Kievari during our holiday in Lapland. Definitely the best food in town. We highly recommend the hunters pie! There is also a very nice and extensive wine menu at this place. Only point of improvement is the size of the...plates. We were still a bit hungry after having a starter and main course.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 3 November 2021 via mobile

Excellent food with various tastes from Lapland. The reindeer shoulder roast with veggies was definitely a great experience for us before leaving Lapland. Awesome service.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 5 April 2021 via mobile

One of the worst restaurant experiences ever. They served us old wine full of cork pieces and waitresses attitude became toxic after we asked to change the wine. Waitress became mute and acted disrespectfully. This place is not recommended if you are looking for a...cozy dinner with your family.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Laanilan_isanta, Owner at Laanilan kievari, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2021

Dear customer, So sorry to hear that your experience at us was so bad. It was not our intention to make you feel disrespected. Our whole business idea is to make our customers feel at home at our place and clearly we missed the mark...More

Reviewed 16 January 2021 via mobile

The staff is super nice and the food is excellent. And we are culinarists so we really value top style and taste of food!

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 26 December 2020 via mobile

First time to Saariselka and this restaurant was absolutely awesome. The food selection and taste was absolutely first class and the ambiance was friendly and cozy. We sat by a beautiful, warm fire and enjoyed our Christmas Family Dinner. I spilt the reindeer shoulder for...2 and also had the mushroom pie in reindeer sauce as an appetizer. Others members of the family has smoked Arctic Char with vegetables, white fish and Hunter’s Pie. Everyone was super happy with their meals and no one left hungry or disappointed. There was also a wonderful selection of wine including a Finnish Blueberry wine which was great. The staff was very knowledgeable regarding their wine list. As good as the food was it was surpassed by their customer service and friendliness of the staff. The owner. Samuli. was generous with his time and was super interesting and engaging in conversation. The entire staff had a great way of making us feel at home. It was an outstanding experience with outstanding, friendly people. If your are in Saariselka this place is an absolute must and not to be missed. It was as advertised and much more.More

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

The food was the best we had on our round trip in Lapland! Great atmosphere and one of a kind service.

Date of visit: July 2020
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Laanilan kievari is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5