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Rajalahdenkatu 4, Savonlinna 57200, Finland
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good21%
  • Average17%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
2 May 2016
“Sunday lunch”
7 Aug 2015
“A beautiful place like this would deserve better food served”
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European, Scandinavian
$$ - $$$
Rajalahdenkatu 4, Savonlinna 57200, Finland
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Reviewed 2 May 2016

Luch buffet was excellent. Every kind of specialities. There were good fresh and very wide selection of different kind of specialities. Good service and nice place.

1  Thank jounir861
Reviewed 7 August 2015

This restaurant is really beautiful. It's situated by the lake and offers a great view. It also has a big terrace where you can enjoy the views and fresh air. Service at the restaurant was ok. Menu seemed to be fine too, but when the...More

Thank Heli74
Reviewed 18 July 2015 via mobile

We have visited Paviljonki now two times during our summer holiday visits to Savonlinna. The service has always been friendly. The restaurant has nice views to the lake. Food is good quality, tasty and filling basic restaurant food. Price is really affordable considering the quality...More

2  Thank kaimaani
Reviewed 3 July 2015 via mobile

The food is prepared by students and served buffet style. There is a set menu - no other choices. Limited beer and wine available. Large clean dining area with great service and a view of the lake. Lots of locals were there the day of...More

1  Thank Carey O
Reviewed 7 April 2015

For a place to sit and relax and enjoy a meal in Savonlinna this is the place to go. If is a training centre catering students, so the service is excellent. The lunch time buffet meal provides a good choice of starters, and the main...More

1  Thank Finntrainfan
Reviewed 20 July 2013

a great place to have lunch, as part of the restaurant school it beats most area restaurants for a very reasonable price. fully run by higher year restaurant students under teacher supervision. lunches are a set menu that is available on the website in finnish

1  Thank kharnynb
Reviewed 30 April 2013

This restaurant is for the school where they make fine cooks, waitress and other staff for restaurants! Even they YET are not professionals, they give their best in a very affordable price in their beautiful restaurant just after Kyrönsalmi bridges.

3  Thank Leksa56
Reviewed 15 November 2012

Good food, good service, nice view. Limited menu, but I've eaten here many times and everything I've ordered has always been good.

1  Thank KelaTheFinn
Reviewed 24 June 2011

A long time favourite (10 years or so) of our family, worth a visit or two every summer. Paviljonki is a true gem in Savonlinna if you are looking for a reasonably priced high-quality lunch without the normal tourist crowds during the Opera Festival. This...More

2  Thank CatRat
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European, Scandinavian
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Open Hours
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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  • Address: Rajalahdenkatu 4, Savonlinna 57200, Finland
  • Location: Europe  >  Finland  >  Southern Savonia  >  Savonlinna
This lunch restaurant is a true gem in Savonlinna, not known by many visitors. It's a bit out of city, but not too much: just across the Kyrönsalmi bridge, approx. 1,5 km from the Market Place, and it's open Mon-Sun 11 am - 4 pm.

Paviljonki is the teaching restaurant of a restaurant school, thus the price is low compared to the quality, which is very high. The lunch is served as a smorgasbord with fresh salads, good bread, a hot soup, cold fish, meat and veggie appetizers plus a warm main dish, which can be salmon, pork, beef or chicken. Dessert, coffee and tea are included in the price, as well as water and milk as drinks (beer, wine, soft drinks are also available, but you need to pay extra for these).

You can eat as much as you can, and the price per person is EUR 14 Mon-Sat, EUR 19 on Sundays. The main dish is normally a bit "finer" on Sundays. Children get a discount and small kids (( 4yrs) eat for free. They have a la carte, too, but I think the lunch buffet is definitely the best bargain in Savonlinna during the busy Opera Festival season. You will not get such a feast at this price in the crowded restaurants around the Market Place.

This is not the normal cheap stuff you get in Finnish lunch cafes. In Paviljonki you eat in a real restaurant with friendly waiters and white tablecloths, yet it is a casual place. Summer Saturdays it's sometimes closed to the public as it's a popular place to hold wedding receptions. You can check this in their www-pages: see the dates under "Lounaslista". If it says "suljettu", then the restaurant is closed that day. Unfortunately the pages are in Finnish only.

About the location: if you arrive from the city, just drive across the high Kyrönsalmi bridge from where you can catch a glimpse of the medieval castle of St. Olof as well as a wonderful lakeland scenery. Paviljonki is the white pavillion-like (thus the name) building right after the bridge on the left hand side. You can't turn left here, but take the first intersection to the left (Miekkoniemenkatu) and drive to Ilokallionkatu, turn left, and finally turn left to Rajalahdenkatu, just before a small marina. There's a big parking lot in front of the restaurant. You can even fit a campervan there.

I love this humble restaurant. Been eating there for almost 10 years now. I have to make a visit at least once or twice every summer, even though I live far away. I always recommend it to anyone who goes to Savonlinna.
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