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Carelia Brasserie

#125 of 1,112 Restaurants in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
French, European, Wine Bar, Scandinavian
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Mannerheimintie 56, Helsinki 00260, Finland
+358 9 27090976
11:30 - 00:00
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 11:30 - 23:00
Fri 11:30 - 00:00
Sat 16:00 - 00:00
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Helsinki, Finland
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had at Carelia one of the best ever bistro type of dinners of my life. The menus are really interesting combining Nordic ingredients and French cooking. The price is not that bad either. You can get a three course menu for less than 40 euros. The sommelier also really seems to know this trade as the wines recommended to... More 

Thank Johan54
Helsinki, Finland
Level Contributor
76 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

The old Carelia pharmacy has a very bistro-like interior, and thold pharmacy lends its atmosphere to the place. I had not visited the place for years but it turned out just as good as I remembered. We were here for a pre-concert dinner and enjoyed the food and good service. For starters the scrambled eggs with salmon roe was perfect,... More 

Thank Robin E
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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100 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

We had booked a table in this very interesting restaurant. This was a birthday dinner for our friend post a concert at the music hall a short distance away.Carelia wS a pharmacy before being converted and the interiors still reflect this with the apothocary cupboard with the myriad of drawers. However it's not only this what makes this good. They... More 

Thank Veena M
Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

The place itself is unique , the food cannot go wrong and the service was flawless and friendly ! Thank you mohammed ! :) ..

Thank Jeremy L
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

the food and wines are superb, and so is the service. One of the nicest restaurants in town. The entrecote is mouthwatering

Thank Divenowworklater1
Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016 via mobile

4 of us were served by Laucin, who was great all round, but I would highlight his great way of matching the wine with the food and friendly & engaging approach. Good food in a very pleasant surrounding. Hope to return when next in Helsinki.

Thank RogerB2000
Helsinki, Finland
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128 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016

This restaurant has many good sides. Location near operahouse is fine, food is excellent, service is good and especially the winelist is large and fine. Restaurants speciality are french redwines from Rhone and Burgundi. Wines are prices not so typically finnish restaurant way quite moderate and the winelist has quality. I would like to see also spanish quality wines there... More 

Thank Markku S
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68 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

The restaurant is in an old pharmacy premices and it still shows in the interior design. The place is really nice and cosy but still chic. I have visited in this restaurant many time during the years and never been disappointed. All the dishes are delicious and well thought. The wine list is definitely worth mentioning for!

Thank Paula M
San Rafael, California
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55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2016 via mobile

The menu choices are limited in number, but the food was utterly divine. Great service, beautiful food presentation, wonderfully delicious. If you are going to the opera, by all means, you should go here too. Even if you are NOT going to the opera come here anyway.

Thank John C
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71 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016 via mobile

Food and service were excellent. We had a pre-arranged menu, but everything was in balance from appetizers to dessert. Also the choice of wines was perfect. I can do nothing but recommend.

Thank timok918

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$77
French, European, Wine Bar, Scandinavian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Private Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mannerheimintie 56, Helsinki 00260, Finland
  • Location: Europe  >  Finland  >  Uusimaa  >  Helsinki>  > Taka-Töölö
  • Neighbourhood: Taka-Töölö
  • Phone Number: +358 9 27090976
Best ingredients, innovative touch, certainty brought by experience, and classic French cuisine shake hands in a relaxed brasserie atmosphere right across the street from The National Operahouse. Personal addition to the unique surroundings is the original decor saved from the 1920s pharmacy. Unique atmoshere of Restaurant Carelia is a charming combination of ambience from the past, liveliness of a French brasserie as well as modern and urban feel. It has been said that a visit to Carelia feels like visiting old Vyborg, Paris and Helsinki, all at the same time. We pride ourselves with our wine selection which is one of the best that Helsinki has to offer and delicious but simple menu along with friendly, capable and professional service.

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