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Carelia Brasserie

££ - £££French, European,
Mannerheimintie 56, Helsinki 00260, Finland
+358 9 27090976
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good44%
  • Average13%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“entrecote” (6 reviews)
“steak” (7 reviews)
“scallops” (3 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 23:00 Hours
French, European, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Mannerheimintie 56, Helsinki 00260, Finland
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1 - 10 of 91 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its so very sad that this nicely decorated place don't try to do as good when it comes to food and service. Located in an old pharmacy you'll find a nice interior design, but that is pretty much it nowadays. They have simply lost the...More

Thank Mach1an
Reviewed 3 April 2018

This restaurant is almost must to go after visiting opera. I can honestly say you can eat the best éntrcote steak and tartar in Helsinki.

Thank SusieHelsinki
Reviewed 21 February 2018 via mobile

Charming brasserie! Very nice with old pharmacy furniture. Food was excellent. The menu was so tempting that it was difficult to choose! We ended up with blinis, garlic soup (perfect!), mussels with fries and aioli (very nicely seasoned with dijon, and the fries were oh...More

Thank michelinukko
Reviewed 13 January 2018

I came here for a dinner with the family and was sadly dissapointed. The beginning was good and we got our drinks fast but then something happened. First, we needed to wait long to get our orders ready. Then, we needed to wait for the...More

Thank JiiBird
Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

Carelia in an old restaurant but for some reason I had never visited before. We made a reservation early enough to get a table after a sold-out La Traviata at the Finnish National Opera. They had already planned everything ahead so the experience is smooth...More

Thank Elmanni
Reviewed 5 December 2017

The restaurant is set up in a former pharmacy, which you can still see in the decor. This setting with polite and formal, but not stiff upper lip personnel creates a cozy ambiance, where good food on your plate and good company at your table...More

Thank Juhani P
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Very good restaurant opposite to the Helsinki Opera House, 2 km from city center. Good food, but espacially the wines are not cheap.

Thank Ronald L
Reviewed 11 August 2017

The entrecote is terrible... I don't even think that is entrecote meat (I myself do cook good entrecote steak), it's tough and veins all over, the chips that came with it, half of it over burnt and not warm/crispy, and a unpresentable and bland tasting...More

Thank TravelTrader A
Reviewed 2 May 2017

This is my kind of place. A quiet relaxing restaurant with delicious food and attentive service. The plat du jour at 19 euros is a great value and highly recommended. The building is a former pharmacy from the early part of the 20th century and...More

Thank 1NicePerson
Reviewed 20 April 2017

We had visited this restaurant during our weekend stay in Helsinki. We had accidentally found it through Instagram and it was an awesome random pic. Great location, awesome staff, food and wine pairing. Good and reasonable prices. Worth checking out!

Thank Klavdiia B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$22 - US$59
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:45
15:00 - 23:45
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
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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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