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“Excellent food”
Review of Kolme Kruunua

Kolme Kruunua
Ranked #40 of 1,598 Restaurants in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$40
Cuisines: International
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Vironniemi
Description: The story of Kolme Kruunua ('three crowns') began in 1952, when restaurateur Irja Örn (1910-1992) together with her husband decided to renovate their café and bar Liisan Baari and turn it into a restaurant. Many still feel that the restaurant serves the very best meatballs, "Pyttipannu" ('hash') and fried Baltic herrings in the city. The well-preserved interior of Kolme Kruunua was designed by artist Emil Ruokolainen (1895-1968), who was a renowned decorative painter in his time. His artwork can be found, for instance, in several Finnish schools and churches. In the restaurant, his craftsmanship can especially be seen in the beautifully polished mirror hanging on the back wall. The glass paintings decorating the windows of Kolme Kruunua were designed and painted by artist Fritz Hilbert (1898-1981), who later became the artistic director of the S. Wuorio decorative painting company. Kolme Kruunua is one of the few restaurants in Helsinki where the demographic of the customers ranges from twentysomethings to over 80-year-olds. Some of the elder customers who remember their fathers spending time at the restaurant, now, in their twilight years, enjoy the atmosphere of the place themselves. In mid-1990s, the old wine bar was replaced with a bar counter, but otherwise the original interior with its wood paneling, old lamps, glass paintings and glass decorations has been preserved. Source: Järvinen, I. & J. Tolvanen. 1999. Saunasta Savoyhin - Sisätilojen Helsinkiä. Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Tammi.
Reviewed 29 September 2013

Excellent food! Great service in the restaurant. For us it was also easy to find a table off-season on a normal weekday with some tables still open. We have tried and can definitely recommend the Lamb Stew, Reindeer Tenderloin and Russian Vegetable Casserolle. All of it was really great and prices are reasonable too.
During our stay there seemed to be a good mix of locals and tourists enjoying the restaurant. We were lucky during our second visit and even had a live Piano player providing additional evening atmosphere. This made our visit even more memorable. Can definitely recommend this place.

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Reviewed 25 September 2013

Kolme Kuunua is in a residential neighborhood a short walk northeast of the Esplanade, a bit removed from the tourist area. The food was very good (we gave high marks to the venison sausage and the meatballs), and the prices were very reasonable for Helsinki. This restaurant is very much worth a visit.

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Thank atwc
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Reviewed 24 September 2013 via mobile

Went based on Tripadvisor reviews and enjoyed it greatly. Whilst the decor is a bit tired, the food was wholesome and very filling, with friendly staff who speak excellent English.

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Thank Peter C
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

We were given this recommendation by the hotel, and enjoyed walking through a different neighborhood that felt a bit more off the tourist path. I am sure there are a lot of tourists there, but it felt more authentic. We went on the earlier side with our toddler, and they were accommodating and were very friendly to our family. Food was great, portions were large, overall, great experience!

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Thank ccbowen
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

We had a decent (though not exceptional) meal here. Good pyttipanna, okay reindeer and pleasant atmosphere. The pickles, sour cream and honey appetiser worked well. However on the Saturday night I went they put the foreigners into a ghetto at one end of the restaurant and we had the disconcerting experience of being surrounded by several groups of loud American and British conversations. We heard way too much about the Baltic cruise experiences and comparative blood pressure medication of one party. This place might be better with a lower TripAdvisor rating.

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Thank SimonVG
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