Finland may be a nation that favors simple homemade dishes, but that doesn’t mean that the capital city of Helsinki doesn’t still have plenty of fine dining restaurants for top quality meals prepared to Finland’s notoriously high standards. These are some of the best fine dining establishments in the city to go for a night out.
Bistro, Mediterranean, $$$
Courtesy of Boulevard Social
The owners of this restaurant and bar have used their culinary experiences from around the world to open Boulevard Social, combining dishes from Turkey, Greece, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Morocco. This makes it the first restaurant in Helsinki to focus exclusively on Mediterranean cuisine, while maintaining the atmosphere and décor of a laidback bistro.
Bar, Boutique Hotel Restaurant, Restaurant, European, $$$
Courtesy of Brasserie Kämp
The accompanying restaurant of the high-class Hotel Kämp, Brasserie Kämp has been providing luxury service in Helsinki for over 100 years. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch, and afternoon tea and the menu includes everything from salmon to veal.
Bar, Restaurant, European, $$$
Located next to Espalanade Park, Bronda is a homey and social restaurant serving mostly Italian, Spanish, and French-inspired dishes using local Finnish ingredients. The lounge bar is open late and a DJ plays easy going music during weekends.
Gastropub, Restaurant, European, Northern European, $$$
Courtesy of Gastrobar Emo
EMO recently relocated to new premises, but is still serving the same modern European and Nordic cuisine that it is known for. Dishes include king crab soup, Finnish lamb, and Icelandic cod, among others.
Restaurant, Asian, none
This is one of Helsinki’s most popular restaurants for southeast Asian cuisine, so popular in fact that they have even released their own line of cookbooks. The menu includes mostly Thai dishes such as green curry, chicken skewers, and grilled tiger prawns, making the most out of quality Finnish ingredients. Farang also received a Bib Gourmand rating from the 2017 Michelin Guide.
Restaurant, Deli, Seafood, $$$