Karelia restaurants

Top Choice Finnish in Imatra

Ravintola Nuotta

Two sizes of bliny (Russian buckwheat pancakes), topped with hot or cold salmon, trout roe, crayfish tails, or sour cream, pickled cucumber, red onion and local herbs, are the speciality of this fabulous lakeside ba…
Top Choice Cafe in Koli National Park

Alamaja

Right on the lake's shore at Koli harbour, this rust-red, double-storey timber building has two terraces overlooking the water (or, in winter, ice) and some of the best food for miles around: reindeer steaks with li…
Top Choice Karelian in Ilomantsi

Parppeinpirtti

Ilomantsi's one foodie highlight is this traditional house in the Parppeinvaara village, which does a real-deal pitopöytä (Karelian buffet) complete with a kantele soundtrack. Heap your plate with vatruskoita (salmo…
Top Choice Karelian in Joensuu

Teatteri

Locally sourced ingredients prepared in innovative ways are served in the town hall's art-deco surrounds and on its beautiful summer terrace. Dishes span nettle ricotta with wild herb salad to liquorice-glazed goose…
Karelian in South Karelia

Säräpirtti Kippurasarvi

The best place to taste Lemi's famous lemin särä (roast mutton) is this family-oriented lakeshore restaurant, which serves nothing but the town's signature dish, prepared according to a thousand-year-old recipe, and…
Karelian in Joensuu

Ravintola Kielo

At the high end of Karelian cuisine, Kielo's artfully presented miniature starters such as whitefish escabeche with mussel mayo or sugar- and salt-cured Arctic char with smoked sour cream and fennel consommé set the…
Bistro in Joensuu

Local Bistro

Run by upbeat staff, this hip new bistro does a bargain lunch buffet but really comes into its own from 2pm, when its à la carte menu offers dishes like pike in citrus butter, buckwheat crumble-coated lamb, roast ca…
Karelian in Nurmes

Bomban Talo

The mammoth wood cabin at Bomba Village contains the Sokos Bomba Hotel’s restaurant serving a Karelian buffet to the masses, with karjalanpiirakka (rice-filled savoury pastry) designed to mop up karjalanpaisti (stew…
Bistro in Lappeenranta

Wanha Makasiini

High-quality dishes at this cosy spot in a red-brick former gunsmith's workshop range from fresh fish to house-made sausages and seasonal delicacies like chanterelle soup. Thin, crispy pizzas come with traditional t…
Finnish in Lappeenranta

Kasino

Pork tenderloin with dill and sour-cream sauce, crumbed white lake fish with salmon roe, and perch with cider sauce are among the options served at this venerable century-old wooden building. On sunny days, the best…