Restaurants

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 high with vatruskoita (…
Top Choice Karelian in Joensuu

Teatteri

Locally sourced ingredients prepared in innovative ways are served in the town hall's art deco surrounds and beautiful summer terrace. Dishes span braised, smoked pork neck with wild boar sausage and rhubarb compote…
Top Choice Cafe in Koli National Park

Alamaja

Right on the lakeshore 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 lingo…
Top Choice Finnish in Lappeenranta

Wolkoff Restaurant & Wine Bar

This grand old-world restaurant utilises organic produce and seasonal ingredients to create gourmet Finnish cuisine with adventurous flavour combinations like reindeer tartare with Dijon mustard ice cream, and duck …
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 swab up karjalanpaisti (ste…
Karelian in Imatra

LinnaSali

Inside the landmark Imatran Valtionhotelli, with front-row view of the rapids from the stone terrace, Imatra's most romantic restaurant serves artfully prepared local cuisine (beef liver with fig jam and crushed lin…
Russian in Lappeenranta

Kasino

Salmon blini (pancakes) and and zakuska (light buffet) are among the Russian options served at this venerable century-old wooden building but the rest of the menu travels the globe, from steak with cognac cream sauc…
French in Imatra

Buttenhoff

Cooking up specialities from France (Burgundy escargot) and Russia (blini with caviar), this 1st-floor restaurant also creates hybrid French-Russian dishes such as pan-fried perch à la Russe. On the ground floor and…
Greek in Lappeenranta

Tassos

Start with a plateful of mezze dishes at this long-standing family restaurant in the stately old Nordea bank building, followed by Greek favourites like soutsoukakia (lamb meatballs in tomato sauce), garides (king p…
Bistro in Lappeenranta

Wanha Makasiini

High-quality dishes at this cosy spot range from fresh fish to horse steaks and seasonal delicacies like chanterelle soup. Thin, crispy pizzas come with traditional toppings as well as local specialities like smoked…