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#148 of 1,140 Restaurants in Helsinki
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Katariinankatu 1, Helsinki 00170, Finland
+358 9 6980012
12:00 - 23:59
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Sun 14:00 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat 12:00 - 23:59
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Southern Finland, Finland
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141 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband took me there in our anniversary as he knows I am a Italian food lover. Everything was good, not exceptional, but I could go there again. A small disappointment was the wine, you couldn't have only one class of Amarone, you had to buy a whole bottle.

Thank Heidi R
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

This place is conveniently located across from the Market Square on the harbor and near many hotels. It is really two restaurants--we ate in the ground floor pizza place and had a great experience. The Australian host was lots of fun and very attentive. The pizza was excellent and the beer was cold. I lived in Italy for five years,... More 

Thank Maryellen P
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

We visited the place during Lux and had the three course meal made for the event. The food itself was good but the service was awfully slow. After getting the food nobody came to check if we needed anything, so we waited close to 30 minutes and finally went to ask for the bill. There was no other customers left... More 

Thank Annilta
Espoo, Finland
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

We discovered this place on 1 of January when many restaurants are usually closed due to public holiday. This cozy small tavern is situated just opposite to Kauppatori the very center of Helsinki. There were a lot of tourists this evening including two Italian families. Very good pizza and friendly service. I think I will be back to this place... More 

Thank Anna L
Vaelsa, Omistaja at Vaelsa, responded to this review

Dear Anna, I m pleased You enjoyed our service and the food. Welcome again! Paola More 

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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

Easy access, cosy atmosphere, down to earth service with smile and proud Italian style. I like a lot

Thank avg-andy
Helsinki, Finland
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415 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Vaelsa is located right in the very heart of the beautiful Empire center of Helsinki. It is an italian restaurant. The food is average, pastas are nice al dente and taste is ok. Meat is better. Price level is good according the place, not too expensive. Definately worth a visit.

Thank IrmaLiberty
Vaasa, Finland
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160 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

We went there for pizzas. The place is very nice situated near Kauppatori. The service was just super and also the pizzas. Stongley recomend the place, price and value for money is good

Thank Uffe38
Turku, Finland
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

We had an excellent lunch, I had the best mushroom soup ever and the bread is delish. The service was very pleasant and the views are pretty good.

Thank annamannanen
Oulu, Finland
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298 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

This time I ate a pizza downstairs. It was very good and the service was extremely good. I had the spicy pizza and it was spicy, indeed.

Thank ExpTravellerOulu
Naantali, Finland
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1,052 reviews
430 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 366 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Location couldn't be any better, right next to President's Castle and famous Kauppatori(outside market place). There use to be Restaurant called Luomo before. Upstairs is their restaurant and downstairs is more laid-back pizzeria. Friendly Australian waiter and Italian Chef working in open kitchen. Pizza was artisan like, made from fresh, quality ingredients. Of course not the cheapest place in Helsinki,... More 

Thank Halkidis

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$27
Italian, European, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
14:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Katariinankatu 1, Helsinki 00170, Finland
  • Location: Europe  >  Finland  >  Uusimaa  >  Helsinki
  • Phone Number: +358 9 6980012

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?