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“Waffles, ice cream made of spruce and fine dining meals on the historic mine island”
Review of Restaurant Lonna

Restaurant Lonna
Ranked #233 of 1,737 Restaurants in Helsinki
Price range: US$20 - US$57
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Reviewed 29 June 2018

Lonna is a small restaurant island next to Suomenlinna Island, 1.5 kilometers (10 minutes) from the mainland. Many water buses from the Market Square to Suomenlinna Island Fortress stop at Lonna Island, too. We took island hopping (hop-on hop-off) tickets by JT-Line: the Market Square - (Lonna) - Vallisaari - Suomenlinna - Lonna - the Market Square. It cost only 8 euros for one day (children 7-16 years 4 euros). Departures marked with L on the timetable stop off at Lonna also on the outward journey from the Market Square to Suomenlinna.

This tiny restaurant island has a very interesting history. In 1880 it was turned into a storage site for naval mines and so brick storehouses were built. A small railway laid across the island dates from the same period. It is still visible. It was used to connect the mine storehouse to piers. The island was used as a mine storehouse until 1933, when mines were moved to Melkki Island.

Nowadays there are beautiful rocky shorelines, a restaurant and a public sauna on Lonna Island. The restaurant is almost a fine dining restaurant but in a very earthy way. They use local organic foods (meat, fish and vegetarian options). They have both the indoor restaurant and a summer terrace.

The waffle bar is situated downstairs. We ate extremely delicious waffles on the patio. I chose cloudberry jam with my waffle. It is a Finnish specialty. Cloudberries are very rich in nutrients. I also ate Kuusi Ice Cream. It is local ice cream made of spruce! It was very interesting. The vanilla ice cream of the local ice cream factory was extremely delicious, too.

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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

We had a company event here. Supwr location for such an event. Dinner served as bufet was creative, healthy and very tasty. Super staff, very friendly. Inside it looked cosy as well. This event was outside, bit chilly due to the wind from the water.
You need to take a boatride/ferry to get there but that itself is an attraction as well.
Restroom cleanliness becomes an issue when with big groups.

Thank PatrickEhv
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Reviewed 3 June 2018

Wery Finnish food, simply, fresh and local. Nice and friendly service. Beautiful and peaceful place, you have to take a ferry to go there, it takes only five minutes to get there.

Thank Sari344
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Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

We did the round trip at different islands and visited Lonna. They have a beautiful restaurant and cafeteria there. We tried waffles with ice cream and blueberry jam. Not the sweetest waffle I have tasted

Thank Remi K
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Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

Beautifully plated. Perfectly prepared. Variety of choice to satisfy all tastes and diets. Knowledgeable servers who helped make it such a lovely experience. Not to mention a unique location.

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