For decades, Lehtovaara has been renowned for serving Finnish and international dishes of the highest quality. The restaurant has received a number of awards over the years, including the Restaurant of the Year 1991 (Finnish Gastronomic Society) and the Best Steak in Town 1996 award by City magazine (for our traditional Cœur de filet Provençale). In 2002, we earned our Rôtisseur shield.
Our wine list includes a comprehensive selection of high-quality wines representing various wine-growing areas and grape varieties, not forgetting a number of fascinating specialities.
Lehtovaara is famous for its cosy atmosphere, exquisite dishes and its warm, customer-friendly service. The restaurant has 120 seats. Our year-round glass patio is particularly popular.
Restaurant Lehtovaara is among Helsinki’s longest-established restaurants. Founded by Confectioner Emil Lehtovaara in Vyborg in 1916, it was sold to Stockholm-born Ragnar Hansson in 1922. When the Winter War (1939) began, most of Vyborg’s citizens were evacuated and Hansson moved Lehtovaara to Helsinki in 1940. The restaurant has occupied the same premises ever since, in the Taka-Töölö neighbourhood next to the Sibelius Park.