Where to Eat in Southern Savonia: The Best Restaurants and Bars

August 7, 2017 Milan Banda

Southern Savonia (Finnish: Etelä-Savo; Swedish: Södra Savolax) is a region in the south-east of Finland. It borders on the regions Pohjois-Savo, North Karelia, South Karelia, Päijät-Häme, and Central Finland. The total area of Southern Savonia is 18,768.33 km (7,246.5 sq mi), with a population of 153,738 (2011).
Things to do in Southern Savonia

1. Pruuvi

Raatihuoneenkatu 4, Mikkeli 50100, Finland Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards International, European, Grill, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch HK$86 - HK$306 +358 15 214613
Excellent
52%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 68 reviews

Pruuvi

Popular spot for informal and formal dinners. Reservations possible electronicly and by phone. Perfect for family dinners and romantic occasions. Our cuisine is a mix of international-Finnish-Eastern Mediterranian. New menu in February 2017. Lunch buffet with a selection of starters, main course and dessert available on weekedays from 11am to 2 pm(summertime until 3pm). Meeting facilities and catering.

Reviewed By lmsk2014 - Helsinki, Finland

A positive surprise. A very nice and well composed menu to choose from. All we had was tasty, particularly the pepper steak. A bit pricey though: for the price I would have expected even more. We also liked that the childrens' menu was actually nice...MoreThank you for visiting us and for your friendly feedback. Wish you all well and welcome to Mikkeli´s Pruuvi restaurant again! Kari / Pruuvi

2. Olutravintola Sillansuu

Verkkosaarenkatu 1, Savonlinna 57100, Finland Seating, Full Bar Bar, Pub Drinks +358 15 531451
Excellent
40%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 35 reviews

Olutravintola Sillansuu

Reviewed By Mikkkko - Helsinki, Finland

Fine selection of quality beers from all over the world - if you're friend of good pint, this is your place. Do not expect large menu (except in terms of beer). There are some dipping plates available but the beer is the draw in this place.

3. Ravintola Majakka

Satamakatu 11, Savonlinna 57130, Finland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar European, Scandinavian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +358 15 2062825
Excellent
27%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 237 reviews

Ravintola Majakka

Reviewed By jtr9 - Helsinki, Finland

The expectations were a bit higher when entering this restaurant because the location is excellent in the beautiful harbour area of Savonlinna. However, it turned out to be a very average place serving very average food, with no special highlights, though no drastic disappointments, either. Considering the quality of the food the price level is on the high side. A big plus goes for the friendly and flexible service attitude of the staff.

4. Restaurant Piikatytto

Porosalmentie 313 | SaimaaHoliday Rantasalmi, Rantasalmi 58900, Finland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Buffet, Accepts Credit Cards Scandinavian, European Dinner +358 20 7291760
Excellent
64%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 43 reviews

Restaurant Piikatytto

Restaurant Piikätyttö at Hotel & Spa Resort Järvisydän offers unique premises for dining and get-togethers in a historical atmosphere. There is room for 150 quests to come and be served by our humble hosts and hostesses - the main hall seats 120 persons and the smaller room 30 persons.

Reviewed By Anne V - Frederiksberg, Denmark

Food was very well made and big portions. The young waitress was very competent and even though there was a big company of french visitors she had a smile on her lips all the time and spoke both english and french perfectly. Wish her best...MoreDear Anne, thank you so much for your kind feedback! We will certainly forward it to our waitress and chefs. Thank you, Heiskanen family

5. Tertin Kartano

Kuopiontie 68, Mikkeli 50350, Finland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol European, Scandinavian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Breakfast +358 15 176012
Excellent
64%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 109 reviews

Tertin Kartano

Reviewed By niinan2 - Nurmijarvi, Finland

I had coffee in Tertin Kartano the other weekend. The surroundings are lovely. The cafe was very pretty and there were lots of lovely pastries on the counter. Also lunch was served. The service was really polite and friendly. I also visited the next by...MoreGreetings from Tertti, thank you for your great feedback about us. It was such a pleasure to have you as our guest. We hope to see you again. We wish you nice week & sunny greetings from Tertti. Best regards Kerttu Kullas

6. Kalastajan Koju Savonlinna

Kauppa Tori, Savonlinna 57100, Finland Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Seafood, Scandinavian Lunch, Dinner +358 44 0932852
Excellent
47%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 103 reviews

Kalastajan Koju Savonlinna

Reviewed By Haarud

Overall: 4,
Comments: traditional joint to visit for nice muikku or other plain fish dishes in the summer season, when in Savonlinna
Reservation: -
Location: 4
Menu: 3-4
Knowledge: 4
Originally: 4
Presentation: 4
Taste: 4-5
Wine/beers: -
Atmosphere: 4
Service: 4
Background music: -
Timing: 4
Cleanliness: 4
WiFi: -
Price: 3-4
Price/value: 4
Revisit: next time

7. Kotileipomo Siiskonen

Kauraleivantie 10, Juva 51760, Finland Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Buffet Scandinavian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$94 +358 15 4100400
Excellent
44%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 70 reviews

Kotileipomo Siiskonen

Reviewed By RMartinL101 - Welwyn, United Kingdom

Better than many buffet lunch places which are now so common in Finland as this is based by a large bakery to the East of Mikkeli. There is a vegetarian main course option and dessert i.e. Siiskonen cakes. Surprisingly large restaurant but popular. Fresh coffee. Wide variety of bread, pastries, cakes in shop. Recommend salmon or meat pastry slices from shop

8. Street Bar & Restaurant Sarastro

Linnankatu 10 | Savonlinna, Savonlinna 57130, Finland Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards European, Scandinavian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$118 - HK$337 +358 44 7312565
Excellent
30%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 75 reviews

Street Bar & Restaurant Sarastro

A delightful summer restaurant in a lush garden setting overlooking St. Olaf's Castle in Savonlinna, the lake district of Finland. We are a family business, well known for excellent food and impeccable service. Reasonable prices and large portions also during the opera season. We love to have you as our guest ♥. Please make a reservation. Bar open until 2am weather permitting.

Reviewed By Tiikeri2011 - Mikkeli, Finland

Well, the title really says it all really : ) If visiting at Opera time, be sure to make a reservation! As Sarastro is the first Terrace you come across when leaving the castle, it does fill up very quickly. The food is rustic - but has something for everyone. I have visited twice this month and had the burger - which was good, the fries were a bit dry though - and the peppered fillet steak. The meat was absolutely delicious, melted in your mouth and perfectly cooked, although the amount of pepper was slightly too much even for me and I love spicy food!
The staff at Sarastro deserve a special mention - jovial, knowledgeable and approachable, no matter who you are or what language you speak. Able to recommend wines to go with your dishes (and got them spot on!) and just making everyone feel special, I don't see any reason to dine anywhere else in Savonlinna ever again :)
The atmosphere at the place is really lovely and warm - we ended up sitting with a group of several people who did not know each other from before, discussing the opera we had all seen that evening - and rarely do you get such experiences in Finland. This place obviously has some sort of magic.

9. Bistro Waahto

Satamapuistonkatu 5, Savonlinna 57100, Finland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards European, Scandinavian Late Night, Drinks, Dinner HK$78 - HK$385 +358 15 510677
Excellent
37%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 106 reviews

Bistro Waahto

Reviewed By knja - Melbourne, Australia

Mainstream Finnish food is prone to being dull, heavy, and lacking in greens, and Bistro Waahto displays all these failings.
The dishes we ate were at the level of very basic pub/brasserie food by international standards, but with smaller portions and higher prices.
It was overall an unpleasant dining experience, and the beer wasn't good enough to rescue it.

10. Lettukahvila Kalliolinna

Sulosaari island | Sulosaari, Savonlinna, Finland Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff Cafe, Scandinavian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +358 40 8286600
Excellent
59%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 38 reviews

Lettukahvila Kalliolinna

Reviewed By Taru T - Finland

I enjoyd pancake with strawberry jam and whipped cream. It was just like my grandmother had done it when I was little girl. So tasty. They have many variations on fillings,you can choose salty or sweet. And Sulosaari-island is a great place to walk around. Saimaa lake is allover... I really recommend this one! Best summer cafe in Savonlinna!

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