Restaurants in Helsinki

For Finnish specialties like pike cake with a pickled-cucumber sauce.

Businessmen and -women flock to this 80-year-old institution near the landmark Stockmann's department store for lunches of smoked eel with scrambled eggs, or flaky, freshwater pike perch with lobster sauce.

This former sculptor's studio has contemporary local dishes (elk sausage; stuffed Baltic herring) and lots of character.

A small, nondescript basement door leads to this new seafood temple, with slip-covered chairs and bright-white walls. Order one of the seafood platters, piled high with smoked Norwegian prawns, razor clams, oysters, and sweet crab.

Beneath the green-and-black sea horse mural that dominates this 73-year-old establishment near the harbor, dine on classics: creamy, dill-flecked salmon soup and crisply fried Baltic herring with pickled beets. End your meal with a Koskenkorva, a slightly sweet vodka.

At this opulent tribute to the czars, the blini and caviar are a reminder of the influence of Finland's larger neighbor to the east.