Turku Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Turku

December 17, 2017 Fernanda Pittenger

Turku (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈturku] ( listen); Swedish: Åbo [ˈoːbʊ] ( listen)) is a city on the southwest coast of Finland at the mouth of the Aura River, in the region of Southwest Finland. Turku, as a town, was settled during the 13th century and founded most likely at the end of the 13th century, making it the oldest city in Finland. It quickly became the most important city in Finland, a status it retained for hundreds of years. After Finland became part of the Russian Empire (1809) and the capital of the Grand Duchy of Finland was moved to Helsinki (1812), Turku continued to be the most populous city in Finland until the end of the 1840s, and it remains a regional capital and an important business and cultural center.
Things to do in Turku

1. Viikinkiravintola Harald

Aurakatu 3, Turku 20100, Finland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar European, Scandinavian, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$133 - HK$526 +358 44 7668204
Excellent
46%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 318 reviews

Viikinkiravintola Harald

Viking Restaurant Harald. Located right in the heart of the city centre, Viking Restaurant Harald serves up the very finest the forest and waters have to offer - just like in the days of the ancient Northern adventurers. The menu has meat and fish in its many forms, but not even the Vikings would have been to make their epic journeys without a healthy dose of vegetables, not to mention a mouthwatering dessert.Aurakatu 3 20100 Turku. Opening hours mon-thu 11-24, fri 11-01 sat 12-01, sun 15-22

Reviewed By Bob M - West Malling, United Kingdom

Not my first visit to Harald, and not my best visit. The service was great, attentive but not intrusive. The food lacked the attention to detail that I’ve seen before; the tasting board starter felt thrown together rather than artistically placed. The main had the smallest piece of chicken breast that I’ve ever seen.

2. Mami

Linnankatu 3, Turku 20100, Finland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol European, Scandinavian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +358 2 2311111
Excellent
55%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 353 reviews

Mami

Reviewed By NinaSula - Turku, Finland

Whether you choose lunch or dinner this place will never fail you with their food! Service is professional and the waitresses know which wine to recommend. Kitchen will also listen if you may have any special diets, and make changes to their dishes accordingly.

3. Blanko

Aurakatu 1, Turku 20100, Finland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar European, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks HK$55 - HK$283 +358 2 2333966
Excellent
26%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 301 reviews

Blanko

Restaurants Blanko & Tintå closing temporarily for renovations:<br><br>Due to massive HVAC, piping and electricity renovations that take place in<br>the over 200 years old Bassi building, Blanko is forced to close its doors<br>for the winter on October 16th, and Tintå for the rest of the year on<br>October 23rd. <br><br>We are truly sorry for the inconvenience and thank all our<br>customers for their patience. You are all warmly welcome once we open<br>Tintå again in the beginning of the year and Blanko in spring<br>2018! <br><br>Meanwhile, our sister restaurant Nerå keeps on serving you at<br>Läntinen Rantakatu 37 (www.nera.fi).

Reviewed By Halkidis - Naantali, Finland

Blanko has been local favourite since 90's(?) and no wonder. Great location next to Aura River and short walk away from City Center/Market Square. They have popular Terrace outside during summertime and large restaurant inside, offering also views to the River. Friendly service and Menu from burgers to steaks and also several Vegan options. My Lamb Salad for starter and Chicken Tortelloni for main course were tasty. Main Courses are between 16-31€

4. Delhi Darbar

Haemeenkatu 8 | Hämeenkatu 8, Turku 20500, Finland Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$118 - HK$157 +358 2 2333988
Excellent
54%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 266 reviews

Delhi Darbar

Reviewed By Tonytourist - Montesson, France

I was in Turku for a business trip. I had read good reviews so went here for dinner. It was a fair walk out of the city centre on a wet and cold evening. The restaurant was reasonably busy but with at least 6 empty tables. I asked for a table for one. The waitress said that was OK, but after consulting with a colleague she said there was no room. I asked if the tables were reserved. She looked embarrassed and said no. Clearly one diner effectively blocks a seat so I can understand that on economic grounds, but it was embarrassing for me. So if you are in Turku on your own, go to one of the many other welcoming places.

5. Smor

Lantinen Rantakatu 3, Turku, Finland Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available European, Scandinavian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +358 2 5369444
Excellent
51%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 183 reviews

Smor

Reviewed By Katchapuri - Dartmouth, Canada

Had a fantastic meal here recently. While others had three courses, I was satisfied with ordering just the main of fried trout. There was more than enough and it left me room for the most delicious dessert I have had in a long time. The two types of bread served with the meal were really delicious, too. My only 'gripe' would be one that is consistent with a number of Finnish restaurants at this level. That is, the accompanying veggies are usually sparse or don't quite go with the meal. For the price of the main course, you should expect, and receive, more than a couple of slices of daikon and a piece of bok choy.
Overall, the service, the dessert and the bread more than made up for this minor deficiency.

6. Tinta

Lantinen Rantakatu 9 | 20100, Turku, Finland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, International, Mediterranean, European, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +358 2 2307023
Excellent
52%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 528 reviews

Tinta

Restaurants Blanko & Tintå closing temporarily for renovations:<br><br>Due to massive HVAC, piping and electricity renovations that take place in<br>the over 200 years old Bassi building, Blanko is forced to close its doors<br>for the winter on October 16th, and Tintå for the rest of the year on<br>October 23rd. <br><br>We are truly sorry for the inconvenience and thank all our<br>customers for their patience. You are all warmly welcome once we open<br>Tintå again in the beginning of the year and Blanko in spring<br>2018! <br><br>Meanwhile, our sister restaurant Nerå keeps on serving you at<br>Läntinen Rantakatu 37 (www.nera.fi).

Reviewed By Keith S - Leesburg, Virginia

I came here with my family and we really enjoyed it. The pizza was genuine Italian tasting, thin crust, great tomato sauce. We also had steak and "hot dog". All were excellent. Service was amazing, especially for Finland in that it was fast and efficient.

7. E.Ekblom

Laentinen Rantakatu 3, Turku 20100, Finland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol European, Wine Bar, Scandinavian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Drinks +358 2 5369445
Excellent
54%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 75 reviews

E.Ekblom

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Reviewed By MosseTurku - Turku, Finland

I took my family for special Mother's Day dinner to E.Ekebom and it turned out to be an ecellent choise. There's plentiful of good restaurants along the riverside in Turku and E.Ekebom can easily be missed as you pass by as there isn't really any big signs outside and the entrance is quite modest. However the place is quite big and the interior is just great. They have managed to preserve the old cellar and made it into a moder restaurant and bar. I'd been there before just for some drinks, so this was my first chance to try out their food.
The service was really good and the waiter excellent. He could advice us both on the meal as well as the wine options. All the food we had was good for all the sences. The cellar has several different rooms and we had a peaceful corner of ourselves.
We had such a good time and it was a perfect Mother's Day dinner so I'm sure we'll be back soon again.

8. Pub Niska

Kristiinankatu 1, Turku 20100, Finland Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating Pizza, European, Scandinavian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +358 40 7391006
Excellent
38%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 194 reviews

Pub Niska

Reviewed By Sanna K - Turku, Finland

This place was nice but considering the price level I expected something a little more special. The pizza was nice (in the picture: Merikapteeni; Sea Captain) but honestly I could've had it anywhere. The atmosphere of this place was nice with it's fun, rustic interior decoration and candles. Overall, we ended up having a really nice time but I think most of that had to do with the company I was in.

9. Taco Nito

Aurakatu 3, Turku 20100, Finland Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol Mexican, Latin, Fast Food, Central American, South American, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$55 - HK$94 +358 40 6533112
Excellent
45%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 114 reviews

Taco Nito

Mexican fast-casual taqueria in heart of Turku. We serve tacos and burritos made by fresh ingredients with self made corn tortillas to make the authentic mexican flavor. It`s Taco Time!

Reviewed By FinlandTimo - Finland

I've visited Taco Nito many times and recommend it for anyone for its authentic, fresh food and excellent service. The corn tacos make a light lunch, the full size burrito is sometimes too much. Fresh guacamole tomato salsa and sauces made in-house, corn tacos, as well. Eat in or take away. Also supported by Wolt and Foodora home Delivery service. Specialities include "nopalitos" cactus filling and Mexican (chorizo like) sausage filling.

10. Ravintola Maneerat

Kaesityoelaeiskatu 1, Turku 20100, Finland Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +358 40 3580212
Excellent
67%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 147 reviews

Ravintola Maneerat

Reviewed By Kai J - Helsinki, Finland

Maneerat serves really authentic Thai food, at least was the laab muu (spicy minced meat sallad). Tom Khan gai (spicy coconut-lemon grass chicken soup) might have been a bit tastier. It was good but I've had even better. Very friendly staff.

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