The Story of Olo
Elo, Olo or Kasarmikatu 44?
”We need to go back to year 2006. At that time I remember thinking that the time has come to start a purely Nordic restaurant in Finland. I had previously been responsible for all the restaurants at the cruise ship company Silja Line, where they all went under the working title Olo, since it was easy for everyone to use, no matter what your mother tongue was.
As we started to plan the opening of a Nordic restaurant on Kasarmikatu with Petri Lukkarinen, Heikki Tavela and Timo Sailamaa, we had loads of potential names. Among them were Kasarmikatu 44, the address, as well as Elo, which is Finnish for life. But Olo stood out as the most brilliant of them all. It is a Finnish word symbolizing good feeling and also a part of the word ’olohuone’, living room. All of us are able to find our own meaning of it.
Except for excellent cuisine and wonderful service, the most important factor in the restaurant is its atmosphere. We want guests in Olo to feel at home, informally surrounded by good friends.”
Restaurateur Pekka Terävä
A kingdom of wine
”At Olo we’ve got a great selection of wines all over the world and brands that are served exlusively in Olo. Our cellar focuses especially on small wineries, handicraft as well as the stories and creators behind the beverages. Our wine list is constantly evolving and offers excitement for both rookies as well as true connaisseurs.”
Sommelier Teemu Huuhtanen
Awarded since 2009
2006 The birth of Olo
Pekka Terävä and Petri Lukkarinen founded restaurant Olo in the premises of Kasarmikatu 44.
2009 Restaurant of the Year
Finnish Gastronomic Society awards Olo as Restaurant of the Year 2009.
2011 Olo is awarded with a Michelin star
Olo has maintained its Michelin star since 2011.
2012 Best restaurant
Olo was voted as best restaurant on the Finnish Top 50 Restaurant Chart.
2015 The only Finnish restaurant in the Top 30s
Olo was selected as the only Finnish restaurant among the 30 best restaurants in Scandinavia by the renowned White Guide.
2015 Restaurant no. 1
Olo was awarded as the best restaurant at Evento Awards 2015.
2015 Optio Magazines no. 1
Voted by public as the best restaurant in Finland 2015.
Booking a table through our sales office is easy, call +358(0)10 50 50 901.