Helsinki Hudson
Helsinki Hudson

Helsinki Hudson

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.helsinkhudson.com/
  • Phone: 5188284800
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    ATTENTION: Web reservations are for the RESTAURANT ONLY, if you would like to book a table in the Club space please call 518.828.4800

    Note: Reservations will be held for 20 minutes, if we have not heard from you they will then be canceled.
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern
  • Executive Chef: Hugh Horner
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Above the restaurant at Club Helsinki is our private ballroom. Our beautiful sun-drenched space has a large wooden dance floor, exposed brick, amazing high ceilings, table seating, a full bar and even a baby grand piano. Although the ballroom is the designated private dining space, our entire facility; dining room, music venue, ballroom, courtyard(seasonal) are available for rent.
  • Private Party Contact: Austin Sullivan 5188284800
  • Entertainment: The dining room is one room in our three-room facility. Behind the dining room, separated by retractable floor-to-ceiling hand hewn wooden wall panels is our "Club" space, where we feature live music 4-5 nights a week, varying in all genres. Also, during the warm months there will be occasional entertainment in our courtyard space.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Columbia and 4th
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Helsinki Hudson
ATTENTION: Web reservations are for the RESTAURANT ONLY, if you would like to book a table in the Club space please call 518.828.4800

Note: Reservations will be held for 20 minutes, if we have not heard from you they will then be canceled.

Executive Chef Hugh Horner takes his inspiration from the creative spirit of Helsinki, his love of the bountiful Hudson Valley, and his southern ancestry to create a farm-to-table Low-Country cuisine with a strong Louisiana influence, making the familiar extraordinary.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Helsinki Hudson reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (14)fit for foodies (14)special occasion (13)good for groups (13)hot spot (10)late-night find (9)great for outdoor dining (8)romantic (6)vibrant bar scene (6)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (2)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • just ok
    mrwilbur
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was ok not great the appetizer was really good the lobster but be on that the service was slow it took at least 8 minutes to get our first drink thats no good. The staff is nice but a little laid back clearing things and bringing bread we had to ask, this was my second time there not my favorite, but you must be doing something wright because you do a great business, good luck hope alote of people keep coming.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Very quiet mid week. Food was delicious. Out of 2 menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Helsinki has become Ho-Hum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    For music, there's no better place in town. The club seats 150-160 and since you can get most of the items on the menu in the club, it's a great buy. The food was so so during our visit. The grilled lobster with grits appetizer was warm and savory. I could have eaten (and should have) three. The grits on the main menu, there since "day one" fell flat on their face. There is no self-respecting cook who would put green and red peppers on grits. Just the wrong flavor. And the shrimp, instead of being a welcome and spicy addition, were just flat (and quite possibly a bit old). Drinks are wonderful and service at the small bar great. Our server, after being very attentive at the start of the meal, disappeared for at least 1/2 hour.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Helsinki
    Dongo
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great food, even better place to catch a show. Intimate setting, great sound, a hidden gem!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pre Show surprise
    snap
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We dined at Helsinki in order to possibly secure a seat at the club for a show that evening. I didnt expect the food to be anything special but we were most pleasantly surprised that our meals were very good, even edgy- reasons to come to Helsinki on their own. The restaurant was packed in because of the show but service was quite good, they know what they are doing here. We ate outside on a summer evening, very nice- but the interior of the place is a beautifully restored 19th century industrial building. We will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find in Hudson NY
    captmikeVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Great place. We ventured up from the River. We heard it could get busy since they have a variety of performers on the weekends. But we lucked out and we had the place to ourselves. The food was great all fresh veggies and presentation was excellent we had rack of lamb and shrimp and grits. Grits were supper creamy and smooth. We will come back in the fall
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great spot
    diabolena
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We came for a concert by our favorite band and thought we might as well have dinner there too. The shrimp and grits was delicious. The raj of lamb was the best we've ever had. The club is really neat, the setup and ambiance. Helsinki Hudson was a bit of a drive for us from Saratoga but we'll definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Courtyard a little rough
    Collie1990
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Love the ambience inside this beautiful place. We have visited multiple times and we were looking forward to experiencing the outdoor dining experience for the first time. The footing (large, loose gravel) is rough (impossible to negotiate in heels) and the uncomfortable chairs were salvaged from a junk heap. Our table was also old and rough and we would have appreciated a table cloth of some kind for cleanliness purposes. Next time we will ask to stay inside to dine. Service and food did not disappoint - consistently good since the place opened. I am always happy with the scallops!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Nice2be
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The food was delicious. We appreciated the chef's willingness to combine 2 selection of meals to make a custom order. The Stipe Bass over Red Cabbage was superb. The atmosphere in the court yard was festive and create a sense of place that was comfortable and serene under a full moon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We had a person with disabilities and it was extremely difficult to park with the uneven sidewalk.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First timer
    twachtmann
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Too pricey the food was excellent did not like the different servers like one server
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great find!
    Kwansong
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We had a party of 8 and service and food were wondereful! We all got different things on the menu and no one said they didn't like theirs. Can't wait to go back and bring others!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As good as ever!
    Rich
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    From the first meal served several years ago to the one last night, I have never been disappointed. Helsinki keeps on delivering one of the best meals in Columbia county. Also one of the best music venues in New York!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    JamieVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Helsinki was a nice change from the usual American fare. The food was delightfully seasoned and the service was excellent. We were there early (5:15pm) but we'd like to try it when there is more of a crowd and there are musicians scheduled. The ambience is unique with an historical flare and eclectic mix of lighting fixtures and artwork that draw the eye.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome
    Cyndy
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The food was delicious, the atmosphere was warm and comfortable, the staff was super friendly and courteous. We are going back next weekend to check out some music! Definitely a thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 52 reviews are from the Helsinki Hudson reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Club Helsinki has a wonderful atmosphere. Unfortunately the food is nothing to write home about.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Ambiance.
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The food and service are OK but nothing to rave about. The ambiance is unique. Will definitely go back to enjoy the outdoor patio and of course the music venues.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Vibe
    Joel
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    My wife and I went for my birthday dinner. Food was terrific. Great menu choices. Nice, interesting choice of cocktails, beers and wines. Loved the old historic industrial repurposed feel. Very comfortable. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for an unforgettable dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We went to Helsinki Hudson for a nice romantic dinner. To my surprise, my boyfriend (fiance!) popped the question. Apparently he had purchased the ring some time ago and was waiting for the right moment. He thought Helsinki Hudson was the perfect setting for the occasion! The service, delicious food and atmosphere were simply divine. Overall, this was a truly unforgettable dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nyc in hudson
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    fantastic quality food, beautifully presented. a very pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One Chef's review
    OmnivorusChef
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Ordered the Porterhouse medium rare with mashed potatoes, and started with the Charchuterie plate. A very large plate of machine sliced comercial hams and several unremarkable cheese of arrived, & we all comented on the odd charchter of the dish as it looked like a selection from a deli, not the european handmade rustic feel we have come to expect. The Porterhouse was huge ($27) by any known standard & perfectly cooked. Unfortunately it was tough going, as only about half was tender enough. The Mashed potatoes were perfect in every way & I look forward to consuming more in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Evening
    Russ
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We had a very nice dinner with very good service at Helsinki. The southern fare menu has something for everyone. The kale salad was excellent, as was the shrimp and grits. Just a nice experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Hudson
    Nature
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    LOVE this place. It was our second time there and it couldn't have been more perfect. The attractive staff, the magnificent food, well stocked and eclectic bar, and of course, if you are in the mood for entertainment, the showroom is exquisite. If I owned a restaurant, THIS is what it would look and taste like. You can drop some money, though, so don't expect a cheap night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dinner, Fabulous Staff
    TinaM
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    I took my husband here for his 40th birthday and we were very pleased. I explained ahead of time to staff over the phone that we were going to a formal event afterwards so we'd be VERY overdressed (evening gown and tux) and could we be seated somewhere discreet? They made a note of it and were incredibly sweet when we arrived, mentioning that they had instructions for our table. The food was delicious, if a bit of a mystery. My meal (cod dish) made it sound like I was getting cod and a fish soup, with some sort of crab cake. What I got was cod IN a shallow dish of fish soup, with little crab cake hush puppies. All of it was delicious, however. The table service was discreet and quite pleasant. Our only gripe was the extremely low lighting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comfortable and fun
    deldal
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Nice, unique interior adjacent to the performance space. Good bar. Good open party space upstairs. Menu is sort of southern. Variety of offerings and it changes throughout the year.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All was Wonderful and our
    Carleen
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    All was Wonderful and our Waiter Austin was Great!!! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Club Helsinki is one of the
    Percfan
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Club Helsinki is one of the best clubs I've ever been too! Great set up to see musicians, delicious food and great service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Hudson, NY's Best
    RonC
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Big nicely appointed restaurant with good food and good service. Specializes in southern-style cooking with many favorites on the menu along with many specials. Also has a great music venue attached next door with good bar scene.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Wonderful Experience
    Prettypat
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    We had a large group, everything was ready for us upon arrival, the food and service were excellent and the ambience lovely. After dinner we wanted to take a look at the adjoining room featuring live entertainment, and were graciously accommodated. Our adult children, who were experiencing Helsinki for the first time, were quite dazzled, and they are not an easy group to please. We also attended a wedding here last summer that was quite impressive in terms of food, service and ambience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Eatery!
    Chowhound
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Food was great, comfortable yet stylish surroundings, attentive staff! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • General Manager and assistant
    DJQ25VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    General Manager and assistant were gems! They we planning for a large party right next to our table but made every effort not to be intrusive! Food was delicious..we're looking forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hudson
    JoandtimcVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    It was my first time dining in Hudson and I loved it! What a fantastic and interesting looking place. Everywhere I looked I was impressed with the details of the architecture and decor. I will certainly return and recommend it to everyone. I am on an Atkins diet, but was still able to enjoy a wonderful and delicious meal without the carbs. I am looking for a home in the area and this restaurant will certainly be one that I will visit often. Thank you for a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent! Leisurely ! Delicious!
    IntoRealFood
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Wonderful nourishing food! Great personal and friendly service! Liked my flounder with oyster soup and flavorful crayfish and salad with black rice that had some interesting variety of healthy ingredients ! Squash pie for dessert was so good! A pot of tea! Everything was perfect! Pricey Cabernet was excellent! Now companion view was not as tolerant--likes faster service -thought the noise level too high--food was good but had one issue-not worth repeating! It is a great place to celebrate a special occasion. This was our first experience! We had a good time! We will do this again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Risotto was served more
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    The Risotto was served more like a watery soup than anything else. One ingredient was supposed to be mushrooms, there was one morsel. The food has gone downhill, way downhill.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hudson- late night entertainment
    cupcake
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    I've been to this restaurant many times and the food is always yummy. The muscles come in a sauce infused with hot peppers which is always great. Also, if you like fried chicken this is the place for you. After dinner there is always a show to see which makes it an all night affair.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Hudson Scene
    alf2
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Very solid dining spot. Nice and quite with widely spaced tables and good southern fare as well as creative new cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food at Helsinki never
    Foodie100
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    The food at Helsinki never disappoints. Chef Hugh Horner's southern influenced fare is inventive and delicious! First rate Bar Menu. "Take in" to all at entrance is always friendly and warm! Almost always "thanked" for coming! Very nice and appreciated touch that people do remember IMO. Lovely ambiance too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • extremely loud
    katielou
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Helsink came recomended from a close friend who has had great food experiences there. The staff was lovely the food fair, nothing special, but the noise level at 8PMon a Saturday night was over the top, so we could not hear each other speaking. Overal;l I was disaapointed and would not return for dining, just the music.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great addition to Hudson dining
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Helsinki is very pretty inside and has a nice outdoor space also. The food and drinks are all good, prices are very reasonable, service was excellent and we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful space and combining
    Tennis
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Beautiful space and combining with performance space makes this a great place to spend an evening. Our food service was pleasant but because it was a bit slow we lost our table in the performance space. Looking forward to another evening with a little better timing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic