Helsinki Hudson

4.3
219 reviews
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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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SW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful interior, chill vibe. Fried Brussel Sprouts were outstanding, as were the oysters. Nice local beer selection. Veggie Burger could have used some help and would be great to see a vegan main. Scallops were overcooked.

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EA
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Current menu is a BBQ and Fish arrangement, though they still have a fried chicken, steak and other standards. We went with BBQ, the ribs were tender, smokey, with a salty dry rub. They provide four sauces - white, mustard, spicy and sweet. The sausage was good sized and had some heat in the spice mix. The chopped brisket was very tender, not very lean, but light on flavor.
Ambience is dark with a candlelit look. A nice quiet evening as there were no acts in the cabaret side.
It was Valentines Day but no special menu.

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SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

How very disappointing this visit was in food and service (on Valentine's Day, for which we had reservations). Restaurant wasn't crowded.

Initial service was great - we were brought water and had drink order taken fairly soon after seating. Appetizers were very good - smoked trout pate and pork belly, however what followed was poor. My wife ordered a hamburger and I 'Aunt Theo's Fried Chicken'. The chicken was SO salty it couldn't be eaten (I tried!). Getting attention of wait person was frustrating (she came to ask how dinner was immediately after our plates were set but didn't return). Finally, getting her attention, we advised of incredible amount of salt in batter, to which she replied there had been another complaint and asked if I would like to order something else. OK, that was fine and I ordered brisket ends. My wife finished her meal before mine arrived (there clearly was no consideration for having replacement dinner a priority in the kitchen). My dinner finally arrived, tasty, but more fat than meat.

No one returned to fill water glass or ask if we'd like more (we did), or would like something else from the bar (we had to track wait person down), and then it took another 15 minutes on a night not crowded to have that provided (as we watched the wait person chat with other servers at the bar).

It will be a VERY LONG TIME before we return for dinner at Helsinki.

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j
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. Loved the grilled fish. Tasty fries. Friendly service and a beautiful atmosphere. A Hudson favorite.

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v
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food good/very good. The place is physically beautiful down to every last detail. Wish there were cabaret shows again. Went to some in the past and they were great.

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r
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm seventy and have frequented fine restaurants for several decades, and Helsinki was one of the most outstanding dining experiences I've ever had.

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JM
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I enjoyed the food on Saturday night, I had a date and she also liked the place. We are planning to come back later.

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CT
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Small plates/ bar apps were well prepared. Sprouts, pork belly both really delicious. Shrimp and grits were good but lacked Southern flavor.
Really nice atmosphere in dining room and bar. Bartender made a nice Manhattan.

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YE
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I WAS very disappointed in the food, and I had been looking forward to it. I THOUGHT IT WAS OVERPRICED FOR WHAT YOU GOT. THE APPETIZERS WE HAD - PORK BELLY AND FIGS - WERE QUITE FEW AND VERY BORING IN FLAVOR. 26.95 FOR THE PULLED PORK WAS PRICEY AS THERE WAS VERY LITTLE OF ANYTHNING ONT HE PLATE AND IT ALSO LACKED FLAVOR. I HAD MUSSELS WHICH WERE AN INTERESTING IDEA COMBINED WITH BITS OF HAM, BUT I DIDN'T THINK IT WORKED.

THE AMBIENCE IS GREAT. IF I WERE A DRINKER, I"D BE HANGING AT THE BAR. LOVE THE ROOM.

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j
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a fun experience, great service, great food in a beautiful building with a cozy atmosphere.

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JM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good Burger. Great Bartender. Cool Decor. We mostly go here for drinks & dining during the week.

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j
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

In Hudson for a quick getaway, and this place was recommended by our host. The food was pretty good (though they need a lesson on how to properly prepare fried green tomatoes - hint they were sliced way too thick), but the portions were on the small side. Good thing we weren't starving. The well-intentioned waitstaff did their best. I had the sampler and my wife had the Alabama chicken. They managed to get her order wrong, so it had to go back, leaving us hanging for a bit. I'm glad it wasn't too crowded - as it was Tuesday - or it would have taken even longer. Nonetheless, we had a delightful evening. The space is lovely, and the vibe was friendly.

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CB
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were both great. There was a wedding reception going on upstairs the night we attended, so things were (understandably) quite loud, which was the only drawback to an otherwise terrific experience.
Unlikely to return, as I live in Montreal, but would not hesitate to if ever I find myself in Hudson again.

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S
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The restaurant features an unusual combination of fish dishes and southern barbecue. Shared hushpuppy appetizer was tasty.

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TK
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were late because of an Amtrak delay. The front desk staff was helpful and accommodating. The table service was fabulous and the food was the usual good quality BBQ, comfort food we have come to expect.

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BS
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My brother is getting married at Helsinki soon and I wanted to try the food. It was amazing, the brisket burnt ends and pulled pork were our favorite. The corn bread is amazing too. Honestly you can’t go wrong with anything you get. The wine and cocktails were awesome too. I’d highly recommend, the vibe is cozy and very hipster/cool.

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DA
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The restaurant atmosphere was very exceptional. We had the opportunity to experience a large lightning storm while in the restaurant Which made the ambience even more pronounced in a positive manner. Food and staff were exceptional, and I highly recommend this restaurant.

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KS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Ambience, service and decor are great. Food is underwhelming.

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AM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Super fun space with delicious fish and barbecue. Came for a pre-wedding event.

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E
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I think the problem with many restaurants in the Hudson Valley is that they don’t expect visitors before Thursday. The restaurant was out of many of the menu items and was terribly understaffed on the Wednesday we were there. The food was okay, not terrible, but the drinks were made with a Local vodka that tasted like moonshine and that was quite terrible. I’m sure the music venue is nice, but I would not recommend the restaurant.

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j
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful evening at Helsinki. We love the trout pate’, grilled fish, fries, catfish sandwich, ribs. It’s all great. And the service is friendly, the atmosphere is comfy and the bar offerings are great as well. They offer Nine Pin Ginger, my fav!!

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l
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The outside dining area was rustic and charming. We had good cocktails and we loved the food and the presentation. Scallops sauteed in a scallion butter sauce came in a small cast iron pan. The roast chicken with all of the barbecue sauces was well prepared and was tasty. All of the sides, including very good mashed potatoes and properly done vegetables came in 1-cup measuring cups - very cute. We will return on our next visit to Hudson.

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H
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Little known secret: Helsinki is one of the beat places in Hudson for fish. Out server was a first rate professional.

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e
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience at Helsinki exceeded our expectations. Our server, Jessica, was genuinely friendly and went out of her way to make sure we were happy and comfortable. The presentation of the food was only upstaged by how delicious it was. The cocktails were inventive and delicious. Will be coming back as soon as we can.

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d
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had an incredible experience! Excellent service the food was wonderful we were celebrating our daughter’s 30th birthday and the staff there made it very special.

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PJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited several recommended restaurants in Hudson and this was our favorite. Delicious southern cuisine with a relaxed vibe. Attentive and knowledgeable servers. Great indoor decor with lovely outdoor seating, too. We'll be back!

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NY
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

What a disappointment. The server was incompetent, ( although I suspect it was partially the kitchen’s fault, the food was inconsistent and the service was lousy.

They need to do a lot vetter

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and bbq

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Y
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fabulous space with chic decor. The food is spectacular and the chef specializes in American Southern style cuisine. The BBQ is incredible.

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j
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great dinner at Helsinki Hudson. It’s a favorite spot for us when we are in town. Food is consistently excellent and the menu changes often. I had soft shell crab and hubby had the grilled fish. I love that they offer Nine Pin Ginger Cider & my husband loves their beer selection. Service is friendly and professional and the dining room is just so welcoming and comfortable.

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d
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

we absolutely loved the vibe of this place, but the food was disappointing given the description. it was solid typical bbq food, but nothing special (where does the "Helsinki" part come in?). would go again with a big group, and share plates -- one dish is way too much for one person.

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H
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Really great seafood.

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TK
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For what it is, basically a BBQ joint and a music venue, the food and service are both excellent. The ribs are worth a trip! If you care about the source of your food this place is for you (as it is for me). They leverage local farms as much as possible.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing ambiance, friendly staff and amazing food!

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JJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a loving and family arm aesthetic. Our waiter Jon was such a doll! The food was so fresh and comforting. Totally worth the trip and the time! Best ending to a great Saturday night!

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SK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not an extensive menu but fantastic food! Delicious cocktails. Very nice service in an historic stmosphere

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K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was so pleased with our meals at Helsinki Hudson. We went prior to a (amazing!) show at the Club. The service was friendly and efficient. The meals were flawless. Not one complaint.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Because our group of 7 trickled in, service was a little off (waiting for people, etc). However, the food and drinks were incredible as usual. i always find myself trying things way outside my comfort zone at Helsinki, and I don't think I've been disappointed. It was quite loud for the day after Christmas, but then again, so are we! Most of us got the burger and we devoured them. Come for the drinks, stay for the food! Everyone loved the collard greens, The smoked shrimp pate was to die for!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a wonderful quiet evening. The drinks were very good and my wife and I each had the steak entree. We both agreed that it was one of the best steaks we have had in a long time.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for a getaway weekend for our one year anniversary. The food and atmosphere were romantic and special for the occasion!

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