For those looking to savor the unique culinary delights of Norway, Oslo is teaming with highly-rated restaurants to choose from. From traditional Norwegian seafood to slow-cooked pork, visitors to Norway’s capital will have plenty of options to satisfy their palettes. Whether it’s a casual lunch or a fine dining experience, Oslo caters to a wide variety of tastes. This list narrows down the top rated restaurants Oslo has to offer.
Read on to find out about the best places to eat while in Oslo, Norway:
Translating to “Mother Earth,” guests to Maaemo can already get a sense of the cuisine offered at this highly rated restaurant just from its name alone Boasting a menu crafted with the theme of authentic, Norwegian nature in mind, Maaemo offers a selection of traditional Scandinavian cuisine crafted from local produce to reflect the country’s culture. Unlike other restaurants, Maaemo allows guests to experience a unique culinary tour of Norway with over 20 courses featuring dishes from around the country, such as mackerel with ramson to Roros butter ice cream. With only eight tables, Maaemo offers an intimate dining experience. Guests can also watch the chefs at work from the Test Kitchen table overlooking the Bjørvika skyline. The seasonal menu is 306 USD (2,600 KR), with wine pairings for an additional 211 USD (1,800 KR).
Address: Schweigaards gate 15B, 0191 Oslo, Norway
2. Engebret Café
Located in a 17th-century building, this historic restaurant celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2007. Frequented by theatergoers and actors from the nearby Christiania Theater for centuries, the Engebret Cafe offers a seasonal selection of traditional Scandinavian cuisines, such as fresh cod, Norwegian lamb, and Lutefisk. Prices for their a la carte menu and dessert options range from 10 USD to 55 USD (90 KR to 475 KR).
Address: Bankplassen 1, 0151 Oslo, Norway
Website: Engebret Cafe
3. Hos Thea
Since opening its doors in 1987, Hos Thea has earned several awards for its cuisine, including the American Express Service Award, Public Choice, and Best Restaurant 1987 (Dagens Næringsliv). Once a former butcher’s shop, the exquisite selection of traditional meals ranges from Norwegian duck to seared scallops. Since its opening, the goal of Hos Thea has been to provide a fine dining experience without the overly expensive prices, with dishes ranging from 17 USD (145 KR) to 40 USD (340 KR). Guests can also view dishes being prepared from the open kitchen setting. A varied selection of wine and spirits is also offered.
Address: Gabels Gate 11, 0272 Oslo
Website: Hos Thea
Once the former home of Norwegian aristocrats, Statholdergaarden has been operating as a restaurant since 1914. Surrounded by simple, yet elegant décor, guests can enjoy a varied menu boasting a selection of traditional Scandinavian cuisine, with tasting, a la carte, and set menu options. Prices range from 34 USD (295 KR) to 50 USD (430 KR). Set menus with four to six courses are also offered and range from 128 USD (1,095 KR) to 152 USD (1,295 KR), with additional wine pairings for 114 USD (975 KR) to 138 USD (1175 KR).
Address: Rådhusgate 11 0151 Oslo
Once a former bakery, guests can savor a selection of fine Norwegian cuisine during a candle-lit dining experience. Menu options range from three to six set courses or a la carte and offer dishes such as smoked mackerel, organic salmon, and scallops. Klosteret also boasts an impressive selection of wines and drinks. Prices range from 19 USD (165 KR) to 39 USD (335 KR).
Address: Fredensborgveien 13, 0177 Oslo
6. Fjord Restaurant
Crafted by a team of talented chefs, the menu at Fjord Restaurant changes weekly and promises guests an exciting culinary experience with each visit. Boasting a delicately organized menu of Scandinavian cuisine, guests can savor everything from fresh trout to halibut before topping it off with a dessert paired with a fine wine. Prices for three to six dish courses range from 35 USD (300 KR) to 81 USD (695 KR).
Address: Kristian Augusts gate 11 0163 Oslo
Website: Fjord Restaurant
Located on the ground floor of the historic Hotel Continental, Theatercafeen has been serving guests since 1900. With a constantly revolving seasonal menu, guests can enjoy a selection of Scandinavian dishes with both lunch and dinner menus. The bar is located in the center of the restaurant and boasts an impressive selection of wines and cocktails. For larger parties, guests are also welcome to book private dining rooms which seat up to 36 guests. Prices range from 15 USD (135 KR) to 44 USD (375 KR), with both a la carte and set menu options.
Address: Stortingsgata 24-26, 0117 Oslo, Norway
With a varied selection of seafood to choose from, guests can savor everything from mussels, oysters, Norwegian lobster, and caviar. VulkanFisk prides itself on having a fresh menu of seafood, with many of their ingredients coming from the best suppliers in the area. The restaurant also offers an extensive drink menu with beer, wine, and liquor. Prices range from 21 USD (179 KR) to 160 USD (1,360 KR).
Address: Mathallen Oslo, Vulkangata 5, 0178 Oslo
9. Elias Mat & Sant
With a varied, seasonal selection of Norwegian cuisine, each dish is carefully crafted from scratch and features everything from asparagus soup to Skrei-season cod. The menu changes with each season and offers guests a fresh selection of dishes throughout the year. Lunch, dinner, and dessert menus are offered with a selection of organic juice, tea, and coffee. Prices range from 16 USD (137 KR) to 33 USD (284 KR).
Elias Mat & Sant
Address: Kristian Augusts Gate 14, 0164 Oslo, Norway
Website: Elias Mat & Sant
10. Den Glade Gris
Guests to this rustic pub can enjoy a selection of drinks and food in a casual atmosphere. Specializing in a variety of home-cooked pork and other meats, Den Glade Gris offers a change of pace from the traditional seafood. Guests can also enjoy a selection of Norwegian craft beer. Prices range from 18 USD (158 KR) to 34 USD (294 KR).
Den Glade Gris
Address: St. Olavs Gate 33
Website: Den Glade Gris (in Norwegian)
Enjoy traditional cuisine in Norway's capital
From six-course meals to a casual dinner with friends, Oslo offers a varied selection of authentic cuisine for every occasion. Experience these specially crafted dishes this upcoming travel season.
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