Bergen Restaurants

"Bergen is the city with the ocean and sea completely in its stomach," someone once said. Bergensers love their seafood dishes: Fiskepudding (fish pudding), fiskekaker (fish cakes), fiskeboller (fish balls), and fiskesuppe (fish soup). Delicious renditions of such classic dishes show up on local menus with great regularity.

Any Bergen dining experience should start at Fisketorget, the fish market. Rain or shine, fresh catches go on sale here in shiny, stainless-steel stalls. The fishmongers dole out shrimp, salmon, monkfish, and friendly advice. Usually, they have steamed reker (shrimp), or smoked laks (salmon), served on a baguette with mayonnaise and cucumber—a perfect quick lunch. As for desserts and snacks, skillingsbolle, a big cinnamon roll, or sommerbolle, the same with a custard center, are both popular. Lefse is a flat cake of oatmeal or barley that has a sugar or cream filling. Like other major Norwegian cities, Bergen has international cuisines, including Tex-Mex, tapas, Mediterranean and sushi. Some Oslo celebrity chefs—for example Bølgen & Moi—have also opened restaurants here.

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  • 1. Enhjørningen

    $$$$ | Bryggen | Norwegian

    This restaurant, one of the best seafood restaurants in town, is named after the unicorn that adorns the doorway of the old wooden building...Read More

  • 2. To Kokker

    $$$$ | Bryggen | Norwegian

    In a 300-year-old building on the wharf, it's no surprise that the charming To Kokker has crooked floors and off-kilter molding. Ranked among...Read More

  • 3. Bryggeloftet & Stuene

    $$$ | Bryggen | Norwegian

    Hearty Norwegian country fare suits the cozy dining room, which has a handsome fireplace, oil paintings depicting the city's maritime past,...Read More

  • 4. Café Opera

    $$ | Sentrum | Norwegian

    A classic, this eatery sits in a pretty clapboard across from the National Theater. During the day it's the place to grab a bowl of fish soup...Read More

  • 5. Godt Brød

    $$ | Vågsbunnen | Café

    This popular organic bakery makes scrumptious cinnamon rolls (several different kinds) and delicious open-faced sandwiches to order. ...Read More

  • 6. Kafe Kippers

    $$ | Nordnes | Norwegian

    In a former sardine factory, Kafe Kippers specializes in seafood dishes like arctic char with artichoke, radish, and dill or steamed mussels...Read More

  • 7. Kroathai

    $$ | Sentrum | Thai

    With a view of the Lille Lungegårdsvann Lake, this longtime favorite offers delicious, authentic Thai dishes–-some, like chicken soup with lemongrass...Read More

  • 8. Nama

    $$$ | Bryggen | Japanese

    The city's most popular Japanese restaurant–-the name means "fresh and raw" in Japanese–-has garnered enthusiastic good reviews for its izakaya...Read More

  • 9. Pygmalion

    $$ | Vågsbunnen | Café

    A couple of café tables on the sidewalk draw you to this storefront eatery, which is just as appealing on the inside, thanks to exposed brick...Read More

  • 10. Ridderen

    $$$ | Vågsbunnen | Contemporary

    This restaurant has plenty of history: its two main dining rooms are whitewashed storage rooms that once served as potato cellars. The surroundings...Read More

  • 11. Wesselstuen

    $$ | Sentrum | Norwegian

    Housed in a 18th-century wine cellar, this atmospheric restaurant is known for its convivial atmosphere and unpretentious, authentic Norwegian...Read More

  • 12. Bølgen & Moi

    $$$ | Norwegian

    In late 2012, this branch of the trendy Bølgen & Moi chain moved to grand and majestic quarters, with marble walls, tall columns, chandeliers...Read More

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