Oslo Restaurants

Many Oslo chefs have developed menus based on classic Norwegian recipes but with exciting variations, like Asian or Mediterranean cooking styles and ingredients. You may read about New Nordic cuisine on some menus. It combines seafood and game from Scandinavia with spices and sauces from any other country.

Spend at least one sunny summer afternoon harborside at Aker Brygge/Tjuvholmen eating in one of the many seafood restaurants and watching the world go by. Or buy steamed shrimp off the nearby docked fishing boats and plan a picnic on one of the islands in the Oslo fjord or Vigeland or another of the city's parks. Note that some restaurants close for a week around Easter, in July, and during the Christmas holiday season. Some restaurants are also closed on Sunday.

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  • 1. Brasserie France

    $$$ | Sentrum

    As its name suggests, this wine bar is straight out of Paris: the long white aprons on the waiters, the Art Nouveau flourishes in the...Read More

  • 2. De Fem Stuer

    $$$ | Holmenkollen

    Near the famous Holmenkollen ski jump, in the historic and recently renovated Scandic Holmenkollen Park Hotel, this highly regarded restaurant serves first-rate food in a...Read More

  • 3. Gamle Rådhus

    $$$ | Sentrum | Norwegian

    If you're in Oslo for just one night and want an authentic dining experience, head to the city's oldest restaurant—housed in Oslo's first town...Read More

  • 4. Kolonihagen Frogner

    $$$ | Frogner

    With a resident chef who authored an exquisitely illustrated book on foraging, this leafy courtyard restaurant offers an ever-changing menu of unpretentious comfort food with...Read More

  • 5. L'Ardoise

    $$$$ | St. Hans Haugen

    This superb neighborhood brasserie was created by a French pastry chef who's become as revered for his easygoing lunches and elegant dinners as his impressive...Read More

  • 6. Lille Herbern

    $$ | Bygdøy

    Family-run since 1929, this eatery sits on a tiny island of its own just off the Bygdøy Peninsula and is reached by boat. The prime...Read More

  • 7. Palace Grill

    $$$ | Frogner

    An eight-table restaurant near the Royal Palace, this is one of the most fashionable spots in Oslo. Don’t let the “grill” in the name fool...Read More

  • 8. Solsiden

    $$$ | Aker Brygge

    Sunny with a wow-factor and scrumptious. Don't sleep on this institution. Owner Lars Jon Amundsen converted an old soap factory into "the sunny side" back...Read More

  • 9. Theatercafeen

    $$$ | Sentrum

    An Oslo institution, Theatercafeen has been a meeting place for artists and intellectuals for more than a century. Today it still attracts Oslo's beau monde,...Read More

  • 10. Á L'aise

    $$$$ | Frogner

    This is the restaurant to visit on a dark, starry night when you need warming up with a candlelit dining room, five-star service, and fine...Read More

  • 11. Amazonia by BAR

    $$ | Tjuvholmen

    Previously known under a different name, this Latin-American flavored waterfront restaurant comes alive on the weekend, when fashion-conscious locals compete for the best seats on...Read More

  • 12. Asylet

    $$ | Grønland

    A bit east of Sentrum, this popular pub serves homemade traditional Norwegian food in an atmospheric setting under the slightly facetious motto, "nice place, bad...Read More

  • 13. Atlas Brasserie

    $$ | Sentrum

    In the former headquarters of the Norwegian America cruise line, this well-heeled eatery capitalizes on a New York–meets–Oslo vibe. Stop by for an excellent cup...Read More

  • 14. Bacchus Spiseri & Vinbar

    $$ | Sentrum | Café

    In the old Basarhall near Oslo Cathedral, tiny Bacchus serves excellent organic French bistro food in a rustic atmosphere, or outdoors in a...Read More

  • 15. Baltazar

    $$ | Sentrum | Italian

    A longtime favorite, this restaurant tucked away under the graceful arcades behind the cathedral does an impressive job of re-creating the sort...Read More

  • 16. Bass

    $$ | Grünerløkka

    A tiny green neon sign announces this corner restaurant during the day, while at night it catches your attention with expansive windows that are filled...Read More

  • 17. Bølgen & Moi Gimle

    $$$ | Frogner | Eclectic

    Restaurateurs Toralf Bølgen and Trond Moi have a winner in this minimalist restaurant. If you're tired of eating breakfast in your hotel, rise...Read More

  • 18. Feinschmecker

    $$$$ | Frogner

    The name is German, but the food at this warm and stylish eatery spans the globe. Owners Lars Erik Underthun, one of Oslo’s foremost chefs,...Read More

  • 19. Finstua

    $$$$ | Holmenkollen

    Above the Holmenkollen ski jump, Finstua is a great spot to take in sweeping mountain views. With chefs well versed in traditional Norwegian fare, this...Read More

  • 20. Fragrance of the Heart

    $$ | Sentrum | Café

    This café serves excellent organic coffee and reasonably priced vegetarian and vegan lunch items. There's also a wide range of tempting desserts...Read More

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