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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Hos Thea

    $$$ | Frogner

    An intimate yet lively dining experience awaits in this longtime favorite with a blue-and-white fleur-de-lis motif. From the open kitchen, Sergio Barcilon and the other...Read More

  • 10. Kafe Villa Grand

    $$$$ | Bygdøy

    Hiking aficionados, history lovers, and garden fanatics rub elbows at this palatial villa for simple, traditional meals by day (think open-faced sandwiches) and more filling...Read More

  • 11. Klosteret

    $$$ | Sentrum

    Modeled on a church cloister, complete with chanting monks and hundreds of twinkling candles, this underground lair dates back to 1899. (Its real history is...Read More

  • 12. Palmen Restaurant

    $$$ | Sentrum

    The Grand Cafe gets all the attention, but the Grand Hotel's more casual—but still quite beautiful—lobby restaurant is what Bohemian dreams are made of, with...Read More

  • 13. Statholdergaarden

    $$$$ | Kvadraturen

    More than 400 years old, the elegant rococo dining room at Statholdergaarden is one of the oldest and most impressive in Norway. Award-winning celebrity chef...Read More

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