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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Fru Hagen

    $$ | Grünerløkka

    The glittering chandeliers and velvet sofas here make it look like a vintage neighborhood hangout. Locals gather here for fresh, well-executed comfort food—especially the spicy...Read More

  • 10. J2

    $$ | Sentrum

    Just out of Sentrum but within spitting distance, this low-lit and minimalist modern Korean kitchen has made waves since it opened a few years ago....Read More

  • 11. Kaffebrenneriet

    $$ | Grünerløkka | Café

    Oslo's answer to Starbucks (with much better coffee, locals would say), Kaffebrenneriet has 26 branches throughout the city, including in the...Read More

  • 12. Kaffistova

    $$ | Sentrum

    Norwegian home cooking is served at this casual eatery on the ground floor of the Hotell Bondeheimen. Classic such as raspeballer (potato dumplings), boknafisk (dried...Read More

  • 13. Lanternen

    $$ | Bygdøy

    Located on a dock extending into the fjord, this eatery is tucked inside a 1920s building that once served as a waiting room for ferry...Read More

  • 14. Mamma Pizza

    $$ | Sentrum

    Featuring famous sourdough pizzas, this tiny osteria has the traditional checkered tablecloths and striped awning that call to mind the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Serving...Read More

  • 15. Mathallen

    $$ | Sentrum

    This indoor market is where everyday shoppers, famous chefs, and tourists come to browse the stalls of more than 30 different vendors selling everything from...Read More

  • 16. Mucho Mas

    $$ | Grünerløkka

    The name says it all: massive portions are the order of the day at this tiny taqueria, but a table may be hard to find...Read More

  • 17. New Anarkali

    $$ | Grünerløkka

    Serving mostly Punjabi cuisine, this extremely popular north Indian restaurant is known for its lamb curries and other authentic dishes. In a bright and airy...Read More

  • 18. Olivia Aker Brygge

    $$ | Aker Brygge

    You may not have set out on a trip to Italy, but you'll feel like that's where you ended up at this Naples-inspired eatery focusing...Read More

  • 19. Olivia Hegdehaugsveien

    $$ | Majorstuen

    The menu at this Italian eatery is inspired by the cuisine of Rome, so the pastas and pizzas are made with fresh ingredients and are...Read More

  • 20. Olivia Tjuvholmen

    $$ | Tjuvholmen

    This much-adored family-friendly Italian chain always delivers with dazzling harbor views, comfy furnishings, and a friendly staff. You can dine outside under pretty parasols even...Read More

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