A mainstay for seafood lovers, the menu at most Oslo restaurants more often than not features the very best catches of the day pulled mostly from the nearby Norwegian seas.
Oslovian cuisine also features reindeer and elk dishes which can be found on some of the specialist menus. The city is home to three high end Michelin starred restaurants - Bagatelle, Maaemo and Statholdergaarden, but there are a few less expensive eateries in the city centre and Aker Brygge.
Most Norwegian restaurants are open till late night but many gourmet restaurants stay closed for a few weeks during summer. Enquire directly if you want to visit a particular restaurant. A tip of 5-10 percent is normal.
Annen Etage ( Visit Site )
One of the most famous restaurants in Oslo, Annen Etage belongs to the Continental Hotel’s string of dining establishments. A great place with an elegant, comfortable and cosy atmosphere, the restaurant serves its clients with the best of, European and Scandinavian Cuisine.
Address: Stortingsgata 24-26, Hotel Continental, 0117 Oslo
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Bar Annen etage open from 5:30 pm, Closed on Sunday and Monday
Tel.: +47 21 547970
Located in central Oslo, Grand cafe is the most popular cafe among locals. The dining room of this 1874 cafe has witnessed the lives of the country's many elite diplomats, kings and explorers. It still remains loyal to the legacy of Norwegian cuisine and is one of the very few eateries serving reindeer steak and elk stew. Around noon, the cafe welcomes you to try their delicious sandwiches and cakes.
Address: Karl Johans gate 31, Grand Hotel, 0159 Oslo, Norway
Opening Hours: Breakfast: Monday to Friday: 6:30 am to 10:00 am, Saturday: 7:00 am to 11:00 pm and Sunday: 7:00 am to noon
Lunch: Monday to Friday: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday: noon to 4:00 pm and Sunday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Dinner: Monday to Saturday: 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Sunday: 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Tel.: +47 23 212000
Brasserie 45 ( Visit Site )
Brasserie 45 is a dining restaurant serving a variety of European and Scandinavian dishes along with fresh fish and seafood. Pork Schnitzels with béarnaise sauce is the speciality of this restaurant. Also worth noting is the kids menu which is a major attraction for families.
Address: Stortingsgata 20, 0161 Oslo, Norway
Opening Hours: In July, Monday to Saturday: 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Closed on Sunday
For rest of the year, Monday to Thursday: 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 2:00 pm to midnight, Sunday: 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Tel.: +47 22 413400
Magma Bar & Restaurant
Situated in the west of the town, Magma Bar & Restaurant is famous for its Mediterranean cuisine. A bright, casual and romantic dining place, the restaurant serves Brunch, Lunch and Dinner. Pan-fried skate, spit-roasted partridge, and Provençal-braised lamb shank are the most popular dishes ordered here. Stop by during brunch hours to hear live jazz music.
Address: Karl Johans gate 31, Grand Hotel, 0159 Oslo, Norway
Opening Hours: Lunch: Monday to Friday: 11:00 am to 2:30 pm, Saturday: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Dinner: Summer: Monday to Saturday: 11:00 am to 10:30 pm, Sunday: 11:00 am to 9:30 pm
Winter: 6:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Tel.: +47 23 085810
Angus Steakhouse - The Scotsman ( Visit Site )
Located on the main street, Angus Steakhouse - The Scotsman offers a wide variety of burgers, steaks and pizzas along with fish and meat dishes. This restaurant is also popular for their traditional Norwegian Christmas meal. If you want to stop in for a night of drinks & grub, head to the English-style pub on the first floor. The third floor is for gamblers while the fourth floor is equipped with a fitness centre.
Address: Karl Johans gate 17, Oslo, Norway
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10:00 am to midnight, Sunday: noon to midnight
Tel.: +47 22 474477
Mehfel ( Visit Page )
Located in the old city centre, Mehfel offers an exotic Pakistani meal blended with the essence of Pakistani art and culture. Concerts and poetry evenings are regularly arranged at the restaurant for entertainment of its guests.
Address: Kirkegata 15, 0153 Oslo, Norway
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday: 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Tel.: +47 22 423777
Maaemo ( Visit Site )
Located near Oslo central station, Maaemo is the first ever Scandinavian restaurant to receive two Michelin stars on its first rating. The menu is based on 100% local organic ingredients, changing according to the season and availability of produce. The restaurant's wine list boasts of a selection of global wines to complement its exciting food. Though expensive, the restaurant offers a dining experience that transcends the price tag.
Address: Schweigaards gate 15, 0191 Oslo, Norway
Opening Hours: Closed Easter, Christmas, Sunday, Monday and public holidays
Tel.: +47 919 94805
Photo Credit: Jimmy Linus
Statholdergaarden ( Visit Site )
Led by chef's Bent Stiansen and Torbjørn Forster, Statholdergaarden takes pride in creating a fresh six-course gourmet menu using only the best Norwegian produce. The menu includes a set of seafood starters; meat based main course and dessert. There are fewer courses or a long à la carte menu if you desire.
Address: Rådhusgata 11, 0151 Oslo, Norway
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 11:30 am to midnight, Saturday: 12:30 pm to midnight
Lunch until 4.00 pm, Dinner: 4:00 pm to 9:30 pm, Saturday Dinner from 5:00 pm
Tel.: +47 22 418800
Bagatelle ( Visit Site )
After a disputed closure at the end of 2009, following the exit of former head chef Eyvind Hellstrøm, Bagatelle reopened in 2011 with a renewed confidence. Since then, this restaurant has painstakingly restored its former splendour and also its Michelin stars. Located near the Royal Palace, the place serves a traditional mix of Norwegian-French cuisine with special emphasis on herring, king crab and halibut.
Address: Bygdøy Allé 3, 0257 Oslo, Norway
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Saturday from 6:00 pm
Tel.: +47 22 444040
A typical French bistro, Brasserie France does its job to a T, with Art Nouveau décor, waiters in long white aprons and their hallmark sidewalk-dining during the summer months. The restaurant is famous for serving the fresh oysters and an 'eat-as-much-you-want' pastry trolley.
Address: Øvre Slottsgate 16, 0157 Oslo, Norway
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 4:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Saturday: noon to 10:30 pm, Closed on Sunday
Tel.: +47 23 100165