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The café at Grand Hotel was a favorite of Norwegian painter Edvard Munch and playwright Henrik Ibsen (he still has his own table). Even if absinthe-drinking anarchists and crazy artists no longer frequent the restaurant, Grand is still an important meeting place and serves a fantastic prawn sandwich. You will find Norway's largest sandwich, pastry and salad buffet here, and the à la carte menu offers a wide selection of excellent dishes.
Best Western Hotell Bondeheimen's resident eatery, Kaffistova is well deserving of all the fame that has come its way. If you want to try local Norwegian specialties, this restaurant is one of the best in Oslo, what with its vast assortment of scrumptious dishes that taste deliciously homemade. If you've been wondering where to try rømmegrøt (sour cream porridge) or raspeballer (potato dumplings), this is the place for you. In addition to the list of savory specials, this hotel eatery also offers you some marvelous freshly-baked cakes.
The building is from the 17th Century and the food is good, in an old-fashioned Norwegian style. During Christmas season, you cannot miss the traditional lutefisk. The first floor of Stortorvets Gjastgiveri, has a section reserved for private parties. In the summer, dine outdoors at the beautiful garden. The cafe on the ground floor, serves simpler traditional meals, cakes and sandwiches. On the other side of the square is Oslo Cathedral, built around the same time.
Housed in a building constructed in 1641, this was the first town hall in Christiania, hence 'The Old Town Hall'. In the summer you will enjoy dining in the large outdoor section of the Gamle Raadhus. The atmosphere is well suited to both formal and casual dinners. The menu is traditional and changes seasonally with a lot of fish and game. This is the typical place to have lutefisk before Christmas. The bar has its own opening hours. In the same building you will find Teatermuseet.
This low corner building dates from the 1700s, and the restaurant has been in business for more than 140 years. Situated right across the street from the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Engebret Café is within walking distance of the medieval Akershus fortress. Offering traditional Norwegian food, the emphasis of the menu is on fish, but in the autumn there is always a game. Coming here to eat the fantastic lutefisk of the Christmas season is a tradition in Oslo. In the summer guests can enjoy the beautiful outdoor dining area.
At the tip of Aker Brygge, with the sea right outside its door, it's not surprising that this restaurant serves only the best and freshest products. All types of fish, from salmon to cod to monkfish, are served fresh and cooked in a variety of sauces. Try to get an outdoor table in the summer, especially in the evenings. Along with the view of late evening sunlight on the fjord, you will have the advantage of a cheaper menu.
If you want to experience some of the most authentic Scandinavian preparations, Maaemo is the place to be at. Located in the heart of Karl Johans, this place surely attracts a crowd. The interiors are very pretty. Some of the contemporary and organic dishes you may want to try are lobster in carrots, crispy chicken skin, Jerusalem artichokes and much more. The beer and wine selections are worth accompanying your meals with. The desserts are not to be missed! For detailed information, check out the website or call ahead.