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The first thing that comes to mind when you think about a world famous cafe chain is the Hard Rock Cafe. The city of Oslo has a Hard Rock Cafe as well, and it is the perfect example of Scandinavian design and architecture blended in with new age American lifestyle. With dragon head arcs, resembling old Viking Boats, Nordic styled bars made beautifully out of wood, Scandinavian paintings and antiques well placed around the cafe, the place has an authentic Nordic Charm to it. Try out the Hickory Smoked Chicken Wings, Caipirinha, or White Russian from the exemplary menu while you enjoy live rock performances on stage. Browse through the exclusive collection for stylish merchandise or simply sit back and relax with a drink.
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.
If you are a through and through seafood lover then chances of you liking this place is pretty high. What with the kind of menu and varied choices of preparations available, D/S Louise Restaurant & Bar certainly deserves its many accolades. Impeccable service in a classy setting clearly qualifies this place as fine dining. Fresh catches of lobsters, herrings, crab and caviar contribute to your delectation trip. Although mainly famous for its seafood specialty, this place does whisk up some amazing chicken and steak recipes. Come down to enjoy a meal that not only is memorable but an altogether new dining experience.
Onda Sea is a part of a restaurant complex located in Aker Brygge that constitutes three different dining concepts. 1000 square meters are divided into: Onda Asia, Onda Mezzanine and Onda Sea. Onda Sea mainly serves fish and seafood prepared in continental recipes. With spectacular views of Oslofjord and Akershus Fortress, it provides a great setting for important business lunches or a special, romantic occasion. This one may be a little tough on the pocket, but with the unparalleled food and view that it provides, Onda Sea is definitely worth it!
Located on the scenic Ekeberg Hill, this eatery provides a breathtaking and panoramic view of Oslo city. The focus of the restaurant is on serving international cuisine prepared to suit contemporary tastes. Outdoor seating is available, allowing you to soak in the view, but the menu is reportedly more extensive in the indoor section. They also have banquet and conference facilities. The food here is pricey, but the view and experience are unforgettable. So go ahead, plan your next event here!
At Lanternen, your palate is treated to a meal of Norwegian fare with international influences; at the same time, your eyes can feast on spectacular views of the Oslofjord. The setting makes it quite easy to guess the house specialty- you get to feast on the freshest seafood of the season. Large groups will enjoy sitting out on the patio under the shade of an umbrella, gorging on the delicious offerings of the tapas menu. The restaurant is open only from April to December, but can be hired for private events throughout the year.
With an open-air bar and a picturesque surround, Holmenkollen Restaurant is a must visit. Its location in Holmenkollen- one of the most renowned ski-areas of the city makes it a popular place for locals and tourists alike. Dig into splendid Scandinavian fare as you take in the snow-covered peaks that invoke a mystery and a sense of adventure. The Reinsdyr med skogsopp og selleripuré or reindeer meat cooked with mushrooms and celery is worth writing home about due to its rich flavor and smooth texture. Finish off with the Creme Brulee that melts in the mouth.