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.
What's could be better than listening to some of the best DJs in Norway while surrounded by plenty of food, alcohol, and beautiful people? Perhaps doing all of that 12 stories above the ground, atop the historic Folkteateret building, with a beautiful panoramic view of the bustling city of Oslo would be an improvement. This is the premise of Stratos. For most of the year it is rented out for weddings or corporate events, but during certain holidays and the summer months it opens up to the public as a nightclub featuring live music, DJs, and an unforgettable view. Call or email for table reservations.
This gourmet restaurant, located in the heart of Oslo's oldest neighborhood, is run by award-winning chef Bent Stiansen. A varied menu is available, compiled from the freshest and best available ingredients. The beautiful and stylistic 18th-century décor just adds to the restaurant's ambiance. The restaurant consists of five small rooms with an intimate atmosphere. The ceiling contains some of the finest stucco work in northern Europe. Guests must be suitably dressed (jacket and tie for men).
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.
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!
Those who appreciate great food should look no further. Guests dine in the light of 300 candles, the only source of light in this intimate basement restaurant, aptly named The Convent. The dining room is located in a spacious cellar with a vaulted brick ceiling. The interior has been specially designed to create the perfect romantic atmosphere and the walls are adorned with religious icons and paintings. The menu, written on monastic scrolls and covered with hand-woven fabric, offers a variety of meat and fish dishes as well as a daily vegetarian dish. An aperitif in front of the fireplace should get you in the right mood before you sit down.
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.
Basic fare in cozy and rustic surroundings characterizes the Egon restaurant chain. The menu contains everything from steaks and fish to tacos and hamburgers and also features a special menu for children. In addition to all this Egon offers a daily all-you-can-eat pizza buffet. The main branch is located on Karl Johan street, not far from Stortinget. Other branches are located at Byporten shopping center and in the suburb of Nordstrand. The kitchen closes at 11:30p.
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.
Xich Lo may be hard to find, hidden on the first floor of a major shopping center, but the food is certainly worth the search. The restaurant serves Vietnamese cuisine with hints of French influence. The tasting menu, with seven delightful courses, is sure to fill and satisfy you. If you want more indulgence, ask for the wine pairings with the tasting menu.
If you are someone who loves beers then Amundsen Bryggeri & Spiseri should be a must visit when visiting Norway. With a fantastic collection of the brew, both domestic and international as well as one of the best local brews, the restaurant and bar serve food that goes well with the drink. During the winters soak in the warmth from the fireplace and chill out on the patio on summers. The vibrant atmosphere, live music, TV all add to the charm of this place. Whether it is meetings or just a hangout with friends, you will love this cool place.
Dagligstuen, the lobby bar at Hotel Continental is the ultimate place to relax after a hectic schedule. The decor of the place is calm and comforting with its subdued color tones and low lighting. A fine collection of paintings from the famous Norwegian artist, Edvard Munch, are sure to catch the attention of art lovers. A number of specialties are on offer here - you can pick one from the delicious sandwiches. For the perfect relaxing experience the bar has an exotic assortment of beverages.