At the very beginning of the row of embassies at Frogner/Skillebekk, a short distance from the city center, you will find this unique, intimate gem of a restaurant which only seats 36 people. The small but fine menu offers four or five choices in each category, but each dish is superbly prepared. Hos Thea offers exceptionally good service.
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 get tired of the tastes of Norwegian cuisine during your stay at Oslo, and yearn for a taste of Italy, head on over to the Ruffino Ristorante Italiano. Homemade pasta, an excellent selection of wine, and a wide array of appetizers and desserts await you at this oasis of Italian delights. The atmosphere of the restaurant, with soft music and a polite waitstaff, will draw you in, and you'll never want to leave.
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.
Near the famous Holmenkollen ski jump, you will find Dem Fem Stuer. This exclusive and very Norwegian restaurant has an amazing view of Oslo. The service is distinguished and the menu offers Norwegian dishes with strong, classic roots. The three-course meal, 'A Taste of Norway', consists of the freshest seasonal Norwegian ingredients, and is worth trying. Jacket and tie are required for admission. The food is expensive, but it is worth every penny.
Inside Håndverkeren's 100 year-old walls you can enjoy a good meal surrounded by a classic interior. Old tools and inscriptions on the walls associate with different crafts, and beautiful, arched glass-paintings together with big wrought-iron lamps create an elegant atmosphere. A mature, pleasant clientele characterizes this restaurant, which offers traditional Norwegian meat and fish dishes. The tiramisu of the house is recommended as a dessert.
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.
This really is the place to go for high-quality Chinese food in Oslo. The intense-blue restaurant is always crowded; this unpretentious place attracts people of all kinds. Dinner is most of all known for its Szechuan dishes, but you will also find Cantonese food here. You can have Peking Duck made for you according to the original recipe, but it must be ordered one day in advance. If anything is of an even higher quality than the food - exquisite both to look at and to eat - it has to be the service, which is efficient yet friendly.
Restaurant Eik Annen Etage in the Hotel Continental is an excellent place to enjoy sumptuous International cuisine. The restaurant is unique in its own way as it has a new menu to serve you every week. The cuisine is definitely international but is given a local touch with typical Norwegian ingredients. Dining at Annen Etage is made even more exciting with the stunningly contemporary and innovative interiors!
Situated right beside the Clarion Collection Hotel Savoy, Restaurant Fjord has new seafood specials for you every time you drop by (provided you give at least a week's gap between each visit!). The elegant chandeliers give off a muted glow, and the luxurious chairs and glittery cushions together with the intimate lighting create an ambiance of sophistication. If you're lucky enough to stop by on the right day, you could enjoy a set menu that includes treats like poached skate wing with celery, mussels, oyster mushroom and truffle broth. A wonderful wine list accompanies the menu.