Eating Out

Eating out in Norway is a real treat…generally the food is really good and whilst you do pay a lot for the experience, there’s a lot of choice for all tastes – from Irish pub lunches and stews to traditional Norwegian fish dishes.  Here’s a guide based on the places we’ve been to. 

£ – Relatively inexpensive for Norway (100NOK  for a main course)
££ – Quite normal for Norway (180NOK for a main course)
£££ – Expensive (300NOK for a main course)
££££ – Off the scale

Bambus Sushi – Claude Monets Alle 21, 1338 Sandvika (££)
Hot meals delicious.  Apparently sushi is fantastic.  Sometimes offer pre-6 o’clock early bird discount.

Bagel O Juice – All over Oslo (£)
Ideal for lunch.  Tasty.   Fresh.  Fairly healthy – depending on what you order!

Sjøflyhavna – Martin Linges Vei 57, 1364 Fornebu (££)
Lovely cafe/bistro.  Super view over the water.  Little pricey for food quality.  Good for post walk drink.

Odonata – Forneburingen 1, 1360 Fornebu (£)
Nice cafe.  Shame about location.  Ideal for hot chocolate and cake after a long walk around Fornebu

Bølgen & Moi – Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden (££)
Delicious food.  Great wines.  Limited Sunday menu.  Chicken pasta is my favourite.

Glorioso – Strøket 15  1383 Asker (££)
Italian pasta & pizza.  Tasty.  Quick service.  Ideal for ‘pre-cinema’ bite. 

Solsiden – Akershusstranda 13, Skur 34, 0150 Oslo (£££)
Fantastic fish restaurant.  Little pricey if you sit inside.  Best in the sunshine for prawns and wine!

Grand Cafe – Karl Johans gate 31, NO-0159 Oslo (£££)
Lovely interior.  Service not great.  Pricey.  Lutefisk…well, be sure you want it before you order it.

Grefsenkollen – Grefsenkollveien 100, Oslo (££££)
Incredible view.  Pricey dinners. Cheaper lunches.  Delicious.  On it’s way toward a Michelen rating I think!

Cru – Industrigt 50/Ingelbrecht Knudssønsgt 1, 0365 Oslo (£££)
Easy to get to.  Great wine selection. Excellent food.  Set menus – 3, 5 or 7 courses – lovely!

Ekeburg Restaurant – Kongsveien 15, 0193 Oslo (££)
Fantastic view.  Food okay.  Basic lunch menu.  Nice for a walk/drink.

Pannekake Huset – Bærums Verk, Sandvika (££)
Great for kids.  Buffet good value.  Sweet and savoury.  A must for shrove Tuesday!

Luna Lounge – Darres gate, 0174 Oslo (££)
Funky decor.  Delicious food.  House red tasty.  Lots of parking.  Reindeer steak yummy.

Feinschmecker – Balchens gate 5, 0263 Oslo (££££)
Fantastic food experience.  Service shoddy.  Decor from the 70’s.  Spend your money at Statholdergården instead

Justisen Bar and Restaurant – Møllergaten 15, 0179, Oslo (£)
Old building.  Relatively inexpenvise.  Food pretty good.  Ideal for groups. 

Frognerseteren Restaurant – Holmenkollveien 200, Oslo (£££) 
Amazing view of Oslo.  Top notch food.  Cosy atmosphere.  Great after a walk in area.  Must book. 

Yayas Thai Beach Restaurant – Industrigata 36, Oslo (££)
Fun & querky.  Delicious food.  Indoor thunderstorm each hour.  Good value.  Try to book.

Delicatessen Cafe – Søndregate 8, 0550 Grunerløkka (££)
Tasty tapas.  Lovely atmosphere.  Garlic dip delicious.  V. popular – may have to wait!

Curry & Ketchup – Kirkevn. 51, Majorstuen, Oslo (£)
Nicest curry so far.  Quick service.  Tasty menu.  Good Garlic Na’an.  Cash only!

Egon – Universitetsgata, 0162 Oslo (££)
Chain restaurant. Covers all kinds of food.  English menus. Really tasty.

Smia Galleria – Opplandsgata 19 0657 Oslo (££)
Delicious gourmet food.  Set menu good value.  Bit outside of Oslo

Dinner – Stortingsgaten 22 , 0161 Oslo (£££)
Chinese cuisine.  Lots of business diners.  Very tasty.  Great set menu.  Need to book.

Peppes Pizza – Stortingsgata 4, Oslo (££)
Chain restaurant.  Quick.  Tasty.  Themed inside – nice a cosy.

Havsmak – Henrik Ibsens Gate 4, 0255 Oslo (£££)
Fish speciality.  Formal.  Near National Theatre.  Not cheap.


  1. Sarah, you’ve forgotten to mention Grefsenkollen (and lots of other great places…) and your dinner there! :-)

    • You’re absolutely right…I have just updated it. Have a great weekend!

  2. Next time in Oslo, you may want to try out Olympen!

    About 300 nok for a three course dinner, and the food is quite good. But I like the interior of the place a lot more. They redone the place i 2007, but it still looks old, in a good way :p

    • Thanks for the tip Stein – I looked it up on the web and it looks very nice! Certainly add that to the list

  3. A little comment on pizza: If you order pepperoni, you might very well end up with salami…. even if it says pepperoni on the menu. ;) Speaking from personal experience here.

    • Ha ha – yes, well observed. I’ve noticed the same.

  4. I’ll be traveling to norway in august and hope to visit bergen and oslo. Are there any types of bars, cafes or good places to go out and meet people for a recent college grad?

    • Hi Chelsea – great that you’re coming to Norway and that you’re visiting Bergen. Take a raincoat. Even though it’s August Bergen is well known for its rainy summer days. I don’t know the places where you can buy a reasonably cheap price or where the college grads hang out but I shall ask my Facebook buddies. One friend in particular was a student in Bergen so will be able to provide a good list!

    • Hi Chelsea – well, my wonderful friend Marianne has been quick to reply. Here’s what she suggests for Bergen…

      Kvarteret – Lots of students go there and have a drink or coffee.
      Other places are Garage, Hulen(mostly for beer and concerts), Hektors Hybel, Pingvinen, Cafe Opera

      • Thanks so much to you and Marianne! I can’t wait to try them out! Any pointers for what else to pack for that time of year? I’ll be staying until October.

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