Where to try Norwegian food in Oslo | Norwegian specialities

Norwegian food at Oslo's restaurants

Norwegian flavours, ingredients and food traditions are important components at many of the city's restaurants. The culinary choices range from traditional fare to innovative Norwegian gourmet.

Classic Norwegian food

Engebret Café
Engebret Café
Photo: VisitOSLO/Nancy Bundt

If you want to try tasty, Norwegian everyday dishes such as fårikål (lamb and cabbage stew), lapskaus (brown stew), kjøttkaker (large, Norwegian meatballs), steamed salmon or fish soup, Kaffistova,  Restaurant Schrøder and Dovrehallen are good and reasonably-priced alternatives. 

Norwegian specialities

Reindeer, moose and lutefisk (cod cured in lye) are best enjoyed in historical surroundings, and there are many good options in Oslo. East of the city centre you find the old beer hall Olympen. In the historical city centre, Kvadraturen, you can try Gamle Raadhus Restaurant and Engebret Café - both with over 150 years of restaurant history. Downtown you will find Stortorvets Gjæstgiveri.

Seafood platter at Louise
Seafood platter at Louise
Photo: Louise Restaurant

Seafood restaurants

Norway is known for its high-quality seafood, and some of Oslo's best restaurants specialise in fresh fish and seafood. At Aker Brygge and Tjuvholmen you can enjoy fjord views at Lofoten, Louise and Tjuvholmen Sjømagasin. Across the harbour you find Solsiden Restaurant, and the city centre is home to Restaurant Fjord. At Majorstua you can visit Lofotstua and try its homemade specials.

Modern Norwegian cuisine

Photo: Maeemo/Bandar Abdul-Jauwad

Some of the city's greatest Norwegian cuisine comes from the kitchens at Maaemo (three Michelin stars) and Kontrast. Pure Nordic flavors and creative use of ingredients characterise these restaurants. 

Norwegian restaurants with a view

Many of Oslo's best Norwegian kitchens are found in the hills surrounding the city. In the area around Holmenkollen you can choose between Finstua at FrognerseterenHolmenkollen Restaurant and the hotel restaurants at LysebuVoksenåsen and Holmenkollen Park. The elegant Grefsenkollen and Ekebergrestauranten also have great views.