Some of the best chefs in the world are found in Oslo's restaurants.
In Oslo, you can choose from good, old-fashioned rustic food, delicious dishes of fish, game, moose and reindeer or exotic dishes from every corner of the world.
The price range in the list below refers to the price of main courses. "Budget" applies if the restaurant has a selection of dishes under 150 NOK, if the general price is 150–250 NOK it's "Mid range" and "Top end" if the prices are over 250 NOK.
Norway is noted for its excellent raw products, particularly fish. You can find smoked salmon, gravlaks (cured salmon) and trout in most restaurants, but you can also enjoy freshly caught white fish such as cod, monkfish and halibut. Herring and shellfish are also very popular – try a bag of shrimps fresh from the fisherman’s boat and enjoy it with an ice-cold beer on the quayside!
If you like meat dishes, you should not leave Norway without trying reindeer, moose, red deer or grouse. Enjoy it with a creamy sauce – and if you treat yourself to a glass of good red wine it should make for a very fine meal indeed.
Goat’s milk cheese prepared in a special way (brunost) is a Norwegian speciality. This brown, sweet cheese is not widely known outside of Norway, but is loved by Norwegians of all ages.
Cured or dried meat (spekemat) in the form of ham and dried sausages is popular summer food in Norway. Spekemat is usually served with wafer-thin crisp bread (another Norwegian speciality), sour cream and scrambled eggs, and always goes down well with a good Norwegian beer and a shot or two of aquavit.
Top Norwegian chefs
In recent years, a number of Norwegian chefs have won top international awards in highly prestigious culinary competitions. They have helped to raise the standard of Norwegian restaurants and develop a modern cuisine based on traditional Norwegian produce.
The city has four Michelin-rated restaurants.
Do not leave Oslo without tasting these Norwegian specialties:
- Gravet laks (cured salmon)
- Geitost (traditional goat cheese)
- Rakfisk (cured and salted trout)
Typical meal hours and average prices:
Breakfast: 07:00 - 10:00, EUR 10-20
Brunch (mainly weekends): 09:00 - 12:00 noon, approximately EUR 20
Lunch: 12:00 noon - 14:00, EUR 20-25
Dinner: 18:00 - 22:00, EUR 25 and up
Late night snacks (just a few places): 23:00 - 03:00, EUR 15-20
Most restaurants serve beer, wine and liquor. Beverage prices generally start at EUR 5 for a glass of draught beer and EUR 30 for a bottle of wine.
Please note that service charges are automatically added to hotel and restaurant bills. Tipping for outstanding service is a matter of choice, but is not expected.
All restaurants and bars in Oslo are non-smoking.