Restaurants in Copenhagen

The days when restaurants in Copenhagen were considered dull and uninteresting are long gone. One of Copenhagen's top restaurants, Noma, was named best restaurant in the world in 2010. International cuisines have made their mark on the city, most notably French and Oriental, in conjunction with a recent resurgence in Modern Danish. Over 100 restaurants, cafés and delis in Copenhagen are part of the 'climate-friendly' network striving to serve organic, locally produced, environment friendly food. You will recognise them by their Klima + logo.

The Copenhagen restaurants below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over Dkk800)
Moderate (Dkk400 to Dkk800)
Cheap (up to Dkk400)
These prices are for an average three-course meal for one person and for a bottle of house wine or cheapest equivalent; they include VAT but do not include service charge or tip.

Service charge is not automatically added to the bill so a tip of around 10% is customary. Bear in mind that many restaurants are closed on Sundays, so check when booking.

Alberto K at the Royal

Price: Expensive

Alberto K is the centrepiece of the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel and affords superb views of Copenhagen from the hotel's 20th floor. The restaurant offers stylish design as well as innovative and expert gastronomy. The unusual Scandinavian-Italian symbiosis works well for diners who appreciate the love of ingredients and the care in preparation that is manifest in everything on offer. Alberto K also boasts an extensive, mainly Italian, wine list.

Address: Hammerichsgade 1, 20th floor, Copenhagen, Denmark
Telephone: 3342 6161

Era Ora

Price: Expensive

This Italian restaurant is housed in a late 18th-century building in the district of Christianshavn. A gourmet restaurant with one star in the Michelin guide, it is among the very best, and priciest, Italian eateries in Copenhagen. The food is a delight - based on seasonal, fresh ingredients and prepared and presented with a light, extremely sophisticated touch, and the wine list is equally impressive.

Address: Overgaden Neden Vandet 33B, Copenhagen, Denmark
Telephone: 3254 0693

Formel B

Price: Expensive

Formel B is an unexpected find in a busy part of the city. Chefs Kristian Meller and Rune Jochumsen perform culinary wonders with the freshest of local produce in a stylish setting that just manages to avoid being pretentiously hip, with polished wooden floors and a sleek, minimalist look. The cooking is French with a funky accent and includes dishes like veal tartare with chervil sorbet, and Danish red deer with salt-baked beet roots. Reservations strongly recommended.

Address: Vesterbrogade 182, Copenhagen, Denmark
Telephone: 3325 1066

Kong Hans Kaelder

Price: Expensive

This one-star Michelin restaurant claims to be housed in the oldest building in Copenhagen. Starters include foie gras with dried fruits and toasted brioche, while mains include glazed monkfish and Danish beef. The food is served up on metal plates in the charming surrounds of the historical building, where 500-year old gothic arches and wooden floorboards lend a medieval atmosphere.

Address: Vingaardsstræde 6, Copenhagen, Denmark
Telephone: 3311 6868


Price: Expensive

This two-star Michelin restaurant was crowned the world's best restaurant in 2010 and 2011 in Restaurant Magazine. Noma's kitchen fuses contemporary styles and techniques with the best quality traditional Nordic dishes and ingredients, sourced from as far as Greenland, The Faroe Islands and Iceland. The visionary chef in this restaurant is René Redzepi, who has worked in some of the very greatest kitchens in the world.

Address: Strandgade 93, Copenhagen, Denmark
Telephone: 3296 3297.

Restaurant Kiin Kiin

Price: Expensive

Located just a stone's throw away from Sankt Hans Square, Thai gourmet restaurant Kiin Kiin has already received a mention as a 'rising star' in the Michelin guide. The daily menu is rooted in the Siam way of cooking but with many Danish ingredients and offers wonderfully flavoursome dishes.

Address: Guldbergsgade 21, Copenhagen, Denmark
Telephone: 3535 7555


Price: Moderate

Ticking all the boxes for food, service and location, Auberge is a real gem. A meal there is nothing short of flawless, from the perfectly executed food (tuck into goat cheese and Karl Johan's mushroom ravioli starter) and choice of wine (the Corvina was a discovery) to the cosy yet funky room. With friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic service, you think it couldn't get better. Think again. At around 500Kr for a three-course meal with wine pairing, you'll be hard-pushed to find better value for money in town.

Address: Østerbrogade 64, Copenhagen, Denmark
Telephone: 3535 3900

Cap Horn

Price: Moderate

By day, this Copenhagen restaurant is the perfect place for a smørrebrød sandwich in the pleasant canalside setting. By night, Cap Horn offers more substantial Mediterranean options, such as grilled fish and steak. The excellent range of desserts is another plus point, as is the cosy atmosphere of this former jazz club.

Address: Nyhavn 21, Copenhagen, Denmark
Telephone: 3312 8504


Price: Moderate

The trademark communal table at Cofoco might be a talking point with many of the guests (it's not every day you get to share your table with another 20 or so diners after all), but it's no gimmick, and should certainly not take the focus away from the food (deceptively simple, yet excellent) or the service (friendly and professional). From the home-baked malt bread to the signature crème brûlée , this is nothing short of impressive. Although the wine list is on the short side, it features decently priced, carefully chosen labels.

Address: Abel Cathrines Gade 7, Copenhagen, Denmark
Telephone: 3313 6060


Price: Moderate

Located in the heart of the meatpacking district, this hip and trendy seafood restaurant, with its bare concrete walls and fluorescent cylindrical fish tank, caters to a young crowd that comes here for the food as much as the buzz. Friday evenings offer a real vibe. You can opt for fish and chips (a snap at 85Kr) or indulge in a plate of oysters followed by one of three fish dishes, depending on your appetite, and your budget. Sit at one of the small rickety tables, or perch yourself on one of the bar stools at the main central unit and mingle with locals. Whatever you do, just make sure you don't crack your head open on the way to the loo - the three-way full length mirrors can be tricky to navigate after too many proseccos.

Address: Flæsketorvet 100, Copenhagen, Denmark
Telephone: 3215 5656

Peder Oxe

Price: Moderate

Situated right on Gråbrødretorv, Copenhagen's most beautiful square, Peder Oxe specialises in traditional Danish cooking and is a good place to get to grips with the nation's culinary larder. The décor is suitably old fashioned. It may attract too many tourists for some tastes, but the quality of the food is still high, with specialities like the eponymous oxe burger and the oxe steak.

Address: Gråbrødretorv 11, Copenhagen, Denmark
Telephone: 3311 0077

Restaurant Godt

Price: Moderate

Run by an Anglo-Danish husband and wife team, this small restaurant focuses on fresh local meats and seafood given innovative culinary twists. The daily changing set menus might include soup of Norway lobster served with monkfish and red caviar, or brill with a beurre blanc of oysters or veal with a morel sauce. The wine list is extensive and diners can choose to have a 'wine menu' to go with the set menus. The simple two-decked restaurant is very relaxing and is tastefully decorated. Booking is essential.

Address: Gothersgade 38, Copenhagen, Denmark
Telephone: 3315 2122


Price: Cheap

This Nyhavn bar-restaurant is very elegant, decorated in the style of Louis XVI with an ornate tiled ceiling and rosehead wall lights. Nevertheless, Barock offers excellent modern Danish cuisine at outstanding value for money. There is also a fairly comprehensive wine list. From April to October, the waterside terrace is the place to be on a warm summer's evening.

Address: Nyhavn 1, Copenhagen, Denmark
Telephone: 3333 0151

Den Grønne Kælder

Price: Cheap

This is a popular organic vegetarian restaurant in central Copenhagen serving basic but very tasty, healthy food. Most dishes are pre-prepared and displayed in a glass case. Den Grønne Kælder (the name means The Green Basement) offers good value for money and a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Address: Pilestræde 48, Copenhagen, Denmark
Telephone: 3393 0140

Pasta Basta

Price: Cheap

This popular budget restaurant in Copenhagen offers a great variety of different types of pasta dishes and the options are imaginative, such as fettuccine in a white wine sauce with grilled salmon strips, garnished with salmon caviar and saffron. The unfussy, unpretentious surroundings are bright and airy and are also home to an all-you-can-eat daily buffet. As well as being good value, Pasta Basta is family friendly and caters well for large groups.

Address: Valkendorfsgade 22, Copenhagen, Denmark
Telephone: 3311 2131

Restaurant Ida Davidsen

Price: Cheap

Proving that there is no such thing as 'just a sandwich', Ida takes the Danish smørrebrød tradition to new heights. Her 200-plus creations include such delightful toppings as smoked salmon, beef tartar and caviar. This is a real Copenhagen institution, with walls bedecked with old family photos. A good breakfast and lunch venue.

Address: Store Kongensgade 70, Copenhagen, Denmark
Telephone: 3391 3655

Restaurant Puk

Price: Cheap

This slightly down-at-heel basement bar-restaurant is not the place for those who want a sophisticated or elegant setting. Its rustic atmosphere, with wooden beams, old photographs and paintings, is enhanced with various objects dotted around, such as ancient cash registers, dolls, battered musical instruments, books and statuettes, adding a quirky, off-beat appeal. And for no-nonsense basic Danish cuisine, it is hard to find anywhere better.

Address: Vandkunsten 8, Copenhagen, Denmark
Telephone: 3311 1417

Shark House Deli

Price: Cheap

This small, lively deli is perfect for anyone looking for a tasty and quick lunch in the trendy Nørrebro area of Copenhagen. The Italian and French deli food on offer (mainly sandwiches, salads, houmous and soup) is among the cheapest in the city and great value for its high quality. Most people grab something 'to go', but there are tables in summer for a more leisurely meal.

Address: Blågårdsgade 3, Copenhagen, Denmark
Telephone: 3535 5135
Edited by Tina Banerjee
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