Restaurants in Oslo

Copenhagen might have Rene Redzepi, but Oslo has no shortage of talented chefs and top places to eat. Boasting four Michelin-starred restaurants among its food outlets, the cuisine on offer in Oslo varies wildly with everything from local Norwegian to Indian, Thai, Japanese and even Ethiopian eats on offer. Prices are generally pretty steep but there is a small band of Oslo eateries where fine food and low prices co-exist.

The Oslo restaurants below have been hand-picked by our guide author and are grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over Kr1,000)
Moderate (Kr500 to Kr1,000)
Cheap (up to Kr500)
These Oslo restaurant prices are for an average three-course meal and for half a bottle of house wine or cheapest equivalent per person; they do not include tax or tip. Reservations are recommended wherever possible and in the case of upscale and popular restaurants, they are essential.

Restaurant Eik Annen Etage

Price: Expensive

Located in the Hotel Continental, this Michelin-starred restaurant is something of an Oslo institution. Offering what it describes as an 'international menu inspired by French cuisine', it is located centrally close to the National Theatre. The restaurant seats up to 90 diners, while the attached bar is buzzing on theatre nights and is a good spot for a postprandial aperitif.

Address: Hotel Continental, Stortingsgata, Oslo, Norway
Telephone: 2154 7970.

Spisestedet Feinschmecker

Price: Expensive

One of Oslo’s four Michelin-starred restaurants, Feinschmecker opened in 1990 and rapidly gained a reputation as one of the city's best eateries. It is located in the Frogner district to the east of the city centre. In addition to its à la carte menu, it offers a fixed priced daily five-course meal. An extensive wine list and a daily vegetarian alternative are available.

Address: Balchens Gate 5, Oslo, Norway
Telephone: 2212 9380.

Bagatelle

Price: Expensive

Probably Norway's best-known restaurant, Bagatelle was reopened in 2011 following a period of renovation and is currently the holder of one Michelin star. French style is very much the order of the day here. The menu is based on an eight or 11 courses containing a broad selection of innovative dishes using ingredients from local suppliers; and the food is complemented with a choice of more than 400 wines. The interior is decorated with works by well-known artists.

Address: Bygdøy Allé 3, Oslo, Norway
Telephone: 2244 4040.
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Oslo Spiseforretning

Price: Moderate

Located by the Middelalderpark (Medieval Park) in the Gamle Byen area immediately southeast of the central station, this is an unusual venue offering authentic Norwegian fare such as reindeer and various seasonal fish made with locally sourced ingredients. The 1920s-style décor is slightly off-putting but very cosy in winter when the logs in the open fireplace are lit.

Address: Oslogate 15, Oslo, Norway
Telephone: 2262 6210.

Theatercafeen

Price: Moderate

A buzzing atmosphere combined with international cuisine of excellent standard continues to make this café and restaurant one of the most popular in Oslo. Located next to the National Theatre, this is a legendary Viennese-style establishment with a unique ambience. Probably the best place in town for celebrity spotting, it was listed by the New York Times as one of the 10 most popular cafés in the world.

Address: Stortingsgata 24-26, Oslo, Norway
Telephone: 2282 4050.

Mona Lisa Ristorante

Price: Moderate

A popular Italian restaurant, Mona Lisa is centrally located close to the cathedral and offers good quality Italian food in baroque surroundings. The restaurant is part of Mona Lisa House, which is home to a number of other venues including Cafe Beirut, the Da Vinci pub and the Chateau nightclub.

Address: Grensen 10, Oslo, Norway
Telephone: 2234 0230.

Sydöst

Price: Moderate

Located, as the name suggests, in the southeast of Oslo (specifically the fashionable Grünerløkka area), Sydöst is one of the most popular restaurants in town. Housed in a spacious old bank building, it is definitely one of the best looking eateries in Norway, with three big fireplaces and a rustic, but elegant atmosphere. The food, like the setting, is hearty and wholesome, but with a sophisticated and elegant to

Address: Trondheimsveien 5, Oslo, Norway
Telephone: 2335 3070.
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Angus Steakhouse

Price: Cheap

Attached to the popular Scotsman pub, the Angus Steakhouse has a straightforward menu of pizzas and steaks presented in a basic way at a basic price – cheap (by Oslo standards) and cheerful is the order of the day here. Reached through the bar upstairs, it offers varying fixed menus at different times of the day.

Address: Karl Johans gate 17, Oslo, Norway
Telephone: 2247 4477
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Lorry

Price: Cheap

With an eclectic mix of interior design fittings, ranging from bicycles swinging from the ceiling to the ceramic busts adorning the walls plus comfy leather booths, Lorry's provides a warm and inviting atmosphere in which to enjoy its hearty fare. Simple yet honest grub is the main draw, with door-step sandwiches, quiche and burgers popular choices among the many punters.

Address: Parkveien 12, Oslo, Norway
Telephone: 2269 6904.
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restauranteik

Price: Cheap

The restaurant at the Clarion Collection Hotel Savoy,restauranteik is a short walk from the National Gallery. The interior is modern with retro 1970s undertones, while the food (which thankfully bears no relation to the unspeakable fare served up in that decade) is a tasty combination of classic and modern continental cuisine. The restaurant has been cited in the Guide Michelin's Bib Gourmand category for establishments with exceptional food at very reasonable prices.

Address: Clarion Collection Hotel Savoy, Universitetsgata 11, Sentrum, Oslo, Norway
Telephone: 2236 0710.
Edited by Tina Banerjee
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