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Eating in Oslo is an absolute pleasure. Whether you’re the kind who relishes an afternoon sitting in the sun feasting on fresh Scandinavian-style seafood (rarely served without lemon, dill and mayonnaise) or you’re a gastronome who never goes far without your Michelin guide, Oslo has something to satisfy all taste buds.

Top Restaurants in Oslo

DS Louise Restaurant and Bar

If the sun is shining head to the Aker Brygge for seafood at this nautical-themed, dockside restaurant named after a 19th-century steamboat. Order the Skagen salad, a scrumptious blend of prawns, dill, lemon, and sour cream, topped with caviar.

Stranden 3, 011-47-22-830060, www.dslouise.no
Tags: moderate | seafood | scandinavian


This Michelin-starred delight is one of the city’s finest restaurants, with a five-course seasonal tasting menu that’s exquisitely presented and renowned in the region; superb wine list.

Balchens Gate 5, 011-47-22-129380, www.feinschmecker.no
Tags: expensive | smart splurge | french


Oslo’s hippest dining experience can be had at this casual eatery with exotic Oriental décor: cushioned banquettes, flowing filmy curtains, and colored glass lamps. Choose from the short but serious global fusion menu or a long list of gourmet burgers.

Østre Elvebakke 7, 011-47-22-4000-6555, www.mecca.no
Tags: international | budget | global fusion

Restaurant Oscarsgate

Talented young chef Bjorn Svensson serves up sublime five- and eight-course degustation (tasting) menus. Expect elegant and creative interpretations of contemporary and classic Scandinavian cuisine. This is the restaurant to eat at in Oslo now.

Pilestredet 63, 011-47-22-465906, www.restaurantoscarsgate.no
Tags: expensive | smart splurge | contemporary | scandinavian

San Leandro Tapas

This chic little downtown tapas bar serves up some of the most authentic Spanish tapas you’ll taste outside of Spain. Try the patatas bravas (fried potatoes with a spicy tomato sauce) and gambas a la plancha (grilled prawns).

Haakon VII Gate 10, 011-47-22-833444, www.sanleandrotapas.no
Tags: budget | great value | small plates | spanish


This local institution is the place to try traditional Scandinavian favorites such as shrimp Skagen and Reindeer steak. The elegant, old-fashioned dining room, with its high vaulted ceilings, has loads of character and a cozy atmosphere that’s appreciated on cold nights.

Stortingsgata 24-26, 011-47-22-824050, www.theatercafeen.no/en
Tags: moderate | traditional | scandinavian

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