The local cuisine in Oslo is considered to be most typically Norwegian. Substantial meals of meat or fish and boiled potatoes are the norm. Chinese, Indian, and other ethnic restaurants are plentiful along with establishments that feature seafood and continental cuisine.
Popular Restaurants in Oslo:
In a complex containing several places to eat, Ekeberg is the best place for dining. Options include fish soup, mussels steamed in wine, or the open sandwiches (one made with smoked trout) for lunch. At night, the selections included the marinated venison with juniper berry sorbet, or the date-glazed tuna with apple vinaigrette for a starter, followed by such main courses as dill-baked salmon, or duck confit with a tarragon sauce. Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-midnight; Sun noon-10pm. Reservations are recommended. Prices are: lunch: main courses $24-$29; 3-course fixed-price lunch $59. Dinner: main courses $29-$55; fixed-price dinner menus $64-$114. Major credit cards are accepted. Ekeberg is located in Oslofjord. Take tram 18 or 19. The phone number is 23-24-23-00.
Part of the draw to Solsiden Restaurant
is the building itself – an old warehouse with high ceiling and huge windows which open up to the wide views of Oslo's harbor. Solsiden serves up some of the city's best seafood and has an ideal view over the fjord. The kitchen is open where you can view the hard-working staff as they create dishes from the seafood-only menu at a feverish pace. The house specialty is a platter of shellfish, prepared for a minimum of two, artfully garnished with seaweed. All-time favorites include: pan-fried redfish or Norwegian king crab au gratin, grilled tuna with lemongrass and sesame onions, turbot with mustard purée and lobster sauce, and halibut with mushroom risotto and blue mussel sauce. For those seeking more 'basic' fare, simply ask for Dagens Fisk (the catch of the day). There is also a good wine list with many by-the-glass options. This restaurant is open in summer only, from May-August, Mondays through Saturdays, from 5-10pm, and on Sundays from 5-9pm. They are located at Søndre Akershus Kai 34, Oslo, 0150, which can be reached by Trams10 or 15. Prices are as follows: main courses are from $53-$59; 3-course fixed-price menu is $89. All major credit cards are accepted, and reservations are recommended. You can contact them at 22 33 36 30, or visit www.solsiden.no
is housed in a restored 17th-century home and provides a grand and tranquil setting in its first-floor dining room – with the original décor intact. Period stucco ceilings, whose motifs are reflected in the china, tower above the beautifully dressed tables below. Chef Bent Stiansen changes the menu frequently according to what's in season. Some of the specialty menu dishes are: grilled scallop and Arctic char with artichokes and fennel; herb-infused lamb in a celery cream sauce; pigeon with sweet-corn compote, celery cream, and cherry sauce; and the fried sea bass with bok choy, risotto, parmesan croquettes, and tomato and saffron sauce. Another delicacy is the poached turbot with a lime-ginger bouillon. More than 400 years old, the rococo dining room at the Statholdergaarden is one of Norway's largest. When planning your dining experience, take care not to confuse this prestigious venue with the less-expensive bistro, Statholderens Krostue, which is below in the building's vaulted cellar. The Statholdergaarden is located at Rådhusgata 11, Sentrum, Oslo, 0151, which can be reached by Trams11, 15, or 18. This restaurant is open Mondays through Saturdays from 6:00 PM to midnight. This restaurant is closed on Sundays and for 3 weeks in July. Prices are as follows: main courses are from $75-$79; 4-course fixed-price menu are at $179; 5-course fixed-price menu are at $196; 6-course fixed-price menu $210. Major credit cards are accepted, and reservations are required. You can contact them at 22-41-88-00, or visit www.statholdergaarden.no
The Ekeberg Restaurant
, established in 1929, was one of the foremost examples of Functionalist architecture in Europe. After falling into disrepair in the late 1980's, the restaurant was closed until new owners completely renovated it. Today's Ekeberg is a modern building, however many of the classic angular features from the original structure were retained. You can dine in the bar, the fine dining area or, in the summer, on the outdoor terrace. Most visitors come to the Ekeberg for lunch to enjoy the fish soup, steamed mussles, and the open-faced sandwiches. At night dining is more festive with a menu that offers marinated venison with juniper berry sorbet, or the date-glazed tuna with apple vinaigrette for a starter, followed by such main courses as dill-baked salmon, or duck confit with a tarragon sauce. This restaurant is open Monday through Saturday, from 11am to midnight, and on Sunday from noon to10pm. Located at Kongsveien 15, Oslo, you can reach this venue via Trams 18 or 19. Prices are as follows: lunch main courses are from 24 to 29 (USD); 3-course fixed-price lunches are 59 (USD); dinner main courses are from 29 to 55 (USD); fixed-price dinner menus 65 to 114(USD). Major international credit cards are accepted, and reservations are required. You can contact them at 23 24 23 00, or visit http://www.ekebergrestauranten.com/en/
, Chef and owner Eyvind Hellstrøm has established an international reputation for modern Norwegian cuisine and superb service which attracts the who's who of Oslo and is widely recognized as one of the city's best restaurants. Artworks by contemporary artists accent the elegant dining room. Three-, five-, and seven-course menus change daily. There is also a "Fat Boy" menu offered for those with a heartier appetite. Prices at the Bagatelle tend to be expensive, and it is open from 11:30-14:00, and from 17:00-22:00 Mondays through Fridays, and on Saturdays from 17:00-22:00. Bagatelle is located at Bygdøy Allé 3, Frogner, Oslo, 0257, and does accept major credit cards. Reservations are suggested, and you can call them at 22 44 40 40, or visit www.bagatelle.no