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What to Eat in Oslo

Although Norway's dining scene isn't as highly regarded as those found in other European countries like France and Italy, its abundance of fresh ingredients – including lamb, reindeer and other meats, plus seafood, such as cod and salmon – make for tasty dishes. Norway's breads and pastries are also worth trying. One of the country's most popular dishes is smørrebrød (buttered rye bread topped with either local cold cuts or fish). Other popular items include fårikål (a stew made with lamb and cabbage), røkt laks (smoked salmon) and kjøttkaker (beef meatballs served with cranberry sauce and mushy peas or creamed cabbage). Those with a sweet tooth should try lefse (a rolled flatbread covered in butter, sugar and cinnamon that's commonly enjoyed with coffee), and for adventurous foodies, Norway offers smalahove (sheep's head) and lutefisk (lye-cured cod).

Sentrum's bayside area of Aker Brygge is Oslo's go-to spot for excellent drinking and dining venues, which include an assortment of upscale restaurants and cafes serving local fare. However, everything from food trucks and markets to Michelin-starred restaurants are available throughout the city. To taste some of Oslo's best Norwegian dishes, locals and visitors alike recommend visiting Maaemo and Statholdergaarden, which have both earned Michelin stars.

For more affordable fare, consider sitting down for a meal at one of Oslo's ethnic restaurants. American, Japanese, Indian and Italian are just some of the cuisines available here. Traveler-approved ethnic eateries include San Francisco Bread Bowl, Campo de' Fiori and TUNCO.

No visit to Oslo would be complete without trying aquavit (or akevitt in Norwegian). Generally consumed during holidays, Norway's national drink is a potato-based liquor aged in sherry oak casks and flavored with herbs and spices like caraway and dill. Most restaurants and bars sell the beverage, which anyone age 18 or older can drink.

Find the Best Restaurants in Oslo

  • #1
    Brasilia Oslo
    #1 of 1,564 Places to Eat in Oslo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 83 reviewsTripadvisor (83)
    $ - $$ | Brazilian, Steakhouse, Latin, Barbecue, Spanish
    Kronprinsesse Marthas Plass 1, Oslo 0160 Norway
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  • #2
    Restaurant Fangst
    #2 of 1,564 Places to Eat in Oslo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 230 reviewsTripadvisor (230)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Fusion, Norwegian
    Eilert Sundts gate 39, Oslo 0259 Norway
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  • #3
    Restaurant A L'aise
    #3 of 1,564 Places to Eat in Oslo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 173 reviewsTripadvisor (173)
    $$ | French, European
    Essendrops gate 6, Oslo 0368 Norway
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  • #4
    San Francisco Bread Bowl
    #4 of 1,564 Places to Eat in Oslo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 640 reviewsTripadvisor (640)
    $ - $$ | American, Healthy, International
    Frognerveien 9, Oslo 0257 Norway
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  • #5
    hos Thea
    #5 of 1,564 Places to Eat in Oslo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1285 reviewsTripadvisor (1285)
    $$ | European, Scandinavian, Norwegian
    Gabels gate 11, Oslo 0272 Norway
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  • #6
    Statholdergaarden
    #6 of 1,564 Places to Eat in Oslo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 790 reviewsTripadvisor (790)
    $$ | Contemporary, European, Scandinavian, Norwegian
    Raadhusgata 11, Oslo 0151 Norway
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  • #7
    Der Peppern Gror
    #7 of 1,564 Places to Eat in Oslo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1727 reviewsTripadvisor (1727)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian, Healthy
    Fridtjof Nansens Plass 7 Beliggende i borggården bak rådhuset, Oslo 0160 Norway
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  • #8
    Maaemo
    #8 of 1,564 Places to Eat in Oslo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 539 reviewsTripadvisor (539)
    $$ | European, Scandinavian, Norwegian
    Dronning Eufemias gate 23, Oslo 0191 Norway
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  • #9
    Haralds Vaffel
    #9 of 1,564 Places to Eat in Oslo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 188 reviewsTripadvisor (188)
    $ | Cafe, Fast Food, Scandinavian, Norwegian
    Olaf Ryes Plass 3, Oslo 0552 Norway
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  • #10
    Mehfel Restaurant
    #10 of 1,564 Places to Eat in Oslo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 450 reviewsTripadvisor (450)
    $ - $$ | Pakistani
    Kirkegata 15, Oslo 0153 Norway
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  • #11
    Ruffino Ristorante Italiano
    #11 of 1,564 Places to Eat in Oslo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2123 reviewsTripadvisor (2123)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, European
    Arbins gate 1 Entry From Henrik Ibsensgate, Oslo 0253 Norway
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  • #12
    Roti Shop Oslo
    #12 of 1,564 Places to Eat in Oslo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 73 reviewsTripadvisor (73)
    $ - $$ | Sri Lankan, Indian, Asian
    Dronningens gate 8B Rådhus gata 4, Oslo 0151 Norway
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  • #13
    Fjord Restaurant
    #13 of 1,564 Places to Eat in Oslo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 817 reviewsTripadvisor (817)
    $$ | Seafood, European, Scandinavian, Norwegian, International
    Kristian Augusts gate 11, Oslo 0164 Norway
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  • #14
    Nordvegan
    #14 of 1,564 Places to Eat in Oslo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 242 reviewsTripadvisor (242)
    $ - $$ | European
    Kristian Iv's gate 15, Oslo 0164 Norway
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  • #15
    TUNCO
    #15 of 1,564 Places to Eat in Oslo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 316 reviewsTripadvisor (316)
    $ | Fast Food, Asian, Thai, Japanese, Street Food
    Bjerregaards gate 2, Oslo 0172 Norway
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  • #16
    Le Benjamin Bar & Bistro
    #16 of 1,564 Places to Eat in Oslo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 715 reviewsTripadvisor (715)
    $ - $$ | French, European
    Soendre gate 6, Oslo 0550 Norway
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  • #17
    Den Glade Gris
    #17 of 1,564 Places to Eat in Oslo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1537 reviewsTripadvisor (1537)
    $ - $$ | Barbecue, Gastropub, Scandinavian, Norwegian
    St. Olavs gate 33, Oslo 0166 Norway
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  • #18
    Campo de Fiori
    #18 of 1,564 Places to Eat in Oslo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 491 reviewsTripadvisor (491)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Romana, Lazio, Central-Italian, Grill, Contemporary
    Josefines gate 23, Oslo 0351 Norway
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  • #19
    Mangiamo Ristorante & Bar
    #19 of 1,564 Places to Eat in Oslo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 213 reviewsTripadvisor (213)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Neapolitan, Campania, Tuscan, Romana, Lazio, Central-Italian, Southern-Italian
    Thorvald Meyers gate 43A, Oslo 0555 Norway
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  • #20
    MANTRA by Mr India
    #20 of 1,564 Places to Eat in Oslo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1046 reviewsTripadvisor (1046)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian, Healthy
    Dronningens gate 19, Oslo 0154 Norway
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