Oslo Travel Guide

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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
    Habits Coffee
    #1 of 1,788 Places to Eat in Oslo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 184 reviewsTripAdvisor (184)
    $ | Cafe, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Soups
    Pilestredet 55, Oslo 0350 Norway
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  • #2
    Restaurant Fangst
    #2 of 1,788 Places to Eat in Oslo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 134 reviewsTripAdvisor (134)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Fusion, Norwegian
    Eilert Sundts gate 39, Oslo 0259 Norway
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  • #3
    Seaport Restaurant
    #3 of 1,788 Places to Eat in Oslo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 340 reviewsTripAdvisor (340)
    $ - $$ | Turkish
    Soerengkaia 101 101, Oslo 0194 Norway
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  • #4
    Statholdergaarden
    #4 of 1,788 Places to Eat in Oslo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 733 reviewsTripAdvisor (733)
    $$ | Contemporary, European, Scandinavian, Norwegian
    Raadhusgata 11, Oslo 0151 Norway
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  • #5
    Maaemo
    #5 of 1,788 Places to Eat in Oslo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 510 reviewsTripAdvisor (510)
    $$ | European, Scandinavian, Norwegian
    Schweigaards gate 15b, Oslo 0191 Norway
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  • #6
    San Francisco Bread Bowl
    #6 of 1,788 Places to Eat in Oslo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 481 reviewsTripAdvisor (481)
    $ - $$ | American, International, Healthy
    Frognerveien 9, Oslo 0257 Norway
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  • #7
    Restaurant A L'aise
    #7 of 1,788 Places to Eat in Oslo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 128 reviewsTripAdvisor (128)
    $$ | French, European
    Essendrops gate 6, Oslo 0368 Norway
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  • #8
    hos Thea
    #8 of 1,788 Places to Eat in Oslo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1215 reviewsTripAdvisor (1215)
    $$ | French, European, Scandinavian, Norwegian
    Gabels gate 11, Oslo 0272 Norway
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  • #9
    Mirabel
    #9 of 1,788 Places to Eat in Oslo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 952 reviewsTripAdvisor (952)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Grill, Scandinavian
    Soerengkaia 163, Oslo 0194 Norway
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  • #10
    TUNCO
    #10 of 1,788 Places to Eat in Oslo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 275 reviewsTripAdvisor (275)
    $ | Fast Food, Asian, Thai
    Bjerregaards gate 2, Oslo 0172 Norway
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  • #11
    Haralds Vaffel
    #11 of 1,788 Places to Eat in Oslo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 163 reviewsTripAdvisor (163)
    $ | Cafe, Fast Food, European, Scandinavian, Norwegian
    Olaf Ryes Plass 3, Oslo 0552 Norway
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  • #12
    Ruffino Ristorante Italiano
    #12 of 1,788 Places to Eat in Oslo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2023 reviewsTripAdvisor (2023)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, European
    Arbins gate 1 Entry From Henrik Ibsensgate, Oslo 0253 Norway
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  • #13
    Fjord Restaurant
    #13 of 1,788 Places to Eat in Oslo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 745 reviewsTripAdvisor (745)
    $$ | Seafood, European, Scandinavian, Norwegian, International
    Kristian Augusts gate 11, Oslo 0164 Norway
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  • #14
    Nordvegan
    #14 of 1,788 Places to Eat in Oslo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 173 reviewsTripAdvisor (173)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, European
    Kristian Iv's gate 15, Oslo 0164 Norway
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  • #15
    Mehfel Restaurant
    #15 of 1,788 Places to Eat in Oslo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 382 reviewsTripAdvisor (382)
    $ - $$ | Pakistani
    Kirkegata 15, Oslo 0153 Norway
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  • #16
    Le Benjamin Bar & Bistro
    #16 of 1,788 Places to Eat in Oslo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 674 reviewsTripAdvisor (674)
    $ - $$ | French, European
    Soendre gate 6 0550 Oslo, Norway, Oslo 0550 Norway
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  • #17
    Eik Annen Etage
    #17 of 1,788 Places to Eat in Oslo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 366 reviewsTripAdvisor (366)
    $$ | European, Scandinavian, Norwegian, International, Contemporary
    Stortingsgaten 24/26, Oslo 0161 Norway
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  • #18
    Campo de Fiori
    #18 of 1,788 Places to Eat in Oslo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 302 reviewsTripAdvisor (302)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Grill
    Josefines gate 23, Oslo 0351 Norway
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  • #19
    Way Down South
    #19 of 1,788 Places to Eat in Oslo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 190 reviewsTripAdvisor (190)
    $ - $$ | American, Southwestern, Barbecue
    Ostre Elvebakke 7 behind Jakobs Kirke/DogA, Oslo 0182 Norway
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  • #20
    Tim Wendelboe
    #20 of 1,788 Places to Eat in Oslo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 268 reviewsTripAdvisor (268)
    $ - $$ | Cafe
    Grueners gate 1, Oslo 0552 Norway
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