Where to eat in Oslo, from exclusive fine dining to casual everyday cuisine. Your palate deserves the best.
In this article you will get a tasteful restaurant guide to my hometown Oslo, Norway. These are a few of my top restaurants in Oslo, some have been so for many years, some where new last year. Some offers exclusive fine dining, some are casual everyday cuisine.
The thing they have in common? You and your palate will not be disappointed…
Restaurant guide: Oslo, Norway
In this restaurant guide from Oslo you will find a place to eat for every occasions. The classic cuisines you never get tired of, the perfect place to go for a date and exclusive fine dining you treat yourself occasionally.
Lets dive in!
This charming bistro is not just any french restaurant; imagine the french version of Lady and the Tramp. I would go as for as to say that this is the best french restaurant we have in Oslo.
Den lille Ostebutikken started out as a simple fromageria, but have managed to become an intimate, popular french bistro. Its a tiny hole in the wall located at Paulus Church at Birkelunden, Grünerløkka. I always order Moules Frites, it never gets old. A place you should go for a romantic date.
Note that the place is always full, so on weekends you should reserve a table. Because you see, it’s just 8 of them.
Ostebutikken’s Moules Frites
If you love Italy, you will love Trattoria Populare. It’s been 9 years now, and this Italian trattoria is just like Italian wine. Getting better with the years.
The restaurant is located in the busy junction at the bottom of Trondheimsveien, a place you would not think of as especially charming. But the place is transformed into a classic Italian piazze.
Imagine the classic cobblestone restaurants in South Italy, where you can never go wrong with ravioli or risotto.
Burrata and tomato salad
It’s a place to go all year with friends, family, work and a date. In the summer you can enjoy the big outdoor space with evening sun. In the winter you can cozy up inside the charming 1st floor featuring high ceilings, plenty of space between the tables and nice tiles on the floor.
The large menu is packed with delicacies such as antipasti, carpaccio, caprese, spaghetti vongole, ravioli and saltimbocca.
A summer must try, if you love seafood with a view. Solsiden Restaurant is a season-restaurant, only open in the summer. Its located below the Akershus Fortress with a beautiful view of the harbor in Oslo.
A summerly scallop dish
The menu consist of fresh fish and seafood, and their specialty is the large seafood platter. You also get todays specials as a 3- or 7-course. Its always packed in the summer when the sun is shining until midnight, so book a table ahead.
Cheesecake and strawberry sorbet
Noodle soup, with a boiled egg and some vegetables on top. And possibly meat. Hrimnir Ramen is perfect for vegetarians. This casual ramen bar is located by Vulkan and Mathallen, and is one of three restaurants in Oslo just serving the traditional Japanese noodle soup; ramen.
Here you will experience traditional culinary techniques from the Nordic countries and Japan – including smoking, preservation, fermentation and grilling. A speciality is pickled brussels sprouts and soy on coffee grounds.
Perfect place to go for a late lunch or relaxed dinner with friends. Great service.
The classic Japanese ramen
Fine dining in Oslo:
Western fine dining with Korean traditions
Korea meets Norway and it’s such a perfect combination, you have to try for yourself. At Restaurant J2 you will enjoy the perfect blend of Western fine dining with Korean traditions. The small restaurant is located in Oscarsgate in Pilestredet, and offers a warm, casual atmosphere with an open kitchen so you can see the chef in action.
Lovely, modern Korean food served as a fixed 7-course for 650 NOK. They change the menu every 6th week, so this is a place to return to. The best newcomer of 2019.
Pretty, little squid
An elegant continental country house
Nedre Foss Gård is Grunerløkka’s oldest building, located by Akerselva and the famous Mathallen. Few restaurants in Oslo are as elegant as Nedre Foss Gård. An upscale and continental country house with mirrors, polished brass, light leather and marble. You will not be disappointed by the scenery, that’s for sure.
The prices are pretty stift, so this is a place for an posh occasion. The food served is based on seasonal ingredients with a continental mix.
Though, in the summertime I would recommend enjoying the outdoor space with a glass of wine and some classic mezze. Less pompous and pricy, more enjoyable for an everyday occasion.
A 15 years success
Plah has been offering an exclusive journey through Thailand for 15 years, and it’s still first class.
The modern restaurant Plah is located in the bottom of Hegdehaugsveien, and offers Thai-European cuisine based on Norwegian ingredients. The atmosphere is appealing and classic with black chairs and dark marble tables.
A Journey Through Thailand
The menu consists of two different fixed choices – “A Journey Through Thailand” and “A Journey Through the Jungle”, a vegetarian variant. You can also order single dishes from the various menus.
Plah also offers takeaway og catering, aswell as Ahaan – thai street food. One of the best thai restaurants in Oslo.
The perfect combination of sweet, salt, fresh and creamy – with banana-coconut pancakes.