Top Restaurants in Norway

Norway’s top restaurants offer you an amazing opportunity to soak up the culture infused in this country’s eclectic range of culinary dishes.

Norway's Best Dining Locations

Norway is rich in culture and stooped knee high in history. Its relevance and influence cannot be discounted.

From its Germanic ancestry down to its Vikings who embarked on conquering journeys, to its embracing of Christianity, Norway has a lot to tell anyone planning on visiting.

Although a land of great eclectic options, the most prominent thing we all as people must do is eat and thus it would be important to know what restaurants or dining spots are most frequented.

With this in mind, let us advise you accordingly on 5 of the best places to entice your tastebuds and fill your stomachs when in Norway.

These 5 are among the top restaurants in the country.

Statholdergaarden  (Oslo)

Situated in Oslo and providing a very tranquil setting, what is quite prominent about this restaurant is its physical appearance.

Situated in a refurbished 17th century house which dates all the way back to 1640, this establishment is truly historic right down to the period stucco ceilings which are also recreated in imagery on the china on which your meal arrives. 

The restaurant itself was established in 1901 already although the menu is constantly evolving or changing and is seasonal.

Of note is the filet of lamb with herbs,  and the garlic and orange glazed fennel. Then there’s also the French pigeon with corn compote – bone appetite.

Solsiden Restaurant (Oslo)

This restaurant, despite its popularity is only open for four months of the year – during the summer months.  

Physically, the location is not quite its biggest draw card as the restaurant is housed in a rather unappealing cement-sided warehouse, yet therein lies its appeal as it opens up on to a pier that overlooks the harbour and provides a glistening view as the sunlight hits the pier during the early evening.  

Everything on the menu is seafood, no meat at all and the dishes served up include pan fried redfish, Norwegian crab au gratin, grilled tuna with lemongrass and sesame onions and the house special, which is a shell fish platter.   

The catch of the day is also usually a winner.

Bilbao (Stavanger)

A tale of two Spanish eateries in one and one of historic significance too – the building was erected back in 1860.

The structure is divided into two parts – there’s the basement bound bodega adorned with ceramic tiles, plaster-sheathed walls and serving up paella, fish soup, Serrano ham and an eclectic range of tapas.

Upstairs is the more formal restaurant which provides an idyllic setting for the eye as the building straddles the Breavent, a pond which is also the town of Stavenger’s most focal point. The interior is also kitted out in a collection of avant-garde art.

On the meal side of things, expect to enjoy scallops with red beets, filet of halibut in orange sauce and cream of shellfish soup with crabmeat-stuffed ravioli.

Stavanger city is covered by free wireless internet, so once your meal is done, it is easy to stay entertained with mobile casino sites.

Finnegaardstuene  (Bergen)

Yet another restaurant stooped in history with regards to age – the foundations of the building that houses this eatery was laid back in 1400 when Hanseatic League merchants made use of it as a warehouse.

Nowadays some of the woodwork can be dated all the way back to the 1700s. The dining area itself is quite cosy and the chefs are known to churn out nothing short of magic. 

The menu is seasonal and purely dependent on the mood of the chef. A speciality at this venue is slow roasted French pigeon with foie gras. Other delectable meals worth salivating over would be tenderloin of venison enclosed in bacon and flavoured with sage and caramelized halibut with tomato and seafood risotto.

Emma's Drømmekjøkken  (Tromsø)

Emma's Drømmekjøkken means "Emma's Dreamkitchen" and a very personalised intimate diner that can only seat 34 people, so it is imperative that you book ahead of time.

The restaurant is run by a woman named Emma along with her partner Lars. This establishment houses an eclectic wine cellar that you are more than welcome to peruse.

Meals are prepared with tremendous care and worth looking out for would be stockfish with bacon, marinated rib of lamb and Norwegian duck with a raspberry Béarnaise sauce. 

The desserts are to die for – try the passion fruit cheesecake with raspberry coulis and a white chocolate mousse – you won’t look back.

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