Oslo restaurants

Top Choice New Nordic in Sofienberg, Grønland & Tøyen

Brutus

With some of the biggest names in wine involved in this casual Tøyen corner spot, you could easily call Brutus a wine bar and not be wrong. But that would overlook that the cooking is some of the most exciting, and …
Top Choice New Nordic in City Centre

Sentralen Restaurant

One of Oslo's best dining experiences is also its most relaxed. A large dining room filled with old social-club chairs and painted in tones of deep, earthy green, draws city workers, visitors and natural-wine-obsess…
Top Choice Gastronomic in St Olafs Plass, Bislett & St Hanshaugen

Kolonialen

When a venture is led by the ex-Maaemo owner, you can guess the food will be extraordinary, and it is. The short menu is a mix of pan-European dishes done with a contemporary playfulness that stops short of quirky, …
Top Choice New Nordic in Grünerløkka & Vulkan

Bass

In what could be yet another Grünerløkka corner cafe, you'll find one of the city's best small-plate dining options, served beneath vintage seascapes on classic Norwegian ceramics by jovial Løkka locals. Most dishes…
Top Choice Cafe in Sofienberg, Grønland & Tøyen

Handwerk

If you can't make it out into the countryside, come and find this beautiful cafe in the centre of the Botanical Garden. Set in a historic farm building, its pale-blue interior is lined with exquisite floral artworks…
Top Choice Cafe in St Olafs Plass, Bislett & St Hanshaugen

Kafe Oslo

Litteraturhuset is one of the state-run organisations dedicated to the arts and here it is all about the promotion of literature, with frequent workshops, talks and debates, not all of them in Norwegian. It's also a…
Top Choice New Nordic in Aker Brygge & Bygdøy

Vingen

While honouring its role as museum cafe for Astrup Fearnley and a super-scenic pit stop, Vingen is so much more. Do drop in for excellent coffee, but also come for lunch or dinner with small, interesting menus subtl…
Top Choice Norwegian in Sofienberg, Grønland & Tøyen

Ekeberg Restaurant

Lars Backer’s early Oslofunkis (functionalist) masterpiece from 1929 fell into disrepair in the 1980s but happily is again here for all to enjoy, with a New Nordic dining room known for its simple, careful and elega…
Top Choice Food Hall in Grünerløkka & Vulkan

Mathallen Oslo

Down by the river, this former industrial space is now a food hall dedicated to showcasing the very best Norwegian food, as well as some excellent international cuisines. Eating here is a casual affair – there are d…
Top Choice Norwegian in Opera House & Bjørvika

Vaaghals

There's a lot of sharing going on at Vaaghals, but don't mention the 'sh' world. Here it's definitely skifte, a uniquely Norwegian way of communal dining. This intriguing restaurant combines a resolutely contemporar…