Best restaurants in The Far North

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Tromsø

    Mathallen

    With its industrial styling, exposed pipes and open-fronted kitchen, this elegant restaurant wouldn't look out of place in Oslo or Stockholm. It serves some of the best modern Norwegian food in town, majoring in fish and local meats; the lunchtime special is a steal at 100kr. There's a deli next door selling tapenades, cheeses, smoked salmon and lutefisk (stockfish).

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Inner Finnmark

    Gammen

    It's reindeer or reindeer plus a couple of fish options at this summer-only rustic complex of four large interconnected Sami huts, run by the Scandic Hotel. Although it may be busy with bus-tour groups, it's an atmospheric place to sample traditional Sami dishes, from reindeer stew to reindeer fillet, or simply to drop in for coffee or beer around the fire.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Tromsø

    Risø

    You'll find this popular coffee and lunch bar packed throughout most of the day: young trendies come in for their hand-brewed Chemex coffee, while local workers pop in for the daily specials, open-faced sandwiches and delicious cakes. It's small, and the tables are packed in tight, so you might have to queue.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Western Finnmark

    Restaurant Haldde

    This quality restaurant within Thon Hotel Vica relies almost entirely upon local ingredients in the preparation of choice dishes such as reindeer steak, grilled stockfish and its Flavour of Finnmark dessert of cloudberries and cowberry-blueberry sorbet.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Tromsø

    Kitchen & Table

    Combining a touch of Manhattan style with Arctic ingredients, chef Marcus Samuelsson serves up some of the freshest and most original tastes in Tromsø – there's reindeer fillet with mango chutney, reindeer ratatouille, burgers with quinoa or kimchi, and even slow-cooked Moroccan lamb.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Western Finnmark

    Havørna

    The hugely popular Havørna couldn't be closer to where the fishing fleet comes in, and it serves up suitably fresh fish, from fish cakes or fish and chips for lunch to fish soup or oven-baked salmon in the evening. It also does takeaway.

  • Restaurants in Tromsø

    Fiskekompaniet

    This long-standing Tromsø fish and seafood favourite has a prime portside site and is a classy dinner option. All starters and mains, subtly prepared and enhanced, are from the ocean – the fish and shellfish soup is a highlight – and the atmosphere is cool, upmarket and contemporary. Enjoy its delightful range of dinner desserts.

  • Restaurants in Senja

    Segla Grill og Pub

    All manner of creative things go on here, from seasonal soups to a rather yummy pizza buffet on some nights. It's a pretty casual place that has a great mix of fine food and fun atmosphere.

  • Restaurants in Tromsø

    Emma's Drømmekjøkken

    Upstairs from Emma's Under, this place pulls in discriminating diners, providing traditional Norwegian dishes created with top-quality local ingredients such as lutefisk (stockfish), baked Arctic char, ox tenderloin and gratinated king crab. The food is decent, but the service is a little stuffy. Advance booking is essential. Note that lone diners are relegated to downstairs.

  • Restaurants in Tromsø

    Emma's Under

    Down-to-earth Norwegian cuisine is the dish of the day here. The daytime menu offers up dishes such as fish gratin, braised leg of reindeer and baked klippfisk, served in a cosy space designed to echo a traditional kitchen à la grandma. Lunch is served until 4pm; from 5.30pm it shares its menu with the more formal Emma's Drømmekjøkken, located upstairs.

  • Restaurants in Tromsø

    Presis

    You might be in the far north, but that doesn't mean you can't find a bit of Mediterranean atmosphere, even in Tromsø. This refined place (upstairs from Circa) offers a creative take on tapas, blending Spanish and Nordic flavours into a rather convincing package. The king crab in garlic and ginger butter is particularly delicious.

  • Restaurants in Western Finnmark

    Kaikanten

    The 'Quayside' is a popular pub that serves pizzas and other snacks. Nautically themed (the backdrop to the bar represents old Hammerfest's dockside, and sail canvases billow beneath the ceiling), it has comfy sofas into which you sink deep. It's the sort of place that works well if you want to have a meal and then not have to move on for drinks.

  • Restaurants in Inner Finnmark

    Duoattar

    At Kautokeino's best restaurant, the main item on the menu, as you'd expect in such a town, is reindeer, served in several guises, with Sami tapas a small but imaginative starter. Some travellers have left disappointed, but we've always enjoyed eating here, quite apart from the fact that you're not exactly spoilt for choice in this town.

  • Restaurants in Tromsø

    Globus

    A globally inspired menu of flavoursome dishes such as falafel salad, Sri Lanka chicken sandwich and Egyptian bean stew make this cosy corner cafe a great place for a light lunch. It also has supremely comfortable sofas, a cheerful swing soundtrack and makes a cracking coffee, so there's every reason to linger.

  • Restaurants in Western Finnmark

    Alta

    Located inside the Scandic Hotel Alta, this fine restaurant serves up Arctic specialties such as reindeer and king crab, with salmon and Arctic char also likely to feature, although availability can be seasonal. In summer they sometimes have a reasonable evening buffet.

  • Restaurants in Inner Finnmark

    Biepmu Kafeà

    This simple cafeteria in the centre of town serves up hearty local dishes and snacks, with daily specials (starting at 175kr) including a fish buffet on Wednesday. Other dishes include shredded reindeer meat. The heavy wooden benches resemble church pews and it's very much only locals in attendance.

  • Restaurants in Eastern Finnmark

    ABC Thai

    This place might look simple but it punches above its weight. Order a dish of tasty, authentic Thai cooking in – you've guessed it – mainland Europe's most northerly Thai restaurant. Accompany this with one of the 36 kinds of bottled beer on offer, including equally authentic Thai Singha beer.

  • Restaurants in Eastern Finnmark

    Oscar Mat og Vinhus

    Oscar Mat og Vinhus, the Scandic Hotel Vadsø restaurant, is the town's finest, offering king crab in all its varieties (natural, marinated in garlic…) to go with its regular cast of reliable Norwegian specialities, including reindeer. There are simpler burgers for those counting their kroner.

  • Restaurants in Tromsø

    Driv

    This student-run diner occupying part of the old Mack Brewery serves meaty burgers (try its renowned Driv burger), sandwiches and great salads. Driv also runs a packed program of events both musical and cultural; check the website for listings.

  • Restaurants in Western Finnmark

    Du Verden Matbar

    Part of a stylish chain that we've enjoyed across Norway, this brasserie-style place does Norwegian classics, sometimes with a contemporary twist to suit the modern surrounds, as well as tapas. It's inside the Smarthotel Hammerfest.