Where to eat and drink in Oslo? We give you the restaurant guide for Holmenkollen.
Voksenåsen Restaurant offers local specialities served in their own way. Most of the interior and furniture is well kept, from the 60’s and 70’s and as fresh as if designed yesterday, timeless and feeling like a home or one of those cozy “Swedish churches” abroad. The views of Oslo Fjord are out of this world. In the restaurant Nils Holgersson you will enjoy Swedish and Nordic high quality food. The wine cellar offers exclusive wines of all kind. You can also order drinks and enjoy them outside after the dinner. My meal of pork with gravy, potatoes, vegetables and a delicious chocolate cake could not have been better. Those who chose the fish entree were also equally pleased.
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Holmenkollen restaurant is the restaurant next to the tube stop at Holmenkollen.
We have been there for lunch and we definitely liked the food. We were 5 and we had all a main dishes each. We tried the graved salmon, which was really nice, with potatoes (all typical Norwegian dishes are served with boiled potatoes). Then we ordered today’s soup which was a fish soup.. It was absolutely delicious and my personal favorite of the entire meal, tasty and with super fresh fish. We had also some really nice beers, which were really light and good. After the dinner we had a dessert with chocolate and caramel. The portion was really small but it tasted amazingly. The price is high, the food is worth it but still, if compared to European prices, that’s way expensive. Assuming the average prices in Norway it’s OK and you pay for the location, next to the ski jump and the stunning views. We spent around 50 euros each (500 nok).
Nice experience, great views, and just ok waiters, unfortunately they don’t give any personal touch to the visit.
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Scandic Holmenkollen Park Hotel
The restaurant at Scandic Hotel offers an international kitchen that uses high-quality Norwegian ingredients to create a variety of interesting dishes. The historic premises, the location next to the ski jump and the art collection on the walls give “De Fem Stuer” a nice and special atmosphere.
The restaurant’s private dining facilities for up to 40 persons are located in another building at the hotel.
OUR EXPERIENCES: We have tried a lot of tasting-menus around the world. This has been the best one with the combination of Norwegian food and European cuisine. The wine-matching is also excellent. The restaurant is situated in Holmenkollåsen with a beautiful view from the mountain above Oslo and you can see the whole city and fjord. The view in itself is worth the trip. The atmosphere is elegant, filled with traditional pride in an old hotel, but relaxed, friendly and welcoming. The tables are spread around several rooms, and the chairs are made to sink into and enjoy the evening. Food is excellent, creative, and such a piece of art, and the waiters love what they do. The deserts were our favorites.
This restaurant is definitely worth the drive. Absolutely recommended.
Remember to ask for a table by the window.
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Frognerseteren restaurant is located only 100 meters down a hill from the Frognerseteren tube stop. The building is from 1891 and the food traditions they still practice here are even older than that. It’s great to have stop here after a long hike up the hillsides. The views are stunning from the outdoor terrace. The cafeteria offers warm and cold dishes, and it is possible to order just a cup of coffee. They also have indoor seatings. The living room is very cozy with and old style. Here it is possible to book a private dining for you and your group.
OUR EXPERIENCES: We visited the restaurant for lunch. The restaurant is a short 5-minute walk from the Frognerseteren metro stop, which is just a few stops from Holmenkollen. It’s about a 30-minute ride on the metro from central Oslo, but it’s a very scenic and enjoyable trip. When you get off at the station, signs point the way along a wooded trail down the hill to the restaurant. The day we visited was a very snowy and foggy day in March, so we didn’t have much of a view, but the short walk from the station was easy, and the restaurant was amazing. It looks like a traditional Norwegian mountain lodge, but also has the look and feel of an alpine chalet. The outside was impressive, and the inside had a very warm and cozy feel, with a large fireplace providing a nice spot to warm up. The food is served somewhat cafeteria style, with many options, including a lot of traditional Norwegian dishes. We all had something different, and we all really enjoyed our meals. As good as the food was, the setting and the experience were even better. The metro ride up the mountain from Oslo provides some nice views and is a very relaxing and enjoyable ride. When you arrive at Frognerseteren, you feel as though you’re venturing off into the wilderness, and when the trees clear, you arrive at this beautiful building and setting. It’s a wonderful and easy escape from the city. If I’m fortunate enough to ever return to Oslo, this restaurant will be at the top of my list.
A truly memorable experience.
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Charming place with old style with a “stabbur” and a big wine cellar. Such attention to detail and presentation as well as an intense pride in sourcing the best and freshest Norwegian produce. You are told by the waiter exactly what you are going to be eating and where it comes from. There is generally one set meal which means that everything is prepared to perfection. Staff was great and the total experience was top notch. OUR EXPERIENCES: Attentive staff, great food and drinks made a great evening. This is for special events as the price is rather high. You get what you pay for though.
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Nordmarka Tryvannstua is a cozy traditional restaurant serving lunch and barbecue dishes. They have also reindeer, lamb, cod and entrecote on their menu.
OUR EXPERIENCES: The food there is more than perfect. Excellent service, with both pleasure and smile! The most famous dish is Bjork’s cinnamon rolls “bole” . But for sure this fame can easily compete the divine flavor of waffles!
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Soria Moria restaurant
An extremely very well run hotel property with great Nordic feel and design, with a mix of humble understatement and grandour. If you are in Oslo and want a natural sorroundings accompany you then this is your hotel. Situated 20 minutes from the city center, yet in the midst of the forest, with stunning views over the Oslo city and out to the Oslo Fjord. The restaurant is renowned by good food at right prices.
OUR EXPERIENCES: The food at the hotel is fantastic, breakfast was a large combination of European, British and local Norwegian staples such as salted fish, brown cheese and cured meats with almost too much variety to try everything in one morning. Dinner and lunch at the hotel were also very good and not expensive compared with restaurants in Oslo itself.
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Affordable Restaurants in Oslo
Oslo is probably one of the world’s most expensive cities to hang out and enjoy food and drinks. Very often we are asked: Where can I find affordable eating places in Oslo? So here is our Best Affordable Restaurants In Oslo guide for you.
Check out this savings guide and you will at least not waste your money. There are many restaurants with delicious food and good service. Most places you can have water for free. There are still some places where you can eat a complete dinner for less than 200 kroner ($24). Most restaurants serve International cuisine. Norwegian authentic food is not what Norwegians are eating when they eat out. That’s why you will find more exotic food than local food in the restaurants in Oslo.
Punjab Tandoori serves probably the cheapest dinner in Oslo. For 75 kroner (less than $9) you will find”Today’s Menu” which could be Chicken Curry or Tandoori Chicken or similar. All dishes come with rice, nan bread and salad. The owner’s wife is the chef and the quality is always good. Although the restaurant looks old and small, you get good value for money here. They have also several vegetarian options. Punjab Tandoori is a 27 years old restaurant located in Grønlandsleiret in Grønland, one of Oslo’s main streets, always a busy street with lots of people and a vibrant atmosphere. You can discuss if this is a restaurant or a cantine but who cares as long as quality is good?
There is normally a line at the counter where you order and pay at the same time. The concept is super easy: Order, pay and eat. You normally get the food within 2-3 minutes and you take the food to the table yourself. They normally bring the free nan breads to the table a bit later. All their food is fresh and tastes good. It is also possible to order take-away. Punjab Tandoori is known for having real and authentic Indian food. We wished there had been more places like this in Oslo. Water is free, but you can also try some imported Indian beers for affordable prices.
Info about where to find Punjab Tandoori
This restaurant is one of the cheapest in Oslo. It sits in the middle of Grønland. Once you are at the Grønland Torg big place. You see Punjab Tanoori across the Grønland street. All of the Oslo Metro lines goes to the Grønland metro station. You can also reach it if you take the Bus Line 37 or 60 to Tøyengata or Norbygata bus station. Then just walk about 100 meters back, where you bypass the Grønland Basar shopping mall and Asylet pub.
Address: Grønland 24, 0188 Oslo
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday: 11.00 – 23.00
Funky Fresh Cafe
There are not many vegetarian/vegan cafeterias in Oslo, so we really wanted to try out Funky Fresh Cafe. Located a as a hidden pearl, with entrance beside of Jakob’s church and view towards the river Akerselva, in the same building as DogA (a short for Norwegian Design- and Architecture Center.) The cafeteria has 70 seatings and a cozy garden outside with seatings as well. Here you can order a cafe latte with almond milk, fresh smoothies and juices. If you are hungry you can order everything from wraps to sandwiches and burgers to tapas. They also serve wine, beers and non-alcoholic drinks. The cafeteria is already Debio Silver which means it is accepted as 50-95% biologic, and the owners work towards Debio Gold (95% biologic).
Funky Fresh Cafe is the place to visit in Oslo if you want to find gluten free, sugarfree and healthy meals. They also have cakes, pastries and other snacks. It’s a relaxing place to come just for a home made drink, like e.g. a mint chocolate shake or a strawberry shake. They also have Raw Pressed Juice, lemonades and Health Boost Shots by pure Ginger and Lemon. The rest of the drink menus are also impressing because you have several options you can’t find anywhere else. High quality drink bottles of peach, ginger, goji, grape, acai, raspberry from the Kombucha Bryggeriet are not easy find elsewhere in Oslo. Coconut water and ginger beers are also on the menu. If you want hot drinks they have Fresh Ginger Lemon Tea, Chai Latte and Hot Chocolate. They use Oatly’s oat milk as standard in all their hot drink.
We visited Funky Fresh Cafe in a sunny summer afternoon and wanted a refreshing, cold drink and decided to share a big bottle of Kombucha’s Voelkel, a German quality drink with 0.5% alcohol only, and we really liked it. We also ordered the Pulled Jackfruit Burger with Green Pesto Dip. It was a barbecue flavoured jackfruit with a meaty texture. It came also with oven roasted sweet potatoes, coleslaw, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, sprouts and a pineapple mango chutney. We found that the flavours were good balanced and we really enjoyed our dinner. And yes, don’t worry, the dishes are large. We paid 179 kr for one bottle (1 litre) and 179 kr for the burger + 10 kr extra for the pesto dip + 35 kr extra for today’s freshly baked scones which were very yummy. We also had ginger’ish cake with a punch of fresh ginger as dessert. They had topped it with a cocoa powder. It was really delicious and we felt really full after eating all of this.
Map of where you find Funky Fresh Food
For reaching this place, you take the Bus line 34 or 54 to Jacob kirke station. This restaurant also sits near the food hall called Mathallen, which is about 400 meters from the place. Other interesting place which isn’t about food is SYNG, which is a Karaoke only bar that is only 100 meters away over the Akerselva river. This service is open from day to late at night and they do have a 20 years old rule. Scandic Vulkan hotel is also around 400 meters away from Funky Fresh Cafe-
Address: Hausmanns gate 16, 0182, OSLO
Opening Hours: Monday – Tuesdays: 11.00 – 20.00, Wednesday – Friday: 11.00 – 22.00, Saturdays: 12.00 – 22.00, Sundays: 12.00 – 20.00
Website Info: www.funkyfreshfoods.no
If you want a bit more luxurious Indian restaurant experience, you should take Tram 13 towards Bekkestua or Metro 3 towards Kolsås and leave it at Bekkestua station. Bekkestua is a charming little suburb with a small shopping mall. Restaurant Aroma is located at the 2nd floor of the mall. The entrance is quiet and relatively dark with some beautiful decorations and you feel welcome. The interior design looks classic and cool with wooden architecture in brown and grey. Here we were welcomed by a friendly Indian guy and shown a table next to the window towards a quite street.
The menu was gigantic with 68 items to choose from and it took a while to make the decision what to eat. We ordered number 49 Palak Paneer with traditional Indian homemade cheese also served with spinach, garlic, herbs and spice. The drink he recommended to this course was a local Indian beer, Cobra, served on a 0,33 litre bottle, which tasted really good. While we were waiting they gave us some tasty kind of chips and 3 sauces. We found the flavours were a perfect mix set together and it made us look really forward to the main course. It took less than 15 minutes to get the food, although there were many guests in the restaurant. The main course was served with a candle below of it, which maked it keep warm. The rice came in a boiler to be shared for 2 people. We wished actually to have more rice. We didn’t ask for more rice, and don’t know how much extra rice would cost. We didn’t order nan bread this time as they charged extra for that too.
We really loved this cheese course and would definitely order it again. We found the value good as we paid only 189 kroner ($22) for one course and the beer was 79 kroner ($9). The atmosphere is also good and not too much noise.
Map of where you find Aroma Restaurant
Address: Gamle Ringeriksvei 34, 1357 Bekkestua
Opening Hours: 15.00 – 23.00
Website Info: aromabekkestua.no
Bar Social Eating Tjuvholmen
Next to the sea in a luxurious environment you will find BAR SOCIAL Eating Tjuvholmen. This restaurant is located on the harbour side where its getting sunny until very late in the summer. If you are lucky with the weather it will probably be overcrowded here and difficult to find a table. You should wait for a waitress at the entrance to be seated.
Their menu consists of small “tapas” with flavours from the world. You have 3 or 4 options in each of the categories “Greens”, “Meat”, “Fish” and “Sweet stuff”. They experiment with food from Mexico, Japan, Norway and Mediterranian – and more. We love creative menus! You should probably order 3 to 5 items if you want to have a complete dinner as every dish is small. We ordered the most typical Norwegian dish we found on the entire menu, Lettuceous cod with browned butter, egg and dill (134 kr/$16). The second “tapa” was a “Poke” salad with trout, mango, chili and avocado (134 kr/$16). The third “tapa” was Quesedillas with mushrooms, fennel and lemonade (92 kr / $11) and it was our absolute favorite. The cod was also really good, and better value than the Poke salad because it was really small. We were still hungry and wanted to order more food, but the waitress said “Sorry, kitchen is closed”. It was Saturday night and time was 10pm, and the restaurant was full of people… But we enjoyed the place and we will definitely go back.
Map of where you find Bar Social Eating
Address: Bryggegangen 6, 0252 Oslo
Opening Hours: Monday – Wednesday: 15.00 – 01.00, Thursday – Saturday: 15.00 – 03.00 and Sundays: 15.00 – 00.00
Website Info: barsocialeating.no
Italian food is served everywhere in Oslo, and there is a jungle of places to eat Italian pizzas, pastas and so on. It seems like more and more of those places specialize in just one thing. This is also the case for Tipo, which is located in Nedre Grunerløkka, near the river. Here we found a seating outdoor in the sun. Indeed, at this place you can enjoy the sun almost until it goes down. You can choose to be seated on the regular table, or more private in a booth, which is great. Music in the background, the volume was not disturbing, not too loud. The place is modern and rustic.
The atmosphere is cool and relaxed. A waitress came to our table and were smiling and welcomed us. We were offered the menu shortly after being sat at the table. She gave us an exciting and fun rich menu. There are plenty of tasty, crispy pizzas on the menu with many authentic flavor combinations. They offer a wide range of pizza, salads, smaller plates, appetizers and desserts. The pizza bottoms are gluten-free. The cheapest pizza here is Pizza Margherita (119 kr/$14). We ordered Capriccosa (149 kr/$18) and Parma (179 kr/$21) and shared. The two pizzas were very tasty and gave us a great pizza experience. They also have a wide selection of wines and other drinks. Something that makes this a great place for drinks as well as food. We also enjoyed beer from the bare island (Nøgne Ø, a Norwegian beer) and a good wine selection also pulls up. We summarize this eating experience: Great food. Nice and trendy rooms and a central location. The service was good with a welcoming and friendly staff. Absolutely recommended!
Map of where you find Tipo
The map doesn’t show where this restaurant is. But it is just there where Ditt Apotek is showing on our open source map. Jacob Aall is also replaced with Kebab og Ketchup and Trancher have moved a few meters up. You can reach the place with the Tram Lines 11, 12 and 13. You need to go off at Schous Plass station and then walk 200 meters down the Thorvald Meyers gate street with the tram tracks.
Address: Thorvald Meyers Gate 80, 0550 Oslo
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday: 16.00 – 22.00, Fridays: 16.00 – 23.00, Saturdays: 12.00 – 23.00 and Sundays: 12.00 – 21.00
Website Info: tipopizzeria.no
Pasta Fresca Popolare
Located in a hidden garden near Schous plass, there is a new pasta deli named Pasta Fresca Popolare. Here you buy fresh pasta and Italian products like olive oil, cheese and olive. You can order take-away, but you can also eat in the little seating area next to the window or outside in the garden where they have more space. There is no menu or information next to the counter. But the friendly lady welcomes us and gives us all the information we need. -Here we serve just “Today’s Pasta”, she says. Today’s pasta is gnocchi sardi al pesto di basilico, she said. The price is 120 kr ($14). We were asking for Coke, but they didn’t have other than Italian sodas, so we tried an Aranciata from Lurisia (40 kr ($5). We also were served free water.
Summary: An incredibly tasty pasta of today for a reasonable price. Elegant food served in unpretentious surroundings. Recommended for a quick snack. There is always some of their freshly cooked homemade pasta. Very good! Also friendly service.
Info about where to find Pasta Fresca
This place sits not so far from Tipo. If you see the Schous logo on the building along the river. Walk inside of the backyard and you will find several restaurants there. A hotel for musicians where they can rent instruments, Riksscenen which is a cultural theater, SATS gym and Popsenteret which is a musical museum sits next to the restaurant there.
Address: Trondheimsveien 2
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11.00 – 1800, Sundays: Closed
Website Info: pastafrescapopolare.no
This is not the cheapest restaurant in Oslo, but if we compare it in volume of food that you get served on the plate. It might be! Azadi Restaurant at Grønland is a totally new restaurant that have prices around 100,- NOK, which is quite cheap for every meal that they have. The room is spacious and they do have funky lights in the roof that is blinking in different colors. So, taking any child with you here will be a fun experience for sure. If you don’t mind blinking lights, then Azadi is something for you. The food is also very delicious and the service is great. We tried a chicken meal with couscous rice and a pasta alike chicken meal with spaghetti that was delicious. But we also got a bonus soup as a surprise from the staff. It was also tasty! The people at the restaurant smiled to us and even gave us a soup as a bonus dish even! This is the kind of service that you should expect in every expensive restaurants. But at Azadi Restaurant. You get it too and in this restaurant we can say that the price is right for sure.
Map of where to find Azadi
Azadi Restaurant sits just side by side with a 24 hour grocery store on Grønland. On the other side for it, you find the Grønland Basar shopping center with Max Burger fast food chain. The Azadi Restaurant is easy to locate from the Grønlandsleiret street from Grønland Basar entrance. To get here, you need to cross Grønlandsleiret from it. But you also can take the Bus Line 37 or 60 to Tøyengata or Norbygata bus station. If you take the Bus Line 37, then it’s only 40 meter in walking distance! Grønland metro subway station is also near, which sits about 200 meters away from the restaurant.
Address: Mandalls gate 2, 0190 Oslo
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday: 11.00 – 23.00
Website: None at the moment
Do you want to try authentic food from Sri Lanka? Then you should visit Palmyra Cafe located in Grønland. In my opinion, this is the best Sri Lankan food in Oslo. I chose their vegetarian dinner and had a delicious dinner: Rice With salad, pappalam and various curries. The food was tasty, the prices absolutely affordable and good service. The Vegetarian meal costs only 110 kr ($13) and the course is big! They also serve southern Indian food here. This is definitely a place I will visit again! Their menu stands out from the other Indian restaurants in the area, and they also have an extended weekend menu.
Map of the area where you find Palmyra
At the heart of Grønland, you find this restaurant. It might not be so easy to reach, but once you have got yourself to Grønland torg. Then you see Punjab Tandoori which we also have visited. Beside this restaurant, there is a street. You just walk for 200 meters and then you reach Palmyra Cafe. Nearest transportation station is the Grønland metro station where all lines meets.
Address: Norby gata 15, 0187 Oslo
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday: 11.00 – 21.00