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Best Restaurants



Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Oslo dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Oslo Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.


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Central Oslo
Theatercaféen


Located in the Continental Hotel, this Vienna-style restaurant has been a rendezvous for artists since it opened in 1900. It has also been listed by the "New York Times" as one of the world's ten most celebrated restaurants. The cuisine is classic Norwegian, the wine list is extensive, and desserts are a must. In fact, the pastry chef is highly regarded by royalty. For added ambience, the House Orchestra plays Viennese music from the gallery as you dine. Reservations are necessary. T-BANE: Nationaltheatret

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8
Central Oslo
Brasserie 45


Seductively comfortable, Brasserie 45 overlooks the fountain on Karl Johans gate, affording diners a unique setting for a romantic dinner. Scandinavian-inspired cuisine earns top billing, from fresh fish and seafood dishes to specialty items like pork schnitzels with béarnaise sauce and venison. The well-designed interior gives a contemporary slant to traditional Scandinavian elements. Superb international wine list. Reservations are recommended. T-BANE: Nationaltheatret

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Magma Bar & Restaurant


Located on the west side of town, Magma brings Mediterranean warmth and style to Oslo's ever-evolving restaurant scene. Indeed, since its premiere in 2000, Magma has ranked as one of the city's most popular restaurants. Its Tuscan-inspired dining room is consistently filled with well-heeled patrons enjoying big portions of pan-fried skate, spit-roasted partridge, and Provençal-braised lamb shank. Diners wanting a more intimate – even educational – experience should request a seat at the "aquarium" table, which offers behind-the-scene glimpses of the magic going on in the kitchen. Brunch is usually accompanied by live jazz. BUS: 30, 31, or 32 to Frogner Church (Bygdøy Allé)

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6
Central Oslo
Bristol Grill


Located in one of Oslo's most prestigious hotels, this elegant, Old World-style restaurant features grilled International and Norwegian cuisine. Start with an appetizer like smoked artic char served with foie gras and pickled mushroom, and follow up with a grilled reindeer steak with lime and nutmeg in a herb sauce or a sirloin pepper steak with a creamed cognac pepper sauce. If those don't tickle your fancy, how about roasted trout, oven baked redfish, or grilled monkfish? Extensive wine list. Reservations required. T-BANE: Nationaltheatret

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Oro Restaurant & Bar


Reservations are a must at this fabulous Continental restaurant (located just east of the Rådhus), because its tables have been packed since its 2000 debut. Stylishly decorated with light earth tones and stainless steel, Oro features an open-plan kitchen and attracts a mix of jetsetters and trendy residents for full meals or just drinks and tapas. Prix fixe menus of seven to nine courses are available, and main-course options range from steak "andebryst" with foie gras to fallow deer with portobello parfait. T-BANE: Stortinget or Nationaltheatret

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This highly acclaimed restaurant in the Henie-Onstad Centre for Modern Art never fails to impress, thanks to its fabulous International cuisine and ultra-chic, industrial setting. Named after renowned restaurateurs Toralf Bølgen and Trond Moi, the restaurant features three-, four, and five-course menus, as well as à la carte dishes like grilled entrecôte with béarnaise and pepper sauce and deep-fried potatoes. The wine selection is excellent; the waitstaff, topnotch. Dine in the open-air section during the summer and enjoy views of the fjord, park, and woods. BUS: 151 to Høvikodden

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This exclusive gourmet restaurant is located in the preserved Vice Regent's Manor, which dates to 1640. The French-inspired Norwegian menu changes daily and features seasonal ingredients. Typical entrées include breast of Guinea fowl fried with Parma ham followed by truffle consommé, poached quail egg and féve beans, and a terrine of Arctic char in nori served with Swedish caviar, horse radish crème, and fennel salad with dill vinaigrette. The extensive wine list is dominated by French vintages. Reservations must be made well in advance. T-BANE: Stortinget

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Central Oslo


This legendary café in the Grand Hotel features a large mural depicting Henrik Ibsen, Edvard Munch, and many other patrons. In fact, Ibsen's favorite table was once among the furnishings (it's now at the Ibsen Museum). Lots of dining options are available, so order a napoleon with coffee, a salad and sandwich, or a full meal. The menu includes standard veal and beef dishes, along with such Norwegian staples as reindeer steak and elk stew. In the early afternoon (around noon to 3-4pm) one can choose all kinds of delicious sandwiches and cakes from a large inviting buffet. The café also features an impressive wine list. Reservations are recommended. T-BANE: Stortinget

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Annen Etage


One of Oslo's most highly-regarded restaurants, Annen Etage has emerged to give the timeless Theatercaféen a run for its money as the Hotel Continental's signature restaurant. Urbane yet comfortable, the space juxtaposes classic elements like high ceilings, chandeliers, and golden-hued walls with modern flair, highlighted by the restaurant's fascinating collection of contemporary Norwegian art. As for cuisine, critics and guide books shower praise on the kitchen staff's sterling international fare, which includes dishes like sea bass with canneloni and red deer fillet with herb risotto and root vegetables. T-BANE: Nationaltheatret

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