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Fine Dining



When you're looking for ambience as much as food, stellar restaurants can be hard to come by. After all, you want the whole package, not just a suitable meal. Fortunately, Oslo delivers in spades. The city promises a superb selection of restaurants to sate your desire for Fine Dining. These places take care of the details, making you feel welcomed, plying you with wonderful dishes, and sending you on your way with an experience you won't soon forget. For a hint of the quality, consider Babette's Gjestehus, which, along with Hos Thea and the rest, epitomizes fine dining in Oslo.


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Central Oslo
Engebret Café


This delightful restaurant was established in 1857 and has retained its 19th century interior. It is located beside the old Christiania Theatre and just north of Akershus Castle and was once a popular destination for writers and artists. The elaborate dinner menu features traditional Norwegian seafood and game dishes. Begin with the terrine of game with blackberry port-wine sauce or the fish soup. Entrées include Engebret's big fish pot, red wild boar with whortleberry sauce, Norwegian reindeer, and salmon Christiania. The cloudberry parfait is a superb dessert.

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Babette's Gjestehus

Cited by locals as one of Oslo's finest restaurants, this charming place is decorated in the style of a turn-of-the-century Norwegian home with blue walls, antiques, and lace curtains. The traditional menu features delicious game dishes, including filets of reindeer with lingonberries, breast of pheasant with mushroom sauce, and succulent marinade of rabbit. Reservations must be made well in advance.

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Restaurant Det Gamle Raadhus


Located in Oslo's former Town Hall, which dates to 1641, this spacious dining room features traditional Norwegian seafood and game specialties. Lutefisk, a Scandinavian dish made from dried fish that has been soaked in lye and then poached in broth, is the house specialty. It is also Oslo's oldest restaurant, having celebrated its 360th birthday back in 2001. Reservations are recommended.

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Central Oslo
Blom


Located in the Paleet shopping area, this upscale museum-like restaurant was once the premier hangout for famous authors. The menu includes excellent, traditional Norwegian seafood and game dishes, such as grilled filet of redfish and scallops dressed with sea grass and saffron potatoes, and grilled reindeer liver served with a warm walnut cream sauce. The outstanding dessert menu features such delicacies as iced soufflé of hazelnut filled with Frangilco and served with an almond basket of fresh berries. Reservations must be made well in advance.

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Maud's


This charming Norwegian restaurant is situated in a train station located between the Town Hall and the waterfront. The excellent Norwegian menu features "tre lakser," which is salmon that is smoked, marinated in aquavit, and pickled, and "sjkøreps," a herb-grilled Norway lobster salad. Delightful open-air seating is available and overlooks the harbor at Aker Brygge.

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Restaurant Julius Fritzner


This impressive restaurant is located in the prestigious Grand Hotel. The seasonal gourmet menu features Norwegian and International cuisine that may include pan-fried turbot, roast saddle of lamb with rosemary, poached halibut with vermouth sauce, and filet of veal with crispy fried sweetbreads. The delicious desserts are often presented with a dramatic flair and include a terrine of chocolate with compote of peaches, and sorbet flavored with basil and cinnamon. The wine list is one of the best in Norway. Reservations are required.

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Frogner


This charming and intimate restaurant features a traditional Norwegian décor and has a loyal following among those active in the arts and media. The seasonal menu is fit for a queen (she is a regular) and may include venison with a sauce of mixed Nordic berries, lamb marinated in herbs served with spinach and feta cheese cannelloni, or home-made ravioli filled with lobster on a bed of apple and curry sauce. Reservations should be made well in advance.

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