Picturesquely situated at the end of the Oslo Fjord, Norway's capital city is known for its stunning natural scenery, eclectic architecture, and countless museums. Oslo is also a very green city: around two thirds of its land area is formed by forests, green spaces, and waterways. Due to the booming oil and gas industry in Norway, Oslo is one of the wealthiest cities in Europe. Furthermore, it is among the most expensive locations on the globe and the most populous city in Norway.
It is hard to believe that just a few decades back, the Norwegian capital was a quiet dock city until the National Opera House was built in 2008, which meant an incredible boost for culture in Oslo. Nowadays, the city is continuing with its cultural evolution at a rapid pace, and it is no wonder the central shoreside area is now packed with tower blocks, clubs, exquisite restaurants and cafés. The world-renowned Norwegian cuisine and impeccable seafood the city is famous for attracts foodies from all over the globe. When it comes to Michelin-starred restaurants, Oslo boasts six of them. Let’s take a closer look at each of these superb establishments.
These rolls are always associated with home and family evenings. Cinnamon rolls are soft and lush, they are sold in any store and can be ordered at any restaurant.
The Chef: Esben Holmboe Bang is the head chef and co-owner of Maaemo. He opened the restaurant together with Pontus Dahlström and Jon-Frede Engdahl in 2010 with the aim to create haute cuisine dishes from organic ingredients.
Price: Seasonal tasting menu is 4500 NOK per guest.
Maaemo is the only restaurant in Norway with three Michelin stars. The name of this fine-dining eatery translates from Old Norse to 'Mother Earth' and perfectly fits its concept of using only biodynamic and organic ingredients for the menu. No wonder that it was additionally awarded a Michelin Green Star for its sustainability practices. Even the interior design of Maaemo is inspired by Nordic nature with its Scandinavian style and use of natural elements, materials, and plants. The sublime tasting menu, consisting of 20 courses, constantly evolves. However, some dishes of Norwegian cuisine are frequently served there and include white asparagus and hazelnuts, the king crab with smoked reindeer, cinnamon buns, and cloudberry tart. This fine-dining place has been included on the prestigious list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants. Maaemo won its two stars in 2012 and was awarded with its third Michelin star in 2016.
Monkfish is a firm, meaty fish with a delicate flavour. It is one of the main ingredients of many dishes.
The Chef: The chef and co-owner of Statholdergaarden, Bent Stiansen opened the restaurant together with his wife Anette in 1994. He is known as the first Scandinavian gold medal winner of the Bocuse d'Or, regarded as the most prestigious cookery competition in the world.
Price: Tasting menu is 2070 NOK.
Located in one of the oldest regions of Oslo, Statholdergaarden is a charming restaurant that offers an unforgettable culinary experience in a relaxed ambience. The stunning interior design of this fine-dining place impresses its visitors with a range of 18th-century decorations, sumptuous chandeliers, and splendid stucco ceilings. You can go for the tasting menu or pick something from a'la carte. Savior Norwegian langoustine, monkfish and black truffle, or halibut and Swedish caviar. Don’t forget to order Norwegian cheeses or Sorbet for dessert. The restaurant has held a Michelin Guide Star since 1998. Furthermore, the collection of exquisite wines offered at the restaurant received the Best Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator, a popular American lifestyle magazine.
Fried fish gets a tender golden crust and has juicy flesh inside. To prepare this dish, one can use sea bass, flounder, cod, haddock, pollock, tautog, and other types of fish.
The Chef: Having grown up in the countryside in the south of Sweden, Mikael Svensson works only with high-quality local products. In 2013, he fulfilled his long-time dream and opened a restaurant called Kontrast, which received a Michelin star in 2016. Mikael Svensson is ranked among the World’s 300 best chefs.
Price: Big tasting menu is 2300 NOK, Medium tasting menu is 1750 NOK
The main goal of the Kontrast restaurant is to offer modern Nordic cuisine made of top-notch local organic ingredients. The menu constantly changes according to the seasonal availability of products. You can choose between “Big” and “Medium” options to try full-flavoured dishes from the tasting menu, like scallops from Oksvoll with its own roe, grilled mountain trout, mountain pig from Lesja, or skrei from Lofoten. An atmospheric and refined industrial style and minimalist interiors create a great background for exquisitely presented dishes served straight from the open kitchen.
Duck is a flavorful bird that is considered a healthy food. It can be cooked whole or in separate pieces. Duck can be made into a soup, a casserole with pasta, pancakes, curry, and many other dishes.
The Chef: One of Norway's leading chefs, Jo Bøe Klakeggis has extensive work experience. He worked at one of the world's best restaurants, Noma, as well as other highly acclaimed establishments, including Oscarsgate and Bagatelle. Jo Bøe Klakeggis is the chef and co-owner of Hot Shop.
Price: Tasting menu is 1195 NOK.
A former sex toy store, Hot Shop is now a fine-dining bistro awarded a Michelin star. Owners Siri Haslund and Jo Bøe Klakegg decided to keep the cheeky name. The restaurant serves modern Scandinavian dishes made of seasonal, local products with a focus on vegetables and seafood. The surprise tasting menu consists of five courses that can be paired with superior wines for an additional price. Among the dishes you can find duck with a sour cream flatbread, spill-glazed plaice in artichoke sauce, Norwegian scallops, or grilled green asparagus with rosemary.
Originating from the Latin verb venari, meaning “to hunt,” the term was originally applied to different game meats including deer, rabbits, goats and pigs, but in recent centuries has narrowed down almost exclusively to deer. In terms of taste and texture, venison is quite similar to beef, but with some subtle differences: while beef is generally fattier and more succulent, venison has a richer, earthier taste because of the deer’s wilder diet of acorns, sage and herbs. Like beef, venison can be categorised into several cuts and categories, including roast, sirloin, tenderloin and ribs. It can also be ground or cured to make venison sausages, burgers and jerky.
The Chef: Björn Svensson is a well-known Swedish chef and the owner of several restaurants in Oslo, namely Fauna, Oscarsgate, Pilestredet 63, and Galt, the latter three of which were awarded a Michelin star. In 2021, Björn Svensson opened his fifth restaurant in Oslo, Schlägergården, which also received a star in the Michelin guide in 2022.
Price: Tasting menu is 1395 NOK.
Located in a renovated old farm house from the 18th century, Schlägergården has a warm and friendly atmosphere. The tasting menu is made from high-quality Norwegian products, including scallops, oysters, caviar, langoustines, and vegetables and is served straight from a large, open kitchen. Furthermore, the restaurant has a delightful outdoor terrace in the garden. At Schlägergården, you can enjoy such exquisite dishes as crayfish, spinach and juniper berries, venison served with sea lettuce and horseradish, or wild fish with king oyster mushroom and Vin Jaune.
This Indian dish is triangular-shaped spicy pastries made of mashed potatoes or lentils, onions, peas, cheese and meat. Samosas are often accompanied with chutney. It's a great tea-time snack praised by a 9th-century Persian poet.
The Chef: Matthew North is a British chef who worked at the legendary restaurant Pjoltergeist in Oslo. In 2019, Matthew North together with bartender Andreas Lohne opened Hyde, a restaurant named after the chef's mother's maiden name.
Price: Tasting menu is 1100 NOK.
Having taken over the old venue from the cult Pjoltergeist restaurant located in shabby Rosteds street, Hyde preserves the lively atmosphere. The place has been refurbished a bit; however, the interior remains minimalistic. The tasting menu consists of five courses with a focus on high quality ingredients. It constantly changes according to the freshest products delivered by local suppliers. Even though it’s hard to predict the exact menu, some examples of flavorful dishes served there are spices cauliflower with masala sauce and sesame yogurt, vegetarian samosa, potato crab in ajo blanco, and lefse with tomatillos.
Apart from cultural history, cutting edge architecture, and scenic beauty, the capital city of Oslo can offer quite a diverse restaurant scene. We hope you enjoy your stay and culinary experience at these best fine-dining restaurants in the city! Please share your foodie recommendations in the comments below.