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Check out these 5 amazing restaurants in Odense, Denmark

Check out these 5 amazing restaurants in Odense, Denmark

by Olivia Bell a month ago
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  • 1. Restaurant Aro
  • 2. Restaurant HOS
  • 3. Pasfall
  • 4. Lieffroy
  • 5. Sortebro Kro
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Odense, the third-largest city in Denmark, is nestled on the scenic island of Funen, filled with charming villages and crystal-clear fjords. It's also the birthplace of the renowned Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen, making a visit to his childhood home-turned-museum a must for every tourist.

In Odense, you can spend hours exploring its quaint streets lined with historic houses, while discovering delightful eateries scattered throughout the city. Alternatively, you can venture a short distance from the downtown and find yourself immersed in rural countryside, perhaps stumbling upon Michelin-recommended dining spots. To ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip, we've selected 5 tried-and-true standout establishments in Odense and its surroundings that will absolutely enchant you in this beautiful Nordic city.

1. Restaurant Aro
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Restaurant Aro
#1 of 791 restaurants in Odense, Denmark
Østerbro 32, Odense, Region Syddanmark, Denmark
Closed until 6PM
Scallops
Scallops

Scallops are often referred to as gourmet seafood. While having very tender meat, they are considered to be rather sweet in taste. Scallops can be eaten raw or cooked.

Restaurant Aro stands as a source of pride for Odense, having recently earned its first Michelin star, which is a testament to the skill and dedication of Chef Bjørn Jacobsen and Chef Christoffer Schärfe, supported by their talented team. Nestled in an old machine factory in Østerbro, the restaurant's unique ambiance, blending industrial heritage with refined elegance, adds to its allure. Here, guests are offered a choice between a 5 or 7-course set menu accompanied by carefully curated drink pairings, or they can explore a smaller à la carte selection. The presentation of each dish is impeccable, reflecting the chefs' extensive culinary experience gained from working at esteemed venues worldwide, including Geranium, Le Sommelier, and the molecular gastronomy restaurant WD50 in New York.

Whether savoring delicate scallops adorned with fig leaves, indulging in king crab elevated by vibrant yellow pumpkin, or relishing the rich flavors of oxtails & smoked beef heart complemented by blackcurrant and eggplant, every bite promises a sensory journey. Furthermore, Restaurant Aro boasts an extensive wine list featuring a diverse array of options, ensuring the perfect pairing for every palate, along with an assortment of cocktails, bubbles, and ciders to enhance the dining experience.

5-course ARO menu – €214

2. Restaurant HOS
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Restaurant HOS
#3 of 791 restaurants in Odense, Denmark
Kongensgade 65, Odense, Region Syddanmark, Denmark
Closed until 11:30AM

Restaurant HOS has turned Denmark's cherished dish, the open-face sandwich smørrebrød, into its specialty, and they've perfected it. From the homemade rye bread to the array of fillings featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients, they've created something truly special. However, this establishment offers more than just snacks – it's a full-service restaurant with hot lunch dishes that promise an exceptional dining experience. The owners, Hemme and Spolum, have set high aspirations, evident in the outstanding design complete with massive curved slabs serving as bar counters and a chic loft-style ambiance.

Their lunch menu changes regularly, but seafood remains a highlight. Start with creamy fish soup loaded with langoustine and brill, then indulge in smørrebrød topped with shrimp or cold smoked salmon. If you're dining in the evening from Thursday to Saturday, treat yourself to their special menu featuring tempting options like crispy tart with brown crab or Iberico pork with baba ganoush. And be sure to explore the wine menu, offering both well-known labels and selections from emerging vineyards.

3-course dinner menu with wine / juice pairing – €147
Lunch menu – €67

3. Pasfall
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Pasfall
#6 of 791 restaurants in Odense, Denmark
Brandts Passage 31, Odense, Region Syddanmark, Denmark
Closed until 12PM
Quail
Quail

Quail are game birds with a small head, stocky body, and long wings. The bird can be roasted, broiled, or fried and served alongside mashed potatoes, a warm grain salad, cornbread, and roasted grapes.

Since 2016, the Pasfall restaurant has been recognized in the Michelin Guide and remains a magnet for guests due to its prime location in the scenic Latin Quarter, conveniently adjacent to numerous city landmarks. Led by the esteemed chef, Thomas Pasfall, who is revered as the uncrowned gastronomic king of Funen island, this establishment has been providing guests with an exceptional gourmet experience for over a decade.

The restaurant's refined interior features understated milky walls adorned with opulent details such as a grand crystal chandelier and a ceiling of mirrors that expand the space. Large panoramic windows flood the dining area with natural light, and the open kitchen allows diners to observe the culinary team in action as they work their magic. Pasfall places a strong emphasis on utilizing locally sourced Funen ingredients and seasonal produce to create captivating culinary combinations that will delight your taste buds. The Around menu offers a selection of enticing options, ranging from scallops with glass cabbage to quail with chestnuts in sherry.

9-course menu 360 Around – €160

4. Lieffroy
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Restaurant Lieffroy
#1 of 83 restaurants in Nyborg, Denmark
Skræddergyden 34, Nyborg, Region Syddanmark, Denmark
Closed until 6PM
Ravioli
Ravioli

This dish dates back to the 14th century Venus and means 'to wrap'. It's a type of dumplings and it's pasta in the form of small dough cases with a savory filling - meat, cheese or vegetables. Ravioli are usually served with broth or sauce.

Take a short trip from Odense, just 30 km away, and explore the charming historic town of Nyborg, nestled along the picturesque Great Belt strait. Right on the cozy harbor, you'll discover Lieffroy Restaurant, housed in a standalone mansion boasting yellow walls and a tiled roof. Rustic vibes permeate the atmosphere, with nature's wonders like forests, beaches, and the sea right beyond the doorstep. Inside the century-old building, visitors will find a stylishly revamped interior featuring elegant wood decor, perfectly complementing the serene surroundings.

Lieffroy places a strong emphasis on European culinary traditions, showcasing locally sourced organic ingredients in their dishes. Indulge in delights like turbot with stuffed morels, scallops paired with cauliflower, langoustine ravioli accompanied by artichokes, and a tempting selection of Danish and French cheeses. The presentation of each course is nothing short of exquisite – some are elegantly served in large seashells adorned with fresh flowers and pebbles, a dollop of caviar, and fine cutlery. And treat yourself to a wine pairing experience, a testament to their inclusion in the Michelin Guide, and savor every sip of this truly worthwhile culinary journey.

3-course сurrent menu – €77
7 course gourmet menu with wine pairing – from €265

5. Sortebro Kro
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Sortebro Kro
#77 of 791 restaurants in Odense, Denmark
Sejerskovvej 20, Odense, Region Syddanmark, Denmark
Closed until 12PM

The tale of Sortebro Kro is truly one-of-a-kind – it's an old country inn with a Royal License dating back to 1805. Originally located elsewhere, it was later moved and reconstructed in the lively open-air museum village of Den Fynske Landsby to showcase the history and traditions of similar establishments that were once common throughout Denmark. So, if you're out and about exploring the area around Odense, a visit here is a must. You'll not only soak in the beauty of the outdoors but also savor fine dining in a setting like no other.

The surroundings of Sortebro Kro are simply delightful – think quaint old buildings, windmills, charming gardens, and a peaceful rural pond. It's amidst this picturesque backdrop that Chef John Kofod Pedersen works his culinary magic, crafting dishes like raw fried lobster, deer medallions with arctic thyme, and turbot bisque with pumpkin cream. The menu offers various options to suit different tastes, and there are also special events to look forward to. For instance, in March 2024, they're hosting a Tuscan wine evening where you can enjoy degustation and a lovely dinner while listening to captivating stories from experts. Moreover, Sortebro Kro offers culinary classes led by chefs with decades of experience, so keep an eye on their website for upcoming sessions.

3-course menu – €79

Well, now we're absolutely certain that if you're traveling to Denmark, you won't want to miss Odense and its numerous fascinating spots. Keep this list handy for easy navigation and quick access to the coolest restaurants in this city and anywhere in the world.

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Sophia Müller (Guest) a month ago Request content removal

It's surprising how many awesome eateries this little town has! Definitely adding these spots to my must-visit list for my next work trip

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