Norway might be a country known for its spectacular landscape and natural beauty, but that would be to overlook its burgeoning restaurant scene in the capital city, Oslo.
In fact, Oslo is well up there on contemporary Scandi cool, especially when it comes to the wide choice of excellent eateries to choose from in the capital.
See: Norway - a country tasting tour
Whether you want to go for a blow out Michelin starred dinner or rub shoulders with the locals at the communal eating style hangouts - from ribs to fresh fish, here are some of the best restaurants in Oslo, with an eatery to appeal to all.
Best Restaurants in Oslo
1. Maeemo (pictured above)
Naturally, three Michelin star Maeemo heads up the list. The only restaurant in town to hold this accolade keeps its feet on the ground by celebrating "mother earth" on the menu.
See head chef and co-owner Esben Holmboe Bang talking at Food on the Edge.
Schweigaardsgate 15B, 0191, Oslo Website
Repost from @kontrast_mikael using @RepostRegramApp - Last test for the year today. New menu when we reopen 9th of January. Last service of the year tomorrow. #spruceshoots #preserves #buttermilk #goatyogurt #oslo #michelinstarrestaurant #letspushthingsforward
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Sticking with the stars. There's a trio of one star Michelin starred restaurants in town, of which Modern Scandanavian restaurant, Kontrast is one.
Maridalsveien 15, 0178, Oslo Website
Fortsatt ledig bord i kveld! Bestill på [email protected] eller 485 14 886?? #galt
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Relaxed Galt was only recently crowned with its first Michelin star, upon opening in 2018. Chef Bjorn Svensson and former colleagues from Fauna and Oscarsgate have created a warm, intimate restaurant with an appealingly rustic feel which serves a 6-course set menu.
Galt Frognerveien 12B, Oslo, 0263Website
Duck heart with red onions and morels sauce. #new #menu #statholdergaarden
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Bent Stiansen and chef Torbjørn Forster create a six-course gourmet menu full of surprises. The menu varies according to the time of the year with a focus on Norwegian produce.
Statholderens mat og vinkjeller Rådhusgata 11, 0151 Oslo, NorwayWebsite
Head to St. Lars grill-restaurant in Bislett in Oslo, Norway. Expect horse, bear and pork cooked on a custom made grill.
St.Lars, Theresesgate 45 Oslo, NorwayWebsite
Kylling med sorte bønner og ananas-salsa ? #sentralenmat #ukenslunsj #lavaoslo #sentralenoslo
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If you like informal dining, Sentralen should appeal with its large dining room, open plan kitchen and seasonal new Nordic menu with small plates for sharing.
Sentralen, Øvre Slottsgate 3 Oslo, NorwayWebsite
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This Nordic style bistro Far from being a hip wine bar, also has an pan-Nordic food offering that's just as exciting as the wine list.
Bar Brutus, Eiriks gate 2 Oslo, NorwayWebsite
Langoustine, kale, red beets & søl (red dulce). Last meal at @pjoltergeist before they closed for Easter 22.03. Opens again 10.04. Until they close their doors forever ever on June 2nd.
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Featured in the White Nordic Guide 2018, this quirky 25 seater can be found in a dimly lit basement with an eclectic mix of customers - including local chefs relaxing after dinner service. Be quick as it closes later in 2018.
Pjoltergeist, Rosteds gate 15 Oslo, Norway Website
9. Kolonialen Bislett
Vi holder åpent fra 16:00 i dag før vi går på påskeferie. Så er vi tilbake tirsdag 3. April. God Påske ?
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Close to the stadium, you'll find this cosy, modern bistro with a concise, keenly priced menu that lists oysters, cured meats and wholesome Norwegian classics given a contemporary twist.
Kolonialen Bislett Sofiesgate 16, 0170 Oslo Website
Solen skinner på oss i dag ? og fiskedisken er full av godbiter. Her er åpningstider i påsken? @siggerudhills #fotografanneandersen #fiskeriet #oslo #fishoslo #vårenerpåvei #fiskyoungstorget #modellanders @brodtkorb #fiskebutikk #fiskerietyoungstorget
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Half market, half eatery - if you don't want to try cooking up the fish of the day let the experts do it for you. A blackboard displays the days specials. From fish and chips to baccalau there are the classic favourites to tempt.
Fiskeriet, Youngstorget 2B, 0181, Oslo, Norway Website