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Engebret Cafe

#25 of 1,130 Restaurants in Oslo
Certificate of Excellence
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European, Scandinavian, Norwegian, Seafood, Delicatessen
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Bankplassen 1, Oslo 0151, Norway
+47 22 82 25 25
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11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Description: The restaurant
Guests enter the low corner building originating from the...
The restaurant
Guests enter the low corner building originating from the 1700's, Oslo's oldest restaurant, where staff and guests could celebrate Engebret Cafe's 150th anniversary in 2007. When it opened, the restaurant was located right opposite the old Christiania Theater and was often visited by actors and audience.
Engebret also provides banquet services, designed to accommodate both small and large gatherings.
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  • 127
    Excellent
  • 115
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fabulous food with slow service

We visited Engebret Cafe on our weekend break to Oslo and it stunned us with 19th Century decor. Once entered into premises, cloakroom was available to leave overcoats and we were presented to the table and presented with menus that consist of traditional Scandinavian cuisine. Myself and one of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
BartK1991
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York, United Kingdom
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York, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Engebret Cafe on our weekend break to Oslo and it stunned us with 19th Century decor. Once entered into premises, cloakroom was available to leave overcoats and we were presented to the table and presented with menus that consist of traditional Scandinavian cuisine. Myself and one of the party opted in for reindeer medallions with lingonberries sauce (yummy!)... More 

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Thank BartK1991
Minsk, Belarus
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48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was our first visited restaurant in Oslo. I booked the table in advance. It should be in a nice part of the city but there is some kind of reconstruction on the square. Well, we arrived a bit earlier and were seated. We ordered some starters (Taste of Northern Norway for me and Reindeer carpaccio for my husband), as... More 

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1 Thank shelly_jah
Oslo, Norway
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210 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Engrebret Cafe came highly recommended for trying a traditional Norwegian julebord. We each ordered a different dish and shared them. The food and service were very good. Adding to the quality cuisine is the atmosphere and history--we sat at Edvard Munch's regular reserved table. Do your best to visit Engebret Cafe for the food and atmosphere. Reservations required.

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1 Thank Delnor N
The Hague, The Netherlands
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321 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Typical local meal in a nice place full of history, traditional meeting place for actors and writers since 1800s. Ibsen and Grieg, Hamsun and Edvard Munch used to be their regulars. Still popular and very busy serving simple yet tasty food. Lunchtime sandwiches are amazing!

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1 Thank ElenaNW87RL
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88 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

I visited this restaurant with a client for a simple, yet tasty and filling meal.luckily we made a reservation, as I understood it is always very busy for lunch given the nearby offices. There is an average-length menu, as well as a table with delicious sandwiches, salads and deserts. It is set up as a buffet, and there is enough... More 

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1 Thank Simone C
Oslo, Norway
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243 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

We were excited going here for the annual christmas dinner. This is a famous place for this type Of dining in december. I booked the table already in may 2015!!! One Of the most popular places. The atmosphere is really nice and although it is very busy we were all satisfied with the service given us.

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1 Thank Simen S
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50 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Excellent food, obviously using good fresh high quality ingredients, well prepared and presented and with a wide choice of dishes. If you are not fond of traditional food then there will be something for you there too. Very pleasant and comfortable interior with good service.

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1 Thank OsloScot
Notteroy Municipality, Norway
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90 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I went there as part of a larger party, our booking was quite late, but the room was ready, and there was no problems at all. the drinks and food came timely, and the quality of the food was simply fantastic. did not see a single complaint in the whole group. and we all had a super nice time. This... More 

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1 Thank sn4p
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

We've been at Engebret Cafe at the end of November. We wanted to come there in the evening but all the seats were already reserved thus we came during the lunch time. We've ordered typical Christmas related Norwegian dishes. Also the chef agreed to prepare a deer for us even though it was not in the lunch menu. Both dishes... More 

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1 Thank Marcin G
Oslo, Norway
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

We went for "Lutefisk", the traditional meal in Norway before Christmas. The fish was below standard, the bacon to go with it likewise, and the potatoes were not according to traditions.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Bankplassen 1, Oslo 0151, Norway
  • Location: Europe  >  Norway  >  Eastern Norway  >  Oslo
  • Phone Number: +47 22 82 25 25

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 37
  • Cuisine: European, Scandinavian, Norwegian, Seafood, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine

Description

The restaurant
Guests enter the low corner building originating from the 1700's, Oslo's oldest restaurant, where staff and guests could celebrate Engebret Cafe's 150th anniversary in 2007. When it opened, the restaurant was located right opposite the old Christiania Theater and was often visited by actors and audience.
Engebret also provides banquet services, designed to accommodate both small and large gatherings.
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?