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Theatercafeen

#20 of 1,130 Restaurants in Oslo
Certificate of Excellence
European, Norwegian
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Stortingsgata 24-26, Oslo 0117, Norway
47 22 82 40 50
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3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings
Description: Exuberant and bustling, lively and unique... Theatercafeen is part of...
Exuberant and bustling, lively and unique... Theatercafeen is part of Norwegian cultural history and an absolute must for every visitor to Oslo. This legendary Vienna-style café is featured on the New York Times list of the world's ten most famous cafés, and has indisputably been the city's most popular dining and meeting place for over 100 years. Inside the café you can see a unique collection of portrait paintings, all portraying people who are, or have been, regular guests at Theatercafeen. Reservations recommended.
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  • 38
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  • 14
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food but not great service

I ate there with friends who are Norwegian. The food was good but the service was not. We had to ask several times for the waitress to take our order for all the courses and she was pretty charmless. I liked the fish I had char with kumquats and radish - sounds disgusting but was really nice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Karen W
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Norway
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52 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I am here very often. It is very central in Oslo and the atmosphere is like in central Europe. Many People, in Christmas season really crowded! The interiour is great and the service is very friendly. The food is very good, though not exceptional ( it don`t have to). We had carpaccio of cod (great), blue mussels and steak. Very... More 

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Thank einar e
Oslo
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37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I've lived in Oslo for twenty years, but have never been to Theatercafeen - one of the renowned landmarks of the Oslo restaurant landscape. We, my friend and I, entered an almost empty pre-dinner rush restaurant and were seated elbow-to-elbow with the only other guests there. When we asked to be moved to another table, our friendly waitor quickly let... More 

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Thank Berit L
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73 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Simply perfect for business lunches. The restaurant has long historical roots, and is one of the very few, older places keeping the original touch mixed with professional waiters and exellent kitchen. Not crowded on week days. It's perfect - go there and experience!

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Thank Heidi F
Geneva, Switzerland
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126 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been there for dinner on a Saturday night, and unfortunately, I was alone, and the staff didn't bother to sit me at a "normal" table, even at a two persons table (there were still a few of them and none became occupied during my meal). Instead, I sit on a tiny low circular table, normally used to get a... More 

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Theatercaféen T, Leder  at Theatercafeen, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking time to send us your feedback. We are constantly trying to get better and your comments are valuable to us. We can ensure you that we have discussed your matter with the staff involved. Please contact us prior to your next visit to Oslo – in order for us to make sure you’ll have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I ate there with friends who are Norwegian. The food was good but the service was not. We had to ask several times for the waitress to take our order for all the courses and she was pretty charmless. I liked the fish I had char with kumquats and radish - sounds disgusting but was really nice. Not heavy either.... More 

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Thank Karen W
Oslo, Norway
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant is an institution in Oslo. Everyone that visits Oslo should eat here once. There are two reasons: 1. The food is excellent. 2. The atmosphere is next to none. A very open and big art noveau room is the scenery of your meal. The restaurant also have a significant wine list that should please any heart. The food... More 

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Thank Lars K
Oslo, Norway
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113 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

We visited the restaurant just before christmas to get some traditional norwegian christmas food before leaving for our holiday. First of all the seating routine screams for a change. We had a table at 16:30 and at that time all of the guests dining at that time was queued up outside. it took forever to get our table and it... More 

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Thank lindafe
Oslo, Norway
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169 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

The food here is average. If you go here it's only because you where invited and some else takes the bill. At least before Christmas. This place is PACKED in November/December. And the quality of the food goes down. If you want to eat here do not go in this period of the year!

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Thank chrisborck
Soestdijk, The Netherlands
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250 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

This place is special for it Xmas time celebration dinners. My Norwegian colleagues told me the place is fully booked for December and January. When we visited the place was indeed packed as well. We were with 7 and were seated at a round table somewhere in the middle. A great experience to be enjoy this Norwegian celebration meal. We... More 

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Thank FrankWhileTraveling
California
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

Being from California I never thought of eating reindeer. I thought Reindeer were used strictly to transfer Santa around. I must say that this was the most tender meat I've ever had. The taste was fabulous and it was prepared just right. My wife's wild halibut was also excellent. The lady at the table next to us had the lutefisk.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Stortingsgata 24-26, Oslo 0117, Norway
  • Location: Europe  >  Norway  >  Eastern Norway  >  Oslo
  • Phone Number: 47 22 82 40 50

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: European, Norwegian

Restaurant Characteristics

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

Description

Exuberant and bustling, lively and unique... Theatercafeen is part of Norwegian cultural history and an absolute must for every visitor to Oslo. This legendary Vienna-style café is featured on the New York Times list of the world's ten most famous cafés, and has indisputably been the city's most popular dining and meeting place for over 100 years. Inside the café you can see a unique collection of portrait paintings, all portraying people who are, or have been, regular guests at Theatercafeen. Reservations recommended.
Open Hours
Sunday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?