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Red Viking Restaurant

European, Scandinavian, Danish
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1684 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang, CA 93463-2759
805-688-6610
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8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 36
    Excellent
  • 76
    Very good
  • 47
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 16
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Viking Food a Little Boring

While passing through Solvang we decide to grab a bite at the "famous" Red Viking. My Dad used to love this place for smorgasbord in the 60's so we figured what the heck. This is called the best in town but represents a fairly standard lunch buffet with a few twists. Ham, and turkey lunch meat... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Ventura, CA
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Ventura, CA
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159 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

While passing through Solvang we decide to grab a bite at the "famous" Red Viking. My Dad used to love this place for smorgasbord in the 60's so we figured what the heck. This is called the best in town but represents a fairly standard lunch buffet with a few twists. Ham, and turkey lunch meat, pasta salad, potato salad... More 

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Galt
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The restaurant is good for lunch. The prices were reasonable and the food was good. I had the open face meatloaf and mashed potatoes with brown gravy & red cabbage. The cabbage was ok but I'm not a big cabbage fan anyway. The fresh bread was also nice. Good service but the space between tables is really tight.

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Bellflower, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We have been visiting Solvang for many years and no visit would be complete without the lunch smorgasbord at the Red Viking. I especially love the Danish meatballs! The flatbread served at the table along with other delicious breads, topped with butter, was once an introduction to a new food and now a familiar treat. Being a cost conscious traveler,... More 

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Desert Hot Springs, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This is THE Go-To place in Solvang for authentic Danish food at fairly reasonable prices. The Danish Smorgasbord (buffet) is the most authentic that I have had here in the States. The lunch and dinner menu is similar, however the traditional Danish sausage is served during the dinner times only. Have been coming to this restaurant for over 30 years... More 

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Morro Bay, California, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Everything tastes great but there is a bit too much salt in the food items. The staff is friendly and attentive. The Danish meat balls and meatloaf are very good. Salad bar items are good. The red cabbage is wonderful.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

The consistently good variety of Danish and other Baltic foods is dependable. The value is reasonable. The service is excellent and is delivered with a smile. Some foods were clearly warmed over from previous servings but none were beyond enjoyment.

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I have been going to Solvang for over 25 years and have always either had breakfast at Paula's or my hotel. I decided to break out of my comfort zone and try somewhere new. Had a wonderful breakfast here, so good that we came back two days in a row. Reasonably priced and very nice service. The corned beef hash... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We stopped by Red Viking to unwind and have some desserts. My brother tried their sundae which was delicious. It was a big serving too...with three scoops of ice cream. My mom had one of Solvang's favorite...Aebleskivers!! They are pure goodness in your mouth. You can't visit Solvang...without trying them. She also had coffee and she said it was "very... More 

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Eagle River, Alaska
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The sausage and meatball combination was very good. They were both milder than I am used to, but they were delicious, as were the red cabbage and mashed potatoes/gravy. We later compared prices with other restaraunts, and found this one to be the most reasonable ($9.95, as opposed to $14.95 for the same item). The service was also superb.

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pasadena ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

My girlfriend and I stopped by for a early dinner, and wished we would have tried the salad bar, which we had not noticed. The sandwiches we tried were a good amount and very tasty, the staff was very attentive and friendly.

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Additional Information about Red Viking Restaurant

Address: 1684 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang, CA 93463-2759
Phone Number: 805-688-6610
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Solvang
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Cuisine: European, Scandinavian, Danish

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1684 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang, CA 93463-2759
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Solvang
  • Phone Number: 805-688-6610

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: European, Scandinavian, Danish
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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