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Red Viking Restaurant

1684 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang, CA 93463-2759
805-688-6610
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Ranked #32 of 57 Restaurants in Solvang
Cuisines: Danish, Scandinavian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Naples, FL
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Our family of 4 arrived in time to get the lunch rate for the smorgasbord. We chose that along with the red beer. I recommend both. The meal reminded me of my childhood (my mother's side is Danish). The meatballs were made by hand, not prefab! I ate my weight in liver loaf. There are choices for less traditional eaters... More

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Taipei, Taiwan
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57 reviews 57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Review with photos: http://shrimp2.pixnet.net/blog/post/106265543 We came to Red Viking Restaurant in Solvang for having some Scandinavian/Danish food. This place may not the fanciest, but they provided good service and delicious food. I got the Danish sausage with homemade red cabbage, mashed potatos and gravy. The sausage was chewy, juicy and sort of sweet! Not exactly like the hot dog sausage.... More

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Angelus Oaks, California, United States
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62 reviews 62 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

It is one of the few authentic Danish restaurant's left in Solvang. I would feel incomplete if I did not sit at the window table at the Red Viking for breakfast/lunch or dinner (but they do close early). I remember the original owner and the girls from Denmark that waited tables and the costumes. But those things not so important... More

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Came in here for lunch. For some unknown reason the hostess lead us to the back of the restaurant where it was dark and humid. The waitress was friendly and the food was alright, nothing too special to remember. There were quite a lot of fruit flies flying around us which made the experience bad. We just wanted to finish... More

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San Jose, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We came here because we were recommended by the visitor center, and we were not disappointed. We ordered the Danish sausage and meatballs. The red cabbage is okay by itself, but it's great with the meats. The aebleskivers (kind of like doughnut holes, but not as sweet or greasy) were great too. The staff was friendly and helpful, and the... More

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San Francisico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The smorgasbord was a disappointment, so we stayed away from it. Ordered the Danish sausage and meatballs. The flavors were close, but I wouldn't serve this with mashed potatoes as they did... a more authentic choice would have been boiled potatoes.

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San Diego, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

When every we go to Solvang, we always try and eat lunch here. The wait staff are always friendly and very helpful if you are not "versed" in their menu items. The open faced sandwiches have become my favorite, and of course the bread basket served is always great. The potato salad and other items are some of the freshest... More

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Santa Ana, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This was the second time I have eaten at this restaurant. Decently priced with both American (burgers & fries, etc) options and Scandinavian (smorgasbord, Swedish meatballs, etc) options. Wait-staff is friendly. Right in the middle of the shopping, which is nice as you don't have to interrupt your day to find someplace to eat (that isn't a pastry shop). It's... More

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San Jose, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We chose the smorgasboard. The salads were good, but the main course meats were just too salty. The bakery products were original Danish level, truly fantastic.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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136 reviews 136 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Our food was fine. We had the stuffed tomato tuna salad, grilled chicken salad, turkey sandwich and kids' meal chicken fingers. Everyone was satisfied with their food and the price wasn't bad. Also had a sampler of breads that was great. The complaint I have is that the wait staff of three (maybe one was a manager or owner?) didn't... More

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