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“Salty and expensive~” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Sjomatkirken

Sjomatkirken
Zachariasbryggen, Bergen 5000, Norway
55 70 50 40
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Ranked #58 of 242 Restaurants in Bergen
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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7 restaurant reviews
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“Salty and expensive~”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

The waiters cannot alert our call or needs, we have ordered a seafood soup which was extremely salty...even with bitter taste, which costed around 20 euro!!! and we have ordered mussels, the taste was good and which is the most reasonable price in that restaurant~ otherwise, all the other dishes are quite expensive~ the environment is good, the staff are nice but they cannot see you most the time...

  • Visited October 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Bergen, Norway
1 review
“Fantastic food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

This is the best seafood restaurant in Bergen - No doubt about it!
The restaurant is nice and the service is great. The view from some of the tables are fantastic where you have views of the bay and the pier

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“Excellent lunch spot in Bergen”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We visited this restaurant during the last port day of our Norwegian Fjord Cruise.
Although expensive, mainly due to the cost of the excellent Chablis, it was well worth the money and delicious. We sat outside on the balcony which had a lovely view of the harbour and fish market. Contemporary in its decor, it has free wifi inside, a nice touch was the really lovely bread and garlic butter. We always appreciate linen napkins, as they give any restaurant an upmarket feel. Thank you for a delicious lunch.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Magnificent meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We chanced upon Sjomatskirken one early evening, and were offered an indoor table with a view. And what a vista! The view of Bryggen and Bergen harbor with the sail ship (Statsraad Lehmkul) in the background bathed in the golden glow of the setting sun couldn't have been a more spectacular setting for this memorable meal.
It was hard to decide what to eat because I found everything on the menu mouth watering. I finally settled for the fresh mussels, and took the waiter's advice and ordered the small portion. He was absolutely right: it was more than enough for one person. The meal was superb. I have only eaten mussels this fresh when I have harvested the mussels myself. The Chablis wine that he recommended was the perfect complement to the mussels. I did not have room for dessert, and ordered tea instead. My only (very minor) issue is that I would have wished for a better selection of teas.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Oslo, Norway
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“Great location and atmosphere. Food quality MUST improve!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

Probably one of the best locations in Bergen. Sjømatkirken is situated in the heart of downtown Bergen on the Zachariass Bryggen, right beside the famous Fishmarket.
From the restaurant you can enjoy a scenic view to the buzzling Fish market and the harbour. The restaurant is nicely furnished.
With this fantastic atmosphere we ordered the most expensive dish on the menu: Sjømatkirken's deluxe seafood platter.
The price was ~ 150$ each and contained the following:
1/2 Lobster, 2 oysters, 2 crabcraws, 1 scallop, kingcrab, mussels and shrimps.

We were very dissapointed when we discovered that the shrimps were not fresh. White marks on the shrimp shells prove that the shrimps have been out for a long time or they have been deiced in hot water.
The lobster was overcooked. The meat therefore was hard and tasteless.
The mussels were tasty. So was the kingcrab.

Drop the lobster if you want to try the platter. You can buy a normal seafood platter for ~ 100$ without the lobster. That's probably a much better pick.

All in all a perfect situated seafood restaurant. They need to improve their cooking and food to match their luxury prices and standard.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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