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Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Seafood, European, Pub, Soups, Scandinavian, Norwegian, Gluten Free Options
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Strandtorget 1, Tromso 9008, Norway
+47 77 60 07 20
3:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Sun 3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 3:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Was there because Arctandria was full. I tried the whale steak for the first time of my life. When it's literally in front of your eyes, you can't really tell which meat it is, it looks like beef or reindeer but redder. It tasted quite beef-like and irony, and it was quite obvious that the meat was from the wild.... More 

Thank Min C
Tromso, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's three different venues in one building, many tourists are a bit confused when they enter it: On the ground floor Skarven, the pub, has two different rooms, then you'll see the entrance to the steakhouse Biffhuset, and upstairs you'll find Arctandria, a seafood restaurant. At Skarven you can sample beer from 5 different microbreweries from Tromsø. Order the "beer... More 

Thank gutuAter
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Saw some good reviews on this place so on my last night in Tromsø I decided to splash out. On arrival the waiter didn't greet us but just looked at us waiting for us to ask for a table. We had booked one so said my name and he without saying a word just turned and walked away, to our... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the best fish restaurant in Tromsø. You need to eat the buffet menu with "Mølje" for the full experience, which is a selection of the most delicacies of spawning cod. You taste the cheek, liver, roe, and tongue cooked traditionally and with all the finest accoutrements. The Chef came out to carefully explain each ingredient to my partner... More 

Thank Starfangle
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was hungry in town with a party of 8 and couldn't get a seat anywhere during lunch time. Saw some people walking in and decided to check it out. They had some soup buffet thing and some other choices. Let me tell you the red soup was amazing with bacon bits and fish for 125 krone's. The staff was super... More 

Thank Jcxny
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This lovely place became a regular bolt-hole for us. Lovely staff, endless Fish Soup, and a cosy interior. It's massive, but we stayed in the main bar for snacks and hot chocolate mostly. Great place and very central.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First time lutefisk. Great experience. Traditional place with good food. Lots of people so be sure to book a table.

Thank Espen S
Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovey place, great roaring fire, which even if you can't get close to it, makes the bar feel wonderful. Really nice, friendly staff, reasonably priced

Thank glenbur2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

Nice and popular place in Tromsø. Famous place to drop by for a beer after work and enjoy good company with friends. Nice atmosphere with an ongoing fire (wintertime). They have a (fish) soup buffet, which has good value for the money if you don't want to spend too much on dinner. Was there an evening in the middle of... More 

Thank Emmelie Å
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017 via mobile

We were really disappointed with this place. Service was good. However our main problem was food. We were not expecting anything else than pub food. Howeve what we got was just not acceptable. Food was cold and bread promised on menu was not served. Yes, we could complain and maybe get things sorted, but having warm food that is served... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Seafood, European, Pub, Soups, Scandinavian, Norwegian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Scenic view, Business meetings, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
3:30 pm - 10:30 pm
3:30 pm - 10:30 pm
3:30 pm - 10:30 pm
3:30 pm - 10:30 pm
3:30 pm - 10:30 pm
3:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Strandtorget 1, Tromso 9008, Norway
  • Location: Europe  >  Norway  >  Northern Norway  >  Troms  >  Tromso
  • Phone Number: +47 77 60 07 20
Restaurant with table service. Traditional food, fish, seafood, sea mammals. Located in an old stone house on the quayside in central Tromso

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?