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#35 of 388 European in Oslo
#64 of 1,197 Restaurants in Oslo
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0.3 miles from Karl Johans gate
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The restaurant Guests enter the low corner building originating from the 1700's, Oslo's oldest restaurant, where staff and guests could celebrate Engebret Cafe's 150th anniversary in 2007. When it opened, the restaurant was located right opposite the old Christiania Theater and was often visited by actors and audience. Engebret also provides banquet services, designed to accommodate both small and large gatherings.
$10 - $34
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
European, Scandinavian, Norwegian
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed July 10, 2020

Engebret Café, the oldest restaurant in Oslo, has an old-world feel. While waiting for our food, the waiter brought out potato flatbread with brown cheese and ground mustard on the side, and I really liked the combination; they blended so well together. They served traditional...Christmas dishes on their menu when we visited Oslo. We had the Christmas platter, which included crisp pork belly, tasty sausages, and delicious pork patties paired nicely with lingonberry jam, prunes, apples, and Christmas sauce and the Pinnekjott which is salted, smoked and steamed lamb ribs. The portions were enormous and filling; each dish was enough for two or even three people. The service was excellent. Our waiter was very attentive, cordial, and helpful. Interestingly, you can have second serving at no additional cost. But there's no room for seconds!More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed March 2, 2020 via mobile

Visited around 2:30 for a light lunch. On entering restaurant totally ignored for at least 5 minutes. Restaurant fairly empty with lots of free tables. Finally approached by a waitress who was extremely rude when we asked for a table and told us very aggressively...that she would need to clear tables before we could be seated. She then proceeded to walk away and served the existing customers ignoring us in the process. Every single fibre of her approach and facial expression made it very clear that we were not welcome and we left. Utterly appalling behaviour !!!!More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed January 27, 2020

Everything we ate was delicious, fresh and full of flavour. A welcoming old world ambience and unrushed but attentive service.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed December 30, 2019

During all my trips to Oslo during the past 25+ years, I dine at Engebrit Cafe. Superb dining experience!

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed October 31, 2019

The food was ok, the service adequate, but watch out if you are a foreigner and don't speak Norwegian. They will really stick it to you if you have children in tow when you enter this establishment. We had four adults and two small children,...a 3 year old and an 18 month old. Their mother fed the children a very small amount from her plate and they charged us for a complete adult meal for each of them. They should have told us that fact so we could have asked about a kids menu or something more equitable for such small children. Between the two of them they did not eat very much. We would have gladly paid for a kids portion, but being charged for an adult meal for two children 3 or younger was outrageous. In addition, they charged each of us a plate fee and then for what additional orders we made not from their preferred open salad bar. For 4 adults and 2 small children we were charged for eight (8) meals for our lunch encounter. Big Time Rip Off.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed October 25, 2019 via mobile

We visited the restaurant for dinner. The food was perfect and the service excellent. Special thanks to mr Sigurd

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 7, 2019 via mobile

You can feel in the atmosphere of the restaurant it's sophistication and elegancy. We were welcomed very nicely and given the table of Edvard Munch. Do not be afraid to try their "A taste of Northern Norway".

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed September 30, 2019

This is my third trip to Oslo and second after I read the Rick Steves book with his recommendations. This restaurant is closed on Sunday so I missed it on my last trip and I was determined on this trip. The first time I walked...inside I happened to meet the chef and owner who is reviewed just inside the restaurant. His photograph is how I recognized him! He allowed me to take his photograph and photograph freely throughout the restaurant. He also answered questions about the restaurant, the menu, and items that only appear on the menu when they are in season, such as moose, reindeer and whale. I had the seafood soup and a green salad for lunch. Superb!More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed September 24, 2019 via mobile

Proclaiming itself Oslo’s oldest restaurant, Engebret Cafe features work and stories of its many celebrity patrons over the years, including Munch, Grieg, and Ibsen. We ate at Munch’s favorite table. A letter of apology from Munch hangs in the entryway, begging Engebret to let him...back in, after he had been carried out by the police in a state of obnoxious inebriation a couple of days earlier. Both Ibsen and Grieg had their favorite tables and left creative mementos for display. The historic vignettes provide a backdrop for a delightful lunch or dinner. We were served and guided by the friendly, humorous, and attentive Camilla. I will never forget how Camilla sweetly but firmly informed me that I was ordering too much for lunch when I tried to order the herring platter and the fish soup. That was the sign of a world-class waiter, when she considers it her responsibility to steer her patrons to choose a good meal. I loved my herring platter, of phenomenal herring prepared in four different ways, with mustard, with nothing, with tomato sauce, and dill sauce. My wife and I shared that and an open-faced Norwegian shrimp sandwich. Spectacular late lunch made supper by necessity more modest.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed September 2, 2019 via mobile

When we came to this cafe we were surprised to find out that this is the oldest cafe in Oslo. It was nice to know and the interior design is fascinating. The service was good. The food was delicious, but it really depends on what...you choose. My wife ordered a cod and it was amazing, perfect with a glass of white wine! However, the herring I ordered was too salty, even with wine and some sides. Some potatoes or bread would be nice to balance the saltiness. Overall it was a pleasant experience but, of course, pricy.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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