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#97 of 1,165 Restaurants in Oslo
Travelers' Choice


$20 - $100
European, Scandinavian, Norwegian, International
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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A sweet neighbourhood café with friendly staff and an urban feel. Coffee and homemade cakes are served in the morning, with a short selection of dishes...
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Bib Gourmand: good quality, good value cooking
Simple restaurant
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Reviewed August 28, 2020

I LOVE Smalhans and have a great experience every time I eat here. I love the small plates concepts, which is great for sharing with friends. The daily menu is also great- being American, I was pleasantly surprised to see they offered a thanksgiving dinner...as part of their menu in November.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed August 5, 2020

Very nice menu and friendly service. It was great to be able to match the menu also with non-alcoholic drinks, which the children enjoyed.

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed January 24, 2020 via mobile

We chose the Krøsus menu and were surprised with a delicious cuisine where every course made us discover another local high quality product. Thanks to the Smalhans team for their personal, warm service and the very good food.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed October 29, 2019

I went here recently with a group of about eight work colleagues from around the world and everyone had a good night. The service and atmosphere were excellent, the beer and wine good, and the food excellent. We chose the three course (five plate) meal...that was sufficient for an evening meal - plenty to share out between us. The beetroot, walnut and goats cheese salad was really nice - the walnuts in particular married with the earthy beetroot chunks were very tasty. The thinly sliced beef with crisps was also good, but I guess like the goats cheese not to everyone's taste - the kitchen is willing to make substitutions if you ask nicely. The mains were a 'long'(?) cod dish with greens and pan fried potato gnocchi. I am not a big fan of gnocchi but this was the best I have ever had and not at all glutinous. The dessert was also very nice but perhaps a bit of a small helping. I didn't pick up the bill, but I am told it was reasonable by Oslo standards - which means it was expensive but not outrageously so.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 18, 2019

Went yesterday with 10 colleagues and experienced a restaurant that seemed to be more focussed on what chefs enjoy then what a customer experiences. Service terribly unorganised and not nearly good enough. Wines are mainly nature and ecological wines...there is a good reason why these...types of wine are not a big hit around the world as they are a seriously aquired taste for most... poor experience, shaky service, under par tastes and just too bad overall.. pluss for the lp player and lp albums that you are able to use in the appartment...More

Date of visit: October 2019
GeirKristianN, Daglig leder at Smalhans, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2019

Hello Josephken, I am sorry to hear that you did not have a good experience at Smalhans on Thursday. Our food during the evening service is made with fresh and season based produce with influence from kitchens all over the world. We want to serve...More

Reviewed September 25, 2019

To celebrate my last day in Norway with my Norsk friend and guide, and his nephew, what better place than Smalhans. Smalhans' kitchen takes whatever fresh and interesting provisions its suppliers can provide that week and, using their magic and Norsk spirit for adventure, transforms...them into creative culinary cocktails, where the whole is greater, and more satisfying and interesting, than the sum of the parts. The atmosphere is inclusive and informal, a combination of t-shirts, little black dresses and a table of French-speaking business-people on the night of our visit. The service is friendly, non-intrusive and minimalistic; don't expect your water glasses to be filled by the waitstaff when that's something you can easily do yourself. And consistent with this ethos of Janteloven, Smalhans is also about community and sharing -- each course offers enough for the table and is to be shared. We three ordered the Smalhans menu, which consists of 5 courses. There are no choices to be made on the menu, apart from selecting the 5-course Smalhans or 9-course Krøsus menu. All the plates were delightful, and the cod in particular, but including the raspberry sorbet with what tasted like a crushed Skor bar sprinkled on top. It was a perfect end to a wonderful meal. My first visit to Smalhans, about a year and a half ago, was memorable for many reasons, not the least the food on the 9-course Krøsus menu we 10 shared. This visit reinforced my initial impressions: this restaurant is a treasure.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed August 4, 2019

Great food sharing experience. We had the smalhans menu. Each dish was delicious. The staff was extremely friendly and told us a bit about the yearly 'pop-up' where a Norwegian celebrity creates a menu.

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed July 6, 2019 via mobile

While visiting Oslo for a business conference, a group of us decided to have dinner at this restaurant on a spur of the moment decision. We walked there from the central train station in Oslo during on a beautiful evening. The walk was no more...than 15 or 20 minutes. By the time we arrived anticipation for dinner was high. We had a reservation, which was definitely smart to do. They have 2 seating times during the evening to allow for the multiple course dinner to be served with enough time for socialization. The menu included 2 options for an 11 dish course and a shorter 6 dish course. Vegetarian substitutions were no problem. The dishes included traditional Norwegian fare prepared in an innovative way with a wide range of flavors. The sequence of servings was put together with care as each dish provided a different array of flavors, all delicious. A variation on mashed potatoes was the favorite among our group. The wine/beer selection complemented the food very well. As far as the interior atmosphere goes, it was relatively casual, well lit, neatly decorated with natural polished wood table tops. The walls were decorated with shelves holding a variety of items from books to small statues, as well as, small paintings and other wall hangings. All in all great food served in a homey, intimate atmosphere, conducive to conversation. Our group of 4 all loved our experience and recommend this restaurant highly to anyone visiting or living in Oslo.More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed June 21, 2019

We had the Krøsus, 10 course menu with interesting taste experiences. Very casual atmosphere and helpful staff. I will definitely be back.

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed April 17, 2019 via mobile

Now, it is not just a good resaturant with innovative kitchen. It is a attractive concept - there arr none smaller plates. If you choose the full sequence of plates - the Krosus - then you are guided from a small cold amuse-bouche through different...plates of fish, meat, seafood, vegetable to cheese and dessert. You can order the selectin of five . - the smalhans - and you still would leave the restaurant with a full stomach. They do the vegetables very nicely - not too soft, nicely spiced, beautifully served. It‘s a real pleasure eating there.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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As the reviewer above says, Somalians is a restaurant. We walked from Hotel Bristol up the hill. Took about 25 minutes. Well worth the trip!
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