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#10 of 380 European in Oslo
#20 of 1,167 Restaurants in Oslo
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European, Scandinavian, Norwegian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night
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0.7 miles from Karl Johans gate
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All reviews meatballs salmon snails entrecote cheesecake potatoes fish and chips bread norwegian food cozy dinner traditional christmas restaurant based generous portions delicious food friendly service cozy atmosphere great meal
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Reviewed August 9, 2020

This restaurant was one of the best choices we made in Oslo. It was very delicious (I recommend the salmon!), nice to sit outside, very reasonably priced and friendly staff. Would recommend it to everyone!

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed April 14, 2020

I went to the restaurant with my girlfriend. From the second we entered we were welcome and taken care of. Best service ever!

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed March 15, 2020

Visit at Dinner for some traditional food - decided for the meatballs and Christmas pudding - everything was very good. The service was fantastic and very fast. It's a little far from Oslo centre but deserves a visit.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed January 17, 2020

We chose the restaurant based on the reviews and the decent prices. The food was great, big portions and it was less expensive than a lot of similar places in Oslo. We wouldn’t recommend the lasagna but the traditional fish, the shrimps and the escargots...were delicious.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 12, 2020

We came across this restaurant in an “Oslo on a budget” type blog and we could not have been more impressed with the food, and the lovely waiter. My boyfriend got the traditional meatballs and I got a vegetarian option, both our meals, two beers...a dessert came to the equivalent of around £50 - great value for money. Would definitely recommend Sofies!More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 9, 2020

Reasonable food, well served. A little far from city center, at least by foot, but it's a reasonable restaurant for dinning.

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed January 4, 2020 via mobile

Unfortunately this meal will go down as one of the worst I have experienced. Based off the high ratings on tripadvisor we decided to give this restaurant a go on our family trip to Oslo. We had booked a table for a group of 9...weeks in advance yet on arrival we were left standing at the entrance for 10 minutes without any communication from the restaurant staff....preparing our table it seemed. Once seated our experience only got worse. Poor service from the waiter and owner who never seemed interested in us. The food was very poor and you could tell that a lot of the food was from a packet i.e. microwave chips, mushy peas from a tin. If travelling to Oslo do not be fooled by the high ratings. Plenty of other affordable restaurant options in the city centre!More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 2, 2020 via mobile

After a long walk around Oslo in the cold with our three children (12, 10 and 4), we were exhausted and famished. We decided to go to this restaurant based on previous reviews, and were warmly welcomed (we called in advance to book a table...but didn’t need to, it was very quiet). As it was early-ish (5pm), there were only a few customers and we were seated by a window. The menu was explained to us in English (main course choice was limited as we do not eat beef, but we chose the Schnitzel for the two adults. I wouldn’t say the menu was vegetarian-friendly though - our (thankfully pescatarian) daughter chose the fish and chips, but if you are quite a rigid vegetarian / vegan it may not be the restaurant for you. In any case the waiter was very patient and pointed out what we could eat, and also advised us on the local beers :) Service was fantastic, food arrived quickly which is always great when you have kids with you. Our food was delicious, and the portions massive (the waiter was kind enough to bring an extra plate for our youngest (4 year-old) to share our food. In particular I really enjoyed the pea purée which was served with the Schnitzel. We decided to also go for desserts and were not disappointed - my son had cheesecake and we ordered apple cake. Both delicious, big slices served with whipped cream and ice-cream. All in all, a friendly atmosphere, clean restaurant, delicious food, fab service and great waiter who was so kind to even offer us tea and coffee to go with our cakes - we left happy and full with a big smile on our face. Price was reasonable (for Oslo!) for a family, and I would definitely recommend (especially as they said they had a bigger/new menu starting tomorrow)More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed December 28, 2019

Very disappointing meal. Food lukewarm & poor. Staff did not appear enthusiastic or energetic. At least three meals out of nine were barely touched. The burgers were apparently quite nice - enjoyed by two of our group. We could not understand how the restaurant received...such positive reviews from previous customers.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 21, 2019

So I'll start with the good point, my meatballs were delicious, (although the berries accompanying were super sweet) but overall I enjoyed my food. The other dish ordered was the Christmas fish, and this was not good at all, it was bland and lacked any...flavor. Even though this remained basically untouched on the plate not once was there any query as to whether there was a problem or if the food was ok. So no real "service" to speak of, but happy to take your money of course. Now the odd part - mid meal (as in mid eating) we get told we need to move table to accommodate a large group who have arrived. In retrospect we should have refused but we instead obliged and had our food and selves moved to a different table. What I found bizarre was that if this large group had booked why seat us in the area in the first place as you know they are coming?, and if they hadn't booked why not follow regular protocol and politely say to this group that they will be seated once the current diners have finished? Common courtesy right? Well courtesy here doesn't seem to exist, as we are getting ready to leave the couple next to us also then got moved mid meal (again mid eating) to another table to accommodate yet another group!!! Even in McDonalds you get to at least finish your food where you sit!! So clearly this is a popular place, (all those large groups) with one would assume no logical way of placing diners or managing expectations. I would note that the tables of people merely having a drink and no food were left alone and not shunted around. maybe they know how to keep there table? who knows? I would suggest if you're visiting Oslo to keep looking and avoid this place, as they clearly are only about making cash over any "experience". Having eaten at some really fabulous local restaurants where the care, warmth and attention is really obvious, I would say don't end up disappointed (and hungry) and keep looking for those gems that do exist here. This place does not live up to the reviews at all.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Jules K
October 10, 2019|
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Response from 1Norwegian | Reviewed this property |
Soory, Ive been in Peru and offline... Sofies is open around the year so no problem! I'd book in December if I were you, as that is our "Julebord season".
March 21, 2019|
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Response from Klemmetvold | Property representative |
Yes it is. Greetings from the owner :)
December 23, 2018|
Response from smiklics | Reviewed this property |
I checked their menu again on 24th dec, and they still serve so called ”husmankost”, traditional Nordic ”home food”. That means, they have a daily meny what can contain fish, but seafood -as shrimps or mussels- and... More
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