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$$ - $$$
Gastropub, Bar, European, Scandinavian, Norwegian, Gluten Free Options
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Vaskerelven 14, Bergen 5014, Norway
+47 55 60 46 46
12:00 pm - 3:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 am
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I loved every single dish I tried here and I tried 4 of them in one weekend (meatballs and fish/potato mash were the favs). If you only have one meal in Bergen, go here.

Thank Helen Z
Jyvaskyla, Finland
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35 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Amazingly good and traditional Norwegian food, plus some great beers including locally brewed IPAs. They also serve food according to seasons and holidays. When I visited in November 2016 there was some fine traditional Christmas meals and also some juleøl (Christmas beer).

Thank Steve C
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely a small place, and was just lucky enough to get a table as folks left. All food was great...and reindeer neck ale stew was killer. Fish dishes were traditional and delicious as well. Nice staff, that were helpful when needed. Decent sized portions should not feeling as bad with the prices. Worth a visit.

Thank Purplesmartie
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although not a huge place it is great for traditional food which is warming and reasonably priced. The popcorn is also good!

Thank Samantha S
Milton Keynes, UK
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great for a quick bite on a Sunday evening. Finally found some local food to try. Plukkfisk (white fish with mashed potato and bacon on top) went down well but maybe a little bland. Would probably try the fish pie if I get the chance to visit again. Good value for money.

Thank Malcolmb1963
Los Angeles, California
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163 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Go here! It’s delightfully intimate, seemingly authentic and damn delicious. Don’t be put off by the line around the front door–they just don’t have any waiting area and there “system” for taking names is a little, well, non-existent. We only had to wait about 20 minutes on a Saturday night. I inhaled the dish with Swedish-esque meatballs that reminded me... More 

Thank WanderfullExplorer
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice place with nice and tasty food and very good wine. It is located in the center of Bergen in a cute street close to all landmarks and its a great place just to "charge your batteries" and continue strolling around. Staff was friendly, its always full of people but not noisy. Crowd from families to students. My favorite... More 

Thank Zuzana D
Bergen, Norway
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At Pingvinen you get good, traditional Norwegien food in an retro envirenment. They also serve good cooffe and refreshments. You can sit at the bar or by a table (mostly old furniture). Be aware - the place is popular with the locals - be there early ...

Thank Borgny B
Bergen, Norway
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91 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've been here many times. They have always something (or several things) good on the menu. The service is fast and friendly and the prices are very good for Bergen.

1 Thank Radvaeringen
Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped into Pingvinen for some craft beers and local Norwegian food. Excellent selection of craft beers, and we had a traditional Norwegian stew of some sort (name escapes me), but it was delicious and filling. The vibe is definitely hipster, service is fairly surly, however I'm not too fussed about that so long as the food and beer is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $31
Gastropub, Bar, European, Scandinavian, Norwegian, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Vaskerelven 14, Bergen 5014, Norway
  • Location: Europe  >  Norway  >  Western Norway  >  Hordaland  >  Bergen
  • Phone Number: +47 55 60 46 46
We do not take table reservations. We are a small place with limited amount of tables. Please come by and we will try to help you to get a seat. The busiest hours are between seven and eight. We serve dinner/lunch from 12-22, and have a night menu after 22. Welcome!

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