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$$ - $$$
Gastropub, Bar, European, Scandinavian, Norwegian
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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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Good traditional food and a good selection of beers both on tap and bottle. Good atmosphere and the servers are really nice if they got the time (really busy).

Thank Carl B
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were looking for somewhere that served good value, traditional Norweigan food and came across Pingvinen. The food was delicious and the portions were large. It was so good, we ate there twice. As many other people have commented, the food is very cheap compared to most other restaurants/fast food outlets in Bergen! The atmosphere in Pingvinen was very cosy... More 

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San Francisco, California
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22 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

For everyone touring Norway, you should try the traditional food at least once. And if you are going to try it in Bergen, you should try it here. It was a crowded place at 9pm on a Friday, full of locals grabbing a drink with friends over some popcorn or small plates. When we arrived, the service wasn't good because... More 

Thank Chiq4Travel
Tel Aviv District, Israel
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food is very good, not expensive. The location is great, we went there during a trip to Bergen for dinner/drinks, the atmosphere at the place is very good for both. Would definetly recommend!

Thank Edokon
North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Some of the most delicious and reasonably priced Norwegian food we had while in the country. We ordered the minke whale sandwich and fish pie -- both were perfectly cooked and seasoned, and I liked the cabbage raspberry salad that came with the whale so much, I had to ask how they made it, to reproduce at home. This was... More 

Thank kthrog
Tacoma, Washington
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The woman at the visitor center had recommended this restaurant for traditional Norwegian food. The next day, we were just wandering around the city, getting hungry, and decided to eat here ... without realizing until that moment it was the recommended spot. So in we went. I stuck with the meatballs (yum), one of us had the lamb stew (again,... More 

Thank 253travelbug
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In the center of Bergen, one block up from Torgallmenningen, you will find this small yet cozy little bar. A good selection of beer and coffees makes it ideal to catch up withf friends, anytime between midday and 02:30. The food menu is very small, with daily specials written up on a blackboard, but the meals are hearty and very... More 

Thank Anja R
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I arrived alone and cold on a busy night after 12 hour journey. This is one of the most welcoming places in town. Cozy and friendly. I had traditional fish pie with grated carrots and potatos. Nothing fancy but very hearty and delish. The premise is full of local and travellers by the time i got there (Sun night at... More 

Thank xiaoshan_sun
Wells, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed in Bergen for two nights with friends as part of a tour. The second night, being a Sunday, the hotel restaurant was closed. One of the hotel staff recommended this restaurant as being good for Norwegian cuisine and not too far a walk from the hotel. It was small but friendly, some rock music in the background which... More 

Thank Shaldanne
Quincy, IL
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54 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had full meals here for price of cheeseburger at most other area restaurants. Limited menu however. Fairly central, couple blocks from St. Mary's church.

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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 - $32
Gastropub, Bar, European, Scandinavian, Norwegian
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
Bar scene, Families with children, Local cuisine, 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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