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Balholm Bar and Bistro

Scandinavian, European
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Kviknevegen 8, Balestrand 6898, Norway
+47 57 69 42 00
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The bar itself is a bit soulless. The drinks are quite expensive, I think my beer was $21 (Australian), which is a few dollars more than elsewhere in Norway. However, you are able to take your drinks out to the verandah overlooking the fjord, which is perhaps the most spectacular setting anywhere!

Thank alittleharsh
Victoria, Canada
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208 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 289 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

We arrived at 6:00 when Balholm Bar is scheduled to start a dinner service. I know we were right on 6:00, but even so the server was unsure if they would still serve the lunch menu or already the dinner menu. We determined it was dinner, took a seat, and ordered. The server was alone on the shift and when... More 

Thank SyrinxSounds
Fleming Island, Florida
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10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

We are guests at the Kvikne Hotel and this is their a la carte restaurant and bar. I read rave reviews on Trip Advisor, so decided to give it a try. Good decision!! Hubz loved the crayfish soup while I enjoyed, immensely, the marinated loin of venison .. should be described as carpaccio of venison. Entrees crazy good .. halibut... More 

2 Thank DebCharMac
Hartford, Ar
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49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Don't be fooled b/c this is in the lobby bar of the hotel. This was the best food we had during our 10 day stay in Norway. It was my daughter's birthday and I wanted to take her somewhere nice. The food is gourmet quality. I had the sea trout which was enormous and great tasting. My daughter had salmon... More 

3 Thank Lynn M
Utrecht Province, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

After we had a very unfortunate experience at the Pilgrim restaurant, we ended up in the Balholm Bistro. It was a bit hard to find, since it was located in a hotel. The service was really good and pretty quick and the staff was very friendly. The food was also delicious. You pay the price for it, but it was... More 

3 Thank Fashiorexia
Oxford, UK
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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015 via mobile

Without doubt this was the best place we ate in Balestrand and one of the best on our tour of Norway. It's the name of the bar/ bistro in the Kviknes hotel. It's certainly not bar food, but a quality bistro. The cured salmon starter was delicious and lamb with sweetbreads made a perfect main course. We can also highly... More 

2 Thank Cumnor_writer
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11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Very good for "bar" food! Soups and dishes as opposed to the basics. The included breakfast buffet was also very good ( not technically part of the bar.)

1 Thank GAMDtrip
Sonoma, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We were expecting mediocre bar food and were so pleasantly surprised by the high quality of ingredients and excellent preparations here. We had lunch one day and dinner the next. For dinner, we both had excellent sea trout with new potatoes and fresh peas in a dill garlic sauce. Lunch next day, I had a phenomenal salmon sandwich with scrambled... More 

1 Thank theronware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 via mobile

The food is some of the best in Balestrand. The prices are not. If you want good food though there are only 2-3 options and this is one of them. Plus they have a well stocked bar.

1 Thank Brandon A
Chevy Chase, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Arriving in Balestrand late, when nothing else was open, we opted for this restaurant, in the lobby of the Kviknes hotel over the crowded and noisy buffet. It was an inspired choice. The food, especially the seatrout entree, was wonderfully prepared. The service was pleasant and efficient, and the atmosphere was relaxed. The menu was limited (especially compared with the... More 

1 Thank KenCC

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Scandinavian, European
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  • Address: Kviknevegen 8, Balestrand 6898, Norway
  • Location: Europe  >  Norway  >  Western Norway  >  Sogn og Fjordane  >  Balestrand
  • Phone Number: +47 57 69 42 00

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