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Reviewed August 4, 2020 via mobile

Opposite the street from the Ibsen Museum in Grimstad is an unmissable little jewel, the Cafe Ibsen. The atmosphere is super cosy, especially indoors but on a sunny day its spacious terrace is the place to be. Super tasty fish soup and shrimp sandwiches are...on the menu, Norwegian comfort food at its best. They also have a nice offer of sweets as well as coffee drinks, cappuccinos, etc. Great choice in this lovely small town.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed July 19, 2020 via mobile

I didn’t eat there because was quite full inside and raining out side. The place is impressive, the furniture is well take care

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed September 8, 2019

Usedvanlig to be the best Place to eat lunch, but the last two years the place got boring. Not good service, no exiting food.

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed August 8, 2018

This place had a serious upgrading in the last years. Now they have really great food there, especially the quiche with spinach which is just awesome. Quite pricy but totally worth it. Nice place otherwise, a lot of cosy corners to sit in :)

Date of visit: March 2018
Reviewed March 19, 2018

Delightful hostess who cooks all the food and runs the place with great joy and energy, copious fresh breakfast, quiet, peaceful room, Victorian Scandinavian decor, great location. History and beauty combined.

Date of visit: March 2018
Reviewed August 20, 2017

So cosy and charming. Feels like going back in time. The food is good. We had cake and coffee. A little expensive but worth it. Definitely going back here.

Date of visit: August 2017
Reviewed July 29, 2017

Cafe Ibsen is a very cool cafe during the day, either outdoors in the sun on one of their lovely patios or inside in the cozy 1800th century-style atmosphere.. After 5 pm every day the place turns into a great little gem of an Italian...restaurant! Ibsen did live many years in Italy as we know and therefore the concept: great Italian food in Grimstad- the place where he moved as a 15 year old, to stay 7 years or so. During the evenings here you will find yourself surrounded by burning candles, an ancient atmosphere heavy with history, enjoying amazing home made pasta made by their fantastic chef Edgar. You will also find fish and meat dishes on the meny as well as an incredible fish soup with saffron. Oh, and don´t forget the lobster. The ingredients are very fresh and local and I recommend this place a lot! Did I forget to mention; it is very romantic;) but it also works great as a place to take business contacts out for dinner!More

Date of visit: July 2017
Reviewed May 24, 2017

Some of the most charming cafees in Norway,we have several charming cafees in Grimstad,but this one is exeptional..Nice staff and tasty Food.. Higly recommendable

Date of visit: July 2016
Reviewed February 22, 2017 via mobile

Cafe Ibsen is a lovely little café which turns into an Italian restaurant after 5 pm. The atmosphere inside is like being in the late 19th century with plush and some almost royal furniture and wooden rooms. Upstairs you can sit in a room to...yourselves if it's available. The food is also very tasty and elegant Italian food, and the menu is based on Henrik Ibsens favorite foods when he lived in Sorrento, Italy.More

Date of visit: August 2016
Reviewed December 19, 2016

A cafe for breakfast or lunch. Been known as the most charming cafe in Norway. Home made food and very good cakes.

Date of visit: July 2016
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