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“Authentic Norwegian food at Oslo prices”
Review of Rorbua

Ranked #34 of 1,560 Restaurants in Oslo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $48
Cuisines: Seafood, Norwegian
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed February 27, 2014

I visited the Rorbua with a couple of Chinese friends because I wanted them to taste local Norwegian food and drink, and to feel the atmosphere of a proper Norwegian local diner/restaurant. Rorbua does not offer the fancy food of many of their neighboring restaurants in the upmarket neighborhood and shopping district Aker Brygge - and that is a good thing and a nice contrast! Rorbua is closer to what you could find in any small city in Norway, where the dining experience is key and not to see-and-be-seen.

The menu consists of local Northern Norwegian delicacies and traditional, seasonal foods. They offer moose, reindeer, beef, whale, different kinds of seafood and seasonal specialities. We were there in the middle of the cod season, which was clear from the menu - which offered three traditional varieties of cod as a main course.

The food was excellent, and there was plenty of it. The only drawback is that they did not have half of the beers that were listed on the menu. Instead of the Northern Norway brew Mack, we had to settle for the Bergen beer Hansa. If you don't have it, don't list it on the menu, would be my advice.

Rorbua offers a Norwegian atmosphere with wooden tables and benches, fishing nets in the ceilig and photos from the olden days on the walls, etc. For us Norwegians, it's almost to the point where it's too Norway themed (like the Irish pubs that cater to foreigners, and do not reflect what real pubs in Ireland look like). However, the place is cosy and nice, the service good (although our waiter problably was in training, because he made som rookie mistakes).

Prices are relatively high, as with all restaurants in the Aker Brygge area. A main course cost between 200-300 NOK.

I would recommend this place to foreigners who visit Oslo and who wish to samle something that is close to authentic in food and atmosphere. This place is a real Norway-fix; a fun place for those who only visit Norway for a short time and wish to get the most out of their experience here. Many Norwegians who aren't too impressed with fishing nets and moose casserole will problably choose to eat elsewhere :-)

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3  Thank Berit L
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Reviewed February 22, 2014

as I have been living in Norway for some time, I felt urge to try something typical norwegian. First of all I need to say that I find norwegian cousine very non tempting, non creative, simple and heavy, so one need to count with it when trying it. I read reviews and decided to try reindeer finally. The Rorbua (name for simple fishing cottage) is located amongs fancy restaurants on Aker brygge,It was refreshing to enter interior which is so different and low end comparing to other restaurants there full of businessmen and fancy couples. Here you are sitting at wooden tables, rustical feeling. I was amazed by the best service we got from one swedish guy.. waiter and bartender in one who was covering all the restaurant with such ease and joy,while managing really to pay attention to guests individual needs. He helped us with choosing the right tasty meal, I had reindeer stew, friend had cod, we both were extremly happyand portions...I couldnt even eat it all up. It seems like place where local and older ppl come but we not being that old enjoyed as well. Cosy simple interior, good for drinking with friends,maybe less for romantic encounters. Nice experience,I recommend

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2  Thank mikronela
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rorbua, Eier at Rorbua, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2014
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Reviewed January 11, 2014 via mobile

Was looking for somewhere to try some local food at a good price and found this little gem of a pub/restaurant located by the Nobel Peace Museum.
Tried the Reindeer & Whale Steaks, both cooked to perfection.
Hansa was about £7 and they had a nice selection of Aquavit starting at £8.50.
The Barman was both polite and helpful with drink choices (not up selling the most expensive)
The Bar itself was decked out like the inside of a boat, nice touch being I was sat watching the Habour

3  Thank James_Batney
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

Ive been here twice while on business in Oslo. Its an excellent spot for sampling traditional Norwegian food. Reindeer, Whale and many different fish options. Good fun to visit with colleagues and great stories to share about the unusual dishes that are always very tasty.

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Reviewed August 15, 2013

A good place if you want to try some traditional Norwegian food. I had a whale starter and the fish soup and they where both good. Big portions. They also have a good beer list.

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1  Thank Lars A
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