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“Worth the money spent”
Review of Theatercafeen

Ranked #27 of 1,443 Restaurants in Oslo
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, Scandinavian, Norwegian
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Exuberant and bustling, lively and unique... Theatercafeen is part of Norwegian cultural history and an absolute must for every visitor to Oslo. This legendary Vienna-style café is featured on the New York Times list of the world's ten most famous cafés, and has indisputably been the city's most popular dining and meeting place for over 100 years. Inside the café you can see a unique collection of portrait paintings, all portraying people who are, or have been, regular guests at Theatercafeen. Reservations recommended.
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99 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Worth the money spent”
Reviewed December 15, 2012 via mobile

This is an old established restaurant in Oslo were a lot of people go to see and be seen. It costs quite a bit to dine here but in my opinion it's worth the dimes you spend. Service is good, many of the waiters/waitresses has been there for years and does not have this only as a hobby (as it can seem like in many other places). It can be rather crowded for lunch in the weekends before christmas so if you are a larger group book in advance (one or two month). It's not mutch room for strollers, so think about that before bringing small kids.

Thank Daffe
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  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
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new york
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99 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Great buzzy cafe”
Reviewed December 14, 2012

The Theatercafeen is clearly a place to be seen---loved that it seemed to be mostly Norwegians or foreigners who clearly lived in Oslo. The waitress was lovely--I was alone and she attended to me as if I were a party of six. The food was great great Norwegian bistro food.

Visited November 2012
Thank lenorenewyork
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58 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere!”
Reviewed December 13, 2012

I had a three course dinner at Theatercaféen and everything was cooked really well, tasted good and presented nicely. The only thing they could improve was the wine list: not the best and biggest selection but ok. The service was very good, proactive and professional.

For being in Oslo it was normally priced so I can definitely see myself return for another dinner.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank ErikFromSweden
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Stavern, Norway
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115 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Historical restaurant in Oslo”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

We visited the restaurant for lunch. It is always a nice place to be. The chairs are hard and awful, but it is always an experience to go there. Had the duck confit for lunch. It was excellent.

Visited December 2012
Thank Norwegian1905
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Siena, Italy
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Excellent food, service, and history”
Reviewed December 6, 2012

Top notch and still keeps the feel you could visit every day. Highly recommended! Service is excellent, even when busy.

Visited October 2012
Thank TuscanyReviewer
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