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“If you love seafood this is THE best in Norway.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Restaurant Cornelius

Restaurant Cornelius
Ranked #3 of 365 Restaurants in Bergen
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $64 - $88
Cuisines: Seafood, European, Scandinavian, Norwegian
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: Just outside the City of Bergen, you will find one of the most exotic attractions in the whole of Western Norway's archipelago. Cornelius is one of Norway's best seafood restaurants. It is situated right by the sea on a small island with spectacular views of the fjord, mountains, skerries and passing boats and ships. Inspired by the weather of the day, Cornelius serves its famous Meteorological Menu of exquisite seafood and trimmings, prepared using innovative culinary techniques and with a genuine passion for seafood. Cornelius is open all year. On beautiful summer days, we open the sliding doors and set up tables on the pier, where we serve lighter dishes. When the weather is less favourable, we create a cosy atmosphere indoors and serve food with stronger flavours and light up the candles and the fireplace. Every season - every day - we offer unique and exciting culinary experiences on Holmen. Experience a beautiful trip among the skerries, from Bryggen wharf in the City of Bergen to Holmen at Bjoroy. Regular departures at 18.00 from Dreggekaien on Bryggen (shed no. 8) opposite Radisson Blu Royal Hotel and Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret. Return from Holmen at 22.30. The boat trip takes 25 minutes. Warm, safe boats take you back and forth in comfort, - regardless of the weather. Please contact us if you want to charter a private boat. During the summer months we have regular departures for lunch Thursday, Friday and Saturdays.
London
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83 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“If you love seafood this is THE best in Norway.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

This was my first visit to this incredible place, carved into the rocky sides of an island around 15 minutes by boat from Bergen. It is almost like the setting from a Bond Movie, exclusive and alluring, a mysterious location that seems to promise either a wonderful meal, or possible kidnap!

Thankfully the focus is on food, something the owner, chef and sommelier will talk to you at length about, not in an oppressive and dull way but with a gift for humour that would grant them a TV series in the UK. Alf, the Crocodile Dundee owner will regale you with tales of diving for Scallops in between explaining the benefits to the libido.

Later on the Swedish sommelier joined in with a full run down of how the place really came together in spite of some bad luck, with loads of humour.

The food, well, the focus is on seafood, locally caught and sourced, much of it dived for by the owning team. There are tanks all over the place filled with Lobster, Scallops and oysters all kept in perfect conditions to give you, the customer, maximum taste and enjoyment. And my goodness, what quality, it is utterly superb and must rank amongst the best I have ever enjoyed.

Of course, good food can become great food with the right wines and this is where the sommelier does his thing, the cellar is extensive but filled with personal choices, exclusive wines found in out of the norm places and the effect is astounding. Rielsing is not normally a favourite of mine, but their choice was just perfect.

I can honestly say that in terms of dining experience, this ranks amongst the best I have ever enjoyed. If it was in Central London or Paris, it would be booked up for years in advance, it really is that good.

The price is perfectly acceptable for this kind of experience. I'd say it suits conference, incentive and just about any group and would work a treat for a romantic evening with a twist. Certainly, as Alf will tell you, the effects of that seafood will kick in just about the time you leave the return boat. A good night therefore, need not end when you leave...

Wonderful.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tampa, Florida
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“007 are you with a Michelin Star Equipped Gun”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

On the side of the public pier does one wait, trying not to attract much attention lest not break your cover.

Then from no-where a yacht appears and you almost expect Jaws to step out and whisk you on board.

Complimentary wine follows and then when you arrive the fun begins.

Lengthly banter describes the action packed story of how the owner came into the restaurant complete with rivalry, intrigue with a little romance thrown in to ensure that Hollywood blockbuster script - but its all true.

Then the food comes and depending on what you pick they will fish it out of nets hanging from their pier.

Menu is limited but it is all quality, wines are roughly 300% what you expect to pay in Europe but the experience is worth every penny!

Stingy spy wannabys beware, this cost almost 10 times what a normal meal would cost even in expensive Bergen!

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Ermoalfa
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Oslo
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Terrific - nuff said”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

As pointed out by many reviewers the location is fantastic. The 20 minute boat journey from Bergen only adds to the ambience. We were a group of 25 enjoying a chambre separee and a three course dinner with an introductory lecture and tasting of different shellfish and mussels. The lecture was maybe even more about the island, the founder Alf, his business adventures around the world and how the restaurant came into existence - against what seems to be all available odds. The presentation and our table was very well taken care of by Fredrik, the General Manager who was knowledgable and very likeable. The food was excellent and the courses allowed the different raw material to really shine and not drown in sauces, vegetables or what have you. Lobster and fish tartar for starters, redfish (big one from deep waters) for mains and a wonderful sweet finish afterwards. Only drawback is that the boat picked us up to go back to Bergen to soon. Unforgettable.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Preben925
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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“Magnificent setting. Fantastic food, though a bit OTT in terms of price.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2012

The setting cannot be faulted.
Sitting right on the side of the fjiord. We were there in the evening, mid June, 2012, but it unfortunately was absolutely pouring rain.
That's life, you win some, you lose some.

It must be magnificent on a fine evening.

Food execellent, but you better have a very strong, well backed up credit card, because it is very very expensive, even by Norwegian standards.
For wine, 600 NOK for an (albeit very nice), Vallpolicella, is a bit over the top.
A Norwegian chap elsewhere on this forum said it costs 100 NOK in the government monoply booze shop. 600% mark up???

Someone else on this forum talked about being charged for the chef coming to explain what each course was. We did not have this charge on our bill.

One small point to remember is that the restuarant "has you" for roughly 4 hours, in the evening. This is the time between the ferry that drops you, and the one that takes you back to Bergen. There is no way to get to, or back from, this restaurant, except the ferry. (Unless you have your own boat of course :-) )

At 600 NOK for a bottle of wine, the charges soon rack up.

All in all, a wondeful,unique, place.
Including the ferry fares, which are added to your restuarant bills, we were over 3000 NOK for two.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TheMountaineer
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Oslo, Norway
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456 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
“Fantastic seafood experience out in the archipelago”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2012

This is a one of a kind experience! It does not come cheap, but we had a memorable summer evening at this seafood place 30 minutes boat ride from the city centre. A place that has existed since 2003, serving seafood of top notch quality. It is fairly expensive, so you see many company visits as well.

We had a 4-course dinner, and with views and wine to match.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank yef70
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