We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Hidden Gem”
Review of The Cider House

The Cider House
Ranked #2 of 8 Restaurants in Balestrand
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $43
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Cider House is located in Balestrand in an organic fruit orchard with more than 100 fruit varieties. We are situated a short 15 min walk along the fjord from Kviknes Hotel. Our restaurant is in a glass house with a panoramic view of the Sognefjord. The summer restaurant is in 2017 open from June 22nd – August 18th. Sunday – Friday at 12-18 o'clock. Thursday from 12-21 o'clock. Closed Saturday due to private events such as weddings. From May 2017 the Cider House is an Economusee – artisans at work, a sustainable craft tourism initiative where the artisans are chosen based on their commitment for quality and the genuine. LEARN & TASTE In our cider cellar we use traditional methods to make "champagne-cider" and distil apple brandy. Join one of our family members telling your party all about how we make fruit and berries into juice, cider and brandy. The program lasts for approx. 30 min and includes samples of cider or juice. We have interpretations from Sunday to Friday at 12.30 and 15.30. See our activities page on tripadvisor or our webpage to book a tour. VISIT OUR SHOP The Cider House has its own shop with approx. 20 types of Balholm-ciders, fruit juices and food souvenirs from the garden. In 2017 the shop is open from May 22nd from 12-18, Sunday to Friday (no sale of alcohol on Sundays). EAT & DRINK The restaurant offers a menu with local produce and is inspired by the Mediterranean cuisine. Here you can try our beverages, together with warm and cold dishes (incl. vegetarian and vegan dishes) and desserts. For groups. On request we offer heritage walks, activities and courses. Visit our homepage for more information
Ottawa, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed August 31, 2014

Visitors to Balestrand will have to know about the Ciderhuset to find it, since it is hidden behind an orchard, but it is well worth looking for. The food is spectacular, as is the service and the fjord view -- a perfect place to spend an evening with good food and good cider.

Visited July 2014
Helpful?
Thank Janet L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

157 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    115
    34
    5
    3
    0
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Durham, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“We liked it so much we ate there both nights”
Reviewed August 27, 2014

not extensive menu. One night we shared first courses and had two main courses.
second night we shared every first course on menu. The locally produced Ciders are amazing.
restaurant is owned and run by family which also cultivated apple groves, produces ciders and grows their own organic vegetables.
Medium sweet Turkish coffee was outstanding.
Deserts weakest part on menu.

  • Visited August 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank ayl3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
New York City, New York
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Best in Norway - gorgeous view, incredible food”
Reviewed August 20, 2014

We had a wonderful meal at the Cider House. The food was an inventive mix of Norwegian and Turkish with fresh ciders and an array of cocktails. The location was fabulous - in an apple orchard, overlooking the fjords - and at the owners' beautiful house. We loved it. A true gem in Balestrand! Lovely owner as well who clearly takes pride in his restaurant.

  • Visited August 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank samara88
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
West Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Fantastic meal, beautiful ambiance!”
Reviewed August 19, 2014

After a day of hiking and biking around the fjords, this was the PERFECT meal. It is a lovely family run cider house. The meals are served Tapas style, and each dish was more impressive than the last. We had the pickled herring, which though we are NOT fish fans, it was actually very delicious. The vegetable pie was incredible with a mellow mix of spices and seasonal vegetables, very delicious. For dessert, the mosaic chocolate cake was heaven, served with vanilla ice cream from a local dairy farm.
All of the ciders and brandies were fantastic.
The view overlooking the fjord was stunning as the sun set.
We highly recommend a visit if you are in Balestrand!!!!

  • Visited August 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Kate W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“good food, good view, good cider”
Reviewed August 14, 2014

We ate here in late July and had a lovely meal--a nicely cooked local fish and several Turkish dishes that were well-prepared. The restaurant bottles its own hard ciders on site. We tried one, which was deliciously smooth.
The dining room looks out on the orchard, with the fjord close behind. this is an excellent place for a meal in Balestrand.. the service was friendly.

  • Visited July 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
1 Thank marylandtraveler
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed The Cider House also viewed

Balestrand, Sogn og Fjordane
Balestrand, Sogn og Fjordane
 
Balestrand, Sogn og Fjordane
Balestrand, Sogn og Fjordane
 
Balestrand, Sogn og Fjordane
 

Been to The Cider House? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing