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Engebret Cafe

#23 of 1,106 Restaurants in Oslo
Certificate of Excellence
Seafood, European, Scandinavian, Norwegian, Delicatessen
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Bankplassen 1, Oslo 0151, Norway
+47 22 82 25 25
11:30 - 23:30
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 23:30
Sat 17:00 - 23:30
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Drobak, Norway
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Royal venue and a great atmosphere in this restaurant. Unfortunately, the smoked lamb ribs was hard to chew and contained too much fat. When we complained, the waiter explained how the smoking-prosess could make the meat more sticky. Yes, we know. It`s not the first time I eat smoked lamp ribs. It`s not supposed to be like this. Not with... More 

Thank AndreAnkerHansen
Oslo, Norway
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38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friends around a nice table with white tablecloth and serviceminded waiters who serve us LUTEFISK. The occasion is a tradition for us. This year it was Engebret Café. We have been there before and will probably come back. The setting is perfect. Good service, a nice café and lutefisk served in large portions. The price is high, but who cares... More 

Thank Knut Stein M
Oslo, Norway
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147 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First of all. How good can Norwegian christmas food be? we were here for a company christmas dinner party. The xmas food is pretty dull, boiled potatos and very little food. Virtuallty no vegetables. It's traditionally poor mans food. which i usually love. But there's no warm christmas feeling about this. The food was still ok. The service was great.... More 

1 Thank Mikeair80
Oslo, Norway
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We had ordered the open sandwich buffet lunch, to show visitors from India a traditional Norwegian restaurant. We had told Engebret that they needed to cater for several vegetarians, which they had assured us was no problem. The very few cheese sandwiches disappeared very quickly, and no more seemed to be coming. Our guests gamely ate dry bread. When we... More 

Thank taraxacum2016
Sydney, Australia
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125 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

We were recommended this restaurant by a local colleague and had high expectations. The venue is a lovely heritage building and the interior decoration has a lovely feel. Service was good but not intrusive and we tried a selection of dishes from the Christmas menu and the regular menu. I had the Kalix caviar and the deer and they were... More 

Thank Ozfemale
Iver, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Was recommended this place by a local working in a coffee shop as his girlfriend worked here. Was a short walk from the centre of town / Karl Johan Gate area. Restaurant looks really old and once we got inside we realised why as the lady said it was the oldest restaurant in Oslo. There was not much of a... More 

Thank shan4179
Sandy, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Quite traditional and semi-formal. Service was excellent. Went without a reservation, but provided we were out before the next diners we could be accommodated. Norwegian platter and seafood soup were good. I had a very nice beef tenderloin. Husband had the Christmas speciality: sheeps head. I think that might be a marmite dish. Norwegians love it, apparently. He said that... More 

Thank Becs2wilson
Houston, Texas
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373 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Stumbled on this place walking back into town from Akershus. It has been here since the mid 1800s and the building and interior decor speaks of another era. The food is very good although the portions are enormous. I ordered the Arctic char expecting a filet and got an entire fish with a bowl of boiled potatoes, cabbage, and carrots!... More 

Thank cgny1fwd
Tartu, Estonia
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

I needed to find some place to eat lunch during my short visit in Oslo. "The oldest restaurant in Oslo" caught my attention so I decided to try it in the hope to get some local speciality. Although lunch menu was somewhat less interesting that dinner one, it still offered some choice. I got "a seasonal plate", which was quite... More 

Thank iNikem
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Historic eatery with excellent food. Definitely recommend taste of north appetizer, reindeer, and mountain trout! Prices higher than the $$ advertised by trip advisor but excellent food for more typical Norwegian prices. Definitely worth the experience!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 11 - US$ 37
Seafood, European, Scandinavian, Norwegian, Delicatessen
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
17:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Bankplassen 1, Oslo 0151, Norway
  • Location: Europe  >  Norway  >  Eastern Norway  >  Oslo
  • Phone Number: +47 22 82 25 25
The restaurant
Guests enter the low corner building originating from the 1700's, Oslo's oldest restaurant, where staff and guests could celebrate Engebret Cafe's 150th anniversary in 2007. When it opened, the restaurant was located right opposite the old Christiania Theater and was often visited by actors and audience.
Engebret also provides banquet services, designed to accommodate both small and large gatherings.

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?