Dining and drinks

The best restaurants in Bergen city centre

Where do you go to eat Bergen's best sushi, tapas like you get in Spain, locally sourced local seafood, or to sit on the city's most central outdoor terrace? Here is our list of restaurants you should take note of. 

De Bergenske consists of six unique and centrally located hotels in Bergen city centre, in addition to a number of restaurants and bars. Our menus include everything from Norwegian seafood to Japanese delicacies. You can also choose between live jazz, lively outdoor terraces, beautiful views of the sea, and dancing to DJs... almost until the sun rises again. 

Here us our guide to the eateries you won't want to miss in Bergen. Start planning what you and your friends, partner or family will be sinking your teeth into this summer! 

Top 10 best De Bergenske restaurants (in random order): 

Restaurant Frescohallen at Bergen Børs Hotel.

1. Frescohallen – a memorable spot to go with friends or colleagues  

What: Venerable and elegant restaurant located in the middle of Bergen city centre. A large hall with art and frescoes on the walls and meals served from early morning until late at night.  
Who: Everyone, but mostly for those who want to experience something unique.  
Why: Centrally located restaurant rich in history.  

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2. Fresquito – for an exotic experience in the middle of Bergen  

What: New Spanish tapas place located at Bergen Børs Hotel.  
Who: For those of you who are going on a date or want to drop by. For those who love good music, drinks, and shared food.   
Why: Experience a trip to Spain, but still have western Norway's beautiful nature right outside your doors.  

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3. Bare by Pak – fresh seafood from a kitchen overseen by a Michelin-starred chef  

What: One of Bergen's very best restaurants. Michelin-starred chef and head chef Vladimir Pak is behind the menu.  
Who: For those interested in exclusive ingredients, local and good ingredients and a service out of the ordinary.  
Why: Central and exclusive restaurant with Nordic and Japanese techniques that will give you a memorable fine dining experience. 

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  • In Frescohallen, you can enjoy everything from seafood to burgers, served from morning until late.

  • Head chef Giovanni Sanchez at Fresquito.

  • The 10-course tasting menu at Bare by Pak is something you'll remember for a long time.

4. Bjerck restaurant and bar – traditional and seasonal Norwegian ingredients

What: Restaurant launched by chef and national culinary team competitor and food box entrepreneur Adam Bjerck. Good views of the Fish Market and Torgallmenningen and, not least, Bergen Børs Hotel. 
Who: For every occasion and all ages.
Why: Fresh ingredients and local produce. Suitable for both lunch and dinner. Won the Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Award "Best of the Best" 2023. You have to experience it!  

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5. Engen – share good stories around a charcoal grill

What: The heart of Engen is the restaurant's charcoal grill. This steakhouse has a relaxed atmosphere and a menu that celebrates local produce. 
Who: All ages, all occasions.
Why: Food is not just about taste, but also about good conversations around the table. Here you definitely get both. 

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6. Matbaren Zander K Hotel – central place with a good atmosphere

What: Urban food bar located in the centre of Bergen. Head there for lunch, dinner or a drink at the bar. Perfect after work.  
Who: All ages, and those of you who are looking for something urban and informal.  
Why: Locally sourced organic ingredients, with a focus on everything from burgers and salads to tagliata. Not to mention good drinks. 

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7. Tipsy – drinks and DJ until late at night

What: One of Bergen's newest cocktail bars and clubs.
Who: For those who love exciting drinks, skilled DJs, and dancing.
Why: You want to be where it happens, don't you?

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Matbaren at Zander K Hotel has a cool and laid-back atmosphere.

8. Bar Amundsen – Norway's best whisky bar

What: This is the bar where polar explorer Roald Amundsen did his last interview. The bar has high ceilings, impressive interiors and art and unsnobbish bartenders. And of course, an amazing whisky collection. 
Who: Those who like good whisky and want a relaxed atmosphere for good conversations.
Why: Sip a delicious drink and learn something new from skilled bartenders.

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9. Haven – Bergen's best outdoor terrace

What: Year-round outdoor restaurant with the best location in Bergen city centre – close to the theatre, Den Blå Steinen, and Torgallmenningen.
Who: All ages. During the day, family or friends can have lunch and dinner (both smashburgers and fish soup are on the menu), while Haven is a trendy nightspot in the evening. 
Why: Nothing beats its fantastic outdoor seating.

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10. Wesselstuen – for a real Bergen experience

What: A genuine and traditional Bergen spot. A restaurant with a rich history, and a favourite haunt where local journalists and actors have gone to eat and drink for years. 
Who: For family, friends or colleagues who want a good atmosphere and good food.  
Why: Restaurant Wesselstuen has recently completely renovated its premises!  

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