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#50 of 1,176 Restaurants in Oslo

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Contemporary, Norwegian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

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Grunerlokka - Sofienberg
0.6 km from Karl Johans gate
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A smart glass-fronted restaurant with a central food bar, an open kitchen and a buzzy atmosphere. Choose from a concise menu of seasonal Norwegian smal...
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The MICHELIN Plate: Good cooking
Simple restaurant
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Reviewed 6 February 2021 via mobile

Good Food .I did like all the dishes that evening..service a bit slow on everything and low experienced. I would go back I have chance .

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 15 November 2020

We had girls evening at Arakataka. We were welcomed with big smile by man who seems to be restaurant manger. We didn’t get any explanation regarding to menu just we found just a piece of paper with seasonable course many. So we ordered corse menu....Bread were brought immediately after we ordered. Bread was warm and very tasty. We were quite satisfied with all corses. I evaluate chefs efforts, but some dishes were overdoing I think. Too complicated instead of maximizing taste of ingredients. We were very disappointed since we were not able to see clearly what we ate due to insufficient lightning. I think all chefs didn’t notice that since they were preparing foods under strong light! We didn’t also like the attitude of our waiter. She was very pushy since only one of us ordered glass of wine. Which made us feel uncomfortable. Also one waiter who seems to be apprentice didn’t impress us. We understand she probably didn’t have long experience but she didn’t have any service mind at all unfortunately. Otherwise we had good evning.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 21 August 2020 via mobile

Loved our visit, lots of interesting flavor combinations without being too much out there. Informal atmosphere perfect for an easy mid-week dinner with friends - we’d love to try the full 5-course deal with wine pairings, though. We’ll definitely be back!

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 18 June 2020 via mobile

Have been to this restaurant many times before and were really looking forward to it. It said on the menu they had snow crab/peppercrab, but to my disappointment this turned out not to be correct. We went for the tasting menu which had a couple...of really nice elements and likewise uninteresting ones. Very good service though!! I can’t help feeling a bit disappointed, because I know what a great experience this CAN be.More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed 15 April 2020

Great combination between the courses, complementary tastes! Waiter was always giving attention to drinks and more food. A full restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 1 March 2020 via mobile

Went here with local friends while visiting. Had the 4 course menu. service was good but frankly the dishes are just a little too high concept for us— just felt like they were trying too hard. Some of the combos were frankly rather odd. Don’t...plan to return.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 22 January 2020 via mobile

Third time at Arakataka. Was there with a large group and had the 5 course set menu with the wine package. Everything very good, we were all happy. Again as last time we got no «WOW!!!» feeling, but very good indeed. We also got cider...and mead with two of the dishes instead of wine. Very interesting. The plaze is cozy, staff super friendly and professional. Cant beat Arakataka if you compare quality/price anywhere else in Oslo. Will be back.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 29 December 2019 via mobile

It wasn’t a great start, a wait for our reserved table, standing around like a spare part, and then finding out there was no peppercrab left (which had probably been the main draw), but from there everything was absolutely spot on. The food was all...simply delicious, and we had a table quite close to the kitchen, which while it meant we got rather hot (which may be surprisingly unwelcome given the -10 temperatures outside), also meant we had a good gawp at the calm order in the kitchen. We decided to create our own combinations of 5 dishes (overlapping with 4 of them) and can highly recommend them all - the scallops, reindeer, monkfish, cabbage, cod and duck dishes were all superb and we left full but not too full. We found a Jura red wine that was reasonably priced (well for Oslo) and was delicious. Service was solid throughout, the food arriving at a fairly leisurely pace without dragging. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 8 December 2019

I had dinner recently in Arakataka with a friend to celebrate a Christmas dinner, as this place had been recommended by other friends. It was Saturday night. The food experience was very good, interesting flavours and presentation. Disappointed with the dessert (I did not like...it at all), which is a pity, but that did not ruin the whole experience. Service was OK. Our waiter was somehow friendly (not too bad for Oslo standards), but he f.ex. never brought us the wine list (they claim to have one of the best wine lists in Norway). What made me give it only 3 stars was the atmosphere and overall comfort of the dinner. It took 3.5 hours for a 5 course menu. Chairs were hard and uncomfortable, and after 2 hours I did not know how to sit. In addition, I was freezing for half of the dinner. As it has been said in other reviews the noise level was too high (strange for Norway) and I had to raise my voice to be heard by my friends. And to top it up, we did not get the best placed table, in fact I was a squeezed few centimeters away from a big table with annoying customers. In particular the lady behind me kept bumping into me every time she went out for a smoke. That's not the restaurant's fault though, but I notice there were better placed tables. Summarizing, good food, but crowded and uncomfortable.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 17 November 2019 via mobile

Probably the best fish dishes I have had in Oslo. Clever, thoughtful small plates, exquisite flavours. I can’t wait to return!

Date of visit: April 2019
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Arakataka is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4