Plate with local food on a restaurant in Tromso

Tromsø – a centre for local delicacies

Tromsø is a mecca for food enthusiasts looking for authentic, Arctic taste experiences. Northern Norwegian food is characterised by local and sustainable use of ingredients from the coast to the mountain plateau. The fact that Tromsø is also a melting pot of cultures makes the culinary scene even more varied and exciting.

Here is a guide to some of the best restaurants in Tromsø to enjoy local food. All celebrate the Tromsø region’s unique ingredients and culinary traditions in their own way.

Bon appétit! 

Bardus Bistro

A big star on Tromsø’s bistro scene. The menu is a celebration of the subtleties of north Norwegian cuisine, while the Bardus reindeer burger is a culinary “must have”!


Proudly located on the quayside, Fiskekompaniet offers the freshest tastes from the sea. The restaurant prides itself on its sustainable approach to seafood, serving everything from king crab to cod.


This is where industrial charm meets modern north Norwegian hospitality. Enjoy innovative dishes based on local ingredients. Maskinverkstedet also has an exciting cocktail menu inspired by the north Norwegian landscape.

Helmersen Delikatesser

Considered by many to be the very core of Tromsø’s food culture, Helmersen is renowned for its cosy atmosphere. Choose between a selection of home-made dishes and local cheeses perfect for those looking for authentic taste experiences.


A popular downtown favourite! Skirri explores and combines traditional flavours are with international techniques in an elegant and minimalist environment. Skirri is well-known for its use of seasonal ingredients.


The menu at Smak is trendy and playful. Share nice small dishes or choose one of the impressive main courses based on locally sourced ingredients, accompanied by creative drinks from the cocktail bar.


This “institution” is not just a restaurant, but also a wonderful shop selling locally produced delicacies. This is a must-visit for food enthusiasts where you can taste everything from fresh fish and meat to local beer and pastries.

Hildr Gastro Bar

This little culinary wonder explores modern north Norwegian cuisine with a menu just as inviting as its surroundings. Treat yourself with a tasty journey through north Norwegian culture at Hildr Gastro Bar.


This mainstay of the Tromsø food scene serves traditional dishes in an informal setting. Skarven includes several restaurants such as Skarven Grill and Arctandria. The legendary fish soup provides warmth on a cold day, while the ingredients come straight from the sea. 

Emmas Drømmekjøkken and winebar

Renowned for its weekly changing menu based on the season's local produce, Emma's is a culinary dream for all food lovers. The menu is carefully crafted to highlight the flavours of the north, with dishes that may include everything from seafood to local meats.