Where to Eat in Rjukan: The Best Restaurants and Bars

January 7, 2018 Renato Branum

Rjukan (Norwegian: [ˈrjʉːkɑn]) is a town and the administrative centre of Tinn municipality in Telemark, Norway. It is situated in Vestfjorddalen, between Møsvatn and Lake Tinn, and got its name after Rjukan Falls west of the town. The Tinn municipality council granted township status for Rjukan in 1996. The town has 3,386 inhabitants (Jan. 2007).
Things to do in Rjukan

1. Rjukan Hytteby Kro

Brogata 9, Rjukan 3660, Norway Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Pizza, Norwegian, Fast Food, European Lunch, Dinner HK$63 - HK$157 +47 35 09 01 22
Excellent
18%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
35%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 70 reviews

Rjukan Hytteby Kro

Rjukan Hytteby Kro is mainly known for it's great pizza, but also serves everything from hamburgers to homemade schnitzels. Rjukan Hytteby Kro is in the centre of Rjukan and close to the Rjukan Swimming pool and the sports arena.

Reviewed By uberelfer - Oslo, Norway

Here you will find a typical roadside cafe, serving typical food, such as lasagna, pizza, nuggets, schnitzel and so forth.
I suspect that most of the food is premade, and just heated at the premises based on taste and appearance. I missed a few local specialties, or at least something homemade.
But- after a long day it is nice with a hot meal. I wish they would also serve it with a smile.
It is rather pricey, at a café where you order at the counter, pickup cutlery on your way to a free table- a schnitzel and a slice of apple cake (mind you- they charge extra for adding whipped cream from an aerosol can!) set me back well over 200 kroners and that was not including drinks or coffee…

2. Gvepseborg Panorama Cafe

Kraftledningsveien 1, Rjukan 3660, Norway Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, Norwegian, European Lunch, Dinner +47 905 03 884
Excellent
24%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 74 reviews

Gvepseborg Panorama Cafe

Gvepseborg Cafe and Restaurant is a restaurant at Krossobanen Upper Station, built on the edge of the mountain. Here you can enjoy a good meal while enjoying the beautiful view over Rjukan Gaustatoppen. The menu includes everything from coffee and cakes, lunches and great entrees. All Rights Reserved. For parties over 10 people, we keep open as desired. And from 1st September you will now FREE slope with Krossobanen, if you eat a lunch or dinner with us.

Reviewed By Tiago C - Oslo, Norway

This is absolutely the best restaurant in town!
The view is to die for, the service was genuine, always helpful, kind, with a great smile. Loved the couple!
The food was good. Don't expect fine dining, but this is the closest you can get.
Prices are ok, according to the overall quality.
Definitely recommend

3. Gaustablikk Hoyfjellshotell

Kvitaavatnvegen 372, Rjukan 3660, Norway Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Buffet, Highchairs Available European, Scandinavian, Norwegian Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$118 - HK$196 +47 35 09 14 22
Excellent
32%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
15%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 59 reviews

Gaustablikk Hoyfjellshotell

Reviewed By KongHans1 - Kristiansand, Norway

Summer or winter, this is where you start exploring the neighbourhood if you like downhill skiing or mountain hiking. Prepare for a late breakfast, they open at 7:30, so I wouldn't choose this hotel for business trip. Plenty of free parking outside, small but cosy rooms inside - with a view to Gaustatoppen if you are lucky. I had a problem turning up the temperature in my room, but didn't bother to ask the staff about it, which I should; the staff did a splendid job in every way.

4. Tinnsjo Kro & Camping

Nedre veg 4 | Mæl, Rjukan 3658, Norway Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Scandinavian, Norwegian Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$31 - HK$196 +47 35 09 05 85
Excellent
24%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

Tinnsjo Kro & Camping

TinnsjoKro&Camping is idyllically located in the small village of Mael, and has created a distinctive and comfortable atmosphere at the Inn, with the intention that the guests shall enjoy a a good meal or quench their thirst in prosperous surroundings. You can have your meal served either inside the Inn or outside on the large Terrace - if weather conditions allow it. The chef prepares and serves traditional Norvegian meals, and they serve all types of beverages.

Reviewed By ffdalton - Buxton, United Kingdom

Welcome written all over it, great service with a free flow of coffee. Just stoopped in for a coffee whilst on the way to Rjukan. The owner and staff were more than helpfull and nice to also see them invite us to take more coffee as we pleased, with no charge. You could say a bit of a coffee scene going on. The area is superb with Mael ampritheatre behind the Kro (ice climbing) and the lake just in front. I am looking to stay over for the climbing in Jan 2013 so will give more details on the accommodation then.

5. Vestfjorddalen Konditori & Spiseri

Storgata 21 A, Rjukan 3660, Norway Breakfast, Lunch +47 412 34 169
Excellent
15%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
10%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 20 reviews

Vestfjorddalen Konditori & Spiseri

Reviewed By thenighthawks - london

We stopped here for drinks and sandwiches. We struggled because the staff didn't speak much English and there was no English menu. The interior, on two floors, is OK, but nothing special. The food was fine. As another reviewer notes, the place is very busy; the upstairs area was quieter. Other points: there's free wifi, and there's some outdoor Seating.

6. Park Hotel Rjukan Restaurant

Sam Eydes gate 67, 3660, Norway +47 35 08 21 88
Excellent
0%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
60%
Terrible
20%
Overall Ratings

2 based on 5 reviews

Park Hotel Rjukan Restaurant

The hotel is situated in the centre of Rjukan, and has its own restaurant, fully-licensed bar and night club. At the restaurant you can only order “today’s meal” until 17.30. After this there is a á la carte menu.

Reviewed By Tiago C - Oslo, Norway

As a professional chef I have to say that nothing can go right when the hotel receptionist is also the chef...
I had a couple meals here during my stay in rjukan.
I was told both times around 19,00 that the kitchen was closed, but I could still order. And I did. But as long as people were coming in, he kept on saying the kitchen was closed but we could order... strange.
Anyway, the menu is exclusively chinese based, no western/european food available.
I ordered the Sichuan pork, and it only tasted soy sauce with potato starch for thickening. not even a Sichuan peppercorn in the dish.
the other one I had was the stir fried chicken, that actually was better than the pork.
Service was ok, depending on who was the waiter.
the prices were ok 218kr for a beer (69) and a main course. (149)

7. Bygget Bistro

Kvitaavatnvegen 50, Rjukan 3660, Norway Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
0%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
25%
Terrible
25%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 4 reviews

Bygget Bistro

Reviewed By Explorer71 - Asia

We had lunch here and also two dinners.
The prices are expensive if you compare to rest of Europe but they are low being in Norway.
Also I would say quality is better here than in most other places.
Proper burgers week cooked steaks and so on. Don’t expect Michelin Star cooking but you will be surprised. Will come back.
Nice staff also.

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