11 Tasty Longyearbyen Restaurants and Cafes (2024 Guide)

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Are you traveling to Svalbard and are curious about where to eat in Longyearbyen? This guide contains the best Longyearbyen restaurants (and a few tasty cafes)!

Are you planning your trip to Svalbard last minute?

If youʻre booking your trip to Svalbard last minute, we have you covered. Below are some of the top tours, and more!

🐋  Top summer activities in Svalbard:

  1. Speedboat tour to walrus colony (one of my favorites!)
  2. Nature and wildlife tour on a boat (top-seller)

❄️  Top winter activities in Svalbard:

  1. Snowmobile to the land of the polar bear (Feb-May)
  2. Northern lights snowmobile trip (Dec-Mar)
  3. Historic coal mine tour at Gruve 3

🛌  Top hotels and places to stay:

  1. Haugen Pensjonat Svalbard (where I usually stay!)
  2. Funken Lodge (great for couples – has best views!)
  3. Radisson Blu (good base for activities)
  4. Coal Minerʻs Cabins (budget option- further from town)

Svalbard has extremely good food. I am still blown away by the fact that I can name at least ten delicious places to eat in a town that has around 2,400 residents.

Every time I am driving around other towns in Northern Norway, I am baffled at how much better the culinary scene is in Svalbard than most other places.

Huset is one of the best restaurants in Longyearbyen
Huset is one of the best restaurants in Longyearbyen

While this list doesn’t exactly include restaurants outside of Longyearbyen, I do hope you can try a few of these out when you’re in Svalbard’s main city (especially if you’re only passing through).

To be fair, there are not many more restaurants in Longyearbyen than what is listed. The gastro scene is so good that I feel compelled to put most of the restaurants here.

In Longyearbyen, you will find that every restaurant does offer vegetarian options (even if you need to make a request beforehand). And you’ll also find many places with dairy-free alternatives (every cafe will offer this), as well as gluten-free dishes.

I also discuss some of my favorite Longyearbyen cafes below! (Cafe Huskies)
I also discuss some of my favorite Longyearbyen cafes – like Cafe Huskies here

These are the best restaurants in Longyearbyen, from my experience! I have eaten at every single place on this guide, and many of them multiple times.

And I can assure you, one of the best things to do in Svalbard is to eat!

In addition to the restaurants in this guide, you will find a little bit of information about common ingredients, tipping, reserving tables, and more at the end of the guide, where you will also find a map of restaurants in Longyearbyen.

Did I miss any of the top Svalbard restaurants? Let me know in the comments!

Best Longyearbyen Restaurants

1. Huset

Location: on the edge of Longyearbyen before Nybyen on a side road
Reservation required: Yes, and they will also ask for your card ahead of time to avoid last-minute cancellations (there is a fee).

If you flew to Longyearbyen and could only have one dining experience on your trip (and budget was not a concern), I would pick Huset every time.

This fine dining restaurant in Longyearbyen checks all the boxes for me: it offers sustainable and seasonal ingredients, impeccable plating and flavors, and one of the best wine cellars I have ever seen (it has won awards in Europe).

A delicious langoustine dish
A delicious langoustine dish

When I went to Huset, it was the middle of summer and I ordered their tasting menu. The menu strives only to use ingredients from the Arctic.

While not much grows up here in Svalbard, they do have some local ingredients on the menu. But others were sourced from Arctic Norway and Finland.

A bite of Svalbard seal
A bite of Svalbard seal at Huset

I had everything from dried seal to homemade sourdough prepared with yeast from the local Svalbard brewery. And every single thing was mind-blowingly good. 

💡 GOOD TO KNOW: I had a couple of glasses of wine with the tasting menu and I paid somewhere around $250 (including tip). It was honestly worth every penny, but this is not for the budget traveler.

Be sure to book your reservation as far in advance as possible, as it is not the easiest place to get in! But if you’re looking for where to eat in Svalbard as a lover of fine dining, this is a MUST for your list.

2. Funken Restaurant

Location: Funken Lodge
Do you need a reservation? Yes

Funktionærmessen Restaurant (usually referred to as Funken Restaurant) is one of the best places to eat in Longyearbyen, and in my opinion, it offers the best views over the town!

The restaurant is located in the Funken Lodge, a luxury hotel that is not quite in the town center, but a short walk outside of it. It is on a slight hill, so if you struggling to walk a bit, be sure to order a taxi.

Inside Funken Lodge
Inside Funken Restaurant

At Funken Lodge, you will walk in and go up the stairs to the restaurant, where you will first enter the bar area.

Have a drink here before or after your meal! It is the first cocktail bar in Longyearbyen, and the bartender, Sergey, is a magician when it comes to drinks!

🍳 PRO TIP: Funken Lodge also offers breakfast daily, and regardless of where you’re staying, you can go enjoy their buffet for about $22. It is my favorite breakfast in town!

Funken Restaurant has a menu that rotates with the season and product availability. When I was there, I ordered the lamb, but you will also have your choice of various types of fish (often cod or turbot), chicken, or a vegetarian dish.

King Crab is often a signature on the menu, and you’ll find an array of appetizers and desserts. Also, don’t miss out on their extensive wine and champagne collection!

Dessert at Funken Restaurant
Dessert at Funken Restaurant

One great thing is that they have a 3-course menu and a 6-course menu available for guests. Considering what I ordered, I did the 3-course menu and thought the price was fair (about $70).

3. Gruvelageret

Location: in Sverdrupbyen (you need a taxi)
Do you need a reservation? Yes, and they will also ask for your card ahead of time to avoid last-minute cancellations (there is a fee).

It took me a few trips to finally make it to Gruvelageret. Partly because I never booked tables ahead and always missed my opportunity to dine there!

However, I finally had my chance on my latest trip and I recommend Gruvelageret not only for the food but also for the experience.

Outside Gruvelageret in Longyearbyen
Outside Gruvelageret in Longyearbyen

Gruvelageret’s main appeal is that they offer a set menu in a wild location outside of the town’s center, in a former mining area called Sverdrupbyen.

🚕  GOOD TO KNOW: You can not ‘technically’ walk to Gruvelageret. Although I did, I realized once there that I was in an area that required a gun for polar bear protection. You can take a taxi there and also have your server order you one back into town!

The Longyearbyen district is situated beneath the glacier and there is not much left of it, but the building that Gruvelageret is in survived the years and has worn several different ‘hats’ throughout the decades.

Years later, Steve D. Torgersen (who moved to Longyearbyen as a teenager) purchased the building and turned it into the dining experience we know today. It opened its doors in February 2015.

Inside Gruvelageret for dinner
Inside Gruvelageret for dinner

Today, Gruvelageret offers one of the coziest dining experiences I have ever had anywhere in the world. The interior is almost like a museum of sorts, with memorabilia from Svalbard and Arctic Norway. 

The menu is ever-changing with the seasons and when I was there, I opted for the wine menu (it is paired with the 4-course food menu).

While everything was delicious, I did find that the Argentinian beef on the main course could have been replaced with something a bit more sustainable and ‘local’ to the High Arctic. The beef was tasty, nonetheless.

Beef at Gruvelageret
Beef at Gruvelageret

Dining at Gruvelageret is one of the pricier experiences in Svalbard and will set you back well over $100 per person (assuming you don’t also include the wine menu). Be sure to book in advance!

4. Kroa Restaurant

Location: downtown beside Svalbard Hotell Polfareren
Do you need a reservation? Most likely not

Kroa was the first place I ate at nearly a decade ago on my first Svalbard trip! It is kind of that ‘reliable’ place that I never have trouble getting in or grabbing a good meal at, so I continue to go back when I decide I want to eat out at the last minute.

At Kroa, you will find a menu with some Arctic favorites (I had a wild pigeon there one time and it was incredibly delicious) but also a pizza menu, which makes the place ideal for kids or someone wanting a comfort meal.

Wild Pigeon at Kroa
Wild Pigeon at Kroa

The pizza was decent but I tend to be a bigger fan of their actual menu. But I did find myself craving pizza on the last trip and I ordered that one night when I was there.

Other items you will find on the menu are burgers, their daily soup, klippfisk, and more.

Restaurant Kroa
Restaurant Kroa

Kroa is open for lunch and they remain open until 2am daily. This is a great place to add to your Svalbard food itinerary!

5. Vinterhaugen Restaurant & Peisen Bar

Location: Mary-Ann’s Polarrigg
Do you need a reservation? Yes, you can call +47 79 02 37 02 or email them

On the edge of Longyearbyen, you will find Mary-Ann’s Polarrigg, one of the most popular places to stay in Svalbard. But, even if you’re not a guest of the hotel, you have the opportunity to stop by and enjoy dinner at their on-site restaurant, Vinterhaugen.

Vinterhaugen is open year-round and has been around since 2004! I have to be honest; I initially booked a reservation here because the interior is green and leafy (a drastic change from what you see outside!). 

Vinterhagen Restaurant & Peisen Bar
Vinterhagen Restaurant & Peisen Bar

I also went here because I wanted to try their seal dish (sorry vegetarians). Seal is a sustainable form of meat in the Arctic and I had actually never tried it before, so I was intrigued to taste it.

They also have items on the menu from other parts of Northern Norway (i.e., reindeer). 

I have to be honest, the seal was an acquired taste for me, but they prepared it perfectly and I am so glad I got to try it there (I had it dried a few nights later at Huset Restaurant).

Seal steak at Vinterhagen
Seal steak at Vinterhagen

Nevertheless, I insist that this is one of the best places to eat in Longyearbyen and I will continue to return on future trips.

Vinterhaugen is open Monday through Sunday from 6pm until 10pm. You will need to call and make a reservation in advance (or get in touch via their website, like I did).

When you’re done, you can also stop by their Peisen Bar for a drink (it is open until midnight). 

6. Restaurant Polfareren

Location: Svalbard Hotell | Polfareren
Do you need a reservation? Yes

Located in the Svalbard Hotel of the same name, Restaurant Polfareren is one of my favorite restaurants in Longyearbyen simply because they know how to execute Arctic dishes and deliver on flavor. They also have a fantastic wine and drink menu!

Open daily from 6pm-10pm, it is recommended to book a reservation at Polfareren. 

Restaurant Polfareren
Restaurant Polfareren
Reindeer steak at Polfareren
Reindeer steak

When I ate there, I enjoyed a reindeer fillet with rice and some vegetables.

I do see that the menu has shifted a bit (likely with the season) and now the reindeer fillet comes with a brown cheese sauce and a sea buckthorn gel, making me ever-so-curious to go back and order it again!

They also have halibut and duck breast, and there is always a vegetarian option on the menu. 

7. NUGA Sushi & Noodles

Location: Svalbard Hotell | The Vault
Do you need a reservation? Yes (link on their Facebook to a booking platform)

Located inside The Vault Hotel, NUGA Sushi & Noodles is consistently ranked as one of the best restaurants in Longyearbyen.

I booked my table in advance (highly recommend you do the same as it is a small place!) and headed to the cozy place late in the evening one night for some sushi.

NUGA Sushi in Longyearbyen
NUGA Sushi in Longyearbyen

On the menu, you will find various types of sashimi, nigiri, and maki. They have their own specials, including the NUGA Futomaki which is salmon, shrimp, cucumber, avocado, and chili mayonnaise. 

If you’re not a sushi enthusiast, they also offer stir-fried noodles, ramen, tempura, and poke bowls. Yuzu creme brulee and mochi ice cream are on the dessert menu.

Sushi at NUGA
Sushi at NUGA

Vegan and vegetarian options are available.

While I know not many people considering traveling to Svalbard for sushi, it is a welcome change to some of the other restaurants if you’re looking for some different flavors for a night!

8. Tio Monchos

Location: Longyearbyen Kulturhus downtown
Do you need a reservation? No

A newer place in Svalbard is Tio Monchos.

This is considered to be the world’s northernmost food truck and restaurant and you can find it inside the Longyearbyen Kulturhus (right downtown). You may also see their food truck parked outside.

The place gets insanely good ratings, so I had it on my list of places to eat lunch at and finally had a chance to go on my latest trip.

Cauliflower soup at Tio Monchos
Cauliflower soup at Tio Monchos

I did not realize that they had a rotating menu and every day was different, which was pretty cool (and gave me the chance to eat there multiple times).

While they are renowned for their Mexican fare, they also have different options depending on the day of the week. The first time I went there, the menu consisted of cauliflower soup – it was delicious!

To see what is on the menu each day, keep up with their Facebook page linked above. I highly advise enjoying lunch there one day!

9. Camp Barentz

Location: They will drive you to Camp Barentz 
Do you need a reservation? You must book this in advance (it is an activity/experience). You will pay at the time of booking.

I wrote an entire review of my night at Camp Barentz, so I won’t go into too much detail here, but this is a worthwhile evening experience and one that you will get to enjoy dinner at!

An Arctic Wilderness Evening at Camp Barentz in Svalbard - My review
Camp Barentz in Svalbard

Camp Barentz is a lodge and complex located outside of Longyearbyen a bit (you cannot walk there), and to enjoy the experience, you must book the experience through Hurtigruten Svalbard.

It runs year-round and during the winter months, your evening will focus on the northern lights while the summer months and shoulder season will focus on learning about polar bears.


Both experiences, however, will include dinner, and it will most likely be Bidos stew, a famous Sami dish. There is also tasty bread, dessert, and drinks available.

>> Click here to check Camp Barentz rates and availability

10. Restaurant Nansen

Location: Radisson Blu Polar Hotel
Do you need a reservation? I would advise one during the high season.

Located downtown in the Radisson Blu hotel, you will find Restaurant Nansen.

The popular Nordic fusion restaurant has an a la carte menu where you will find delicious and high-quality meats with a variety of well-prepared side dishes and sauces.

The menu contains everything from seafood to Arctic meats and beyond. There is always a vegetarian option available.

Nansen Restaurant at the Radisson
Nansen Restaurant at the Radisson

When I visited on the latest trip, I enjoyed their reindeer tenderloin that came with salsify puree, brussels sprouts, apple cream, salsify chips, and a blackberry sauce. Gosh, based on this post, it appears I like reindeer meat (I actually do).

The restaurant is spacious and large, but I would still make a reservation, particularly if you’re looking to dine there in high season. Restaurant Nansen is open for dinner from 6pm until 11pm daily.

11. Stationen

Location: Lompesenteret
Do you need a reservation? I have never had issues getting in, but they do have an option on their site to book a table (I would do it)

I recently had to update this guide because I realized one of the places I eat at the most was actually not even on here! Stationen is far more than just a pub and eatery—they have the best burgers in town!

Located inside Lompesenteret (the shopping center), you can find it at the end of the building, and the place is open Monday through Thursday (11am-midnight), Friday and Saturday (11am-2am), and Sunday (4pm-10pm).

Stationen burger and fries-1
Stationen burger and fries

They offer an array of different drinks and a menu that will satisfy anyone’s taste buds. I tend to stick with their burgers, as they offer a nice change of pace from eating seafood and other dishes in town.

Other delicious items you’ll find on their menu are fish soup, reindeer stew, chicken toast, fish and chips, and more. Their Stationen Burger is always my top choice, however.

I have always gotten in there without reservations, but given that their website offers a booking option, I would encourage you to do so.

Popular Longyearbyen Cafes


Fruene is kind of the OG of Longyearbyen cafes (they opened in 2003 and had a big 20th birthday event this year!). I even went there a decade ago (and enjoyed the same cauliflower soup I enjoyed years later). 

Cauliflower soup at Fruene
Cauliflower soup at Fruene

I often go here to work (I also don’t think they have wifi, so I usually hotspot) at this long table that they have, so I don’t take up too much space.

They offer coffee and small meals in a rather social environment, so it is a welcomed change from sitting at my hotel working.

Inside, you will find a bustling place at almost any hour of the day, especially on cruise ship days. So, beware, but it is worth having lunch there on your Svalbard trip.

Local goods at Fruene
Local goods at Fruene

Be sure to also check out the local goods as well as the gourmet chocolates they have in the cafe.

You will find Fruene at Lompensenteret Shopping Center, and it is open daily from 10am-6pm on weekdays, 10am-5pm on Saturdays, and 11am-5pm on Sundays.

Check their Facebook page for more.

Cafe Huskies

Cafe Huskies has quickly become one of my favorite places in Longyearbyen. I guess this is no surprise to anyone who knows my obsession with dogs, but I seriously can’t get enough of the place.

I go there to ‘work’. They don’t have free wifi. It is just my excuse to sit near the window and take photos of the dogs that are ‘working’ that day. To be fair, they also have delicious coffee, tasty cakes, and more.

Coffee at Cafe Huskies
Coffee at Cafe Huskies

One thing I love about Cafe Huskies is that they sell so many local products. You can find books by local writers, notebooks, trinkets, and goods designed by local artists. I purchase something every single time I am in there.

Outside Magazine wrote more about their story if you are wondering how the idea came about. It is kind of funny and interesting!

Cafe Huskies' employee of the month
Cafe Huskies’ employee of the month

Nevertheless, it is a gem of a place in Svalbard and one you must visit if you are also a dog lover!

They are open daily from 11am until 6pm. Beware; if the cruise ships are in during the summer months, this place gets rammed. I’d hold off visiting until around 3 pm as it tends to die down a little then.

Check their Facebook page for more.

Nordover Cafe

Okay, so Nordover is technically an art center (the world’s northernmost, in fact!) but they also have a nice cafe inside!

Opened in November 2022, the art center houses temporary exhibitions and events and also contains the Kåre Tveter Collection’s permanent collection. 

Inside Nordover Cafe
Inside Nordover Cafe

But they also have an awesome little cafe inside! When you enter the building, you will need to remove your shoes and head to the second floor, where you’ll see a small local artisan shop and a spacious cafe.

It is a quieter place, which I find inviting given how busy Fruene and Cafe Huskies can be.

The first day I stopped in, I was having a rotten day, and the friendly barista and delicious coffee turned my day right around. Take a seat by the window; it has a stellar view over Longyearbyen.

My coffee at Nordover
My coffee at Nordover
Those views!
Those views!

Nordover is open from 10am-6pm daily, except on Tuesdays. You will find them right beside the Svalbardbutikken.

Map of the Best Restaurants in Longyearbyen

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Tips for Eating Out in Longyearbyen

Reserving a Table at a Restaurant in Longyearbyen

If you’re traveling to Svalbard in the high season, you will need to book a table at a restaurant, including many on this list. Usually, you can just visit their website, and there is a link where you can book.

Otherwise, if you search the place on Google, there is usually a place to book a table. Or, you can try emailing them!

Some of the restaurants in Longyearbyen will require a credit card to reserve your place (Gruvelageret and Huset come to mind) and will charge a cancellation fee if you don’t show up or cancel too late.

When you're booking a table at Gruvelageret, it is an entire 'experience'
Gruvelageret is more than just food – it is an experience

When I travel alone to places, I often send them a message on the reservation form that states that they can place me at the bar if they need to.

Usually, they will give me a table, but I like to give them the option to take as many reservations as possible.

Another thing to note when you reserve is that you can let them know your allergies or dietary restrictions. Usually, this is only for places with set menus like Huset, Gruvelageret, Camp Barentz, etc.

Tipping and Paying

All Longyearbyen restaurants accept credit cards (and most accept Apple Pay).

You can leave a tip at your discretion. While Norway pays its workers fairly, do keep in mind that it is still not always as much as is deserved for exceptional service. Many of the servers are seasonal workers.

Dessert at Gruvelageret
Dessert at Gruvelageret

To leave a tip for your server, you will need to let them know as you’re paying, but generally, the card machine will be handed to you to put in your ‘final amount’.

This is where you can add a tip by putting in the final total. Beware that you usually cannot add more than 20–25%; it simply won’t let you.

Is water free in Svalbard?

Yep! Longyearbyen has free water at all of its restaurants. However, it will be tap water (don’t worry, Norway has the world’s best water).

🧊 PRO TIP: Do try the sparkling canned water (Svalbardvann) from Svalbard Bryggeri at some point during your trip! Everything at the brewery (including the beer) is made with water from Bogerbreen, a 2000-year-old glacier!

If you order sparkling water, it will not be free.

What’s on the menu in Svalbard?

Longyearbyen’s restaurant scene is pretty international, and you can find various delicious foods, from sushi to New Nordic cooking.

While many menus are ever-changing, here are some typical ingredients you find in Norwegian (or Nordic) kitchens:

  • Cod (torsk)
  • Shrimp (reker)
  • Halibut (kveite)
  • Mussels (blåskjell)
  • Whale (hval or hvalbiff)
  • Salmon (laks)
  • Reindeer (reinsdyr)
  • Lamb (lamm)
  • Dill (dill)
  • Potatoes (poteter), carrots (gulrøtter), leek (purreløk), beetroot (rødbeter)
  • Butter (smør) and bread (brød)
  • Many types of berries such as blueberries (blåbær), cloudberries (multe), lingonberries (tyttebær), strawberries (jordbær), raspberries (bringebær), black currants (solbær), and red currants (rips)

In Svalbard, you may also see seal on a few menus (whether it be dried or in steak form). I only saw it on two menus the last time I was there, but menus are ever-changing.

Some of the best Svalbard restaurants use ingredients found right on Svalbard!
Some of these Svalbard restaurants use ingredients found right on Spitsbergen

You also have a chance to see moose on menus here and there (it’s pretty delicious and one of my favorite meats).

What are your favorite restaurants in Longyearbyen?

Let me know about the best meal you have had in Svalbard (or where you’re looking forward to eating the most)!

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