A guide to the best restaurants in Odense
So, you’re here – in Odense, Denmark. Where can I eat, you’re probably asking yourself. This guide to some of the best restaurants in Odense will help you answer that question. Whether you are into cheap street food or fine dining, this list of Odense restaurants will point you in the right direction. All the restaurants on the list are located in or close to the city centre of Odense.
Restaurants in Odense
In recent years the restaurant-scene has really come alive in Odense. Gone are the days where your options were a sad pizza, heavy traditional Danish cooking or a dubious looking Chinese all-you-can-eat buffet. Today you can get anything from a cheap bowl of well-made Mulligatawny to a full-on gourmet experience that tickles your whole sensory system. But let’s dig in. I’ve made three categories:
1: The full monty (Gourmet restaurants in Odense)
2: The cosy corners of Odense (Great food with heart and soul)
3: On the go (Food-halls and other quick choices)
And after you’ve filled your belly, you might want to go to a great wine bar? At the bottom of this post I’ve put down the names of three great wine bars in Odense.
The full monty (Gourmet restaurants in Odense)
The Balcony opened in April 2016 and made it into the White Guide in 2018 as the best restaurant in Odense. The kitchen follows the seasons and works with different local organic producers. The staff also goes on inspirational trips to the countryside, seaside and local forests to find and explore new flavours. The food is modern.
The headchefs are:
Peter Steen Hansen & Anders Jensen.
Tuesday-Saturday from 18:00-02:00 (the kitchen closes at 21:00)
Sunday from 12:00-16:00
Phone: (0045) 66 11 74 20
The Balcony on Facebook.
If you like to eat delicious gourmet food in a historic setting, Sortebro Kro is the place for you. The restaurant is located in the Funen Village, a village portraying everyday life in the 17th – 19th century, and the restaurant itself is a copy of an old Svendborg Inn from 1805. The cows and pigs are gone from the stables, but the walls are crooked, the roof is thatched, and the windows are small. There is nothing old-fashioned about the cooking though. On the menu, you find oysters, lobster, mallard and much more.
The restaurant: Monday-Saturday from 12:00–00:00. Sunday from 12:00–15:00.
The tavern: Tuesday–Sunday from 11:00–16:00.
Phone: (0045) 66 13 28 26
Sortebro Kro on Facebook.
Restaurant under Lindetræet
Restaurant under Lindetræet (Restaurant under the lime tree) is located in the old part of Odense and across from the fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen’s birth home. At the restaurant, you can get brunch (year round), lunch (in the summer) and a fairytale menu in the evening (year round). You can either get four or six dishes, and on the menu you find dishes such as “Small leeks with winter truffle and North Sea cheese” and “Duck hearts, quince and yellow beets”. On a personal note, I can say that I’ve only been to Restaurant under Lindetræet once, but I very much plan on coming back. A lot of people consider Under Lindetræet to be one of the best restaurants in Odense.
Lunch: Tuesday–Friday from 12:00–14.30.
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday from 10:00–14:00.
Evening: Tuesday–Saturday from 18:00–00:00.
Phone: (0045) 66 12 92 86.
Restaurant under Lindetræet on Facebook.
Vår means spring in Danish, and if there is one season every Dane loves, it’s spring. So – is Restaurant Vår just as popular as the season it’s named after? Probably not, but really – nothing in the whole wide world beats the smell, taste and feel of spring. It does seem though, that eating at Restaurant Vår will make your senses come alive much like spring. The restaurant opened in May 2017 and received great reviews from the get-go. The restaurant is small, can seat about 20 guests at six tables, and its goal is to serve great, sustainable food in an unpretentious setting. Everything served on your plate in Vår comes from nearby farms and is organic and biodynamic. The wines are also organic.
Wednesday-Saturday from 18:00-21:30.
Phone: (0045) 26 49 26 44
Restaurant Vår on Facebook.
Bacchus is named after the Roman wine god. It features French cooking and classical French dishes like cheese souffle, frogs legs, Boeuf Bourguignon, Baba au Rhum and tarte Tatin. Bacchus has received very good reviews from food critics and was awarded as The best brasserie in 2017 by “Den Danske Spiseguide”, a well-known publication in Denmark.
And for those of you who know a little bit of French, this is the chef’s motto: Une des plus grandes joies de ma vie est un bon repas, du bon vin, ma famille, mes amis. Basically, he loves food, wine and good company.
Reservations: I recommend making a reservation if you’re only in town for a few days. If you make a reservation, but can’t make it – be sure to cancel your reservation. Bacchus will send you a bill for 38€ (per person) if you’re a no-show. You have to make the cancellation two hours before your planned meal if you are five or less people eating together. If you have made reservations for six-twelve people, you have to cancel a day in advance, and if you are more than twelve people, you have to cancel a week in advance.
Lunch: Thursday-Saturday 11.45–15:00.
Evening: Monday-Saturday 17.30-21:45.
Phone: (0045) 23 37 00 04
Bacchus on Facebook.
In 2016, 2017 and 2018 Pasfall was recommended in the Michelin Nordic Guide, and in 2016 and 2017 the restaurant was awarded Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence. Wine Spectator about the award: “Typically offering 350 or more selections, these restaurants are destinations for serious wine lovers, showing a deep commitment to wine, both in the cellar and through their service team.” Pasfall is the surname of the owner and chef Thomas Pasfall. For years he ran Munkebo Kro with great success, and in 2013 he and his wife opened Pasfall in the heart of Odense. Pasfall features several Danish dishes as well as international cuisine – often with a French twist.
Lunch: Tuesday-Saturday from 11:30–14:30 (11:30-16:00).
Evening: Tuesday-Saturday from 17:30– 22:30 (17:30–01:00).
Phone: (0045) 23 27 00 00
Pasfall on Facebook.
If you like eating perfectly-made sushi, you definitely want to book a table at Goma. The restaurant serves the food “Kaseki Style”, which basically means the chefs are out to pamper you. In Japanese kaseki is the embodiment of “omotenashi,” which means wholehearted hospitality. At Goma you can order just one course or a multi-course dinner made up of beautifully plated dishes. It’s possible to “build” your meal depending on your appetite. Goma also has a really good bar with lots of different cocktails. If you love sushi – you’ll love Goma.
Monday-Saturday from 17:30-
Phone: (0045) 66 14 45 00
Goma on Facebook.
The cosy corners of Odense (Great food with heart and soul)
Meat, meat, meat, meat and meat. If you have the slightest inclination towards veganism, you’ll want to steer clear of MASH. The steaks are big and juicy, and they are the absolute main attraction. MASH labels itself as a modern American steakhouse, and there are MASH-restaurants in places like Copenhagen, London and Hamburg. At the “cheap” end of the menu you find striploin, and at the opposite end, you find Kobe Wagyu.
Lunch: Monday-Saturday from 12:00-15:00.
Evening: Monday-Wednesday from 17:30-22:00. Thursday-Saturday from 17:30-23:00.
Phone: (0045) 3139300
MASH on Facebook.
Reatuarant No. 61 is a really cozy restaurant in Odense featuring unpretentious French cuisine. The dishes are simple, but always well-made. On the menu, you find dishes such as “Confit of duck leg with saltbaked selleri and pickled cranberries” and “Fish with green Puy lentils, smoked bacon and pearl onions”. The decor is French, and so is much of the extensive wine list. You can choose a la carte or fixed price.
Reservations: Always make a reservation as No. 61 is a very popular restaurant in Odense. You can book a table at either 17:00 or 20:00.
Monday-Saturday from 17:00-24:00. The kitchen closes at 22:00.
Phone: (0045) 61 69 10 35
No. 61 on Facebook.
Kok & Vin
Kok & Vin introduces itself as a restaurant dedicated to giving the hedonist and wine-nerd an “excuse” to go out and eat and drink on a rainy Tuesday night. The atmosphere is laid back, but the decor is still very stylish. It’s the sort of place you bring friends if you plan on spending the entire evening laughing, drinking wine and talkning. The chefs at Kok & Vin find new inspiration at the bistros and restaurants of Paris and Lyon.
Monday-Saturday from 17:30 to late…
Phone: (0045) 31 69 01 06
You can also book online.
Kok & Vin on Facebook.
Sæson means season in Danish – and yes, it’s a hint. At Sæson they mainly serve vegetables, fruits etc. that are in season, and a lot of what lands on your plate grew in the Funen soil. Sæson is a small, unpretentious restaurant in the heart of Odense.
Reservations: It’s not essential but a good idea. You can book a table at either 17:30 or 20:00.
Monday-Saturday from 17:30-24:00.
Phone: (0045) 66 10 00 66
I Pupi Siciliani
I Pupi Siciliani is located right next to Sæson, so you have to good choices right there. I Pupi Siciliani is, as the name indicates, an Italian restaurant. The owner Antonio Parisi is Sicilian and will serve you great dishes and treats from his home island. His ambition is to create an ambitious and original Italian restaurant in Odense, and on the menu, you find a few well-selected dishes like pancetta di mail al vapor con fungi, mortared e pesto di rucola. Don’t you just love Italian.
Tuesday-Saturday from 17.30-22:00.
Phone: (0045) 66 11 16 96
I Pupi Siciliani on Facebook.
Burger Anarchy is a really nice burger joint in Odense. They serve a large variety of tasty burgers such as the Donald, Han Solo and Jughead Jones. The burgers are stuffed with different delicious fillings, and you can tell they care about burgers at Burger Anarchy.
Monday-Sunday from 12:00-22:00.
Burger Anarchy on Facebook.
On the go (Food-halls and other quick choices)
“The Danish weather is Ga-Jol-weather”. This is a slogan invented to market Ga-Jol – a liquors lozenge for sore throats, and it basically means that the weather in Denmark is cold and wet. Soup Stone hasn’t come up with a household slogan like Ga-Jol, but soup is always popular in a country like Denmark. Soup Stone serves classic soups like Mulligatawny, Indian dahl and Goulash. You can also get a few nudel-dishes and sandwiches. The restaurant/café is very small.
Monday-Friday from 11:00-19:30.
Saturday from 11:00-16:00.
Soup Stone on Facebook.
Storms Pakhus a big food-hall close to the harbour in Odense. It’s a great place to go for a quick snack and a cold beer. Find more info on Storms Pakhus in this post: Storms Pakhus.
Arkaden Food Market
Arkaden Food Market is a big food-hall much like Storms Pakhus. There are about 22 food-stalls at the market, and it’s located in the heart of Odense.