Osteria 16 Pesce

For a very long time, we have been surprised that Denmark doesn’t have a lot of good seafood restaurants, after all it is surrounded by the ocean.

Recently, we have been seeing quality seafood restaurants popping up here and there. Osteria 16 Pesce is one of them.

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The antipasti restaurant with a focus on fish is no stranger to the foodies in Copenhagen. Taking over the space of Pizzeria 54, the seafood joint is run by the same Italian gang behind the popular Spaghettia and Osteria 16.

There, you can enjoy 6 antipasti at the price of 300kr, sampling a range of simple, yet delightful bites such as bacalao toast, ceviche and other seafresh, down with a selection of Italian wine.

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The dinner we tried was well paced, and the waiting staff were very friendly. On a dinner day, you can dine alfresco and people-watch outside the restaurant facing the green lane at Sønder Boulevard.

Address: Sønder Boulevard 54, 1720 Vesterbro, Copenhagen Denmark.


Hotel Ottilia’s rooftop restaurant and bar is a grand Italian kitchen with a stunning 360 degree view of the city. Overlooking the historical Carlsberg brewery and modern byen (the Carlsberg City), TRAMONTO is the perfect place to sip cocktails or munch on the comfort food you desire.

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Soak up sun and the city chic in style at their amazing rooftop terrace and garden, with the iconic Carlsberg Elephant Tower at your feet.

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The faces of the hotel restaurant may be no strangers to the locals as Tramonto is managed by the same team that run the popular tapas bar Pintxos and ristorante La Rocca. A promising track record for a satisfying meal.

With a capacity to host 200 guests, the expansive restaurant also has an extensive menu. Expects a host of Italian classics, from antipasti, pasta, pizza and a range of meat and fish of the day.

Tramonto also has a wide selection of wine. And paying tribute to host / neighbor, the venue also features a wide selection of Carlsberg beer.

The price is on the affordable luxury end. For instance, a pizza starts at 135Kr and a pasta ranges from 159-175DKK. However, for a good-value experience, go for a 4-course tasting menu at 395DKK, a tag that won’t hurt your wallet and is pretty much similar to that of many other mid-range sophisticated dining spots in town.

Telephone: +45 33 14 66 55

Address: Hotel Ottilia, 5th floor, Pasteursvej 2 or Bryggernes Plads 7, 1799 Copenhagen, Denmark

Italo Disco

This small trattoria tucked on a quieter street in Vesterbro is almost always packed every day. With little marketing (a very minimal website & not-so-updated facebook page), the low-key restaurant seems to be doing very well purely through word-of-mouth marketing and with support from loyal customers.

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It was of no exception on the day of our visit. The charming joint was crowded, with a cheerful vibe. Some of the staff seemed to be familiar with many of their patrons, adding a subtle, warm, Mediterranean flair to the place – it was as if there were some passionate “ciaos” and kisses in the air.

Once seated, we were introduced how the menu worked. An array of antipasti dishes would come in fast speedy; and we would also be served 2 types of homemade “primi” and a dessert. If you have any special dietary preferences, please feel free to let them know in advance and they would tailor something for you.

Olive oil and fresh bread promised us a very good start, and the buffalo mozzarella with grilled eggplants was simple and yet beautiful. Our favorite was the grilled octopus cooked to perfection, and made even more flavorful with fresh smashed tomato seeds, basil and lemon zest. A bit on the salty side, the whipped bacalhau spread was smooth and interesting, building up our appetite. After a fresh salad and some more satisfying crostini slides, we were quite full already.

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The pace slowed down as our friendly waiter took away the many plates from our table; and asked us how we enjoyed the food. With a leisurely break, a delightful risotto with zucchini was served, followed by a hearty pasta cooked al dente with minced meat in a light tomato sauce. While we liked both dishes’ tastes and layered texture, we felt like they were once again too salty to our taste. This could have to do with the fact that quite often stronger seasonings would be needed for late diners, especially for those who are consuming wine. Unfortunately, on this occasion we went easy on our alcohol consumption, thus finding the main courses slightly over salted.

Dessert was a simple profiterole served with peach and chocolate sauce. It is not too heavy and is a perfect end to nice long meal.

Overall, while the experiencing is not entirely surprising, it is enjoyable with good quality food, an energizing vibe and friendly staff. It is worth a try, especially if you are hunting for a new experience in a lesser-known hotspot in town.

Address: Oehlenschlægersgade 5, 1663 Copenhagen V, Denmark

Telephone: 28 58 16 63

Price: 375kr for 5 antipasti, 2 primi & 1 dessert.