The Norwegian

4.9
189 Reviews
$30 and under
Breakfast
A Rockford based Nordic breakfast, brunch and lunch pub featuring live music, offering a new spin on classic dishes in an old-world environment. Kid-friendly.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 189 people are saying
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4.9
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4.9
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Ryan
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my Absolute favorite places to eat in Rockford!

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KarenG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is exceptional!!! Whatever you do, make sure to try the dessert. It is worth it!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner here. We sat on their back patio which was lovely. Attentive service, delicious cocktails. Don’t miss the fried pickled cauliflower appetizer!!

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Alec
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s our favorite restaurant in Rockford, hands down.

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KelliC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try everything! You won't be disappointed. From a Sunday brunch to a Thursday evening dinner, there's something for everyone.

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RodgerS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always!!

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JohnC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food, enjoyable place to go for lunch. Will return.

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RenieG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for locally sourced food prepared fresh when you place your order, you should consider dining in or out at The Norwegian. The setting is warm and welcoming with most of the furnishings hand crafted by the owners. Their wait staff is excellent and are so happy to be employed by Emily. We were there at an off hour for a late lunch, and we asked our server to take a photo on the occasion of our 54th anniversary. He was most accommodating in spite of a difficult setting with the bright light behind us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always! Josh and Amy at the bar delivered an awesome service experience and we can’t wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! We enjoyed breakfast on a lovely Sunday!

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Randy
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Norwegian is always a wonderful place to dine. The food is always delicious and the staff is very welcoming.

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MichaelM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is what every restaurant should try to imitate. Great staff, great food, and a warm and comfortable setting.

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MelissaG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely! The outdoor setting was magical on a clear, surprisingly warm December evening. The service was friendly, personal and charming. The food was warm, fragrant, delicious and delightful. A wonderful, winter 2020 evening. So needed. Will be a treasured memory.

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KentJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Weather was chilly but the servers, food, and setting made for a very enjoyable evening. Will definitely do it again

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MeghanH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Norwegian is always an experience. Unique menu, but they were out of some items by the time we arrived at 6:30pm. There were heaters installed at each table, but the circuit breakers kept tripping, causing the lights and heat to go out one section at a time. About every 20 minutes, a section would be plunged into darkness, though staff quickly addressed the issue.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal with excellent food, drink, and service!❤️

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LarA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent flavors and service is always friendly and on time

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BreiciM
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and a friendly staff! It’s very homey and relaxed.

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LisaN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best omelet in Rockford!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve had many incredible meals at the Norwegian, but this was one of the best. The most perfect of Brussel sprouts to start, followed by perfectly cooked steak and egg and topped off with a hot toddy. The staff (Josh, Amy, Taylor) was warm, knowledgeable and a lot of fun. We’re so glad that we were there on the last weekend of service. Love the Weeg. We so hope you can weather this storm.

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DianeR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is wonder. The food is unique and flavorful. The waitstaff is friendly and efficient

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative, delicious food. Smart attention to health protocols. Friendly and attentive service.

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DorienP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always caring about their customers. Unique and delicious.

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vipAndyT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With indoor & outdoor dining limitations changing almost hourly, the Norwegian crew adapts on the fly very well. As always, the staff was friendly and Josh would have your coffee refilled before you realized it was nearing the bottom. Breakfast was awesome as always, too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top drawer. Had a table waiting and service was prompt.

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GregoryM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fabulous restaurant with unique atmosphere...Norwegian! The food is always fresh and delicious and beautifully served. There are always vegetarian and vegan options as well. Wonderful coffee and great servers! Generally open for breakfast and lunch .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely unique experience. Rockford has nothing else like this.

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AnneP
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Given the very challenging circumstances that restaurants currently find themselves in, our experience at the Norwegian was especially good! They treated us as if everything were normal and they weren’t struggling to stay open when the state keeps wanting to shut them down. The food was excellent as was the service. We especially love their coffee!!!!

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vipAndyT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A pleasant last minute change back to limited indoors seating. Always good to warm up on a cool morning with some Shakshuka, warms your insides right up. As usual, everybody on the staff friendly and really know their stuff.

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MichaelM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They always do an excellent job. Emily, her husband and all the staff do their best to give you a great dining experience. During this time of COVID-19 they are going above and beyond. I will highly recommend it.

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Riss
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love this restaurant! They always have creative menu options and delicious cocktails. They've been rolling with the punches during these COVID times, and still manage to create a lovely outdoor dining experience with excellent service. 10/10 would recommend.

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LarA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious pumpkin coconut soup, great service
Had a very enjoyable time

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GregC
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a great ambience! And a nice departure from the ‘norm’! I’ve been there to eat at least half a dozen times and they never disappoint!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service as always!

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Kerry
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the comfort and unique atmosphere, their willingness to try different items on their menu, special events, and friendly staff. Highly recommend to everyone who has had enough of the “cookie cutter” chain restaurants.

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KelceyL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Biscuits and Gravy are amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bartender made a custom mimosa that was brilliant!

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LisaN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was sublime. Would love the Shepherd’s Pie and Coconut Pumpkin Soup to become regulars on the menu (or at least the autumn menu).

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SueC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had lunch outside. It was very chilly, but the service was excellent. I ordered my usual Croque Madame. The food and coffee were hot and delicious!

FAQs

The Norwegian offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (815) 329-6191.

The Norwegian is rated 4.9 stars by 189 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.