All of us thoroughly enjoyed the food. Everything was meticulously fresh and well prepared. However, the cauliflower vegetarian option was really exceptional. So often vegetarian options are an afterthought and this particular option was well thought out and perfectly prepared.
Great food and menu selection and nice, helpful staff and service
Great service and food , delicious desserts and drinks!
A hidden gem. Quiet, good food and lovely atmosphere. Great Swedish meatballs.
Smorgas at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave. is a perfect place for a family get together. Beautiful surroundings, Excellent food and service.
Excellent fish and a warm, inviting place. We always make this choice for a dinner with friends when the plan is to have interesting conversation. This is a quiet restaurant. No need to shout over loud music. Tables are not close together. Altogether a great experience. Our friends visiting from Pasadena were very pleased.
Love this place, but the last time I booked it wasn't on Open Table anymore. Someone needs to fix that!
I work 2 blocks away and just discovered this place. The gift shop is great if you like Swedish candy...and who doesn't! The meal was perfection from soup to dessert. Our server was so nice and all of her recommendations were on point.
Food was excellent. Server was great. Easy for three of us to talk and be heard. Great.
Not the usual Continental or ethnic cuisine - The Scandinavian menu was a nice change. The open-faced Gravlax & Egg Sandwich was excellent!
This is a delightful restaurant. The ambiance is lovely, the service efficient and friendly. I would love it if the restaurant would provide a true Scandinavian smorgasbord as New York no longer seems to host one. I was with some women on an art tour and I recommended the venue they all were very satisfied with lunch as I was
We were four people dining. Three of us had the same meal, Smorgas plate with herring and lax.
Most of it was very good. Two complaints, The watercress used to garnish the food had an old, funky smell, it was not fresh. Secondly, the Rosolli, the beat-carrot salad needs more flavor.
As a Finn I know it was lacking potatoes and white vinegar to give a tangy taste. This salad
is very common in Scandinavia so most of us know the taste. I was also missing salt. Back in Scandinavia we use also chopped sweet onions and/or chopped pickles.
This meal should be offered with two slices of dark rye bread or at least two of the Wasa bread.
One slice is not enough for a meal that needs accompanied by bread.
One of us ordered meatballs and was very pleased with his food. Only wanted to have more meatballs.
Quiet atmosphere, great food, excellent tea and desert.
We love Smorgas Chef. Been there a lot, small and larger groups - family and friends. Mina is great, professional, courteous and welcoming. The atmosphere is Scandinavian, friendly, and not too noisy. A great place to have conversation and sample northern cuisine - NOT a noisy, crowded mid-town venue. Try it!!
Another terrific meal in Scandinavia House. The food at Smorgas Chef is fresh, innovative and delicious. And organic too.
The omelettes on the brunch menu are by far and away the best in NYC. Salmon burger a huge hit and the smorgasbord delicious! Delightful staff too. You never feel rushed and the place has a really nice casual, clean feel.
What more could you ask for? The best restaurant in Murray Hill by far.
Sweet place..that also doesn't "chase" you out.
Love that they also have art and film there.
Food is delicious,
Prixe fix dinner before the movie at the scandanavian house was well worth the price and pleasant dining
Perhaps a small slad could acvompany the main course?
Normally I am very happy at SmorgasChef; I like the casual, clean-lined Scandinavian
ambiance, the small, well-priced menu and the restaurant's convenience to Grand Central.
But mostly I come because I LOVE the Gravlax, the restaurant's signature offering. There's a terrific sandwich that combines gravlax with chive-scrambled eggs. I dream of this sandwich.
So, this week I arrived with a business friend who had never been to SmorgasChef, and I
had touted the fabulous gravlax. We were there for the gravlax. So when the server arrived
she immediately announced that, "Unfortunately, we are out of gravlax. We're very sorry."
Apparently there was an event the previous day, and all the gravlax at SmorgasChef was
consumed, and it would be two days until a new batch was ready. We ordered other things
but all in all our lunch experience was incredibly disappointing.
There were two servers. The MALE server was exceptionally poor while the FEMALE server was very good.
One of the most delicious restaurants I've been to. I went here for my birthday with my fiancé. I had the herring trio, elderberry soda, roasted chicken with spinach and potatoes and the chocolate cake for dessert, it was fabulous. 5 stars! Keep up the great work!
We visited Scandinavia House for the first time and were very pleased. The décor is clean, fresh, and modern -- loved it! The menu has classic Scandinavian seafood and other items that have been modernized a bit. I had the Icelandic cod -- delicious. We had vacationed last year in Stockholm and Copenhagen and had hoped to enjoy some Swedish or Danish beer, but they were out of all the Scandinavian beers -- our only (small) disappointment.
Just very good, fresh food, and a lovely setting w/ excellent service!
The place is also affiliated with the Scandinavian Cultural Center. So it is a good place for lunch/dinner and entertainment afterwards. The food and the drinks are great. Overall, the place is very nice and modern.
Had dinner at Smorgas Chef during Restaurant Week. I'm from a Norwegian family and always wanted to try it out. It was a bit of a disappointment. It's basically a museum cafe that charges hefty restaurant prices. There are tablecloths and they dimmed the lights after 8 but it doesn't have restaurant atmosphere.
I had the gravlax, Swedish meatballs, and a waffle/strawberry/whipped cream dessert. The gravlax was good and served with cold potatoes. The Swedish meatballs were fine but not significantly better than IKEA where they are about 1/4th the price. As for dessert, the strawberries were fresh and the whipped cream delicious but the waffle was limp.
It wasn't a bad meal but it was very ordinary (except for the gravlax) and at $42 it was no bargain. You can get the exact same meal at Ikea for $10-12 and the difference in quality is minor. You just don't get the tablecloths there.
If they brought their prices down this might be a nice place for lunch but regular price for this meal would be $48. I'm glad I tried the cafe but won't be going back.
Excellent spot for weekend brunch! Diverse selection of unique mimosas. The Swedish meatballs were light and delicious!
My friend and I loved the Scandinavian feel of the dining room and the menu choices were wonderful for both of us, vegetarian and omnivore alike. The centrality of the location is also a plus for this midtown neighborhood gem. The gift shop isn't too shabby either! Staff were warm and helpful and just the right amount of attentive. I'm looking forward to another meal there soon!
Great Scandinavian specialties, but other choices as well for lunch, brunch, and dinner. The herring and gravlax are outstanding. This food just feels right--healthy, delicious, and beautiful on the plate. For dessert...Princess Cake.
Loved the food. Restaurant was basically deserted when we arrived at 6 p.m. (on a Friday), which made me very happy. By the time we finished, the place was very busy and quite loud. But that's understandable, it was Friday evening in New York.
Lovely choice for lunch or dinner. Food is great & so is the service. That lighted tree in the center creates a calming atmosphere.
Smallish salad with awful dressing, mediocre meatballs and dessert.
Lovely experience for our out of town visit. Contemporary design with beautiful lighted tree as focal point. My husband, who used to live in Norway, tried and loved the seafood offerings for appetizer and entree. I had Delicious kale salad. Our teens were happy too and everyone quickly devoured the waffle dessert. We went early to browse the gift shop in front.
The pork chop was phynominal! I really loved it. Thanks for making my night special!
Came here for Restaurant Week at lunch. Food was delicious and fresh. It's a clean, minimilaist spot. Large tables would make it good for a group lunch spot. I came with 3 children who love the special treat of Restaurant Week lunch. Our server was attentive and very sweet. The kids talked about the food for days.
I've been here four times in the last few months. The location is convenient to where I work and GCT. The Scandinavian fare is fairly unusual for NYC and is fresh and well-presented.
Food is delicious and all employees are very kind. Usually it is getting full in the restaurant, it takes more time to get a bill.
One of our favorite places to each in New York because of our Scandinavian heritage. Reminds us of the delicious food in Norway. This is a place that we visit each time we return to New York.
The food was outstanding, but the wine list and inventory need to be brought into synchrony. I ordered one of the two pinot noir wines on the wine list, but the waiter said they were out of pinot noir.
Outstanding staff, food and ambience. This is now my "go to place" for family and friends.
3 of us went for lunch. Very good tasty food and
good speedy service.
If again in the area, deffinitely will be back
Delightful surprise! Fresh ingredients, cooked light and healthy, beautifully presented. Portions large enough to share tastes of everything. Relaxing atmosphere