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Gekkens Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Scandinavian, Norwegian, European
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Main Street, Balestrand, Norway
+47 57 69 14 14
12:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

We didn't come to Balestrand for Haute Cuisine, but went to Gekkens twice and had decent meals. The staff are very pleasant and the food is filling and reasonably tasty - enjoyed the meatballs. Perfectly good place to come for a generous evening meal after a days' walking.

Thank SuffolkCountryman
Seattle, Washington
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130 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

Family-run restaurant near the boat launch with generous portions at reasonable prices. Go for the Norwegian meatballs.

Thank CircleTheWorld
Weston, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

Great food, reasonable price, friendly service. What else can you ask for. My husband and I ate in this restaurant for dinner everyday during our stay in Balestrand. I love their fried chicken, salmon , egg roll etc.

Thank lilibee2005
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

When we arrived it was a bit strange as we were stood in the doorway for ages being ignored by the staff. I couldn't seem to catch anyone's eye and when I did manage to ask for a table for two. I was told "in a minute" but the lady didn't come back. In the end it was actually another... More 

Thank kezza_d_1000
Evergreen, Colorado
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65 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed a fish dinner here. The atmosphere was somewhat charming and the prices were reasonable for Norway. Preparation was simple but tasty. Seemed to be a family operation, service dropped off a bit after main meal was served.

Thank Crowhollow
Washington, DC
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82 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016

We had dinner here twice in July. They have entrees that include soup and beverage which fill you up and cost less than any other restaurant in Balestrand. The salmon was great -- avoid the pizza.

Thank OurFuture
Barcelona, Spain
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

We had a dinner here in our first night in Balestrand since the nearby restaurant was full. My 2 kids had a meatballs, my husband had a beef and i had the salmon. we had been waiting for quiet sometimes before we got our foods and the bad thing was my salmon is not really cook. it was still cold... More 

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gekkens, Owner at Gekkens Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you but I think you wrong our food IT takes only 10 minutes to served if we are full house IT takes 15 to 25 minutes and also We serving Grill salmon Not cooked. We serving food since 1989 and our costumer was very satisfied. God bless More 

Bellows Falls, Vermont
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2016

The menu includes many traditional Norwegian dishes, including reindeer and several fish offerings. We had the Norwegian meatballs, sliced beef with bearnaise sauce, and grilled salmon filet. The portions were hearty and food was tasty and satisfying, but Gekkens is by no means fine dining. Service is adequate; you will grow impatient waiting for the check when you've finished your... More 

Thank bethinvermont
London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

It's the English equivalent of a greasy spoon. Nothing is fresh per say as it's frozen veg heated up and pre-made soups. I had the schnitzel and mushroom soup and was happy with it leave 350NOK lighter in the wallet. It's either this place or the hotel so there's your choice.

1 Thank ptdee
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333 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 278 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

Based on the generally positive TA reviews, my wife and I headed for this restaurant when we stayed for a night at a local hotel. Having experienced mixed culinary fortunes on our trip so far (our best meal so far was the least expensive) we decided we wanted some familiar cooking at a reasonable price. On a Sunday when nearby... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$13 - US$22
Scandinavian, Norwegian, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Kids, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Street, Balestrand, Norway
  • Location: Europe  >  Norway  >  Western Norway  >  Sogn og Fjordane  >  Balestrand
  • Phone Number: +47 57 69 14 14
Gekkens Restaurant is a family restaurant owned by a norwegian and married to a Filipina. The restaurant is celebrating their 25th year in service since 1989 Gekkens Restaurant always serving the traditional norwegian food at affordable prices. Homemade norwegian meatballs and norwegian salmon and norwegian beffsteak was the best seller, specially the local people and the tourist.

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