The Norwegian

4.9
288 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 288 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.9based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.9
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4.8
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Noise · Moderate
99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDeborah
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Norwegian is always a treat, no matter how many times we visit. The staff is professional and polite. Food never disappoints.

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JulieA
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff very attentive. Great variety on the menu. Looking forward to going again.

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VirginiaN
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the experience of eating here. The chefs are phenomenal in making use of seasonings and food mixtures that create awesome results. Have NEVER had a meal I didn’t like. ♥️♥️♥️

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ChristineL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Norwegian is the best kept secret for dinner in Rockford, maybe even all of N.IL! I was celebrating my 67th birthday with friends and chose the Norwegian because of their unique menu and drinks. Every week the dinner menu changes and has a new menu theme. We love the experience!
The staff was very welcoming and our waiter (Keiren?) was great!
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Deni
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love the interesting menu, the biggest problem is picking just one thing to order

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AliceL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We like to have desert but the only thing that they had was cookies...that will probably change. Next week a bakery is opening next door. The Norwegian is known for using local ingredients, so probably will get baked good from their new neighbors.

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vipAndyT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, well worth stopping in for breakfast. I hadn't tried the asparagus/egg combo before, but tasted great, and will probably try that again. Service was top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience as always! We love visiting for the weekly dinner menu, this week our favorite dishes were the hush puppies and the lemon pie. Josh and Amy were great as always and served us some delicious cocktails.

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vipAndyT
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An interesting theme for the week's dinner menu, and wished I could tried all of them, but as usual, something unique and well-done. As always, Amy, Josh, and everyone else on the staff was top notch, what really makes the visits worthwhile.

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Cindy
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The music was great, the food is always delicious and different. The atmosphere is refreshing. I love the different food theme each week.

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Kisha
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Nice local hip restaurant we enjoyed our Sunday jazz brunch. The blackened catfish and B.A.L.T was amazing and a flight to wash it down.

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Anne
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The omelet and the biscuits with gravy and mushrooms were delicious!

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RandeeH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fabulous! Amazing food, service & atmosphere! I have to admit I was slightly bummed the normal menu wasn't available on the weekends. :( Other than that I LOVE this restaurant!

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cherb
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely brunch with our 95+ friend and her son. Our service and food was superb.

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PennaB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As usual it was a great experience! Jack and Victor gave us great service. The only critique I have is that the rice with our shrimp was plain and dry. BUT the shrimp were so good! I also had the fried califlower. Yum!

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Gammie
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcoming restaurant with a wonderful staff and very delicious food!

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RenieG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have yet to be disappointed. The food is fresh and local. The decor is warm and so well crafted. Portions are more than ample, and we love having The Norwegian in our neighborhood!

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reader222
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Disco soundtrack was a little loud. Every thing else was beyond AWESOME! Our waitress Verity was pleasant, attentive and knowledgeable . We will be back!

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vipDeborah
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! Great service and wonderful food selections.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at The Norwegian! Service was fast and friendly. Drinks were refreshing. The food looked gorgeous and tasted delicious! Do not miss out on the Forest Floor Bord!

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MelissaG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food in a wonderful setting with wonderful service!

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SherryB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bourbon and Burger menu was outstanding. The signature drinks were awesome!!

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MarkF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh Ingredients, prepared well. Large enough Menu to offer a nice variety, but small enough that you know it’s all fresh and prepared to order. Damn good food.

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KristineM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Norwegian is a local gem. They have the most unique menu with items you will find nowhere else. Everything I have tried has been absolutely delicious. The staff makes you feel welcome and are wonderful. Try them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Everything about The Norwegian is special.

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MaryC
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is unique and delicious. If you are looking for something other than burger fare, this would be a good choice. The service was friendly and efficient. I am already looking forward to my next visit.

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Satisfied
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and it was fabulous. We will be back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was very good at serving us despite having an intense business discussion. Well done.

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MarlenaS
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kees I did an outstanding job serving us- hot coffee before we could ask, winning smile, cheerful

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vipAndyT
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After working an all-night shift was looking forward to breakfast fare at the Norwegian. As always the service was outstanding, and the omlette entree perfect.

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JacqueN
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had heard good things and were not disappointed. The service was very enjoyably friendly and the food was delicious. We will visit again : )

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious food and tremendous service.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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Claygurl
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delish food, generous portions and creative mix of flavors. I have a sensitive stomach and I felt great afterwards. But definitely full. Charming interior and very friendly staff. I'm looking forward to my next visit!

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vipAndyT
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service from everybody was awesome, and always good to be there when Amy or Josh is bartending. This week's specials were pretty unique, as they usually are. I went with the chicken, mashed potatoes, and peppercorns choice, and every bite was a delight to the taste buds.

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Stacy
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Our brunch was overall good the eggs Benedict was delicious. I ordered two of the swedish knots to start the brunch for the table and they weren't good , when the waitress took them away uneaten she asked before removing them but then didn't ask why they weren't eaten I thought that wasn't a very customer friendly approach. Drinks were extremely slow it wasn't busy and we waited 10 min without drinks when they were brought also not impressed with that . Extremely cute place. Would give it another try but will be hoping to be treated like a valued customer

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SusanA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Homemade lemonade, grilled cheese and bacon/poached egg salad were great. Fries are also delicious. Other dishes are great as well. Seating both inside and outside is comfortable as is the decor.

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Diane
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience2

I’m sorry to say my friend found a long hair in her eggs Benedict so that pretty much ruined it for us. She was too polite to sag anything-I also hated the red Elvis music that was playing way too loud. I’m sorry I can’t give you 5 stars.

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Sandy
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh, tasty, priced right, delicious....can't praise it enough!

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AlanG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another excellent dining experience for Mother's Day. The reservation process was especially thoughtful as we had made a reservation to eat outside but the temperature was predicted to be in the 50's. We received a call to make sure that we dressed warmly and might even consider bringing blankets. I asked if we could change to inside and they had room for us at the bar. The ambience, food, service, attention, and relaxed atmosphere were all perfect for an enjoyable celebration.

FAQs

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

The Norwegian is rated 4.9 stars by 288 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 bookings at the moment.