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“Must Visit Restaurant and Great Facilities for Accommodation. Authentic Northern Norwegian and Polar Food.”
Review of The Winter Garden

The Winter Garden
Ranked #13 of 16 Restaurants in Longyearbyen
Cuisines: Thai, Norwegian
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Good for: Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups
Dining options: Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed 12 June 2016

Mary-Ann's Polarriggen has a fantastic selection of food, which you should expect in Svalbard. Our dining plans changed drastically during our stay in Longyearbyen after visiting Mary-Ann's the first time. We decided to try it a couple of times. The ambiance is very special in every room. During the polar day or polar night it is great to sit in the giant greenhouse, filled with furs, plants, and pictures of history. The whole place is full of the history of Svalbard, from trapping to coal mining. The service is excellent and friendly. I would take the servers suggestions. As a chef myself, I have to say this is top quality food. Over our various nights, we tried Seal steak, whale steak, reindeer, cod fish, arctic char, and fish stew. Everything was just delicious. They also have a full bar, with a great bartender. The prices are very reasonable. The food tastes great, and is finished just perfectly, in a very plain style without too much spice or alternative taste, so you really taste the food the way it naturally tastes. If you opt to stay here, it is also comfortable, and they have a great livingroom where guests can chat. We have travelled here, and tried 5 restaurants and 4 hotels. Mary-Ann's is the best choice in my opinion. It is not over commercial ( as on main st. ) and you can find out about all that you need.

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Reviewed 26 April 2016

And I stayed for 8 nights and ate out twice a day visiting almost everywhere on offer. I had a chicken massaman curry with rice, and ice cream and berries dessert. Both were superb, timely. The bar doesn't offer cider is my only criticism, and the meal was expensive, but it was also top notch. Lovely decor, nice atmosphere. Stayed at Mary Ann's Polariggen for the entire stay and having dinner in the winter garden was a delight.

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Reviewed 7 March 2016

it is surprising to see the variety of restaurant here in this small town Longyearbyen - western, japanese, thai - but you can try all these somewhere else in the world. if you want to try something special in this special town you may visit vinterhagen.
Beside some "normal" dishes like beefsteak or fish, you can try whale or seal steak. i cannot say the taste was good or bad, but it was special.
It is a 10-15mins walk from the main street. May be it is the reason why there were only a few guests at the time of my visit, while the other restaurants serving ordinary dishes were all fully booked.

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Thank immrg
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Reviewed 5 March 2016 via mobile

Great ambiance and friendly staff. It had a small but tasty looking menu. We had two items on it and they were both fantastic.

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Reviewed 28 February 2016

Eating wale, we ask and reservate one day before, to eat there speciality.
Be reward the direction on this page from the site is not right, Vinterhagen means wintergarden and is located at
Mary-Ann's Polarrigg..

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