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Restaurant Pilekaelderen

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Indre By (Inner City)
Scandinavian, Danish, European, Vegetarian Friendly
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Pilestraede 48 | 1112 Copenhagen K., Copenhagen 1112, Denmark
+45 33 33 00 26
11:30 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 11:30 - 17:00
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On a cold and windy day, we stumbled into this haven of warmth and fine smells. What a great menu, with a great array of herring flavours. The food was absolutely full of flavour and the service lovely. It has a quaint and rustic atmosphere and is very Danish. It's nice to find such an authentic, rustic place in such... More 

Thank Carla P
Level Contributor
13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

There was a small but very good menu with something for everyone. After a 'stater' of snaps (recommended :-)) my fellow diners enjoyed various Herring dishes, which they all enjoyed very much, while I enjoyed some very tasty Danish Meat Balls. We then had a cheese course. I had Strong Mature cheese served on a slice of rye bread with... More 

Thank Kfgoxford
Reading, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

A relaxed half basement location with some great 100-year-old photos of the locality on the wall. English spoken and the waiter was polite and helpful. My first taste of the lunchtime meal was Rød Aalborg snaps, which certainly served as a winter warmer. My tasty starter was herring with potato and mayonnaise and egg on rye bread. This was clean... More 

Thank cjrmcw
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

We ( a group of 5) had lunch at Pilekaelderen during December 2016. We had pre-booked and were given a nice table in an alcove so talking was very easy. We received a warm welcome on arrival and were given plenty of time to make our menu choices. The range of open sandwiches is excellent the when they arrived, they... More 

Thank TheOutsider55
Atlanta, Georgia
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17 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

We chose this restaurant because of it's large selection of vegetarian and fish-focused Smørrebrød (we don't eat meat). We were visiting from the US and wanted to try what was considered a Danish staple We were blown away. I still dream of the fish Smørrebrød we ate, and loved every item we ordered. As we were visiting in autumn, it... More 

Thank Don K
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84 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

If not recommended to us we would have walked past this place. Small basement restaurant full of locals eating authentic Danish food. Great food and friendly service. Just shows to avoid the the famous and we'll rated restaurants and ask where the locals go.

Thank SteveHaxey
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52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

We stumbled across this basement restaurant when exploring one lunchtime. Very busy but we were made to feel welcome and the staff took time to talk us through the delicious menu. Lovely food and a bustling atmosphere, definitely recommended but as ever in Copenhagen, not cheap!! 😄

Thank Fiona B
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166 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

You do not need to visit more famous and expensive Schoeneman to have a beer and sandwiches. Great service and inexpensive. Safe choice for a Danish lunch. Will be back.

Thank Trond R
Andover, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

My friend and I visited to experience the open sandwiches that we had heard so much about .. and wow, it did. It disappoint. First off, don't think sandwich .. think amazing tasty dishes, incredibly tasty with layers of flavour .... served on a slice of the bread ... delicious! Grab a selection and dive in .. it won't disappoint!... More 

Thank martyn570
Tuscany, Italy
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 October 2016

We just bumped upon this tiny cosy smørrebrød house located in a basement while walking downtown. Although it's so close to a central area, with my surprise, it's not what you'd call a "tourist trap". Being a vegetarian I enjoyed seeing a few suitable options on the menu. The restaurant is very clean and the lady who welcomed us was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$24
Scandinavian, Danish, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Takeout, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 17:00
11:30 - 17:00
11:30 - 17:00
11:30 - 17:00
11:30 - 17:00
11:30 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Pilestraede 48 | 1112 Copenhagen K., Copenhagen 1112, Denmark
  • Location: Europe  >  Denmark  >  Zealand  >  Copenhagen>  > Indre By (Inner City)
  • Neighbourhood: Indre By (Inner City)
  • Phone Number: +45 33 33 00 26
Classic danish food and smorrebrod.

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Indre By (Inner City)
This is the heart of old town Copenhagen, with its blend of charming old buildings and bold new architecture, broad avenues and tiny streets as well as picturesque canals and a modern harbor. The inner city is home to the Royal Danish Theatre, which consists of three buildings, two of which are new and situated on the harbor front. The streets, squares and venues of the inner city and its surrounding neighborhoods, are alive all year round with everything from jazz festivals to outdoor ice skating rinks and parachuting at the lakes right in the center of the city. This compact area boasts beautiful old castles, tranquil parks, and bustling squares where you can always find a bench to stretch out your legs whenever you need a break.
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