We had been told that Tivoli restaurants were 20% more expensive than anywhere else in town for the equivalent product so we went here to eat rather reluctantly. We found several places, however, that we thought were good value and several certainly have a great atmosphere.
The two oldest restaurants in Tivoli are Café Ketchup (formerly Divan 1) and Divan 2. Divan is a Turkish word meaning 'reception room', and both restaurants were originally tea rooms that served liqueurs, coffee, tea or chocolate while you chatted. Today, both 'Divans' house exclusive restaurants.
Divan 2 is situated at the bank of the Tivoli Lake between the Glass Hall Theatre and the Concert Hall. The interior is classic and elegant with a timeless appeal. The rooms and the large outdoor terrace are the perfect setting for any type of meal. Main courses are between 125-200 DKK.
Ketchup Tivoli is beautifully decorated and it has a genuine international atmosphere. Ketchup Tivoli is a true representative of the new global cuisine with a mix of exotic and traditional Danish/French cuisine. They now serve traditional Danish open sandwiches as served by the world famous caterer Ida Davidsen.
In 2003, Tivoli Gardens added another top-class restaurant, The Paul, to its portfolio. With master chef Paul Cunningham at the helm, The Paul quickly won over both guests and critics with its modern European cuisine. The Paul is situated in the Glass Hall Theatre. In 2004 The Paul was awarded a star in the food lovers bible; Guide Michelin. The Paul continues to hold its status as a Michelin restaurant in 2010. Home-made, delicious snacks are served in the lounge bar while the guests browse over the extensive menu. With food of superior quality and craftsmanship along with an exclusive wine cellar and a staff of the highest reputation, The Paul is the place for extravagant luxury! Main course prices are above 200 DKK
Pafuglen is another favourite although we suggest you go for the atmosphere as much as the food. It has specials of a two-course dinner for 235 Kr or 3-courses for 269 Kr. This includes a choice of Smoked salmon or rump of veal. An a-la-carte menu is also available with the pepper steak at 159 Kr. one of the best dishes.
Groften (Tel: 3375 0675) is one of the older restaurants at Tivoli Gardens. It is situated close to the main entrance to Tivoli not far from the Pantomime Theatre. This place is as popular among celebrities as it is among locals. In the old days, this was just a little café where Tivoli's musicians and workers enjoyed their packed lunches. Today, it is much more serving classic, traditional cuisine. A selection of open sandwiches, shrimp and lobscouse are the ideal specialties of the house. I like the atmosphere and the fact that they have been there since 1874. My favourite dish is Skipperlabskovs which costs 135kr.