The guide to Gothenburg restaurants serving home cooking
Updated 9 Sep 2021
The restaurant scene is constantly evolving but traditional flavours and tried-and-tested recipes will always influence modern cuisine. Home cooking is a perennial favourite and there are plenty of places in Gothenburg still rolling meatballs and frying herring the way grandma used to. We've gathered Gothenburg's best restaurants serving home cooking, both classic Swedish home cooking and other international home-style comfort food.
Berzelius Bar & MatsalSödra Vägen 20, Centrum
Swedish dishes with a modern twist
You can enjoy traditional Swedish home cooking in the restaurant's three dining rooms all week long. They open at lunchtime, serving a regularly changing menu based on classic Swedish cuisine. The menu always includes a few regular lunch options, such as meatballs and raggmunk potato pancakes with bacon, along with daily lunch specials. In the evenings they serve Swedish tapas.
KometenVasagatan 58, Centrum
Classic restaurant with a long lineage
If you want to experience a slice of Swedish culinary history and the echoes of the past, take a seat at a table at Kometen, which these days is run by Leif Mannerström and his pal Christer Johansson. They serve their own-pickled herring in their S.O.S herring, cheese and snaps platter, cabbage rolls and Wallenbergare veal patties, all accompanied by selected wines and tempting desserts. Don't miss their apple mazarin almond tart.
SmakaVasaplatsen 3, Centrum/Vasa
Home cooking in blue surroundings
This restaurant's characteristic blue walls take guests back to the wonderful Nineties, when they opened their doors for the first time. Smaka serves traditional Swedish food and they're famous for their meatballs, served with mashed potato, lingonberries and pickled cucumber. The popular dish can be ordered as a normal portion and in XL size for those who just can't get enough.
PigaOstindiefararen 11, Hisingen
Modern home cooking by the harbour
Old and new classics from all around the country are served at this restaurant, named piga (milkmaid) after the hardworking heroines of historical households. Dishes such as black pudding and hot dogs aren't often seen on restaurant menus these days, but they're taken to new heights here. Everything is made from scratch from local, seasonal ingredients.
BommensTorggatan 1, Centrum
Dinner and a show
Bommens, which is frequented by musicians and singers from the Gothenburg Opera, serves Swedish flavours influenced by international elements. On certain Thursday evenings the restaurant organises popular musical evenings where opera singers accompany dinner. The menu includes classic fish dishes such as seafood stew, along with dishes such as grilled flllet of moose.
Löfqvist å viAkaden Fredsgatan 1, Centrum
Home cooking in Arkaden
Löfqvist å vi, in Arkaden shopping arcade, has created a harmonious oasis for anyone who needs to recharge their batteries after shopping. Classic Swedish home cooking with modern elements dominates the menu. At weekends they serve special weekend lunches, popular with hungry hedonists.
Filling and reasonably priced
If you fancy a proper blowout, but prefer something other than basic pub food like burgers, pick one of the classic home cooking favourites on the menu at these popular beer halls. You're always guaranteed a hearty meal here and you can even afford to go out to eat regularly as main courses cost around 100 SEK each.
Ölstugan Tullen Andra Lång
Ölstugan Tullen Majorna
Ölstugan Tullen Wärdshuset
Ölstugan Tullen Johanneberg
Ölstugan Tullen Kville
Ölstugan Tullen Kålltorp
Ölstugan Tullen Lejonet
Lisebergs WärdshusÖrgrytevägen 5, Centrum/Johanneberg
Modern classics in Gustavian setting
A visit to Lisebergs Wärdshus, before visiting the theatre, gets the evening off to an elegant start. The restaurant is housed in one of Liseberg's most popular and oldest buildings. Eat modern Swedish classics and enjoy the popular set theatre menus. The bar stocks a wide range of drinks, carefully selected to enhance the gastronomic experience.
SK Mat & MänniskorJohannebergsgatan 24, Centrum
Nordic style and flavours
If you want to explore Swedish culinary history, with an emphasis on West Coast flavours, a visit to celebrated Stefan Karlsson is an experience. Go for a set tasting menu or pick your own dishes off the à la carte. Nordic-influenced interiors, with muted colours and lighting, directs guests' attention to their food and company.
KungstorgetKungstorget 7, Centrum
Gustavian vibes and mama's recipes
Fans of Swedish home cooking have been coming to Kungstorget, opposite the indoor food hall, for almost two decades. At lunch they serve Swedish favourites the way mama used to make them. Jazzy tones lend a laid-back atmosphere to the restaurant's light, airy presmises. They serve everything from great coffee to open sandwiches and selected Swedish farm cheeses. Bonus points for the heated year-round outdoor dining area.
Café du NordKungstorget 3, Centrum
A true Gothenburg classic
It doesn't get much more authentic than this. This restaurant, formerly named Köttbullekällar'n, is something of an institution and serves what may well be the largest meatballs in the city. The decor is far from trendy, but it's the meatballs, lingonberries and buttery mash you come for here, not cutting-edge interiors. In addition to this legendary dish, they also serve around three other main courses.
Home cooking from other countries
Le PubNordhemsgatan 22-24, Linné
Swedish during the day, French in the evening
You'll find Le Pub in a rustic 19th century building in the Linné neighbourhood, serving French bistro dishes in charming surroundings. Choose from classics such as escargots, moules frites and boeuf bourguignon. If you're more in the mood for Swedish cuisine then turn up at lunchtime, when they serve dishes such as meatballs and pork with onion sauce.
Oscar & den LilleKungstorget, Centrum
Smørrebrød and Danish hospitality
If you've ever found yourself in a sunny pub in Denmark enjoying a frothy beer and some smørrebrød open sandwiches, you'll recognise the feeling when you head inside Saluhallen food hall. At Oscar & den Lille they've embraced everyday Danish eating, serving a range of classic and creative toppings on fresh Danish rye bread.
Gyllene PragSveagatan 25, Linné
Pilsner and fried cheese
Eastern European food culture pulls no punches and here, among artists, culture vultures and regulars, you can eat your fill of hearty Czech homecooking. Fried cheese with fried potatoes and tartare sauce is a favourite and if you want to kick off your meal with a typical starter, try gherkins dipped in honey-sweetened smetana.