The guide to Gothenburg's cosiest restaurants
Updated 8 Nov 2021
When Gothenburg is being battered by storms and driving, horizontal rain, what could be better than holing up at a warm, cosy restaurant? Whatever the weather, it's always a treat to sit down to a beautifully laid table and be taken care of. We've selected the restaurants in Gothenburg that are particularly charming, snug and cosy - or mysig, as we say in Swedish. Follow our guide to all kinds of lovely spots for every possible occasion.
PivoArkivgatan 9, Centrum
Modern hunting lodge
Despite its size, this restaurant feels properly warm and cosy thanks to its hunting lodge-inspired decor and the park outside. Boules lanes, greenery and rustic interiors all combine to enhance the relaxed atmosphere. Tuck into hearty food in charming surroundings.
FamiljenArkivgatan 7, Centrum
West Swedish gastronomy and an intimate atmosphere
The menu at Familjen consists of West Swedish gastronomy of the more rustic variety and guests can choose between a three course set menu or à la carte. The warm, welcoming atmosphere draws in the crowds throughout the week, for the food, atmosphere and Familjen's imaginative cocktails.
MeetGeijersgatan 12, Centrum
Celebrated meat restaurant in warm surroundings
Meet has been named one of the best meat restaurants in Sweden and if you're hankering after a really good quality piece of meat, you'll find it here. But the surroundings and atmosphere are equally as important, smart yet laid-back, with classic steakhouse elements.
NordaDrottningtorget 10, Centrum
Gothenburg meets New York
Norda is housed in what used to be Gothenburg's central post office and the restaurant fills the magnificent space with red velvet furniture, drapes and glamorous Manhattan-inspired vibes. Perfect for a stylish yet snug dinner with dishes such as lobster, oyster and hamburgers on the menu. Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson is the creative partner.
KokaViktoriagatan 12, Centrum/Vasa
Minimimalist Michelin-starred cosiness
Koka, which has one star in the Guide Michelin, is an experience for both your palette and your eyes. The minimalist interiors create a luxurious yet snug atmopshere and have been nominated for several architecture prizes. The kitchen's watchwords are "West Swedish gastronomy"; the menu reflects a great love of the West Coast and the region's world class produce.
VRÅDrottningtorget 10, Centrum
Scandinavia meets Asia
Modern Nordic gastronomy meets Asian tradition at much-lauded vRÅ, within the Clarion Hotel Post. A meeting that's also reflected in the exclusive interiors. Eat sushi, sashimi and oysters among locally-sourced materials and Asian elements.
BarsacViktoriagatan 8, Centrum/Vasa
What could be cosier than a southern European-style bistro? Barsac on Viktoriagatan in Vasa is a Continental neighbourhood restaurant and wine bar which, as well as a wide selection of wines, serves selected bistro dishes. Drop by and hang out at the bar or take a seat in the dining room with a glass of wine and something to eat.
Gumman ElviraVästra Hamngatan 24, Centrum
Homely and delightful
Homely, charming, leafy - all words that describe this delightful neighbourhood restaurant. Make yourself at home, order a jug of Pimms or sangria or a glass of wine. Take a deep dive into the menu which includes small dishes perfect for sharing, before tucking into one of the flatbread pizzas. Enjoy dinner on your own or together with friends, family or colleagues.
La Cucina ItalianaSkånegatan 33, Centrum
An intimate Italian
Restaurateur Pietro Fioriniello has created a friendly, welcoming restaurant close to Liseberg and other attractions. During the summer months you eat al fresco surrounded by leafy palms, while inside the restaurant warm red brick walls create a cosy feel.
Walk in the ParkLinnégatan 10, Linné
Park vibes all year round
Not much can beat a walk in a leafy, verdant park and this cosy Linné restaurant serves up park-life vibes all year round. Enjoy Roman-style pizzas served among trees and lanterns, indoors. As well as food, the restaurant also offers selected nature wines, locally-brewed wines and cocktails with natural flavours.
Enoteca del SignoreVasaplatsen 4, Centrum
The good things in life
Leather-clad furntiture, white tiled walls and wooden shelves filled with wine bottles - families with young children and loved-up couples alike can relax and enjoy the atmosphere at Enoteca del Signore. Hang out by the green marble bar or book the wine cellar for a private Italian dinner.
Steampunk BarKungsgatan 7 A, Centrum/Kungshöjd
Cosy pub vibes meet edgy steampunk details, creating a unique, spicy atmosphere. Dating couples and groups of friends meet up here to escape reality for a while among the muted tones and soft lighting. Plus for the staff in elaborate steampunk outfits.
Le PubNordhemsgatan 22-24, Linné
Rustic congeniality on Långgatorna
In the heart of the charming Linné district, you'll find this bistro-pub in historic, unique premises. The building was once used for storing blocks of ice, but these days it's anything but chilly. The restaurant is divided into two floors with an adjacent wine cellar and there's plenty of space for both large and small parties with lots of cosy corners. Choose from the menu's rustic bistro dishes or just go for a charcuterie plate with something good to drink.
Intimate NYC feel
The intimate and relaxed atmosphere is as central to Natur as the ingredients they use. The New York-inspired setting includes simple wooden furniture and dark green walls filled with mismatched artworks - the perfect backdrop to some organic food and a glass of natural wine. Don't miss their charming sister restaurant Bord 27.
Långedrag VärdshusTalattagatan 24
Snug by the seaside
You can't get much closer to the sea than sitting out on Långedrag Värdshus' generous outdoor terrace. Watch the sunset and the sailing boats criss-crossing the water. Or, equally invitingly, sink into the armchairs next to the fire and enjoy the peace and tranquility at this West Coast gem.
TeatergatanTeatergatan 20, Centrum
Teatergatan, housed in a grand historic building, is a modern brasserie with a great atmosphere. 1920s-inspired interiors complete with velvet sofas, Kentia palms and a muted colour palette set the tone. The kitchen is inspired by different parts of the world - the menu includes everything from fresh oysters and lobsters to Asian specialties.
Dorsia RestaurantTrädgårdsgatan 6, Centrum
Plumply upholstered furniture in rich jewel colours, eleborate decorative details and generously draped textiles take your cosy night out to new levels. The interiors are reminiscent of a 19th century Parisian apartment.
Manfred's BrasserieNordenskiöldsgatan 28, Linné
In the heart of the charming Linné neighbourhood, this intimate restaurant serves Austrian and Swiss food. Heavy curtains and wallpapered walls create a welcoming atmosphere and the combination of decor and hearty food will get you into a cosy mood in no time
28+Götabergsgatan 28, Centrum
One floor down
Whitewashed walls give this exclusive cellar restaurant a light, fresh impression. Why not gather your friends together for a tasting menu in the chambre separée, before rounding off your dinner in the well-stocked wine cellar. Fine dining in intimate surroundings.
BonArkivgatan 4, Centrum
French bistro feel
This popular brasserie with a French-inspired menu is just a stone's throw from Gothenburg's main thoroughfare, Avenyn. The decor, which combines the classic with the modern, feels warm and welcoming. Uncomplicated, noisy and, quite simply, cosy.
Bonus tip! Moon Thai KitchenKristinelundsgatan 9, Centrum
An oasis in the city
An exotic restaurant experience that's cosy in an unconventional way. Sit in bamboo booths surrounded by tropical greenery and rainforest sounds from the loudspeakers.