Guide to cosy restaurants in Östermalm
Updated 24 Feb 2020
Looking for a charming, intimate restaurant in Stockholm's most exclusive neighbourhood, Östermalm? It's not the easiest part of town in which to find that perfect little spot as the selection of restaurants is so large. Of course everyone has slightly different ideas about what makes for a really cosy restaurant, but decor and atmosphere are definitely two important criteria. We've rounded up some of our favourite cosy restaurants in Östermalm to help you find the perfect place for you.
Cosy restaurants in each part of town:
Linnégatan 38, Östermalm
Popular and friendly
Aubergine is a sure thing for anyone looking for a warm, unpretentious atmosphere and food well made from top notch Swedish ingredients. The restaurant is dark and intimate and lit by candlelight in the evenings, making it the perfect spot for a cosy dinner with friends, or a date with someone special.
Engelbrektsgatan 37, Östermalm
Beirut Café is a popular haunt among Stockholmers, tourists and celebrities. You'll find forty or so Lebanese small dishes - meze - to choose from, as well as grilled meat and fish main courses. In the cosy lounge area, one floor down, there are long tables, cushions and sultry lighting for authentic Middle Eastern-style chilling.
Sibyllegatan 36, Östermalm
Flavours from southern climes
Velvet furniture, antiques and a lively atmosphere create a warm, welcoming feel at Isolé. The menu consists of southern European and South American small and medium-sized dishes and if you're in the mood for a drink, the intimate cocktail bar serves exotic cocktails.
Grev Turegatan 15, Östermalm
Elegant and relaxed
This neighbourhood restaurant is on one of Östermalm's busiest streets, and it serves French homecooking-style cuisine served with a modern twist. It's often busy and bustling, but still cosy and welcoming, with a relaxed, elegant feel.
Grev Turegatan 16, Östermalm
This classic restaurant has been serving French cuisine, traditional Swedish homecooking and excellent meat dishes for three decades. The restaurant decor, particularly the painted ceiling in the "church" section, makes for an intimate atmosphere ideal for a romantic date.
Riddargatan 6, Östermalm
Asian flavour experience
Hankering after modern Asian food, made from the very best Nordic ingredients? Then Ling Long's the perfect spot for you. The restaurant menu is based on Asian-inspired medium sized dishes in creative flavour combinations, divided into the following categories "Cold and raw", "Grilled and crispy", "Steamed" and "Fried". The atmosphere is intimate and the cocktails are creative.
Kommendörsgatan 7, Östermalm
New York influences
The gang behind Kommendören and Vassa Eggen serve their favourite dishes here seven days a week. The menu focuses on flavours from the USA served in New York-inspired bistro surroundings. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and the intimate cocktail bar with someone you like.
Mamas and Tapas
Linnégatan 16, Östermalm
This tapas restaurant on Linnégatan oozes Spanish bodega vibes, with homely decor and high tables. Take a pew, share a little tapas and have a glass of wine Spanish-style in the heart of Östermalm.
Bongo Kök & Bar
Birger Jarlsgatan 37, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
Intimate at the movies
Bongo Kök & Bar inside the Zita Folkets Bio cinema foyer is an intimate little restaurant with dark walls and patterned rugs. Drop by for lunch or dinner, or just for a glass of wine at the long bar. The menu oozes South American and European influences and includes everything from nachos to moules frites.
Valhallavägen 147, Östermalm/Gärdet
Fun and unpretentious
Paraden, part of the ever-popular Bockholmengruppen stable of restaurants, is an unpretentious, relaxed neighbourhood restaurant that makes for a great value evening out. Eat on the stairs, in the bar or dining room. O why not climb up to the top floor and grab a pew on the balcony? The menu includes a selection of small dishes, inspired by Mediterannean cuisine.
Smålandsgatan 7, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
Eat among famous works of art
Konstnärsbaren is a culinary and cultural institution that remains as relevent today as when it opened in the Thirties. Diners come for the classic cuisine, but also the unique atmosphere and art history - the walls are lined with paintings by the likes of Isaac Grünewald and Einar Forseth. The menu consists of traditional Swedish dishes such as Wallenbergare (veal patties), Isterband (smoked pork sausage) and Toast Skagen (butter-fried toast with prawn and dill mayonnaise).
Ingmar Bergmans gata 2, Östermalm
European and American influences
Just a stone's throw from Dramaten theatre, this stylish and sultry restaurant takes inspiration from the brasseries of Paris and New York. Come to enjoy classic dishes among the brown velvet banquettes, white tablecloths, mahogany walls and black and white photographs or just sip a champagne cocktail at the bar.
Nybrogatan 42, Östermalm
A Spanish passion for food
Not surprisingly, Spanish cuisine is the order of the day at Spanjorskan ("the Spanish lady"). The restaurant, part of the Bockholmen group, serves up ingredients from more southerly climes and you'll find plenty of tapas and other traditional dishes on the menu. The Spanish feel extends to the decor, with dramatic red walls and simple wooden tables.