Guide to wow-factor restaurants in Stockholm
Updated 10 Feb 2020
Stockholm has really outdone itself in recent years in terms of popular, must-visit restaurants. New restaurants and concepts constantly appear on the scene, while old favourites retain and fine-tune their charm. To find that really special somewhere among Stockholm's best restaurants we've picked out those that have a real wow-factor, when it comes to food, surroundings, staff and service (if food is your primary focus, see our specific guide). We've also chosen to list all luxury fine dining restaurants in this list. In this guide, you'll find a mixed bag of restaurants which all provide an experience that neither Stockholmers nor tourists should miss, welcome to our guide to Stockholm's best restaurants with the wow factor.
Tulegatan 7, Vasastan
Modern Asian fusion
Farang is considered to be one of Stockholm's best Asian fusion restaurants and offers a culinary trip to Southeast Asia. The modern industrial-style interior has a distinct metropolitan feel, aromatic food with an innovative edge is served and the menu is adapted to suit allergies and vegetarians.
Strömgatan 14, Norrmalm/City
A distinguished classic
The classic Opera house has been revamped and turned into an elegantly opulent restaurant complete with Roman pillars, gold leaf and palatial views. Brasseriet fuses historic influences and contemporary preferences with a predominantly French cuisine. The outdoor terrace is equally impressive.
Folkungagatan 128, Södermalm
Fine dining in funky, flipped-out format
A playful and prize-winning gourmet restaurant on Södermalm from the chef duo Jocke Almqvist and Kalle Nilsson. The tasting menu serves up numerous surprises - don't be surprised, for example, if someone stubs out their cigarette in your dish, or if you get spoon-fed lobster. Guaranteed to be a truly unique and out-of-the-ordinary dining experience.
Norrmalmstorg 2-4, Norrmalm/City
Intimate elegance at Nobis
In the basement of the Nobis Hotel, Noi is an oasis of stylish interiors and excellent food. An elegant and intimate meeting place for business meetings and romantic dinners alike. Stefano Catenacci from Operakällaren is at the gastronomic helm.
Riddargatan 6, Östermalm
Intimate and innovative
A popular restaurant close to Stureplan with innovative taste sensations both on the plate and in the glass. Not content with being a hip oasis with an intimate feel, Ling Long also serves an impressive vegan lunch menu - popular with vegans and carnivores alike. They share space with Story Hotel and there's a restaurant, separate bar and a charming hidden courtyard.
Linnégatan 38, Östermalm
Popular everyday luxury
These two neighbourhood sister restaurants have made everyday luxury their trademark and groups of families and friends make the pilgrimage to meet and eat at these popular spot. Aubergine has long been an established favourite in Östermalm and you'll find 39 Wäst in Kungsholmen. Perfect for when you fancy a little laid-back luxe.
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Tullhus 2, Skeppsbrokajen, Old Town
Glamorous Gatsby vibes
Mister French has transformed the historic customs house in Gamla Stan into a modern brasserie with style cues from the roaring 20's and enviable waterfront views. The seasonal menu consists of staggering seafood platters, lobster, American caviar and char-grilled meat. The outdoor terrace is a popular haunt during summer months.
Vasaplan 7, Norrmalm/City
Modern Nordic bistro
Scandinavian elegance permeates throughout LYKKE, from the cool interiors to the service to the food. Nordic culinary traditions meet international flavours in the restaurant's kitchen. The decor is an integral part of the experience, with carefully selected furntiture and details in muted shades that reflect Swedish nature.
Odengatan 26, Vasastan
Paris meets NYC
Named after the writer and culinary connoisseur Balzac, who is said once to have eaten 100 oysters for lunch, this restaurant is a big hitter. Influences from the large brasseries of Paris and New York make themselves felt, and you'll find everything from oysters and snacks to small dishes and main courses on the menu. See and be seen, have something to eat and have a drink by the long cocktail bar.
Gävlegatan 18, Vasastan
Asian flavours and panoramic views
A breathtaking view is the backdrop to your meal at Arc, on the top floor of the Blique by Nobis hotel. During the summer months they open the rooftop terrace, where you can enjoy Asian-influenced food and creative cocktails in the sunshine as you look out over Stockholm.
Birger Jarlsgatan 29, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
Vassa Eggen is many Stockholmers' first choice when it comes to treating themselves to a really good meal in town. Grilled food, particularly meat, is their specialty but the menu also includes fish, shellfish and popular classic dishes. The buzzy bar is a great place to kick off your evening.
Vasagatan 7, Norrmalm/City
Asian flavours in the heart of the city
Get a taste of Asian cities such as Bangkok and Seoul at Weidao. Everything from sushi to bibimbap and wok is made in the open kitchen. Interiors are also Asian influenced, using elegant, natural materials.
Brunnsgatan 6, Norrmalm/City
All dishes are grilled or smoked
Just a stone's throw from Stureplan, GUTE has been serving fine meat cuts and vegetarian alternatives to Stockholmers since 2011. Choose what cut of meat, fowl or fish you would like grilled and then combine with various accompaniments and sauces, such as coleslaw, fries and aioli. Large groups who want to sit separately can book GUTE's large chambre séparée.
Sveavägen 77, Vasastan
Enter the enchanted world of L'avventura and discover the cuisine and culture of Rome. This Italian restaurant with two bars is housed in what used to be the premises of the Metropol Palais on Sveavägen. The dining room is spectacular, with huge trees, murals on the walls and soft velvet banquettes. The menu will take you on a trip through Italian cuisine you won't forget in a hurry.
Tegnérgatan 34, City/Vasastan
"Your gastronomic neighbour"
This modern neighbourhood restaurant right next door to Tegnérlunden park has distinctly Scandinavian influences and an emphasis on sustainability. Sip on cocktails with unusual ingredients in the cocktail bar or why not book the restaurant's chef's table or chambre séparée.
Miss Voon & Mr Voon
Sleek, contemporary concepts
Celebrity chef Melker Andersson’s famous restaurants are a must for guests looking for that wow factor. Take a culinary trip to Asia, Miss Voon strikes an elegant balance between East and West with aromatic dishes made for sharing. Smak, located in a non-descriptive alleyway offers guests the opportunity to combine flavours of their choice to compose an impeccable tapas-style tasting menu. With its vibrant Latino flair, Público seamlessly fuses its nightclub setting with exotic cuisine, dominated by an impressive ceviche bar and a cocktail menu.
Stora Tullhuset Stadsgårdshamnen 22, Södermalm
Fotografiska's restaurant has stunning views over the entrance to Stockholm harbour and Djurgården across the water. The well-respected chef Paul Svensson is the restaurant's creative director and he's designed a menu filled with green, locally-produced and organic ingredients.
Lilla Nygatan 5, Old Town
For the connoisseur
These sibling restaurants offer a unique edge to Gamla Stan's culinary landscape, proving once again that this area is not merely a tourist attraction. Pubologi fuses dining room, bar and gastro pub and is firmly dedicated to local produce. Djuret - translates to Animal and specialises in meat, serving one particular kind at a time depending on the season with a variety of dishes and the offering is updated weekly. Guests are invited to select wine from 14 000 bottles.
Kronobergsgatan 37, Kungsholmen
A carnivorous paradise
Widely acknowledged as one of the best restaurants in the city, AG specialises in meat - which is blatantly obvious, the large fridge chamber where meat is tenderised sets the tone upon arrival. The sophisticated minimalistic interior nods to the venue's industrial past with concrete floors, bistro-style tiled walls and leather and brass detailing. Rolfs Kök is also part of the family.
Beckholmsvägen 26, Djurgården
Reputable Oaxen, beautifully located upon the waterfront combines a two-starred Michelin restaurant with a slightly more casual bistro. The bistro's dedication to sustainability and local produce is apparent from the innovative menu to the rustic, industrial-chic décor, striking the perfect balance between old and new.
Södra Blaiseholmshamnen 6, Norrmalm/City
Gourmet fine dining
With its stunning views and prestigious address Matbaren, located in Grand Hôtelis bound to impress. The contemporary cuisine offers a seasonal gastronomic tasting menu. The distinguished restaurateur has won the prestigious Bocuse d'Or prize.
Klarabergsviadukten 67, Norrmalm/City
A meat-lover's heaven
Griffins' Steakhouse is synonymous with its eccentric decor and extraordinarily meaty dishes. The restaurant appeals to all the senses blending blends art, design and culture, adding to its wow factor. Griffin's is a must for die-hard, carnivorous meat-lovers.
Birger Jarlsgatan 29, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
Alice in Wonderland
With luxurious fusion dishes and unexpected touches à la Alice in Wonderland, this large, elegant restaurant stretches out alongside its sister restaurant Vassa Eggen - but underground. You'll find babbling water features, pared-down decor and an innovative cocktail list, all with clear Asian influences.
Regeringsgatan 88, Norrmalm/City
Experience the flavours of China, and primarily the flavours of the renowned culinary region Sichuan. They serve a wide range of vegetarian dishes, as well as meat, fish, fowl and shellfish. Their flagship restaurant is in Visby in Gotland but since their concept arrived in Stockholm it's drawn in crowds of locals. They also serve fabulous cocktails to enjoy in their laid-back, surf-inspired surroundings.
Observatoriegatan 8, Vasastan
Since opening, guests have eagerly lined up outside its premises. The selective menu features six different burgers including a vegetarian alternative. According to the American website 'The Daily Meal' these burgers are some of the best in the world outside the USA.