Guide to wow-factor restaurants in Stockholm
Updated 22 Sep 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.
BrasserietStrömgatan 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.
Punk RoyaleFolkungagatan 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.
NoiNorrmalmstorg 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.
Ling LongRiddargatan 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.
AubergineLinnégatan 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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TakBrunkebergstorg 4, Norrmalm/City
High up above Brunkebergstorg, Tak boasts spectacular views and modern gastronomy with Scandinavian and Japanese flavours and drinks. Eat a luxurious meal in the restaurant, combine Japanese small dishes with a glass of natural wine at Izakaya, book the chef's table at Unn, sip a cocktail in the bar, enjoy the summer sun on the terrace or sample your way through a cocktail tasting menu served at IMA.
Mister FrenchTullhus 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.
LYKKEVasaplan 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.
Brasserie BalzacOdengatan 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.
BliqueGävlegatan 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.
WeidaoVasagatan 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.
GUTEBrunnsgatan 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.
L'AvventuraSveavägen 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.
NaboTegnérgatan 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.
Icebar Stockholm by IcehotelVasaplan 4, Norrmalm/City
Unique drinks experience
Experience the world's first permanent ice bar. The Icebar in the Hotel C Stockholm is made completely from natural ice from the Torne river in Lappland so you can enjoy a taster of the Icehotel experience without leaving Stockholm. Colourful cocktails are served in glasses made of ice in temperatures several degrees below freezing. Why not combine your visit with dinner at LYKKE.
Miss VoonSturegatan 22, Östermalm
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.
Fotografiska RestaurangStora 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. A complete experience.
Bakfickan DjuretLilla Nygatan 5, Old Town
Sustainable gastronomy in the Old Town
Chef Daniel Crespi's popular restaurant used to serve only meat but it's now equally appealing to vegetarians. The emphasis is on sustainable dining using the finest ingredients in season, and the restaurant also has one of the largest wine cellars in the country. Djuret's popular sister restaurants are right next door.
AGKronobergsgatan 37, Kungsholmen
Hip industrial vibes
AG is famous for excellent meat dishes, but also for their eye-catching industrial premises decorated by Jonas Bohlin. Stockholmers and other visitors have been coming here for years to eat, drink and hang out. Don't miss their sister restaurant Rolfs Kök.
Oaxen SlipBeckholmsvägen 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.
MatbarenSödra Blaiseholmshamnen 6, Norrmalm/City
Vassa EggenBirger 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.
Griffins' SteakhouseKlarabergsviadukten 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.
SurfersNorrlandsgatan 24, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
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.
Flippin' BurgersObservatoriegatan 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.