Stockholm restaurants with signature dishes
Updated 16 Dec 2019
A great menu is all well and good, but there's something a bit special about restaurants that are known for one particular signature dish. There are plenty of restaurants in Stockholm famous for one dish - from culinary classics that have been served for decades to trendy signature desserts that everyone talks about. We guide you to Stockholm's iconic restaurant institutions and new restaurants whose signature dishes you really shouldn't miss.
Sturegatan 6, Östermalm
Famous bleak roe pizza
In this lively meeting place on Stureplan you'll find an Italian brasserie, bar, food hall, espresso bar and more all under one roof. One of the dishes that really stands out on their pizza menu is their much-talked-about bleak roe pizza with crème fraiche, red onion, dill and onion. Possibly not the cheapest pizza you'll ever come across but probably one of the most delicious.
Götgatan 36, Södermalm
Spicy tuna, fish or veggie
Ljunggren on Götgatsbacken is famous for both its buzzy bar scene and its Asian-influenced food. The restaurant is probably best known for their Asian signature dish "spicy tuna", a tempura-fried roll with chili mayonnaise that can be made with either tuna or seasonal vegetables.
Tegnérgatan 41, Norrmalm/City/Vasastan
Braised beef cheeks
This popular regulars' haunt just off Drottninggatan is all about simplicity and quality. They're not swaped by the latest trends and concepts; instead, the open kitchen sends out perfectly cooked classics such as their signature dish red wine-braised beef cheefs with truffle and potato puree.
Tulegatan 7, Vasastan
Crispy pork at Asian luxury restaurant
Stockholm's most luxurious Asian restaurant is an impressive combination of innovative cuisine and cool industrial-chic surroundings. You'll be taken on a gastronomic journey to Southeast Asia, with small dishes such as crispy fried pork with palm sugar caramel - probably the restaurant's best-known dish. Naturally, there's also a vegetarian tasting menu for anyone who prefers to eat green.
Strandvägen 1, Östermalm
Korean steak tartare at smart address
Right next door to its sister restaurant Strandvägen 1, Milles has a lively, intimate atmosphere and walls hung with interesting art. Take in the atmosphere over a bite to eat and a glass of wine. Their signature dish, Korean steak tartare with kimchi mayonnaise, can be ordered as a full or half portion.
Gävlegatan 18, Vasastan
Korean sharing platters
Come to this rooftop restaurant at the top of design hotel Blique by Nobis for both the food and the views. The menu is inspired by European and Asian cuisine, with an emphasis on Korean sharing dishes ssäm style, ie. salad leaves filled with various toppings such as meat.
Folkungagatan 128, Södermalm
"Foie gras falukorv"
The city's most decadent fine dining restaurant has a uniquely playful concept which has won over countless Stockholmers and foodies. The controversial chef duo Jocke Almqvist and Kalle Nilsson create innovative dishes such as "foie gras falukorv", served at relatively reasonable prices considering the exclusive ingredients they use.
Rosendalsvägen 9, Djurgården
Steak on a plank
Steak cooked and served on a wooden plank with piped duchess potatoes was something of a classic dish in Sweden in the Seventies and it's recently made a bit of a revival. If you fancy trying it, get yourself out to Djurgården where the Villa Godthem has had plankstek as their signature dish for decades. The wonderfully old-fashioned restaurant serves different variations on the iconic dish: vegetarian, with fish, striploin or lamb shank.
Sveavägen 77, Vasastan
The truffle pasta everyone's talking about
L'Avventura became an instant favourite when it opened up its doors in spectacular premises on Sveavägen, near Odenplan. The menu and the atmosphere are both authentically Italian. Don't miss the truffle pasta with ceps if you want to try a dish that really sets the restaurant apart.
Södra Blaiseholmshamnen 6, Norrmalm/City
Steamed buns at Michelin-starred restaurant
At Mathias Dahlgren's Michelin-starred restaurant within the Grand Hôtel you'll eat next level, medium-sized dishes made from the very best ingredients in season. The menu changes constantly, but one dish you can always be sure of being able to eat here are their steamed buns - a steaming hot tip for anyone with a taste for this Asian dish.
Karlbergsvägen 14, Vasastan
Do you love meatballs with all the traditional accompaniments? Then you may well already know that this restaurant institution is more or less synonymous with this favourite Swedish dish. The restaurant's meatballs are so famous that they're not even included on the menu any more. Their butter-fried herring is another long-standing classic that's been on the menu since Tranan opened in 1929.
Arsenalgatan 6, Norrmalm/City
"Smash the Piggy Bank"
Bank Hotel's restaurant is in the building's impressive former banking hall, complete with glass ceiling, chandeliers, white tablecloths and dark green velvet banquettes. Leave room for dessert - Bonnie's piece de resistance is an eye-catching chocolate pig filled with blackberry sorbet. "Smash the Piggy Bank" quickly became an Instagram favourite and is big enough to be shared between two.
PA & Co
Riddargatan 8, Östermalm
Inventors of Gino
Gino – fruit baked in the oven with white chocolate - may sound like an Italian invention, but the dessert was actually introduced by Stockholm restaurant PA & Co at the end of the Eighties. It became a real Nineties classic dish, and the restaurant is still famous for their Gino, which is always on the menu.
Dalagatan 44, Vasastan
Do you love saffron? Then you should try Bistro Casper, which specialises in saffron, the world's most expensive spice. Their Asian lax tartare starter is also particularly good.