The best places for a gourmet lunch in Stockholm
Updated 5 Dec 2018
Eating out on a budget's all well and good - but sometimes you just want to go all-out and make lunch out in town a really special occasion. If you're looking for somewhere to go for a seriously luxurious gourmet lunch, we've rounded up the city's finest bistros and most glamorous restaurants. From old boatyards out on Djurgården to modern minimalism, via regal listed buildings. Flavours are just as diverse as the settings; you'll find influences from all corners of the world in this guide. The common denominator is gourmet lunch dishes served in surroundings that leave an impression, perfect for special celebrations or for when you want to give yourself a weekday treat.
Historic pomp and circumstance
If mention say gilded wall decorations, marble columns and velvet furnishings, do your thoughts turn to grand opera houses? They should, because Brasseriet is part of the Royal Opera House and boasts both impressive interiors and fantastic food. Choose whether to enjoy lunch in the stunning bar, dining room or out on the al fresco eating area on Strömgatan accompanied by quite possibly the most beautiful views in Stockholm.
- Price guide: Two course lunch around 370 SEK, business lunch (three courses) 400 SEK, daily lunch special 150 SEK
Strömgatan 14, Norrmalm/City
Round trip to Southeast Asia in Vasastan
The obvious choice for anyone wanting to eat top-notch Southeast Asian food in Stockholm. The sharing food concept and remodelled industrial premises create a rustic, relaxed atmosphere. The carefully selected ingredients and highly-skilled cooking lift Farang to luxurious heights. At lunchtime you can choose from their well-composed tasting menu or two or three of the week's lunch dishes.
- Price guide: Lunch menu (six courses) around 575 SEK/person, two courses around 245 SEK, three courses around 285 SEK
Tulegatan 7, Vasastan
Timeless luxury at NK
Paris, New York, London, Madrid... All cities with exclusive department stores need to have first-class restaurants, and Stockholm is no exception. Right at the top of NK is the perfect spot for a luxury lunch halfway through a shopping or window-shopping trip. Bobergs oozes historic charm, but the restaurant's classic backdrop has been combined with a menu by Björn Frantzén och Fredrik Björlin that's both timeless and contemporary at the same time.
- Price guide: Two course lunch around 430 SEK, three course lunch around 500 SEK, business lunch (three courses) 395 SEK, tasting menu (six dishes) 645 SEK
Hamngatan 18-20 (NK, plan 4), Norrmalm/City
Lunch among the clouds
In the iconic Skatteskrapan high-rise on Götgatan you'll find the restaurant and skybar Himlen right at the top of the renovated building. You might think that the magnificent views 104 metres up would be enough, but the culinary ribbon at Himlen is also set high. The lunch menu varies, but always includes classic Swedish flavours and a selection from the à la carte menu.
- Price guide: Fried herring with dill butter around 125 SEK
Götgatan 78 (Skrapan), Södermalm
Sleek steakhouse by Stureplan
Vassa Eggen was one of the first restaurants in town to go down the steakhouse route, focusing on top-quality meat, perfectly grilled. They still do this brilliantly, but guests come here just as much for the atmosphere as the full-on protein quota. Lunch is served from 11.30am-2.30pm from Monday to Friday and as well as the à la carte menu and daily lunch special, there's also a three course set menu.
- Price guide: Lunch special around 150 SEK, starter and main course around 445 SEK, main course and dessert around 400 SEK, three courses around 540 SEK
Birger Jarlsgatan 29, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
The ultimate luxury lunch is served at Frantzén in the Old Town. Only 23 guests are served at a time so you can count on personal service and with three stars in the Michelin Guide, standards are sky high. The gastronomic experience includes everything from fish and seafood to meat and vegetarian dishes.
- Price guide: Tasting menu 3200 SEK (not including drinks)
Klara Norra Kyrkogata 26, Norrmalm/City
Stockholm can boast several Michelin-starred restaurants, but very few of them are open at lunchtime. Mathias Dahlgren's Matbaren in the Grand Hôtel is a welcome exception, serving lunch from Monday to Friday between 12-2pm. If you're looking for a gastronomic experience in stylish surroundings with faultless service, this is the place to book a table (or try your luck with a drop-in spot at the bar).
- Price guide: Medium-sized dishes around 245 SEK
Södra Blaiseholmshamnen 6, Norrmalm/City
Award-winning meat restaurant
Have lunch at Stockholm's best meat restaurant. As well as excellent meat dishes, they also serve fish and vegetarian dishes, hamburgers and a daily lunch special. Just steer a course towards Kungsholmem and AG's famous industrial-style premises on Kronobergsgatan.
- Price guide: Daily lunch special around 145-155 SEK, Beef Rydberg around 365 SEK
Kronobergsgatan 37, Kungsholmen
Taking lunch to new heights
Stockholm isn't exactly famous for its skyscrapers, but there are plenty of spots with spectacular views that also happen to serve very good food. The classic Gondolen building, which towers over Slussen giving magnificent views over the city, was taken over by top chef Erik Lallerstedt in the Nineties and now includes a dining room, winebar, casual bistro, function room and outdoor seating area on the roof. Play it safe with the daily lunch special or go all-in and try Gondolen's seasonal menu.
- Price guide: Daily lunch special around 135 SEK, Gondolen's seasonal menu (three courses) around 525 SEK
Stadsgården 6, Södermalm
Whether it's for a business lunch or not - historic Prinsen is a perfect choice for anyone looking for excellent classic Swedish cuisine served in elegant surroundings. The restaurant is surrounded by both business districts and smart shopping streets, and its style is just as it was at the last turn of the century.
- Prisexempel: Köttbullar ca 225 kr
Mäster Samuelsgatan 4, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
Anyone who wants to get seriously stuck into first-class fish and shellfish should head for Stureplan. Sturehof's outdoor seating area is a great place to see and be seen, and it's always packed - whether it's the first warm day of spring or during peak crayfish season in August. Its enduring popularity is well-deserved, the restaurant's French/Swedish menu is top-notch, year in, year out. Sturehof's buzzy atmosphere is shared by its sister restaurant Riche, a little further down Birger Jarlsgatan. The menu here is also influenced by classic French brasseries, but piscine dishes are joined here by other classics such as Beef Rydberg, veal liver Anglais and steak tartare Parisienne. Both spots are just as popular for their atmosphere as the food.
- Price guide Sturehof: Two courses around 460 SEK, shellfish platter from 795 SEK
- Price guide Riche: Two courses around 455 SEK, plat du jour around 175 SEK
Fine Asian dining under ground
Stylish, underground restaurant from the people behind neighbouring restaurant Vassa Eggen. Modern lunch dishes with an Asian influence, such as salads, bibimbamp and various bowls, are served. Choose a few small dishes or choose a larger main course and finish off with a luxurious fusion dessert...
- Price guide: Bowls around 185 SEK
Birger Jarlsgatan 29, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
Nordic bistro in an old boatyard
Oaxen Slip is the laid-back little sister restaurant to the internationally acclaimed, Michelin-starred Oaxen Krog. Dishes such as fried pork rind, Norrøna herring and confit wild duck thighs are served on stylish retro plates. And if the Nordic bistro food wasn't enough, the Slip's surroundings in the old Djurgårdsvarvet boatyard are a unique draw in themselves.
- Price guide: Two course lunch (including side dishes) around 410 SEK, three course lunch (including side dishes) around 460 SEK, daily lunch special around 145 SEK
Beckholmsvägen 26, Djurgården
Classy Swedish classics
Stockholm's stately opera house houses not just one fantastic spot for a luxurious lunch but two... If you go around the building and come in from Jakobstorg and Kungsträdgården you'll find Operakällaren's bakficka, or little sister restaurant, and it doesn't get much more classic than this. The menu is dominated by the very finest of traditional Swedish dishes, such as rimmad lax (salt-cured salmon), reindeer calf fillet and pike quenelles with lobster sauce and guests with a sweet tooth will be in dessert heaven. The flavours are familiar to anyone who knows Swedish homecooking, but oh so beautifully cooked.
- Price guide: Two course meal around 450 SEK, three course meal around 605 SEK
Karl XII:s Torg, Norrmalm/City
Lunchtime luxury in green surroundings
This classic restaurant by the waterfront at Edsviken in Solna serves exclusive lunch dishes in a beautiful setting. The menu focuses on updated European classics, with plenty of fish and meat dishes but also lots of options for vegetarians. Easily accessible by public transport, or by car or bike.
- Price guide: Meatballs around 180 SEK, three course lunch around 470 SEK
Ulriksdals Slottspark, Solna
À la carte all day long
The classic restaurant Ulla Windbladh out on Djurgården serves traditional Swedish cuisine, from meatballs to pickled herring. There are always a couple of lunch dishes of the day, but you can also order food from the entire à la carte menu, if you want to go for something a little more luxurious.
Rosendalsvägen 8, Djurgården