The best restaurants in Östermalm
Updated 23 Nov 2019
Östermalm has a well-established reputation for extensive culinary offerings. The rumoured stiff facade has softened with the influx of exciting fusion restaurants and hip all-in-one concepts combined with the traditional establishments and neighbourhood taverns that the area is famous for. So as to peruse the abundance of choices we have created this guide to the best restaurants in Östermalm.
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Sturegatan 22, Östermalm
Culinary trip to the Orient
This sophisticated Asian-fusion restaurant strikes the prefect balance between East and West. Exotic, aromatic dishes and artisanal cocktails contribute to the relaxed, yet bustling atmosphere.
Birger Jarlsgatan 29, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
Vassa Eggen has had multiple guises over the years, the most recent - a qualitative NYC-style steakhouse complete with graffiti wall-art. Not only frequented for its food, the large cocktail bar is a popular retreat for post-dinner drinks.
Strandvägen 7 C, Östermalm
This restaruant, housed in the luxurious Hotel Diplomat, is characterised by its signature Art Nouveau style and is beautifully located on the shorefront by Nybrokajen. The menu features traditional Swedish specialities such as herring and salmon as well as steak tartare. The outdoor terrace is perfect for people watching.
Karlavägen 76, Östermalm
Broms has jumped on the all-inclusive bandwagon and combines bistro, delicatessen and bakery. The elegant interior, French and Swedish influences as well as extensive wine and cocktail menu yield a charming air.
Strandvägen 1 & Milles
Beautiful harbour views
With its distinguished address and impressive views these sister restaurants are heavily frequented. Strandvägen 1 is a popular haunt for its opulent furnishings and classic cuisine as well as generous opening hours. Milles has an intimate and unpretentious air; the menu fuses traditional home cooked dishes with an innovative and experimental edge. Lydmar's hotel restaurant is also part of the family.
Karlavägen 28, Östermalm
Refined Italian restaurant
This refined Italian restaurant offers a culinary experience out of the ordinary; the traditional menu has a contemporay twist. The interior reflects this balance, with classic tablecloth-covered tables and modern detailing.
Grev Turegatan 16, Östermalm
A distinguished classic
Grodan is an established classic and has been in business for over 30 years. Its original French influences are apparent on the menu, yet Swedish specialities are also featured. The restaurant boasts of generous opening hours dj:s and live music after hours.
Riddargatan 6, Östermalm
Innovative cocktails and exciting flavours
Ling Long aims to be a modern and international meeting place (the restaurant adjoins the Story Hotel) with an intimate feel. Asian cuisine with explosive and innovative flavours is served in small dishes, perfect for sharing. Culinary inspiration comes from the Sichuan province of China, Bali and Singapore and you can order creative cocktails at the bar.
An abundance of choice
Some of Östermalm's best restaurants are in close proximity to Stureplan. Riche is a real institution where regulars flock from early morning to late evening. Distinguished Teatergrillen, has remained largely intact since 1968, as has retained its dramatic flair. Its sibling Sturehof is a seafood restaurant, and prides itself with the same rich history as the aforementioned. Taverna Brillo, is the latest addition to the family, differentiating itself with Italian undertones, fusing bistro and bar as well as deli and market.
Kommendörsgatan 23, Östermalm
The team behind Jim & Jacob opened this Östermalm restaurant in 2019. The restaurant takes its culinary inspiration from southern Europe, focusing on Mediterranean food and drinks served in stylish, laid-back surroundings. Come for lunch or a big night out; if you're a larger group you can book Copine's chambre séparée.
Mamas and Tapas
Linnégatan 16, Östermalm
If you're longing for sunny Spanish climes, head to Mamas and Tapas on Linnégatan close to Stureplan. Feast on various kinds of tapas, paella, sangria and other Spanish specialities. The restaurant has been decorated to look like a Spanish bodega, and the atmosphere is warm and relaxed.
Artillerigatan 14, Östermalm
Innovative everyday luxury
Speceriet is Gastrologik's slightly more casual alternative. With emphasis on quality at affordable pricing points, spontaneity and accessibility are key principles. Scandinavian aesthetics are reflected in the minimalistic decor. The chalkboard menu offers an exciting combination of rustic and innovative flavours from the finest produce; all dishes are under 200 SEK.
Nybrogatan 16, Östermalm
If you like Giro on Sveavägen, you'll love their sister restaurant on Nybrogatan. Neapolitan pizzas take centre stage, served in laid-back but stylish surroundings. Prices are reasonable and you order and pay for your pizzas at the counter.
The Sparrow Wine Bar & Bistro
Birger Jarlsgatan 24, City/Östermalm
À la française
Star chefs Mathias Dahlgren and Staffan Naess are the team behind this Parisian bistro and winebar within boutique hotel The Sparrow close to Stureplan. It's as French as it comes, with stylish interiors and French specialties. Eat dinner, drink wine and drop in for a continental breakfast the day after.
Strandvägen 56 KMK
Strandvägen 56, Östermalm/Djurgården
A café during the day, restaurant by night - you'll find Strandvägen 56 at the far end of Strandvägen, next to the headquarters of the Royal Motorboat Club. The nautical-feel building serves coffee, breakfast, lunch and aninternational dinner menu, accompanied by great views over the canal and boat life.
Humlegårdsgatan 14, Östermalm
Sophisticated Stureplan restaurant
This large, timeless restaurant just a short walk from Östermalmstorg is part of the Stureplansgruppen family of restaurants. This is the place to come to eat or have a drink in serious, grown-up surroundings, perhaps with a date or a large group. The classic menu, created by chef Karl Ljung, is based around seasonal meat and fish dishes.
Nybrogatan 38, Östermalm
A contemporary classic
This charming neighbourhood restaurant is a bustling melting pot from early morn to late eve. The French inspired cuisine serves classic bistro-style dishes with Swedish undertones. All under the 200 SEK mark. The outdoor seating area is also a popular hangout.
Bongo Kök & Bar
Birger Jarlsgatan 37, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
Continental cinema restaurant
You'll find this intimate little restaurant tucked away beside the ticket counters at the Zita Folkets Bio cinema. A top spot whether you're going to watch a film or not. Culinary influences come from South America and Europe, with everything from nachos to mussels on the menu. They also put on live musical performances, DJs and stand-up comedy evenings.
Linnégatan 38, Östermalm
This relaxed neighbourhood restaurant has everything you would expect, great ambiance and delicious fare. Aubergine is heavily populated during opening hours; guests devour Mediterranean-inspired dishes or simply just enjoy a glass (or two) of wine after work.
Artillerigatan 13, Östermalm
Östermalm's best-kept secret?
Among the Army Museum's pale stone vaults, you'll find the museum restaurant Artilleriet. Enjoy a short or long lunch after a morning's shopping, drop by in the evening for dinner or simply enjoy a drink in the cocktail bar after a busy day at work. The menu includes everything from classic Swedish homecooking dishes to small dishes, salads, vegetarian options and seasonal dishes.
Smålandsgatan 7, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
A creative melting pot
Konstnärsbaren has remained largely intact since 1931 and has been a popular watering hole over the years for creatives, frequented by famous artists and actors as well as locals. High-quality traditional Swedish fare is served.
Ingmar Bergmans gata 2, Östermalm
Elegance and atmosphere
You'll find this sophisticated restaurant near the Dramaten theatre has an elegant, French feel and a menu full of classics. Book a lunch or dinner date in the dining room, soak up the atmosphere of the intimate little bar over a glass of fizz or kick off the weekend with a fun à la carte brunch.
Sturegatan 15, Östermalm
Gastronomy and gorgeous design
The emphasis at this Sturegatan restaurant is on artisanal cuisine and design and they serve seasonal Scandinavian small dishes made to be combined and shared.
Grev Turegatan 15, Östermalm
This popular French bistro-style neighbourhood restaurant on Grev Turegatan has been around since 2012. As well as classic French dishes with a modern twist, there's a large selection of wine to explore.
Storgatan 12, Östermalm
A distinct Parisian air
Take a culinary trip to France without leaving the comfort of Östermalm. The menu is presented on a chalkboard and is updated bi-weekly. The open kitchen - perfect for monitoring the chefs - enhances the intimate ambiance.
Grev Turegatan 56, Östermalm
An intimate retreat
Family-owned Trattoria Montanari draws inspiration from their hometown Fano, and offers regional specialities. The simple tavern-style decor is testimony to the philosophy that food should be made without frills and additives from organic, high-quality produce. Opt for a glass of wine at Piccolo, the decor differs from the rest of the premises and is ideal for spontaneous drop-ins.
Stureplan 13, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
Fusion and party vibes
This Stureplan restaurant has been drawing in large crowds since the Nineties, not only for their Asian fusion cuisine but also for their buzzy bar scene and club feel. During the summer months their al fresco dining area provides excellent people-watching opportunities.
Nybrogatan 42, Östermalm
Just like a backstreet in Madrid
Unlike its popular sister restaurants Nybrogatan 38, Nytorget 6 and Österlånggatan 17, Spanjorskan ("the Spanish lady") isn't named after the restaurant's address - nope, it's all about the Spanish theme here. Enjoy tapas, main courses and wine in surroundings that will transport you to a lively Madrid backstreet.
Sibyllegatan 47, Östermalm
If you're a fan of Neopolitan pizzas, Meno Male on Sibyllegatan is the place to go. There are various outposts around the city and their wood-fired pizzas are extremely popular. The restaurant decor is also inspired by Naples.
Sturegatan 19, Östermalm
Classic everyday luxury
Proviant combines French and Swedish influences to create a classic-style bistro with black-and-white interior and red accents. The restaurant also houses an espresso bar, terrace and bar. Restaurateur Mattias Eklund is renowned and has extensive experience.
Engelbrektsgatan 37, Östermalm
Exotic Lebanese cuisine
Beirut Café is almost exclusively worth a visit for its impeccable oriental-style decor. Traditional Lebanese meze and a variety of aromatic dishes are served. The relaxed atmosphere appeals to a wide audience ranging from couples to families and boisterous groups of friends.
Narvavägen 32, Östermalm
Neighbourhood restaurant with a focus on fish
If you're looking for a restaurant with a menu consisting almost entirely of fish and shellfish dishes, Stim is the place to go. They serve various delicacies from the sea grilled on a charcoal grill and served with various accompaniments. The modern neighbourhood restaurant oozes Mediterranean vibes and laid-back luxury.
Valhallavägen 147, Östermalm/Gärdet
Feel at home
This neighbourhood restaurant is one of the most recent additions to the ever-reliable Bockholmengruppen stable of restaurants. Paraden can be found in the middle of Valhallavägen and has been a popular haunt among locals and regulars since it opened. You can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner here or just have a drink at the bar. They serve brunch at the weekend.