August 16, 2012

Restaurant Recommendations in Stockholm

The Rival's Bistro
I was looking through some of my past restaurant reports/reviews and I noticed how many I have written over the past five years. Add these to all of the times I have revisited restaurants already reviewed as well as the restaurants I have decided not to write about... that is a lot of eating out! No wonder I haven't made my first million yet. I decided to collect my reviews (as well as other posts that relate to dining out in Stockholm) in one post to make them easier to find for both readers as well as myself. They are organized after location. Click on the restaurant's name to visit my review. As I visit more restaurants, I will add them to this post. Keep in mind that some of these reviews are a few years old! Also read: tips for booking a restaurant in Stockholm.

Gamla Stan (Old Town):

  • Fem Små Hus- upscale, Swedish cuisine in historic atmosphere.
  • Den Gyldene Freden- One of the world's oldest restaurants. Classic Swedish cuisine.
  • Aifur- Viking themed restaurant. Fun with good food.
  • Le Rogue- high-end French restaurant with more casual bar area (Le Bar).
  • Tradition- traditional Swedish cuisine. Their third location!
  • Kryp In- A personal favorite! Modern, Swedish cuisine in cozy atmosphere.
  • Svinet- the restaurant Djuret's outdoor summer barbecue restaurant.
  • Pharmarium- conceptual cocktail bar where cocktails are paired with medium sized dishes.
  • Mr French- grill and seafood restaurant located right on the harbour waterfront.
  • Cultur- Mediterranean tapas restaurant with bar and outdoor seating.
  • Pastis- small, charming and genuine French bistro.
  • Ebenist- restaurant on Stortorget square, next to the cocktail bar Pharmarium (same owner).
Södermalm (where the Rival Hotel is located) and southern suburbs:
  • Bistro Rival- of course, I need to report on the hotel's own fantastic restaurant!
  • Bistro Süd- Neighbourhood French/Swedish bistro... popular with the locals.
  • Paradiso- recently opened neighbourhood restaurant with ambition.
  • Delikatessen- French Bistro in former fire station with fun bar.
  • Barobao- Chinese/Swedish "fast food" eatery.
  • Marie Laveau- Cajun restaurant that turns into a great bar and nightspot later in the evening.
  • Gondolen- upscale and popular restaurant with view over Stockholm.
  • Nook- new Nordic cuisine with Asian flavors... a gastronomic experience.
  • Ramblas Mariatorget- Spanish tapas restaurant, popular with the locals.
  • Gamla Amsterdam- cheese shop with smaller dishes and great wines.
  • Fotografiska- award winning restaurant at the photography museum.
  • Il Tempo- Italian restaurant with NYC-Little Italy atmosphere.
  • Usine / Bistro 38- Söder restaurant with French/Swedish classic dishes.
  • Urban Deli- restaurant, bar, deli, bakery & grocery store... all in one! SoFo.
  • Nytorget 6- hip, laid back SoFo restaurant with rotisserie.
  • Nostrano- Cozy, popular Italian restaurant with great atmosphere.
  • Ho's- Best Chinese restaurant in Stockholm... casual and authentic. Just won award for best Chinese restaurant in Europe!
  • Söders Hjärta- casual, neighbourhood restaurant.
  • Linje 10- hipster paradise, serving southern European cuisine.
  • Koh Phangan- popular Thai restaurant in SoFo neighborhood.
  • Thaiboat- floating Thai restaurant with its very own beach!
  • Pitcher's- "soft" sports bar and restaurat on Mariatorget.
  • Pelikan- rustic Swedish cuisine in beer hall atmosphere. SoFo.
  • Tehran Grill- Casual neighbourhood restaurant serving Iranian cuisine.
  • Tabbouli- Lebanese restaurant, around corner from the hotel.
  • Indian Garden- award winning Indian restaurant with 6 locations.
  • Mariatorget- collection of eateries around Mariatorget and the Rival Hotel.
  • Tolv Stockholm- (just south of Södermalm) a collection of restaurants and bars under the newly built Tele2 Arena.
  • Aloë- (just south of Södermalm) gourmet dining in the suburbs! 
Tasting menu at Jonas
Kungsholmen:
  • Trattorian- high-end Italian restaurant on the waterfront. Especially great in the summer!
  • AG- Fabulous and upscale steakhouse in interesting locale. Tapas and wine bar as well.
  • Piren- summery restaurant on newly opened waterfront promenade.
  • Mälarpaviljongen- gay owned and operated with mixed crowd. Floating bar & café.
  • Atelier 23- private dining and pop-up restaurant with a view.
Downtown/Östermalm/Vasastan:
  • Operakällaren- famous restaurant... upscale dining in historic atmosphere. Michelin one star.
  • Esperanto- Michelin star restaurant. Gourmet dining. Popular sushi restaurant on bottom floor (Råkultur).
  • Esperanto, Råkultur and Shibumi- three restaurants, one building (gourmet, sushi and Japanese food bar). 
  • Shibumi- Chef Sayan Iskasson's take on Japanese Isakaya gastropubs.
  • Mathias Dahlgren Matsalen (The Dining Room). Michelin 2 star restaurant. A gastronomic experience!
  • Mathias Dahlgren (Food Bar)- Michelin 1 star restaurant. Dahlgren's version of a modern, gourmet bistro.
  • Mathias Dahlgren (The Dining Table)- communal ding table within the Michelin 2 star restaurant where the chef creates the menu at the table.
  • Volt- cosy restaurant with wonderful food. One Michelin star.
  • Farang- Great Southeast Asian fusion cuisine in a sleek, modern locale.
  • Público- Mexican/Peruvian restaurant run by star chefs Melker Andersson and Danyel Couet.
  • Riche and Teatergrillen- Swedish classics and French favorites in these trendy and long lasting sister restaurants.
  • Brasseriet- intimate restaurant with old world glamour. In the Royal Opera House.
  • Strömterrassen- sister restaurant of Brasseriet (above) with outdoor seating and great views.
  • Pontus!- fine dining restaurant in Stureplan neighborhood (more casual Pocket located there as well). (EDIT: closed temporarily, re-opening in May '15 as Burger & Lobster)
  • Burger & Lobster- as the name suggests... burger and lobster!
  • Boqueria- trendy, Spanish restaurant. Great tapas!
  • Nosh & Chow- cuisine from the 4 corners of the .world.
  • Zink Grill- hip restaurant on the even hipper street Biblioteksgatan.
  • B.A.R.- conceptual restaurant based on a food market (you choose your own cut of meat/fish at the counter along with side dishes).
  • Gro- ambitious hole-in-the-wall restaurant with focus on fruit & vegetables.
  • Luzette- Continental brasserie in Central Train Station.
  • P.A. & Co- Swedish/French bistro, famous with the locals!
  • East- mainstay Asian fusion restaurant with a popular, trendy bar.
  • Taverna Brillo- Italian restaurant with marketplace on Stureplan.
  • Grill- grilled food is the theme at this popular restaurant with ecclectic design.
  • Köttbaren- "the meat bar", butcher shop with drop-in restaurant.
  • Griffin's Steakhouse- stylish dining in the new waterfront area. The name gives you a good idea of what's on the menu.
  • Brasserie Bobonne- upscale, yet intimate, French restaurant.
  • E.A.T.- Asian/European fusion restaurant in Mood Stockholm.
  • Koh Phangan- second location of popular Thai restaurant.
  • Sturehof- a classic! Swedish cuisine... great place for seafood and people watching.
  • Mother- restaurant and market with lactose and refined sugar free menu.
  • Stockholm's Matmarknad- food market with food/drink adjacent to Sturehof restaurant.
  • Saluhall food market (Lisa Elmqvist)- not to be missed! Historic indoor food market with great options for lunch.
  • Svartengrens- great steakhouse in Vasastan neighbourhood.
  • Hard Rock Café- up and running at this location since 1985.
Historic opulence at Operakällaren
Djurgården and Archipelago:
  • Spritmuseum- fantastic restaurant in the museum with great vegetarian options.
  • Villa Godthem- stylish and beautiful... a great option for dining (lunch or dinner) when visiting Djurgården.
  • Ulla Winbladh- traditional Swedish cuisine in beautiful, historical setting.
  • Rosendals Wärdshus- café, lunch and dinner during the summer. Beautiful outdoor setting.
  • Fjäderholmarnas Krog- archipelago restaurant #1! Just a 25 minute boat ride from the city.
  • Oaxen Slip- Nordic bistro on the water... the casual "back pocket" to the Michelin two star Oaxen Krog.
  • Rosendals Trädgård- gardens, orchards and café. Great lunch and picnic options.
Of course, there are many other restaurants in Stockholm worth a visit! I just haven't visited them in the past two years. We'll see what interesting restaurants I visit in the future. Don't hesitate to contact me directly if you are staying at the hotel and need further recommendations.

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