Best Restaurants

Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Stockholm dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Stockholm Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

Restaurant Frantzén
The 19-seat two-Michelin-starred restaurant epitomizes Scandinavian culinary innovation. Behind an unassuming door in Gamla Stan, which is about 15 minutes walk from Stadsgården cruise port, local celebrity chef Björn Frantzén combines the best of Swedish and Japanese cuisine to create a gastronomic experience of its own. Most dishes are bite-size and are prepared with out-of-the-world creativity, for example, lobster is sided with algae and herb emulsion as sashimi and green apples are paired with pea shoots to make juice. A wide variety of common and uncommon vegetables is the star of the meal. One of Frantzén's signature dishes, satio tempestas, comes with 46 ingredients all plucked out from the restaurant's garden. Price is high — a 12-course dinner will run you SEK2,100 (USD323), but where else can you find a dish that combines beetroot, lavender and 100-year-old vinegar. Reservation recommended. (+46 (0) 8 20 85 80)

Mathias Dahlgren
The two venues at Grand Hotel Stockholm by the Swedish celebrity chef offer you the opportunity to taste Dahlgren's food creation in the environment and budget at your choice: either a full-blown gastronomic dinner at formal restaurant Dining Room (or Matsalen in Swedish) or a casual informal nibble at bistro Food Bar (or Matbaren). Dahlgren makes a big effort to use local and seasonal ingredients so the menus at both restaurants change from day to day. Some of their previous dishes include pumpkin, truffle with parmesan and langoustine with pigs cheek at Michelin-two-starred Dining Room, and braised pork steam buns at Michelin-one-starred Food Bar. Dinner-only Dining Room serves set gastronomic meals (USD293 for eight courses) and the average price for a main at Food Bar is USD34. (+46 (0)8 679 35 84)

Roughly 15 minutes on foot from Stadsg?rden cruise port lies Sjögräs, one of Stockholm's most popular restaurant and bar which serves French cuisine with a Swedish spin. The three-level venue is a classy place without giving the feeling of so -- the ambience is relaxed and staff are chatty and friendly. You either order from an ? la carte menu or from the blackboard for daily specials. Noteworthy dishes include pulpo and king crab, and roasted sweetbreads. Its dessert rum and chocolate steals the heart of many diners. Prices fall in the moderate level in Stockholm: a starter costs about SEK150 (USD23) and a main is about SEK269 (USD42). (+46 (0) 8 84 12 00)

Literally meaning "taste" in Swedish, this is one of the most inventive restaurants in Stockholm and is situated under a 10-minute drive from Stadsg?rden cruise port. Flavor is the absolute theme here. The venue puts on experiment the different combination of flavours by offering three, five, or seven-course small-bite set meals (from SEK400, or USD62). The small portions allow diners to experience as many tastes as possible. Three dishes here equal to a main while seven courses add up to a normal three-course meal. All dishes are named after their distinctive flavors, for example lemon, curry and truffle, and the cuisine is of fusion Swedish style with dishes such as "Swedish cabbage roll" with duck leg, forest mushroom and lingonberry (as Ginger on the menu), and "hamburger" wagyu with brioche (as Truffle). (+46 (0) 8 22 09 52)

The century-old restaurant is the place to see and be seen at the affluent Stureplan. It is under a 15-minute drive from both Värtahamnen and Frihamnen cruise port. Founded in 1897, the classic brasserie provides a seafood and shellfish feast in true Swedish style. Herring is the star of the restaurant. The Swedish specialty fish can be enjoyed either as a starter, with five different sauces and sided by Swedish cheese, or served fried as a main with brown butter and potato purée. Then comes the Oyster which can be bought individually or as a platter. To sweep you off your feet, dig in some salted salmon with dill-creamed potatoes, lobsters from Canada or gratined prawns from Dublin. The venue also claim to have the widest winelist in Stockholm -- more than 600 wines are available for your choice. (+46 (0) 8 44 0 57 30)

Rosendals Garden Café
An open air cafe like none other in Scandinavia, Rosendals Garden Cafe produces most of its ingredients on location and their menus change almost every day depending on harvest times and crop output. Rosendals also keeps irregular hours depending on the seasons. The cafe opens every year from February 21 to December 21, February, March, November and December, 11am-4pm; April 11am-5pm; May-September 11am-5pm (weekdays), 11am-6pm (weekends); October 11am-4pm (weekdays), 11am-5pm (weekends) (+46 (0)8 545 812 70)

This stylish restaurant is exactly what you'd expect from a city who's known for its cold and dark winter: delicious meat in a cozy environment. A muster roll of game, ranging from venison to beef to fish, is barbecued with five different techniques: wood oven, rotisserie, smoke, charcoal and table grilling. Even the desserts are grilled. The interior decoration is colorful and playful enough to rival Alice in Wonderland. You can choose to dine in eight different themed rooms, the magnificent Versailles to the titillating Moulin Rouge. The restaurant bar carries a large selection of international tipples to go with your cut. This is also one of the very few restaurants in Stockholm that opens on Sunday. The restaurant is situated in Norrmalm and is about a 10-minute drive from Stadsgården. (+46 (0) 8 31 45 30)

Founded in 1897, Prinsen is the regular haunt of Stockholm's artistic community — the bohemian restaurant even features in Swedish literature, poetry and paintings. You're likely to see people scribbling in notebooks and perhaps drawing your portrait; many famous writers and artists use Prinsen as their office, so it's not just for show. Come for a beer, the juicy Beef Rydberg, or a glass of red wine and a chat with the friendly bartender. Metro Östermalmstorg, exit Stureplan. (+46(0)8-611-13-31)

Almost across the street from Prinsen is Riche, with an altogether different vibe. While Prinsen epitomizes laid-back comfort, Riche is constantly buzzing with the latest music, gossip and laughter. Originally modeled on the Café Riche in Paris, it's now as modern as it gets, designed by internationally renowned Jonas Bohlin. The crowd is extremely mixed, with celebrities as well as students, many tucking into the classic Riche Burger. Metro Östermalmstorg, exit Stureplan. (+46(0)8-545-035-60)

Many guests are lured by the brännvin, or aquavit, of which there are over 40 varieties offered. But it's the food that really deserves attention. The concept here is "A Taste of Sweden." Traditional fare is served in 44 tiny portions and the menu changes with the seasons. You can also choose between the different "county menus," to explore the difference between southern and northern food. Brännvin has a perfect waterfront view over Strömmen Canal, so ask for a table by the window when making a reservation. Bus 76, 2, 43, 55. (+46(0)8-22-57-55)

Maps and Directions

Restaurant Frantzén 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, European, Fusion, Japanese, Scandinavian
Mathias Dahlgren 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Scandinavian
Neighborhood: Norrmalm/City
Sjögräs 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, French, Fusion, Scandinavian
Neighborhood: Södermalm
Cost: $$$$
SMAK 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Scandinavian
Neighborhood: Norrmalm/City
Sturehof 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Scandinavian
Neighborhood: —stermalm
Rosendals Garden Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Scandinavian
Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Ethnic, European, Scandinavian
Neighborhood: Norrmalm/City
Cost: $$$$
Prinsen 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Scandinavian
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - BMA
Cost: $$$$
Riche 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - BMA
Cost: $$$$
Brännvin 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Scandinavian
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - BMA
Cost: $$$$
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