Dining Scene in Copenhagen Suits Large Parties Well

Eating out in large groups is part and parcel of Danish life and 'the long table' is synonymous with parties and festive occasions. Most restaurants will be quite accustomed to group bookings whether for family get-togethers or business meetings, and many have private rooms that can reserved. We've put together a list that includes a selection of cuisines, from the innovative to the more traditional, from local and Nordic specialties to the best in biodynamic, Italian and Pan-Asian - and that is based not only on the availability of private rooms but also on decor, acoustics, and space to enjoy both great food and great company.

There are several restaurants to choose from in the memorable, art deco surroundings of Claus Meyer's The Standard on Copenhagen's waterfront: Harbor views are also on offer at relaxed, eco-friendly Restaurant Toldboden. Alternatively, find out why the long, rustic tables of Matt Orlando's Amass restaurant are some of the hottest in town.

If your budget can run to it, indulge your dinner guests with the private room of upscale Italian Era Ora; or go casual at downtown The Italian, on the ground floor of hotel Kong Frederik. Traditional Danish-French cuisine doesn't come much better than that served at Kanalen; while more innovative menus are offered at newcomer Marv & Ben on Snaregade.

Take more adventurous groups on a culinary tour of the meat-packing district, Kødbyen, home to hot dining spots such as BioMio and Nose2Tail. Or enjoy fresh and modern Asian food at The Red Box - an eatery able to accommodate parties of up to 40.

Photo courtesy of Stine Christiansen


It's almost impossible to translate 'mad bodega', but the term illustrates the kind of back to basics community spirit of traditional Danish bars this modern, sustainable eatery in Vesterbro's meatpacking district hopes to emulate. Inspired by a...  Read More

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The Italian
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A smart yet casual Italian restaurant on the street level of Hotel Kong Frederik run by the incredibly successful and generally extremely reliable Copenhagen restaurant chain Cofoco. The decor here is simple but fresh, with plain wooden tables...  Read More

Marv & Ben
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On one of the narrow cobbled streets of Copenhagen's Indre Byen, this gourmet Nordic 'gastro pub' opened in 2010 and serves innovative and modern set menus or two three, four and five-courses for DKK 325-445. Dishes change with the seasons and...  Read More

Restaurant Julian Toldboden
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Located in an old customs and excise building on Copenhagen's harbor front not far from The Little Mermaid (Toldboden's name means custom house) this modern, innovative restaurant keeps its decor simple, its windows large and open to the...  Read More

The Red Box
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This contemporary fusion restaurant combines the best of both Asian and European kitchens with as fresh, healthy menu that is light years away from the greasy and stodgy dishes that Denmark's 'kina grill' have developed a reputation for. Its...  Read More

BOB - BioMio Organic Bistro
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This organic 'people's kitchen' is situated in an old Bosch warehouse in Vesterbro's former meatpacking district, Kodbyen, as can be seen by the very distinctive neon 'Bosch' sign that the owners elected to leave on the restaurant's facade....  Read More

Photo courtesy of Restaurant Kanalen


One of Christianshavn's best restaurants can be found in this old building - a former customs office - right next to the canal, with boats gently rocking outside the windows. While lunches are traditional Danish fare, the seasonal evening menu...  Read More

Restaurant Amass
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Located across the harbor from the cruise terminal (take harbor bus 991), US chef Matt Orlando, formerly head chef at noma, opened this ambitious communal dining experience opened in an old shipbuilding factory in June 2013 and has had the...  Read More

Era Ora
Photo courtesy of Claes Bech Poulsen / Era Ora


Italian restaurant Era Ora, located across from Christianshavn's famed canals, is one of Denmark's original Michelin-starred restaurants. With its roots in the Umbrian and Tuscan kitchen, the changing set menus of both lunch and dinner are built...  Read More

The Standard
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The beautiful, 1930s art deco building that previously housed the Customs House restaurant complex on Copenhagen's waterfront has been reborn as The Standard, which comprises three different restaurants - the modern Danish cuisine of Almanak and...  Read More


Meet Jane Graham

After touring most of Europe in her twenties, Jane was charmed by Copenhagen's relaxed tempo and moved there from her native northern England in 1999. Four young children at home has meant...  More About Jane