Christmas 2023 is fast approaching and it's not long until julbord Christmas buffets are laid out around Gothenburg - some with pickled herring and Janssons Temptation, others with lobster and oysters. Naturally there are also restaurants where vegetarian and vegan options take centre stage. Are you longing for the scent of spiced glögg, candlelight and an all-encompassing festive atmosphere? Follow our guide to a really fantastic julbord in Gothenburg to suit both gatherings of family and friends or your office Christmas party. Spaces get booked up pretty quickly, so don't leave it too long to book in your festive feast.
The guide to Gothenburg's best Christmas julbord
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Gothenburg's best Christmas julbord
- Hamnkrogen Liseberg – West Coast julbord in glittering surroundings
- Hotell Gothia Towers – Julbord high up above the city
- Star Bowling – Action-packed julbord at Star
- Brasserie Waterfront – West Coast julbord
- Cuckoo's Nest – Christmas flavours in the cuckoo's nest
- Atrium – Classic Christmas flavours and a RAW Christmas!
- Boulebar – Christmas party, French style
- Visage Dinner Club – Mediterranean influences
- Thörnströms – Christmas spirit with an exclusive edge
- Sjömagasinet – Christmas by the sea
- Fiskekrogen – Marine-inspired julbord
- OGBG – On the quayside
- Restaurang Vallda
- Villa Belparc – Julbord in the park
- Tullhuset – Popular julbord in the archipelago
Gothenburg's best Christmas julbord
West Coast julbord in glittering surroundings
This fish and shellfish restaurant in Liseberg harbour serves a julbord with both classic, homemade festive favourites and exciting fish and shellfish dishes à la Hamnkrogen. There's also a vegan selection to choose from. On weekdays the Christmas buffet is also served at lunch. Quarter of an hour before each sitting they serve non-alcoholic glögg mulled wine and pepparkaka gingerbread cookies on the veranda. The price includes entry to "Christmas at Liseberg".
- Price: 625-750 SEK
Julbord high up above the city
What could be better than celebrating Christmas up among the clouds? Gothia Towers lays out a traditional julbord complete with dessert buffet up on the 29th floor. Enjoy the festive food with magnificent views over the city. The restaurant's julbord is served at lunch and dinner and is suitable for large groups. Whichever sitting you choose the experience starts on the 28th floor with a festive welcome drink.
- Price: 845–945 SEK
Action-packed julbord at Star
Enjoy Star Bowling's classic Swedish julbord and combine your meal with a fun activity. They serve up their buffet from the middle of November, packed with festive flavours from the sea, land and plant kingdom. There's something for all tastes, but don't forget to save some space for the sweet treats on the dessert table. Combine your food coma with activities and laughter. As well as bowling there's a whole floor of activities with shuffleboard and arcade games.
- Price: From 525-695 SEK
West Coast julbord
In a former brewery on the edge of the Göta Älv river, the Quality Hotel Waterfront invites guests to a West Coast-inspired julbord with classic favourites and seafood delicacies. Christmas decorations, scents and views over the water create a wonderful festive atmosphere. The julbord is served in the afternoon and evening.
- Price: 895 SEK
Christmas flavours in the cuckoo's nest
This delightfully quirky restaurant on the Lindholmspiren quayside serves up a three-course Christmas dinner full of their own unique take on seasonal flavours. The menu includes salmon tartare with horseradish, venison with potato puree, kale and red wine sauce with lingonberry, and a luxurious gingerbread cheesecake for dessert. If you want to toast in something festive, you can choose a beer and snaps package or a pairing wine package.
- Price: 545 SEK
Classic Christmas flavours and a RAW Christmas!
The Atrium in the Radisson Blu Scandinavia postively oozes Christmas spirit. They serve up all the classic Christmas favourites, along with plant-based, sustainable options. Enjoy Christmas with friends, family or colleagues in the light, airy dining room. The price includes julbord and piano entertainment. On certain dates, Atrium has teamed up with the RAW Comedy Club for live performances by some of Sweden's best stand-up comedians.
- Price: Julbord 895 SEK, julbord with show 1295-1395 SEK
Christmas party, French style
Boulebar serves up a French-style julbord. A seated four-course Christmas dinner is served with classic French Christmas dishes. Choose from a meat or vegetarian menu. Accompany your meal with a game of boules with a nerdy instructor, cinnamon shots and Christmas presents. A popular festive activity, so book early for groups of more than eight people.
- Price: Julbord with boules 1090 SEK
Enjoy a Mediterranean-influenced julbord this year at this dinner club in the heart of Gothenburg. The menu consists of cold-smoked salmon with smetana, slow-cooked beef cheek with potato puree and vanilla ice cream with smoked orange and star anise caramel, served with hot mulled wine. They also have a vegetarian menu with grilled zucchini and saffron risotto.
- Price: Menu 495 SEK
Christmas spirit with an exclusive edge
Enjoy a luxurious julbord at Thörnströms Private Rooms. Eggs with bleak roe, dill and black pepper-cured salmon with gravlax sauce and seafood terrine with lemon and dill mayonnaise are just a few of the delicious treats they'll be serving. You can also order a classic catering julbord. Choose between their Christmas platter and Large and Small buffets.
- Price: 1150 SEK
Christmas by the sea
Sjömagasinet provides a truly authentic Christmas experience. They lay out a classic julbord, full of traditional delicacies and homemade goodies. A roaring fire and the sea crashing just outside create a wonderfully cosy atmosphere. The buffet can be booked for lunch and dinner. If you really want to treat yourself, but don't fancy a julbord, book their premium three-course menu.
- Price: 1095 SEK
Enjoy Christmas food in snug, homely surroundings at Fiskekrogen. Guests are welcomed with glögg mulled wine and a groaning Christmas buffet inspired by delicacies from the sea. Their julbord is served at both lunch and evening sittings.
- Price: 1195 SEK
On the quayside
Christmas is celebrated at the Comfort Hotel in the hotel's restaurant and bar, OGBG, with a generous Christmas table filled with all the classic favourites as well as new, Asian elements. The kitchen works mainly with local ingredients and you can enjoy all the festive flavours with magnificent views of the harbour entrance. Mainly bookable for large groups of 45-200 people, but you can always ask them if they have any places left for smaller groups.
- Price: 767 SEK (excl. VAT)
Julbord in the park
The classic julbord at Villa Belparc includes traditional dishes and desserts all made from scratch, from various pickled herrings and Christmas ham to toffee and fudge, with plenty of vegetarian alternatives. A delightful spot with cosy decor and windows looking out over Slottskogen park.
- Price: 695-995 SEK
Popular julbord in the archipelago
Enjoy a fish and shellfish julbord in festive surroundings all week at Tullhuset, along with a few vegetarian dishes and a generous dessert table. Two regular favourites that always appear on Tullhuset's Christmas buffet are their famous äggkaka egg cheese, a regional specialty, and lobster soup. If you'd rather eat Christmas lunch they also serve this on weekdays.
- Price: 725-795 SEK