The guide to Gothenburg's best lunch restaurants
Updated 13 Jun 2022
Finding the perfect restaurant for a business lunch, or a great spot for a daytime date over some food, isn't always that simple. The lunchtime jungle can be hard to traverse, particularly if you're just visiting Gothenburg, and to help you on your way we've listed Gothenburg's best lunch restaurants in one handy guide. We include both classic restaurants and fresh newcomers, modern cuisine and traditional homecooking; the common denominator is that all these places serve a great lunch in Gothenburg.
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Healthy, hearty lunch
At Poh-Keh, on trendy Teatergatan, the Hawaiian dish poké bowl takes centre stage, made from organic and largely locally-produced ingredients. The fish they use comes directly from Gothenburg's daily fish auction and there are also options for meat-eaters and vegans. Compose your own bowl or choose one of the options listed on the menu.
Brasserie XGöteborgsvägen 91
Brisket & FriendsVallgatan 21, Centrum
At Brisket & Friends you can put together your own lunch tray from your choice of meat or vegetarian protein, along with hot and cold sides. Texas BBQ is the order of the day, and dishes include brisket, pulled pork, grilled sweetcorn dip and mac and cheese. You'll find the restaurant in industrial premises in beautiful Victoriagården.
Södra LarmSödra Larmgatan 9, Centrum
Swedish classics with French flair
Södra Larm Bar & Bistro is a popular hidden gem within Hotel Flora. They serve a classic bistro menu combining the best of French and Nordic cuisines in stylish Art Deco surroundings. At lunchtime they serve an à la carte menu, which includes bistro favourites such as steak tartare, as well as weekly lunch specials with meat, fish and vegetarian options.
The BurgerAndra Långgatan 14, Linné
Lunch on Andra Långgatan
Every day is burger day, and at The Burger you can choose a different burger every day from their lunch menu. The classic American with dressing and onion, as well as the veggie burger of the day, are also always on the menu. Super-hungry? Choose a double (200g). Coffee and a cookie are included, in keeping with Swedish tradition. As well as burgers inspired by all corners of the world, there's a wide range of sides and sauces to choose from.
VietnamhaketNordhemsgatan 28, Linné
Inside the historic Saluhallen Briggen food hall, Vietnamhaket serves authentic and good-value dishes from northern Vietnam. Eat noodle soup, spring rolls or Vietnamese baguettes for lunch. During the summer months the restaurant has a popular alfresco dining area out on the square.
Something for everyone
Drop by Piccolo just outside Gothenburg on weekdays. Lunch consists of a weekly menu which offers daily-changing dishes such as poached fish fillet in seafood sauce, spaghetti Bolognese and fried chicken with sweet and sour sauce. Your meal always includes salad, bread, a drink, coffee and a cookie.
JureskogsParkgatan 53A, Centrum
A better burger
If you're in the mood for a hamburger for lunch head to Jureskogs in Gamla Ullevi. They serve sustainable fast food with no additives or other rubbish. As well as hamburgers made from Swedish meat there are also vegetarian options on the menu. Burgers are served either in bakery buns or in a lettuce leaf.
Star BowlingOdinsgatan 8, Centrum
Lunch and an activity
There's never a dull moment at this American-style entertainment centre. Even at lunchtime you can bowl and play shuffleboard in the large locale on Odinplatsen. The lunch menu is straightforward and includes a meat, fish and pasta dish, as well as a vegetarian option, every day.
Coco OrangerieLinnégatan 38, Linné
Food and design take centre stage at lifestyle restaurant Coco Orangerie on Linnégatan. They serve modern lunch dishes with homecooking influences. Choose from the catch of the day, and a weekly veg and meat dish.
Ankarsmedjan SocialKlippan 30, Majorna
Three-course Friday lunch
Every second Friday you can head down to Ankarsmedjan in the historic Klippan area and enjoy a luxurious lunch. Round off the week in the restaurant's atmospheric surroundings with a French-inspired three-course menu and perhaps a glass of wine.
DINÉDrottninggatan 31, Centrum
Burgers made from scratch
At Diné all burgers are made from scratch from Swedish ingredients. They grind their own meat, make their own dressings to their own recipe and bake their own bread. At lunchtime, burgers are served with coleslaw or mixed fries, and truffle mayo and coffee are always included. Choose your favourite from classic burgers or vegetarian or vegan options.
The Golden DaysSödra Hamngatan 31, Centrum
Top-notch pub grub
This English pub serves a lunch menu that changes every day and consists of a soup, meat or fish dish, along with a weekly vegetarian option. Steak and chips with bearnaise sauce is always on the menu, and lunch includes salad, a drink, soup, coffee and dessert.
Boutique BurgerArkaden, Centrum
Sustainable ingredients for all flavours
Boutique Burger by Tonys serves a wide range of burgers, Roman sourdough pizzas and tasty salads. Food is made from carefully selected, locally-produced and sustainable ingredients, and there are plenty of alternatives for meat-eaters, vegetarians and vegans. It's easy to find something to suit all tastes and you can swap the protein in your salad for another favourite if you like. Take a seat and enjoy lunch in the boutique-hotel inspired premises, or buy your food to take with you if you're on the run.
BarabicuRosenlundsgatan 4, Centrum
Pan-American easy dining
Not much used to happen in this part of Gothenburg. But over the past few years it's become a popular area and during the summer months the outdoor eating areas are packed. Food at Barabicu is Pan-American and, in addition to their signature dish Pulled Pork, there are two daily lunch specials and a vegetarian dish to choose from. Bread, salad, coffee and something sweet are included.
AtriumSödra Hamngatan 59, Centrum
City-centre hotel restaurant
The Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel's restaurant is open all day and serves lunch. Take a seat in a stylish velvet chair and enjoy Scandinavian and slightly more international dishes. Perfect for a lunch meeting.
Restaurang WaterfrontAdolf Edelsvärds Gata 10, Majorna
Lunch with a view
Eat lunch with views over the Göta Älv river in the Quality Hotel Waterfront's restaurant. They serve Swedish homecooking and international lunch dishes to suit all tastes. As well as the daily lunch special and a weekly vegetarian dish, you'll always find prawn sandwiches and a salad on the menu.
Buon CiboGrafiska vägen 2C, Centrum
In a modern building on Grafiska vägen, Buon Cibo serves Italian flavours in lively surroundings. Fill your tum with international lunch dishes, fresh pasta and Italian stone oven-baked pizzas. Food is ordered and collected at the counter.
ValentinasLilla Bommen 2, Centrum
French and snug
A French-style restaurant with tarte flambée as their signature dish - made on a base of sourdough and topped with locally-sourced ingredients. Valentinas serves a lunch menu with a daily-changing selection of tarte flambée, with at least one vegetarian option, along with a fish dish and a meat bish. The restaurant is warm and welcoming, with cosy interiors, perfect for all kinds of groups and occasions.
NootÖstra Larmgatan 4, Centrum
The menu at Noot is full of Nordic flavours and ingredients, served with a modern touch and an emphasis on sustainability. Their lunch menu always includes a vegetarian dish, a fish dish, a meat dish and a salad.
Manfred's BrasserieNordenskiöldsgatan 28, Linné
Traditional Alpine homecooking
Manfred's serves elegant Austrian and Swiss cuisine in the evenings but at lunchtime traditional Swedish homecooking is the order of the day. Food is hearty and rustic and served in friendly, unpretentious surroundings.
AvalonKungstorget 9, Centrum
Stylish in the heart of town
This design hotel offers a daily lunch special, with the option of adding a light side dish to your meal. You can also treat yourself to Avalon's three course lunch. Sit in elegant continental surroundings with the city centre just outside the window. A stylish option for a business lunch.
SagamiKrokegårdsgatan 5, Hisingen
Japanese in Hisingen
If you're in the mood for Japanese flavours with a twist, head to Sagami in Hisingen. They serve a daily lunch special where you can choose your favourites from nigiri and sushi rolls. All their food is made from fresh ingredients, with care and respect for tradition. The drinks selection includes Japanese drinks such as homemade yuzu lemonade, cold or hot ocha tea and Calpis and Ramune fizzy drinks.
East KitchenMunkebäcks Allé 36
Asian flavours in Munkebäck
East Kitchen in Munkebäck serves a tasty, good-value lunch. Asian flavours are the order of the day and the lunch menu includes sushi and stir-fried dishes. Salad, miso soup, coffee and cakes are always included. If you're on the run you can buy your lunch to take away.
Ingo Juicebar & Açaí PokéGustaf Dalénsgatan, Hisingen
Colourful food in the form of healthy bowls and smoothies. Health and wellbeing are the main focus at Ingo Juicebar & Açaí Poké. In addition to nutritious juices and substantial salads the menu also includes acai bowls, made from berries from Brazil. Ingo Juicebar is next door to Nordic Wellness on Gistaf Dahlénsgatan and you can eat in or take away.
Rollin BistrosGamlestadsvägen 4
Streetfood from all over the world
The food at Rollin Bistros is inspired by travels all over the world, from Asia to America. The industrial-style building houses both a Japanese izakaya and international streetfood restaurant. The menu includes hamburgers and main courses made from seasonal ingredients.
Löfqvist å viAkaden Fredsgatan 1, Centrum
A stylish shopping break
Gallerian Arkaden is a shopping arcade that focuses on providing a great shopping experience. In addition to some 25 design, fashion and interiors shops, there are several restaurants for anyone in need of a shopping break. Löfqvist å vi on the second floor has created a harmonious oasis in the middle of the arcade where you can stop for a coffee, a delicious shopping lunch or a glass of bubbles.
Faux PasSockerbruket 22
Café and event space
Faux Pas, in former industrial premises right next to the entrance to Gothenburg harbour, functions as both a café and event space. They serve daily soups, bowls and grilled sandwiches for lunch in the rustic premises. Round off with an espresso and don't miss the outdoor dining area when the sun's shining.
Dunder DönerPortstråket Port 17, Partille
Enjoy Turkish fastfood culture
Eat kebab at Dunder Döner in Partille; thin slices of spiced meat served in soft pita bread, as a wrap or platter. If you or anyone else in your group fancies something else there are also burgers and salad on the menu, but if you appreciate a good kebab this is the place to sink your teeth into a slice of Turkish fastfood culture.
AldardoKungstorget 12, Centrum
Full of delicacies
On the first floor, with great people-watching views over the square below, you'll find this combined deli/restaurant. There are only a few seats by the window, making it more of a takeaway restaurant. Buy something tasty to take home with you from the tempting deli counter. Choose a small or large portion of pasta and eat al fresco during the summer months.
La Baracca RossaCeresgatan 9, Hisingen
Italian culinary tradition
If the Göta river was a canal and the Älvsnabben ferry a gondola, Sannegårdshamnen would be an Italian province. "The red barrack", directly translated, serves a daily lunch dish along with pasta, pizza and salads. All dishes include soup, salad and bread, and any coffee you like for a small supplement.
KometenVasagatan 58, Centrum
Classic and international with a modern twist
The lunch menu at this historic restaurant changes daily and is available to view from 10am on the same day. There's always plenty to choose from and on Thursdays they always serve a traditional pea-soup lunch with pancakes.