A great menu is all well and good, but there's something a bit special about restaurants that are known for one particular signature dish. There are plenty of restaurants in Stockholm famous for one dish - from culinary classics that have been served for decades to trendy signature desserts that everyone talks about. We guide you to Stockholm's iconic restaurant institutions and new restaurants whose signature dishes you really shouldn't miss.
Stockholm restaurants with signature dishes
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Restaurants with signature dishes in Stockholm
- Rolfs Kök – Braised beef cheeks
- Farang – Crispy pork at Asian luxury restaurant
- Milles – Korean steak tartare at smart address
- Arc – Korean sharing platters
- Ling Long – Bang Bang
- Punk Royale – "Foie gras falukorv"
- Villa Godthem – Steak on a plank
- L'Avventura – The vodka pasta everyone's talking about
- Scandwich – Substantial sandwiches
- Matbaren – Steamed buns at Michelin-starred restaurant
- Tranan – Off-menu meatballs
- Bonnie's – "Smash the Piggy Bank"
- Hasselbacken – Hasselback potatoes given a glow-up
- PA & Co – Inventors of Gino
- Miss Voon – Lobster tacos
- Izakaya Sthlm – Mixed nigiri
- Calle P – Cacio e pepe
- B.A.R. – Shellfish to order
- Barbro – Fried dumplings
- Sturehof – Pickled herring platter
- Köttkompaniet – Next-level sandwiches
Restaurants with signature dishes in Stockholm
Braised beef cheeks
This popular regulars' haunt just off Drottninggatan is all about simplicity and quality. They're not swayed by the latest trends and concepts; instead, the open kitchen sends out perfectly cooked classics such as their signature dish red wine-braised beef cheeks with truffle and potato puree. Johan Jureskog from AG is behind the helm.
Crispy pork at Asian luxury restaurant
Stockholm's most luxurious Asian restaurant is an impressive combination of innovative cuisine and cool industrial-chic surroundings. You'll be taken on a gastronomic journey to Southeast Asia, with small dishes such as crispy fried pork with palm sugar caramel - probably the restaurant's best-known dish. Naturally, there's also a vegetarian tasting menu for anyone who prefers to eat a plant-based diet.
Korean steak tartare at smart address
Right next door to its sister restaurant Strandvägen 1, Milles has a lively, intimate atmosphere and walls hung with interesting art. Take in the atmosphere over a bite to eat and a glass of wine. Their signature dish, Korean steak tartare with kimchi mayonnaise, can be ordered as a full or half portion.
Korean sharing platters
Come to this rooftop restaurant at the top of design hotel Blique by Nobis for both the food and the views. Their “Eat Korean!” dish, which is served to the whole table, is a Korean, taco-like sharing dish, ssäm style. The table is filled with vegetarian accompaniments, various sauces and three different kinds of meat (there are also vegetarian alternatives), which are eaten in a salad leaf. As delicious as it is convivial.
This Asian restaurant is part of hip Story Hotel on Riddargatan. At lunchtime they serve a seriously popular vegan menu - it's often fully booked with queues to get in. Dishes consist of various salads, stews and their famous Bang Bang Oumph, served with rice, coriander and pickled cucumber.
"Foie gras falukorv"
The city's most decadent fine dining restaurant has a uniquely playful concept which has won over countless Stockholmers and foodies. The controversial chef duo Jocke Almqvist and Kalle Nilsson create innovative dishes such as "foie gras falukorv sausage", served at relatively reasonable prices considering the exclusive ingredients they use.
Steak on a plank
Steak cooked and served on a wooden plank with piped duchess potatoes was something of a classic dish in Sweden in the Seventies and it's recently made a bit of a revival. If you fancy trying it, get yourself out to Djurgården where the Villa Godthem has had plankstek as their signature dish for decades. The wonderfully old-fashioned restaurant serves different variations on the iconic dish: vegetarian, with fish, striploin or lamb shank.
The vodka pasta everyone's talking about
L'Avventura became an instant favourite when it opened up its doors in spectacular premises on Sveavägen, near Odenplan. The menu and the atmosphere are both authentically Italian. Don't miss the vodka pasta if you want to try a dish that really sets the restaurant apart. Their truffle pasta's also extremely popular.
Scandwich quickly made a name for themselves for their "divinely delicious sandwiches"; their vegan sandwich even won the Swedish Sandwich Championships. Think Danish open sandwiches, but slightly larger and with international flavours and innovative combinations - served with crispy French fries and homemade bearnaise sauce. Order natural wines and unusual beers to go with. The menu has something for everyone: meat lovers, fish fans, vegetarians and vegans.
Steamed buns at Michelin-starred restaurant
At Mathias Dahlgren's Michelin-starred restaurant within the Grand Hôtel you'll eat next level, medium-sized dishes made from the very best ingredients in season. The menu changes constantly, but one dish you can always be sure of being able to eat here are their steamed buns - a steaming hot tip for anyone with a taste for this Asian dish.
Do you love meatballs with all the traditional accompaniments? Then you may well already know that this restaurant institution is more or less synonymous with this favourite Swedish dish. The restaurant's meatballs are so famous that they're not even included on the menu any more. Their butter-fried herring is another long-standing classic that's been on the menu since Tranan opened in 1929.
"Smash the Piggy Bank"
Bank Hotel's restaurant is in the building's impressive former banking hall, complete with glass ceiling, chandeliers, white tablecloths and dark green velvet banquettes. Leave room for dessert - Bonnie's piece de resistance is an eye-catching chocolate pig filled with blackberry sorbet. "Smash the Piggy Bank" quickly became an Instagram favourite and is big enough to be shared between two.
Hasselback potatoes given a glow-up
It's not hard to guess where Hasselback potatoes come from. In the 1950s an apprentice chef at this very restaurant invented the delicous way of roasting potatoes. Since then the dish has become a permanent fixture on the restaurant menu and has recently been given a modern glow-up, served with wagyu, cured tuna, goat cheese and other delicacies.
Inventors of Gino
Gino – fruit baked in the oven with white chocolate - may sound like an Italian invention, but the dessert was actually introduced by Stockholm restaurant PA & Co at the end of the Eighties. It became a real Nineties classic dish, and the restaurant is still famous for their Gino, which is always on the menu.
Tales of the lobster served at Miss Voon have spread across the land over the years. Not surprisingly - many people regard the lobster taco served with pineapple, shizo cress and shishimi as one of the best things they've ever eaten. The menu here is constantly changing, but the lobster tacos are a constant.
Itamae Izakaya on St Eriksplan is regarded by many as the best sushi they've ever eaten. Order their mixed nigiri and we can almost guarantee you'll be impressed.
Cacio e pepe
Over the past few years one specific dish has made a particularly strong showing on Instagram - the Cacio e pepe at Calle P. This buttery, cheesy and peppery pasta dish can be found in its simplest yet tastiest form at this Stureplangruppen restaurant in Berzelii Park.
Shellfish to order
This little gem on the city-centre island of Blasieholmen is a dream for shellfish lovers. They've created a hybrid between a restaurant and food hall here. If you're here to eat you can point out what you fancy from the counter, whether it's a seafood platter or fish dish. But you can also come by to pick up something to take home with you.
Barbro, tucked away under the Liljeholm bridge, on the Södermalm side, is a neighbourhood restaurant serving Asian food in Hornstull. Despite its low-key vibe it's usually fully booked here, probably due to their delicious cocktails, top-notch sushi and famous fried dumplings, served in butter sauce.
Pickled herring platter
If you're a fan of pickled herring and want to enjoy it outside of midsummer and Christmas, Sturehof is the place to go. A pickled herring plate is always on the menu and you can choose from three or five servings from a choice of Sturehof herring, matjes herring, cheese herring, mustard herring, fried pickled herring, prawns in mayonnaise, chicken liver paté and salmon rilettes.
Every Wednesday - and only on Wednesdays - Köttkompaniet serves up seriously meaty takeaway sandwiches. Tender sirloin steak is joined by caramelised onions and cheddar, and then embraced by freshly baked bread. If you want a sandwich, you'll have to plan ahead; their Philly cheese steak must be pre-ordered the day before.