14 Jul 2024
Love on a Plate: Top Five Romantic Restaurants
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Love on a Plate: Top Five Romantic Restaurants

A truly romantic dinner can help make Valentine’s Day – or any day, really – extra special.  We’ve scoured our beautiful city and found what we consider to be five of the most romantic for you and your honey.

What gets you in the mood for romance? Fantastic views? Gastronomical adventures? A wine list to die for?  The Stockholm food scene has exploded in recent years and while we were spoiled for choice we think we’ve managed to narrow down the five most romantic restaurants in town. Smaklig måltid!



Widely considered Stockholm’s finest and most exclusive Italian eatery, Divino has been named Best Restaurant of the Year by any number of publications. The food is from Tuscany  and it doesn’t get more romantic or tasty than this. From bean risotto to shrimp and tuna declinaison – the menu is fabulous and it changes with the seasons.  Divino also boasts Northern Europe’s best-stocked Italian wine cellar, as well as an extensive selection of top class champagnes. Reservations highly recommended.

Where: Karlavägen 28, Stockholm

Hours: Mon – Sat 18 – 23.00. Closed Sundays

Contact: 08 611 0269

Damage: Mains start at 305:- SEK




Riche has been a thriving part of the Stockholm restaurant scene since 1893 and there are plenty of reasons why it’s lasted so long: great food, top notch service and location, location, location. Offering both traditional Swedish fare alongside it’s well-known Continental plates the food is a wonderful compliment to the interior, which features a multitude of dining rooms brimming with warmth and personality. Reservations highly recommended and tables can be booked online.

Where: Birger Jarlsgatan 4, Stockholm

Hours: 07.30 – 02.00 (Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner & Drinks)

Contact: 08-679-68-40

Damage: Mains start at around 200:- SEK



Described as ”romantic, surrealist, with touches of natural elements” Esperanto has made it to the top of many a Best Restaurant list.  This is a restaurant for the serious foodie – it’s a gastronomic adventure that will take your palate all over the world. One reviewer called it ”Spectacular entertainment with dashes of humor and decadence”.  Sounds fun, doesn’t it?  This is another one with tasting menus – either 10 or 6 courses – and it changes the menu with the seasons.  At the moment they’re hooked on Japanese cuisine so expect your sun to rise on one fabulous meal. Reservations highly recommended and online booking is available for parties of six or more.


Where: Kungstensgatan 2, Stockholm

Hours: 18.30 – 24.00

Contact: 08-696 23 23

Email: [email protected]

Damage: 10 courses 1 600:- SEK; 6 courses 1 250:- SEK



Oaxen Krog & Slip

After 17 years the internationally acclaimed gourmet restaurant relocated from Stockholm’s archipelago to the ‘animal garden’ of Djurgården. The food, if anything, is better than ever, featuring only locally sourced ingredients from within Scandinavia’s borders.  When we say they like it local we mean it:  vegetables and herbs are grown next door and all cutlery, porcelain and even the tables are made by craftsman at the local shipyards. Oaxen was recently named the top luxury restaurant in Stockholm at the Swedish restaurant awards DN Gulddrakken and is 3rd in the White Guide. The setting is gorgeous, the food sublime and the service will leave you feeling like an A-lister, if only for the night.

Where: Beckholmsvägen 26,Stockholm

Hours: Opens 18.00. Last seating at 20.00

Contact: 08-551 531 05

Email: [email protected]

Damage: 10 course tasting menu 1 950:- SEK; 6 course tasting menu: 1 650: –


Erik’s Gondolen

With fabulous views from high up on Södermalm Godolen is a legend in the city, as is its proprietor Erik Lallerstedt. Fish and meat are the name of the game here and everything is prepared with a wonderful fastidiousness that makes your visit incredibly satisfying. Chef Lallerstedt is known for delving deep into his Swedish roots – but not being afraid to experiment with influences outside the Swedish borders. So if you’re in the mood for top quality food, an incredible view, one of the best wine lists in Stockholm and a cosy and romantic setting Gondolen is the one for you.  Reservations recommended. Online bookings available.

Where: Stadsgården 6, Box 151 55, Stockholm

Hours:  Mon – Fri 17.00 – 23.00; Sat 16.00 – 23.00; Closed Sundays

Contact: 08-641 70 90

Email: [email protected]

Damage: Menus start at around 500:- SEK


What’s your favourite restaurant in Stockholm, particularly for romance? Tell us in the comments below!


Judi Lembke

Judi Lembke is an editor and writer who, when not shackled to her computer, enjoys reading, cooking and sometimes watching embarrassingly bad reality TV.   Judi also works with communications and thinks coming up with clever ideas is about as much fun as one can have without taking off one’s clothes.

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