Guide Michelin restaurants 2 stars
Fine dining establishments with star credentials include the eponymous Mathias Dahlgren – Matsalen, with traditionally serious and knowledgeable service, and the now voted 12th best restaurant in the world, Frantzén, with seriously informal, but no less knowledgeable, service.
Guide Michelin restaurants 1 star
For stylish fine dining go to all time favourite, F12 Restaurant and for innovative, romantic dishes, Esperanto. At Lux Stockholm, it is not unusual for your dishes to be finished in front of you at the table. Feel like fine dining without the fuss? Go to Mathias Dahlgren – Matbaren, the casual sister of the next door 2-star restaurant, Mathias Dahlgren – Matsalen. Others that have made it into the list are Gastrologik and Ekstedt.
Rising star is Operakällaren.
Guide Michelin Bib Gourmand
The Bib award is for establishments noted for excellent, affordable dining. Stockholm’s best include; Brasserie Bobonne at Storgatan 12, Proviant, Rolfs Kök, Den Gyldene Freden, Ulla Winbladh, Sjögräs, Pubologi and EAT.
The White Guide
The White Guide is Sweden’s esteemed and trusted version of Michelin that no self-respecting food loving Swede leaves home without. All the Guide Michelin rated restaurants also appear in The White Guide, and the other award winning, locally renowned high-class establishments include Oaxen Krog (currently closed), Operakällaren, Museet, Pontus!, Lo Scudetto at Kommendörsgatan 46, Niklas at Regeringsgatan 66 and Taverna Brillo.
The renowned Oaxen Restaurant closed in 2011 and is set to reopen in May 2013. But, the good news is that they have opened a deli at Mariatorget. Those with a sweet tooth will be happy to know that Lux Stockholm have a fantastic bakery and dessert shop. And for last minute luck, try Mathias Dahlgren – Matbaren – there are walk-in spots if you are there just before 6pm.
For a stunning view, local favourite Fjäderholmarnas Krog is worth the trip alone for the beautiful ferry ride to the island and its waterside setting. Operakällaren is a classic for splendiferous grandeur, chandeliers, mirrors, murals and a Renaissance feel of opulence – and if you can’t get a booking, worry not. Just pop around the corner of the building to the Operabaren for simple but equally fantastic food.
Many of the high-end restaurants actually close down on Sundays, and some for the summer (and for a period after Christmas) – so it is best check with individual websites and book ahead.