Best restaurants in Southwestern Sweden

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Gothenburg

    Thörnströms Kök

    Classic technique, flawless presentation and a creative approach to local, seasonal ingredients helped chef Håkan earn his Michelin star. Hidden away in a quiet side street, his dining den is one of Gothenburg's culinary highlights, where impeccably cooked duck might conspire with Jerusalem artichokes and dried apricots, or where cherries reach new complexity in the company of pine nuts, sage and chocolate. While à la carte dishes are available, the multicourse menus are the highlight here.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Bohuslän

    Magasinet Härön

    The summer home and restaurant of Gothenburg chef Mats Nordström, within a stone’s throw of the sea in an 1847 fisherman’s magasinet (depot), this seafood star is located at the northwestern end of Tjörn. The menu showcases fresh fish, mussels and shrimp, all served with the care Nordström became known for in his decade at Gothenburg's Wasa Allé. Take the frequent passenger-only ferry St Olaf II from Kyrkesund to get here.

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    Salt & Sill

    Waterside Salt & Sill, attached to a floating boutique hotel, is one of the best seafood restaurants in the region (which is saying something), with an innovative, changing menu. The herring board is legendary, with herring prepared in six ways (159kr). Summer lunches may include grilled catch of the day and ryebread-fried mackerel, while evenings bring more sophisticated fare.

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    Vin & Skafferi Hus 13

    Next door to the fortress hostel, this friendly wine bar and restaurant dishes up great lunches for 165kr (freshly fried mackerel, meatballs), with more sophisticated gourmet dishes – veal with hazelnuts, hake with beets and capers – tantalising diners' tastebuds in the evenings. Watch tourists stream up to the fästning from the pleasant outdoor patio.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Bohuslän

    Brygghuset

    Across the estuary from the Fiskebäckskil ferry terminal, this celebrated waterfront restaurant is lauded for its superb fish dishes that taste so fresh that the fish may as well have just leapt out of the harbour onto your plate. At lunchtime, have your herring eight ways – count 'em! – at the self-service buffet or grab a seafood soup.

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    Johan's Krog

    Johan the chef tantalises with the likes of cod loin in shellfish sauce with a scallop-lemon confit, mussels with fennel, or pan-seared sole with beets and mushrooms, all served in a very pretty, flower-strewn, glassed-in balcony space.

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    Moon Thai Kitchen

    The owners have opted for a 'Thailand' theme and decided to run with it a few miles, hence the kaleidoscopic whirl of tuktuks, flowers and bamboo everything. Luckily, the dishes are authentic, the whimsical menu features such favourites as som tum (spicy papaya salad) and the fiery prawn red curry will make you weep with pleasure and gratitude.

  • Restaurants in Gothenburg

    Da Matteo

    The perfect downtown lunch pit stop and a magnet for caffeine connoisseurs, this cafe and award-winning microroastery serves ethically sourced speciality coffee, as well as freshly made pastries, toasted sandwiches, salads and pizzas. Across the sun-soaked courtyard is another branch. The courtyard itself is home to a trio of popular lunchtime food trucks (dishes 65kr to 85kr), serving gourmet sausages, herring and Vietnamese street food.

  • Restaurants in Gothenburg

    Magnus & Magnus

    Ever-fashionable Magnus & Magnus serves inspired and beautifully presented modern European dishes in an appropriately chic setting. It’s an unpretentious place in spite of its popularity, with pleasantly down-to-earth waitstaff. The menu tantalises with its lists of ingredients (pork belly, king crab, melon, feta cheese) and the courtyard draws Gothenburg’s hipsters in summer.

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    Restaurant 2112

    Appealing to refined rockers and metalheads, this upmarket joint serves only burgers and beer. But what burgers! These masterpieces range from the superlative Smoke on the Water with its signature Jack Daniels glaze to the fiery Hell Awaits Burger, featuring habanero dressing. The hungriest of diners will meet their match in the 666g monster Number of the Beast (399kr).

  • Restaurants in Gothenburg

    Saluhall Briggen

    Originally built as a fire station in 1891, this handsome red-brick pile is now home to an appetite-piquing indoor market. Scan the counters for a plethora of treats, from freshly baked bread to glistening seafood, hearty cheeses and charcuterie, salads and global flavours. It’s particularly handy for the hostel district.

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    Koka

    Stylish Koka is distinguished by its smart, contemporary decor – blond wood, clean lines, mood lighting – and a dedication to conjuring up inspired dishes from the seasonal ingredients of Sweden's west coast. Brace yourself for the likes of mackerel with gooseberries, pork with blackcurrant and chervil ice cream.

  • Restaurants in Bohuslän

    Vatten

    Legendary fish dishes are served in this gourmet cafe-restaurant attached to the Nordiska Akvarelmuseet, with the archipelago as an ideal backdrop.

  • Restaurants in Bohuslän

    Åstols Rökeri

    Feast on the likes of fish stew and Åstols Rökeri's very own smoked salmon at this fish smokery with summer restaurant attached.

  • Restaurants in Southern Archipelago

    Brännö Värdshus

    With the same owners as Pensionat Baggen, Brännö Värdshus houses a cosy restaurant, cafe and bakery and serves excellent meals, unsurprisingly emphasising seafood. In summer there's a weekday set-menu lunch (11am to 4pm), and regular live jazz and folk gigs in the evenings. Note that the restaurant is about a 15-minute walk from the Husvik ferry station – no cars allowed on the island.

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    Magazzino

    You may need to wait for a table at this moody, boisterous Italian restaurant, complete with verified Italians in the kitchen. Options range from Neapolitan-style, sourdough pizzas, to pasta dishes like cannelloni stuffed with asparagus and paired with shrimp and crayfish. A short repertoire of secondi (mains) includes both surf and turf options, and the pizzas can be made gluten-free.

  • Restaurants in Bohuslän

    Bryggan Fjällbacka

    With its killer waterside location, laid-back Bryggan Fjällbacka gives you multiple dining options: the informal Bryggan Cafe & Bistro, where you can grab an open shrimp sandwich, salad and cold beer; the refined Restaurant Matilda, where you may feast on such fare as grilled scallops and seared tuna steak; a tapas bar and a grill-bar. There’s boutique accommodation to boot.

  • Restaurants in Bohuslän

    Hamnen 4

    As you walk along the boardwalk, you're likely to be lured into this waterside spot by the bewitching smells emanating from the grill. Hamnen 4 woos fish-lovers with its coley with blue mussels and brown-butter cod, but carnivores are also well catered for with expertly seared steaks and hamburgers. The well-stocked bar keeps the sea salts entertained into the wee hours.

  • Restaurants in Gothenburg

    Ceviche

    Well worth the short trip across the river, the city's only Peruvian eatery is found on the 1st floor of a market hall. Sate your cravings for ceviche (five types!), and the weekday specials – aji de gallina (chicken in a creamy yellow sauce), seco de carne (beef stew) and arróz con mariscos (seafood rice) are all present and correct.

  • Restaurants in Bohuslän

    Rökeri i Strömstad

    This family-run dockside restaurant dishes out deep bowls of fish soup, catch of the day and seafood-filled baguettes at lunch. Dinner is more refined; the smokehouse platter is a real treat. However, continents may drift before you get served when the restaurant is busy. The adjacent smokehouse is a great place to pick up slabs of gravadlax for a picnic.