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Rival Bar, Bistro & Cafe

#205 of 2,623 Restaurants in Stockholm
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
European, Scandinavian, Contemporary, Swedish, Gluten Free Options
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Mariatorget 3, Stockholm 118 91, Sweden
+46 8 545 789 00
16:00 - 02:00
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Sun 13:00 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 16:00 - 01:00
Fri 16:00 - 02:00
Sat 13:00 - 02:00
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's a short evening menu - just four main dishes, plus 3 specials which change weekly, plus vegetarian. We stayed a tthe hotel, and ate in the bistro on two evenings, Both times we found the food and the service superb. Plus a really good wine list - expensive, like the rest of Stockholm, but not outrageous.

Thank Paul D
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

it was late and I didn't want to have a big dinner so I got a salad here and was able to take it up to the room. the next day, while we were waiting for our taxi we grabbed a sandwich. I had them put mustard on mine (custom order since I don't like veggies or mayo). It really... More 

Thank MMM1968
Atlanta, Georgia
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved it. It was soo cold outside and we came back to the Rival and went into the Bistro. So many good things to eat and nice warm beverages. Enjoy (We did)

Thank VnJ_Cole
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Whilst it is known to be a hot spot amongst the hipsters I didn't see it live up to the expectation set. Fully visible and standing left to wait and be ignored for about 15 mins. Left a pit in my stomach. Putting napkins on tables seemed more of a priority than seeing to the needs of its customers was... More 

Thank irishwomanabroadnow
Stockholm, Sweden
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242 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

The brunch here is really nice! There is a good selection of cold food, everything from salads, herring and cold meats. I would have loved some more warm food, for instance meatballs. The seating is only 1,5h which is too short, you feel rushed and the brunch was not that relaxing luxury feeling I'm looking for!

Thank HML-Swe
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 344 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

Cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla fill the small shop every morning ..Quality produced "fikabröd and a cup of good coffee and everything becomes so much easier.When summer arrives, you'll find a small al fresco area, but this time of year you get to stay indoors.

Thank Phayao13
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Looks great, super atmosphere, top drinks. Variety of seating from bar, sofas and couples or small group options. Great for a smart drink before going out.

Thank Exig11
Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

I visited Rival for the first time in 7 years for brunch, and it was still outstanding. They really care about the ingredients and the standard still, and also add new touch to it, which makes me want to say… Once you go Rival for a traditional brunch, you never want to stray.

Thank sokriw
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Friendly staff providing a good selection of snack food in the cafe. Plenty of open sandwich choices and patisseries. The walls are covered with photos of celebrities. They've probably visited here or stayed at the Hotel attached. The ABBA connection makes this a popular destination for tourists.

Thank GoonerGav
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

The food was absolutely stunning and I would happily come back there any time. Venison was just amazing. Prices average as for Stockholm, but if you're British, you'll find them quite pricey anyway. Good service. Just a warning - read your receipt carefully as we happened to pay for something we did not even ordered :(

Thank Renata P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
European, Scandinavian, Contemporary, Swedish, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
13:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 02:00
13:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mariatorget 3, Stockholm 118 91, Sweden
  • Location: Europe  >  Sweden  >  Stockholm County  >  Stockholm>  > Mariatorget
  • Neighbourhood: Mariatorget
  • Phone Number: +46 8 545 789 00

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Mariatorget

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This rather quiet neighborhood revolves around a postcard-like park with a dramatic fountain in its center and is definitely one of Stockholm’s showcase neighborhoods. Mariatorget, a central residential area, is the best Stockholm has to offer when it comes to juxtaposing architectural masterpieces with sophisticated art galleries, coffee shops and bars. Stockholmers love to spend their weekends in the park or one of the nearby coffee shops, so come to Mariatorget to meet the locals. The northern part of Mariatorget boasts historic buildings, beautiful cobblestone streets, and one of Stockholm’s best observation decks, Monteliusvägen, from where you can see an amazing view of the city hall and Stockholm’s old town.
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