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Rival Bar, Bistro & Cafe

#173 of 2,557 Restaurants in Stockholm
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Neighbourhood:
Mariatorget
European, Swedish, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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Mariatorget 3, Stockholm 118 91, Sweden
+46 8 545 789 00
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Today
13:00 - 02:00
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Hours:
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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Seattle WA
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115 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Rival Bistro was where we had breakfast every morning, but it serves as a restaurant with table service for dinner. We usually ate at one of the more modest neighborhood restaurants, but one evening we were tired and decided to have just an appetizer at the Bistro. The food was delicious and we felt well taken care of. On... More 

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Thank MaryTraveler2
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44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Nice place with a theater feel as you enter. The menu is very nice but not the place to go if you are hungry with quite small portions but the food is delicious. The closer setting of the tables loses a little intimacy. Perhaps a booth could be a better option for couples. Very friendly staff and excellent service. On... More 

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Thank Clayton N
Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

The restaurant,and bar are attached to the hotel and theatre which is well known in Stockholm as it was here that ABBA stood united once again on the balcony for the premier of Mama Mia. In the bar you can relax and take a drink before, after..or even during a theatre performance. The Bisto offers a good menu and the... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We ate in the restaurant on arrival and had the best meal I've had this year. Fantastic food with amazing tastes with every mouthful. The food was so good we were still talking about it days later and this doesn't happen often. Good service and value for money. Highly recommended.

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Thank Stuh72
Bunbury, Australia
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81 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

On our first night in Stockholm we were a bit tired so decided to eat at the inhouse restaurant. It was only 5.30 pm and most others in the restaurant were just having drinks. Initially I was not sure about the decision to eat here but soon after being seated we were provided with water and able to order drinks.... More 

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Thank DukeWill
Stockholm, Sweden
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

We came here just to rest and drink something small but I ended up with apple pie which was readable good served with vanilla sauce. My boyfriend took beer but his glasses was a bit dirty. We werealsositting quite long time with dirty dishes that previous guests left. In general ok place but there is a loooot better places like... More 

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Oakham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

We stayed at the Hotel Rival for 3 nights and decided to try the restaurant/bistro upstairs, this is not to be confused with the cafe downstairs. The restaurant/bistro is on the first floor, there are 2 lifts, with table seating, circular comfortable seating along one side, a bar, an open kitchen and a terrace that runs the width of the... More 

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New York City
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107 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

We had a late lunch at the Rival Cafe' and the food was delicious. You order first and get a number then find your own table and the food will be delivered to you when ready. There are also some ready made snacks that you can immediately take to your table.

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Thank Manuela G
Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

The service was excellent along with the food. Be aware however that food and drink in Sweden is more expensive than London. For example a pint of larger is £5. I started with a delicious dish of pickled herrings that just melted in the mouth. This was followed by a pork dish which with the sauce and chipped potatoes was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

Great atmosfere but you have to order inside. Positioned at a quite parc. Small terras so make sure you have a spot there. Prices are reasonable. Try the shrimp salade.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
European, Swedish, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
13:00 - 23:00
Monday
16:00 - 01:00
Tuesday
16:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
16:00 - 01:00
Thursday
16:00 - 01:00
Friday
16:00 - 02:00
Saturday
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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Mariatorget
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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