Restorante Portobello: Decent Italian, but touristy feel
The main waterfront of Vaxholm has a few restaurant options. We passed by the larger ones near the hotel and opted for the slightly smaller, less trendy Restaurant Portobello.
There are about 10 tables inside and maybe 10 tables outside on the patio. The patio does have a wind break and cover above to protect from the rain.
The entrees come with a self-serve salad bar which consists mainly of bread sticks and plain lettuce salads.
The servers spoke English well enough, but the menus and specials were only listed in Swedish. The staff was not rude, but nor were they overly polite. In my opinion, they may treat locals a bit nicer knowing that they will be possible repeat business, but the notable foreign tourists may not get exceptional service.
Favorite Dish: The pasta dishes were good, but not particularly noteworthy. The restaurant also has a few specials listed every day. The roast beef special with potatoes that I had was rather tasty and tender.
Waxholms Choklad: Good homemade chocolates
This is a rather small shop, catering their homemade chocolates and sweets to anyone with a sweet tooth. Prices vary depending on the selection and are either per piece or per kilo, depending. A variety of ~10 pieces may cost 70Nok.
Favorite Dish: The truffles are very good, with options like vanilla, mint, hazle nut, etc. There are also selections of various chocolates with caramels and creams. There are white, dark and milk chocolates, etc. Frankly, everything we tried was quite smooth, rich and tasty!
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various: Baltic herring
You will soon see that herring is a major thing on Vaxholm menus, whether served from a cheap kiosk or at an expensive restaurant with proper lingonberry jam in the harbour. I won't recommend the place where I had this one as it was far from the best I have had but there is a great special herring shop on the way to the Heritage cafe which is fantastic. Sadly, it is forced to close now and again when there is a herring shortage. It is not on its way to extinction by any means (which can be seen from the price) but there is still less of it these days and particularly in late summer.
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