Restaurant Review: SVEA Restaurant (Chicago)

by Anthony Losanno
Svea Front

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Sometimes you just want an endless cup of coffee and a homestyle breakfast. If this suits your mood, come on in. You won’t find fancy Eggs Benedict or avocado toast on this menu. SVEA Restaurant has been serving up Swedish-style breakfasts at this Andersonville diner since 1972. Here you’ll find Swedish pancakes, meatballs, and a whole bunch of dishes that may look hard to pronounce but are comforting and filling.

Anthony’s Take: SVEA Restaurant is great for a tasty, no frills breakfast. Eggs, pancakes, bacon, and a host of Swedish dishes are sure to make everyone happy. There are no reservations and the place can get packed. Come early on a Saturday morning for a greater shot at a quick seating.


Decor & Vibe

The restaurant is on the smaller side with maybe 20 tables and a tiled bar flanking the right side. The blue and yellow color palette along with the Viking touches around the room are playful and evoke Sweden (or a Disney-fied version of the Scandinavian country).

SVEA Viking

Look up as there are murals on most walls. A viking is painted on one wall while a boy fishing is on another.

SVEA Boy Fishing

Boy fishing mural.


Some of the original elements of the restaurant remain from its opening in the 1970s.

SVEA Menu 2


The menu has a mix of diner staples like eggs, pancakes, and omelettes as well as multiple Swedish dishes.

SVEA Pancakes

I had the SVEA Special, which is two Swedish pancakes with lingonberries. The pancakes were light and the lingonberries sweet and slightly tart.

SVEA Meatballs

We also ordered a side of Swedish meatballs. My dining companions had eggs (not pictured).


SVEA offers coffee and juices. The staff were quick with refills and I had four cups while eating breakfast.

SVEA Tables

SVEA is a great spot for a quick, casual breakfast. The kind of food to help with a hangover or combat a chilly Chicago morning. SVEA prefers cash but will accept a credit card (just note that they will add a 3% service charge to run the card).

Overall Impression:

SVEA offers standard diner fare with Swedish touches. It’s one of my favorite breakfast spots and I know I’ll return again soon.

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