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Stylish upscale place perfect for cocktails before venturing out on the town.
Reykjavík offers a myriad of adventures and a paradise of possibilities for all who visit!
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Reykjavík has an impressive number of quality restaurants, staffed with award winning chefs that create both imaginative and delicious cuisine.
We recommend visitors try out the Icelandic cuisine; but be sure to try out the fabulous Icelandic coffee, beer, hotdog and pizza too!
Reykjavík City Card holders receive discounts at several of these dining establishments in the capital.
Compiled below are various restaurants and cafés located in or near the city centre.
Stylish upscale place perfect for cocktails before venturing out on the town.
AALTO Bistro is run by the renowned chef Sveinn Kjartansson, which has been showing viewers of Icelandic television how to make the most of the country’s natural food sources, especially its impressive range of seafood.
Top of the range steakhouse, specialising in meat and fish, which is grilled Argentinean style.
A small cosy café at Skólavördustígur, where you can have a cup of coffee, drink or a light meal.
The bar shows all major sports events live on multiple flat-screens. Serves cold beer and tasty food, a perfect place to watch the game.
Brasserie Askur is a casual restaurant offering steaks, hamburgers, soups, salads and wine at moderate prices.
Famous Illy coffee, delicious homemade cakes, breakfast and lunch available all day.
Traditional Icelandic homemade dishes are Café Loki's specialty, such as Icelandic meat soup, Icelandic plate, homemade bread and cakes.
Named after (in his own opinion, at least) Iceland's greatest man, Sólon is a popular daytime cafe with a good menu and great views for people-watching on Laugavegur.
Esjustofa (House of Esja) is a cozy, family-friendly restaurant and cafe located right beneath the slopes of Mt. Esja.
Restaurant Fish Market uses Iceland’s freshest ingredients to prepare original fish, meat and sweet dishes with a modern twist. We buy direct from the country’s farmers and fishermen to guarantee the sustainability and quality of our dishes.No lunch. Open from 18:00. Book in advance but walk ins welkome !
At the Viking Restaurant Fjorugardurinn, the décor is in the Viking style and a true Viking feast is offered with traditional meals served in old-fashioned Viking-style trays.
Here you get to experience the locals' favorite hideaway in the very center of downtown Reykjavík. With 13 different beers on draft to choose from and some of the best comfort food in the city, you won't find a better place to kick off your night!
A cozy little restaurant / café that serves delicious vegetarian meals and soup and has a peaceful atmosphere
Gló takes pride in always using the freshest of ingredients and buying as much as possible from Icelandic farmers.
Unique and pioneering street food hall with nine traders under the same roof located by the old harbour. Come explore the taste of it!
On the eighth floor of the Radisson BLU Saga Hotel is Grillid, a restaurant that for over a half a century has been a symbol of a perfect night in Reykjavík.
Located on the famous Laekjargata in the heart of Reykjavik City, Hard Rock Cafe Reykjavik contains three floors, each with its own distinctive vibe.
Hlemmur is a gourmet food court located in one of the city's main bus stations. You could say the food offered here has traveled around the world: from Vietnamese street food to Danish open sandwiches.
Bistro-style restaurant and bar/club in the heart of Reykjavík, with a wide-ranging menu and free wireless internet.
Icelandic Fish & Chips opened in the winter of 2006, intent on providing fresh and healthy food made with the best available Icelandic ingredients. Borrowing from our neighbors the Brits, across the Norwegian sea, we went with a slightly elevated version of the classic fish’n chips, bistro style if you will.
Speciality cafe, local eatery and a bar with an art gallery and a hostel in the same building.
Imagine a modern restaurant serving the best Icelandic ingredients, according to Mediterranean culinary traditions.
Kringlukráin started in 1989 as a genuine pub, but gradually it has developed into an 'a la carte' restaurant.
Matwerk is a trendy New Nordic restaurant. Serving a selection of experimental dishes, they offer meat, fish, and creative vegetarian dishes.
A popular oriental fast-food chain, with takeaway and home order services. All the food is MSG free.
Public House Gastropub is a gastropub that emphasis on small courses with a Japanese flair.
One of the best ways to learn about foreign cultures it through its cuisine. Although Iceland hasn't perhaps been known for its gourmet kitchen, it sure offers some tasty bites. Here is a list of restaurants in Reykjavík which serve traditional, Icelandic food.
Satt restaurant serves fresh, honest food that has been sourced from the best local farmers and fishermen
Shalimar is a casual and reasonably priced Indian-Pakistani restaurant located right in the city centre.
Early until late, Slippbarinn is where you can experience Reykjavík like a local while enjoying exciting events such as live jazz, dj‘s and refreshing pop-up shows.
Guests can enjoy their sushi with a picturesque view of the waterfront which enhances the eating experience.
A health store and espresso bar in downtown Reykjavík, a unique space that has it all.
It is a perfect place to browse and also to taste all the best the world of tea and coffee has to offer.
At the Mosfellsbakarí bakery/coffee house you can find the finest bread, cakes, desserts, handmade Icelandic chocolates and fresh coffee.
If you're anything like our editor, you love visiting supermarkets in foreign countries. Or perhaps or you're on a budget but still want to learn about the local cuisine. Either way, we've compiled a definitive list of Icelandic stuff to get at the grocery store.
Whether you’re in the mood for an international dish or something local to Reykjavík, our restaurant’s menu is sure to please.
As the name suggests this is an American-style chain restaurant serving real burgers, steaks and more.
Offers a unique combination of Indian traditions and Icelandic ingredients and uses exotic homegrown spices shipped directly from India.
Bambus Asian cuisine & lounge specializes in casual fine, south east asian cuisine.
Icelands first and oldest bakary, a small family owned business founded on 25. september 1834.
A bakery close to the University of Iceland, the National museum and Hotel Saga.
Bryggjan Brewery is an independent brewery, bistro and bar at the harbor in Reykjavík, which focuses on fresh ingredients and quality beer of various types pumped directly from the brewery. The pier can accommodate up to 280 guests and is open from 11 to 01 every day of the week.
A relaxed café which serves light meals and desserts. We are very popular for lunch and tea in the afternoon.
The idea behind Essensia was to open a restaurant in Iceland where people can come together, have a good time, enjoy high-quality cuisine in a casual atmosphere and have a chance to taste a selection of courses.
We are proud to welcome you to pop in anytime and try one of our delicious fish dishes in our little, cozy fish shop – you won´t regret it!
Forréttabarinn is a popular tapas restaurant that specialises in starters and is located close to the Old Harbor.
In the Wintergarden at Smáralind shopping mall you will find a world known restaurant T.G.I. Friday's.
A proud part of the Canopy Reykjavík / City Centre, Geiri Smart is where award-winning chefs come together to create original culinary adventures.
The factory offers Iceland's best selection of gourmet hamburgers with a nice selection of salads, meat courses and delicious desserts.
Welcome to Haust, a unique restaurant centrally located in Reykjavík. The menu focuses on fresh Icelandic produce cooked to perfection by our skilled chefs.
Hverfisgata 12 specializes in out of the ordinary gourmet pizzas but offers an inspiring variety of starters and side courses.
Jómfrúin (The Virgin) is a friendly restaurant specialising in open Danish sandwiches with a wide variety of toppings.
Kaffi Vinyl is a new bar /café and record shop located in the newly renovated Hverfisgata, parallel to main shopping street Laugavegur.
It feels like a visit to your grandmas house for a cup of coffee and the latest gossip
Cosy basement café on the main shopping street serving snacks, coffee and cake during the day and into the evening.
We use a lot of fresh quality products so that your experience reflects the great Icelandic produce.
We only use the best ingredients available each time. Happy customers are our best advertisement.
Food Cellar restaurant is situated in a 160-year-old building in the center of Reykjavík. „Food for your body and Music for your soul.“
Mokka is one of Reykjavík´s oldest cafés and the first to install an espresso machine and serve espresso, cappuccino, and café latte in Iceland.
The Noodle Station is a small place on Skólavörðustígur that offers a choice of three courses: noodle soup with beef, noodle soup with chicken and vegetarian noodle soup.
Plates of sushi pass by (what is known as kaiten sushi) and diners grab as many as they desire.
A family friendly restaurant, popular for it’s relaxed atmosphere and delicious cooking, offered at reasonable prices.
Buffet-style restaurant with 50 different healthy and tasty low-fat dishes at a reasonable price.
Smurstödin - Nordic Tapas is a bistro offering a good selection of hot and cold dishes from the nordic kitchen.
We offer specialty coffee, a selection of Icelandic beers on tap, a variety of wines, homemade cakes, a choice of whiskeys from around the world, homemade vegetarian soups and much more!
Sushi Social offers a unique fusion of Japanese and South American cuisine combined with the freshness of Icelandic ingredients.
Sæta Svínið (e. Sweet pig) Gastropub is all about LOCAL FOOD AND BEER! Tasty and fun food made with fresh and local Icelandic ingredients.
The Coocoo’s Nest is a small family restaurant located in Reykjavik Iceland, inspired by California and Italy.
The Sea Baron (Saegreifinn) is becoming world famous for the “Worlds Greatest Lobster Soup” that so many people have already tasted, from all around the world.
The restaurant 3 Frakkar, was opened on March 1. 1989 and has been run by the chef Úlfar Eysteinsson and his family since then.
Apotek Kitchen + bar is located in one of the most beautiful corners of Reykjavík. The restaurant is casual-smart, offering delicious food in a vibrant atmosphere and stylish surroundings.
On a budget, but want to eat like a king? Here's our editors suggestions for cheap, tasty bites in Reykjavík.
We serve you with pleasure, the coffee we buy from Fair Trade from the farmers in my country.
There is nothing like the easy atmosphere at Café Paris for enjoying an excellent dinner with your friends or partner.
The Deli is a gourmet trattoria, featuring regional Mediterranean cuisine as well as speciality pizzas, homemade breads and daily hot specials.
One of the oldest pizza places in Reykjavik, offering real oven-baked pizza; many claim it's the best pizza in town.
We serve morsels from sea and land, all with an international touch and adventurous spirit.
Chic ambiance, superb, gastro-style restaurant and gracious service. The presentation of the food is both exciting and artistic.
Come to Fosshótel Raudará and enjoy a fine dining experience in a romantic and comfortable atmosphere, set in a historic building.
With fresh Icelandic ingredients and spices personally imported from India, the results are simply fabulous.
Geysir Bistro & Bar is a new bistro housed in the same building as the Tourist Information Centre.
Grand Hotel Reykjavík‘s newly opened Grand Restaurant welcomes you to its magnificent, modern and elegant surroundings, where you can enjoy culinary art at its best.
Hannesarholt is a non-profit organization founded by individuals hoping to create a place of nurturing and a reclaiming of cultural roots, in a fast changing society.
Hereford Steakhouse is located in the heart of the city and specialises in steaks of all kinds, with a modern and relaxed atmosphere.
There are more ice cream parlors in Reykjavík than there are swimming pools. Icelanders are nuts for ice cream, and the selection of this small city is pretty impressive.
Italia is one of the oldest Italian restaurants in Reykjavik and offers a varied menu of Italian specialities in a cozy atmosphere.
Kaffifélagid is probably the smallest coffee house in Iceland. We have a large selection of Italian espresso beans.
We offer excellent freshly roasted coffee from our roasterie, wide selection of food from our own bakery and of course excellent baristas.
International cuisine, variety of seafood and steaks, craft cocktails, big wine list, lively atmosphere, friendly service.
Le bistro is an authentic French bistro and wine/charcuterie bar in the heart of Reykjavík.
We take the good old traditional recipes and the best Icelandic ingredients to create fun and tasty food.
Mulakaffi cafeteria is one of the best places to try real tradtitional Icelandic home cooking, for example boiled haddock and lamb steak.
A small noodle bar at the bottom of Skólavörðustígur whose main objective is to offer fast food that is both healthy and tasty.
Pho Vietnamese restaurant specializes in Asian cooking, with a combination of great chefs, top products and recipes which have followed them for centuries.
A brasserie-style restaurant serving Icelandic and international food, with a fish buffet every day.
A fantastic, fresh and fun South American restaurant, with a hint of Asian influence so our chefs can create even more exciting and tastier food.
Quality bakery and café on Laugavegur, offering breads, rolls and sweet delicacies, as well as soups, sandwiches and salads.
You choose a combination from the menu or make up your own, and we make it for you in a flash.
It was in 2010 that a young lad from húsavík, a little fishing town up north, was awarded the title, Chef of the Year.
Snaps is a bistro-style restaurant that takes influences from Scandinavian cuisine; great for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or just to have a glass of something with good friends.
Tapas Barinn offers traditional Spanish tapas together with 'Icelandic'-style tapas, in a warm setting in the city centre.
The Lobster House (Humarhusid) has a reputation as one of the country’s most popular restaurants.
In the last decade or so, there's been what is best described as a revolution in the culinary scene of the Nordic countries. Reykjavík is no exception there, with new gourmet restaurant popping up regularly alongside more established classics. If you're looking for something where art meets food, here are our editor's suggestions.