Restaurants in Reykjavik
Iceland's environmental consciousness means that restaurants in Reykjavik serve some of the freshest and healthiest food in Europe. Whether you're after fish plucked directly from the North Atlantic or local hangikjot (smoked lamb), there is plenty of fresh local fare to try.
One of the best restaurants in Reykjavik is Vox, Iceland's first five-star restaurant at hotel Nordica, which serves Scandinavian gourmet cuisine with fresh seafood and local farm-to-table ingredients. For Bjork fans, Segurmo at Boston is a must try Reykjavik restaurant. The pop star’s personal chef opened this spot in 2008, and it continues to serve regional comfort food like Minke Whale ratatouille.
Feel like you might grow your own set of gills after all the fish? La Primavera, an Italian restaurant in Reykjavik, offers homemade gnocchi, pasta and polenta. With free Wi-Fi and great people watching, Kaffitar Cafe is the perfect place to stop for a quick pick-me-up coffee.
The restaurant opened in 2008 by Björk’s personal chef, Nuni Thomasson. His menu of regional comfort food might include dishes like foal steak with couscous and cabbage.
Seamlessly fusing the old with the new, this Asian-influenced seafood restaurant occupies the oldest basement in Reykjavik. Typically jam-packed, the underground eatery displays old-school Icelandic memorabilia against a backdrop of 21st-century design.
This seafood restaurant lures locals for dinner with its classic Icelandic cuisine—how about fermented shark meat followed by shots of brennivín (a.k.a. schnapps, or “firewater”)?
Housed in an historic wood-frame building at Reykjavik's city's center, this iconic restaurant marries classic Icelandic architecture with trendy Asian décor (and a trendy Asian menu). Bamboo, low lights, and black accents contrast attractively with the two-story structure's wood-plank bones.
This period throwback to the Victorian era is named after a bonified Icelandic icon; Einar Ben was a poet and an entrepreneur who lived for a time in the century-old townhouse now housing the restaurant.
One of the only spots to enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine, Domo is located in what appears to be an ordinary warehouse in Lincoln Park; however, inside, slabs of wood are surrounded by tree-stump chairs and Asian artifacts hang on the walls and from the ceiling.
This family-run business in old Reykjavik Central was opened by chef Úlfar Eysteinsson in 1989. Popular with locals and unabashedly Icelandic, 3 Frakkar accommodates just 44 diners in its cozy, old-school dining room enlivened by mounted fish and stuffed rams' heads on the walls.
The Icelandic equivalent of Starbucks, with soul and lots of primary colors. Servers yell out orders in this sing-song way.
Iceland's first ever five-star restaurant, this swanky eatery at the Hotel Nordica serves Scandinavian gourmet cuisine and upscale bistro fare.