Reykjavik Restaurants

The dining scene in Reykjavík has diversified a great deal in the past few years: traditional Icelandic restaurants now face competition from restaurants serving Asian, Italian, Mexican, Indian, and vegetarian fare. A recent trend has seen the emergence of several upscale establishments emphasizing locally grown ingredients and new Nordic cuisine.

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  • 1. Austur-Indíafjelagið

    $$$$ | Indian

    Long before Reykjavík could boast of its cosmopolitan culture, this outstanding restaurant was busy with loyal local customers who enjoy authentic...Read More

  • 2. Gallery Restaurant

    $$$$ | French

    Icelandic art covers the walls of this restaurant in the Hótel Holt, within walking distance of downtown; the cocktail lounge and bar showcase...Read More

  • 3. Grillmarket

    $$$$ | European

    A collaborative project by well-known culinary innovators Hrefna Rós Sætran (founder and owner of the Fish Market) and Guðlaugur P. Frímannsson...Read More

  • 4. Kol Restaurant

    $$$$ | Scandinavian

    Go early evening, park yourself in one of Kol’s comfortable chairs, marvel at the interior design, and prepare yourself for a truly remarkable...Read More

  • 5. Kopar

    $$$$ | Scandinavian

    Kopar means "copper" in Icelandic—an element well represented in this handsome harborside restaurant, where the cocktails like the "Ginger Rabbit...Read More

  • 6. Restaurant Reykjavík

    $$$$ | Scandinavian

    Set in a 19th-century building, with a fascinating history you can read all about in its menu, this beautifully designed restaurant offers the...Read More

  • 7. Slippbarinn

    $$$ | French

    A port in all weather, especially for local professionals and tourists, this hotel bistro–bar, which is also home of the new Reykjavík Bar Summit...Read More

  • 8. Argentína

    $$$$ | Steakhouse

    If you want to try some great steaks in Iceland, come here. Like all Icelandic meat, everything is organic, and the classy atmosphere is warm...Read More

  • 9. Grillið

    $$$$ | Contemporary

    Atop the Saga Hotel near the university campus, this quiet, cozy restaurant has a spectacular view of the capital and the surrounding hinterlands...Read More

  • 10. Hornið

    $$$$ | Italian

    This welcoming bistro is light and airy, with lots of natural wood, potted plants, and cast-iron bistro tables. The emphasis is on pizzas and...Read More

  • 11. Kaffi París

    $$$$ | Café

    This is a popular spot for dining and people-watching. The menu is broad, covers all main meals, and there are daily specials. ...Read More

  • 12. Kaffi Sólon

    $$$$ | International

    At artsy Kaffi Sólon you can view some modern art, eat a meal (try the fish of the day), and enjoy some people-watching through the large windows. ...Read More

  • 13. Laundrómat Café

    $$$ | Scandinavian

    This brilliantly designed restaurant is not only a cool hangout, it’s also great place for grilled sandwiches and smoothies. Perhaps even more...Read More

  • 14. Lækjarbrekka

    $$$$ | Eclectic

    Set in one of the oldest houses in Reykjavík (built in 1834), this restaurant serves a wide range of food, from salads and soups to meat and...Read More

  • 15. Perlan

    $$$$ | Contemporary

    This rotating restaurant, atop Reykjavík's hot-water distribution tanks on Öskjuhlíð Hill, is the city's most glamorous, with the most spectacular...Read More

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  • 16. Snaps Bistro Bar and Restaurant

    $$$$ | French

    Always bustling to the brim, this popular bistro bar is famous for its weekend brunch, and attracts a lively bunch of locals whose musical...Read More

  • 17. Torfan

    $$$$ | Scandinavian

    Housed inside a classic 19th-century building, Torfan—a new restaurant with an old name—attracts those with a fat billfold (or anyone up for...Read More

  • 18. Vegamót

    $$$ | International

    With its young, trendy staff and dark, chic interior, this stylish spot is always buzzing with activity, whether it's over coffee, at mealtimes...Read More

  • 19. Við Tjörnina

    $$$$ | Seafood

    Opened in 1986, this was the first Icelandic restaurant to specialize in seafood, though it sells meat now, too. Visitors enter through a classic...Read More

  • 20. VOX

    $$$$ | International

    The restaurant's award-winning chef creates some unique international-themed dishes at this chic restaurant, and the wine list is one of the...Read More

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