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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Kaffivagninn

    $$ | Scandinavian

    Way back before the Grandi area was cool, this value restaurant with exceptional harbor views served up good, old-fashioned, hearty Icelandic...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Súpubarin

    $ | Fusion

    Örlygur Ólafsson, the chef and owner of Súpubarin, is an absolute soup wizard of unrivalled talent. His soups are not only a source of nourishment...Read More

  • 6. Sægreifan

    $ | Seafood

    The old fish barrels used as seating in this humble, harborside fishing shack, are constantly warmed by an increasing number of tourists and...Read More

  • 7. Gló

    $ | Vegetarian

    The latest brainchild of Solla Eiríks, one of the pioneers of the raw-food movement in Iceland, Gló shares a building with the Rope Yoga studio...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Tíu Dropar

    $$ | Café

    This coffeehouse looks and feels like a grandmother's living room. It serves a tantalizing selection of homemade goodies, and in the evenings...Read More

  • 14. 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

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Walk The Plank

    $ | Seafood

    The crab-cake sliders at this welcome new addition to the street-food scene down at the Old Harbor are utterly delicious. The single-variety...Read More

  • 17. Þrír Frakkar

    $$$$ | Seafood

    According to urban legend, it’s traditional for Icelanders returning home from abroad to make their first stop at this beloved restaurant, and...Read More

  • 18. Humarhúsið

    $$$$ | Seafood

    This homey restaurant, housed in a classic Icelandic house preserved from 1838, specializes in lobster. Locally sourced, you can try it in salad...Read More

  • 19. Kaffi Reykjavík

    $$$$ | Seafood

    Set in a picturesque 19th-century wooden building, Kaffi Reykjavík sells upscale meat and fish dishes. The establishment has a veranda where...Read More

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