There is a variety of restaurants all over Reykjavík City and therefore the decision of where to eat can be a hard one to make. Here below you can find our top 10 picks of the best restaurants in Reykjavík, from fine dining to cheap eats.
1. Fiskmarkaðurinn - The Fish Market
The Fish Market uses Iceland’s freshest ingredients to prepare original fish with a modern twist. They buy directly from the country’s farmers and fishermen to guarantee the sustainability and quality of their dishes. You can have a lot of different kinds of fish and they recommend the tasting menu that head chef Hrefna Rósa Sætran and her team have created.
Aðalstræti 12, 101 Reykjavík
+354 578 8877
2. Sjávargrillið - The Seafood Grill
The Seafood Grill's main objective is to give the customer a deluxe traditional Icelandic food experience, whether they may crave seafood delicacies, or quality meat and vegetable dishes. Sjavargrillid was founded in the summer of 2011 by young chef Gústav Axel Gunnlaugsson and master chef/owner Lárus Gunnar Jónasson. While traveling the country looking for the real taste of Iceland, they found their inspiration for the menu and were able to collect decorative items for the restaurant along the way.
Skólavörðustíg 14, 101 Reykjavik
Phone (+354) 571 1100
3. Icelandic Street Food
The first concept in Iceland with traditional Icelandic food, you will get the fullest experience of homemade Icelandic traditional food without spending a fortune for fine dining. Unnar Helgi is the founder of Icelandic Street Food however he got help from his family and they run it all together, the recipes are made from Unnar's grandmother. You will definitely get the real Icelandic food taste and atmosphere.
Lækjargata 8, 101 Reykjavík
Phone (+354) 519 5125
4. Grillmarkaðurinn - The Grill Market
Hrefna Rósa Sætran and Guðlaugur P. Frímannsson are members of the Icelandic National Culinary Team and are known for the strong emphasis they place on using ingredients sourced directly from the nation’s farms. At the Grill Market, the seasons are in control of the menu which uses the freshest ingredients available - from the sea, heaths, lakes, rivers, and farms.
Lækjargata 2a, 101 Reykjavik
Phone (+354) 571 7777
5. Sæta Svínið - The Sweet Pig
They are all about local food and beer. They prepare tasty and fun food made with fresh and local Icelandic ingredients. They also offer a unique selection of Icelandic beer – 20 bottles, 10 on draft, and artisan cocktails to enjoy alongside the food. Drop by for lunch, late lunch, dinner or drinks in a casual and fun atmosphere.
Hafnarstræti 1-3, 101 Reykjavík
Phone (+354) 555 2900
6. Snaps Bistro
The perfect place to go on the weekend. The atmosphere is amazing, along with the drinks and food. The cuisine is French and the dishes are delicious. You can reserve a table until 18:30 after that the house is open without any reservation so make sure to reserve a table or take the chance and show up after 18:30.
Þórsgata 1, 101 Reykjavík
Phone (+354) 511 6677
7. Bryggjan Brugghús
Bryggjan, which in Icelandic means The Pier. The place is really cool, they are the first independent microbrewery and bistro in Iceland. There‘s often something interesting happening there, like concerts, entertainment and almost everything you can think off in the show business. They are located in a beautiful house inspired by the harbor and you can sit outside in the back and enjoy the sea view. The menu is combined with traditional courses and Icelandic seafood.
Grandagarður 8, 101 Reykjavík
Phone (+354) 456 4040
8. Íslenski Barinn - The Icelandic Bar
They give you a real Icelandic atmosphere where you will find authentic Icelandic dishes and a variety of local beers. The menu is short and brief, including small dishes, some hot dogs, a burger selection, bar food, and seasonal specials. Most importantly, they only play Icelandic music!
Ingólfsstræti 1a, 101 Reykjavík
Phone (+354) 517 6767
9. Mandi Reykjavík
Mandi is Iceland most famous fast food restaurant, owned by Syrian couple, Hlal Jarah and Iwona Sochacka. It is not only a fast food service but also a quick-stop shop, that sells anything from cigarettes to sweets. Real Syrian food at a reasonable price and the best part is that they are not only open after midnight over weekends but also on weekdays.
Veltusund 3b, 101 Reykjavík
Phone (+354) 571 1444
10. Restó Restaurant
Chef Johann Helgi Johannsson and his wife Ragnheidur Helen Edvardsdottir own and manage Resto. Johann has built up a great reputation for quality cooking in other restaurants in Reykjavik so they decided to follow their dreams and open their own restaurant. The atmosphere is friendly and there is much effort put into the food.
Rauðarárstígur 27-29, 105 Reykjavík
Phone: (+354) 546 9550