In the world’s northernmost capital you can find plenty of restaurants and eateries, I have made a selection of the best ones for you (Reykjavik Restaurants). Here you find where to eat from traditional recipes to the most contemporary dishes. Remember they are just some of the best places to eat in Reykjavik, and there must be much more to discover yet! In case you are looking for places nearby Reykjavik but nor in town, you can check this other post.
|Eldur and Is
|Matur og drykkur
|Baejarins Beztu Pylsur
Fiskmarkadurinn is located in one of the oldest buildings of the capital. This restaurant, called “the fish market”, uses first quality ingredients and you can try both fish and meat delicious dishes. Make sure you reserve in advance!
Sægreifinn is named for an old fisherman who used to cook the fish from his own shop, just next to the restaurant. There you will find authentic and traditional Icelandic food at good prices during your road trip. The special dish is the lobster soup, delicious!
Right in the city center we find Svarta Kaffid, a great option if you need to have a rest and warm up. They don’t have much more than soup in the menu, but it’s one of the best soups you will try. Both the meat soup and vegetarian soup are served on a bread bowl that you can eat as well! For tight budgets, you can have soup and a beer for 20€.
Fridrik V and Resto are both restaurants located on Reykjavik’s main shopping area and both of them are run by chefs and their wives. If looking for the best places to eat in Reykjavik, qith relaxed atmosphere, nice food, good service and reasonable prices just chose one of them!
Grillmarkaðinn Fancy something else than fish? This is your place! On this Nordic decorated modern restaurant they have beef Carpaccio, grilled lamb and chicken, horse, vegetarian dishes as well as mouthwatering fish recipes. Don’t miss their desserts.
Looking for something sweet? Don’t miss Eldur and Is! They have more than 20 ice cream flavors (even vegan ones), pancakes, teas and coffee. It’s really popular, so get ready to queue!
Located near the old harbor we find the Matur og drykkur. They apply innovation to traditional recipes to get fantastic dishes. They usually offer fish dish of the day, depending on what’s available and have a varied menu from seafood to vegetarian dishes. The icelandic desserts worth a try!
DILL Restaurant promotes seasonal ingredients and traditional recipes and it’s in Nordic House, just behind Laugavegur. They have different set menus, with 5 or 7 courses. It has become really popular between locals and becoming famous for visitants, so I recommend that you reserve in advance.
There is a place that you have to visit; although it’s not a proper restaurant it is indeed one of the best places to eat in Reykjavik. I’m talking about Baejarins Beztu Pylsur where you can find the most famous Pylsur –or hot dogs- of Iceland. They have 6 different locations where you can try this popular food, maybe the traditional one is the one located just in front of the Harpa Concert Hall.
Finally, let me recommend you the Café Solon. Anytime that you go there, there are always plenty of customers so there should be something really good there! You will find a relaxed atmosphere, artistic decoration, friendly staff and delicious food at reasonable prices. If you are late for dinner, they also have a bar upstairs and a disco opened until late.