7 Awesome Restaurants in Reykjavik

August is peak season in Reykjavik, and a lot of our clients are touching the ground now as we write. It’s no secret, though, that Iceland is expensive—even a light lunch could easily set you back around $20. How to know then, which restaurants are worth your wallet?

Here are 7 Awesome Restaurants in Reykjavik straight from our writer Wailana who lived there for 1 year.

DILL

Reykjavik’s most prestigious restaurant, DILL, embraces the new Nordic as defined by Iceland. Its all about seasonal ingredients straight from the lava soil. Started by chef Gunnar Karl Gislason and sommelier Olafur Orn Olafsson, diners can expect traditional Icelandic fare with a flair. Reindeer with crowberries, Sunchokes served with skyr, baked rutabaga with cheese foam, lumpfish and rye starters. The dinner menu offers a rotating menu of 3, 5 and 7 courses. It’s the only restaurant awarded a Michelin Star in Iceland. Famously it books up well in advance, so be sure to make your reservation at least a month before your trip to Iceland!

Hverfisgötu 12 | +354 552 1522  | www.dillrestaurant.is

GRILLMARKADURINN

The Grill Market is a stylish restaurant tucked away on Lækjargata. Its design is cozy and luxurious, drawing on Icelandic elements of rock and water. The menu is decidedly Icelandic, from smoked Arctic char to grilled puffin with pickled blueberries. If you can’t decide, there’s always the tasting menu to sample a little bit of chef’s choice.

Laekjargata 2A | +354 571-7777 | www.grillmarkadurinn.is

FISKFELAGID

A trip to Reykjavik wouldn’t be complete without sampling some of Iceland’s world-class seafood. Fiskfelagid, a cozy restaurant in the basement of the Zimsen building, serves not only Icelandic seafood but also fish dishes from across the globe. The historic Zimsen building dates back to 1884 and was originally located a couple of streets away before it was moved to its current location underneath a quaint bridge. While the building was undergoing renovation, part of Reykjavik’s old harbor was unearthed and transformed into a work of art within the restaurant grounds by local artist Hjorleifur Stefansson. Patrons can relax in Fiskfelagid’s comfortable booths while snacking on Icelandic salted cod and burnt langoustines or the Malaysian inspired blackened monkfish with lobster spring roll.

 Vesturgata 2a, Grófartorg | +354 552 5300 | www.fiskfelagid.is/en

BAEJARINS BEZTU PYLSUR

It may not be fine dining, but there’s nothing more Icelandic than hot dogs. Their national dogs are prepared with a combination of pork, beef and lamb, and is the staple of every weekend revelry. Since 1937, Baejarins Beztu Pylsur has been served dogs near the harbor, best ordered med ollu, “the works”—ketchup, sweet mustard, remoulade and raw and friend onions.

Tryggvagata 1 | +354 511 1566 |  www.bbp.is

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SNAPS

Popular with the lunch office crowd, Snaps is the place for fresh dishes like mussels, French onion soup, and grilled fish straight from the harbor. Tucked away in the cute neighborhood of Skolavorduholt, this bistro was named Best Restaurant by Reykjavik’s Grapevine magazine for multiple years in a row.

Þórsgata 1 | +354 511 6677 | www.snaps.is

OSTABUDIN

This cute bistro—a delicatessen on the ground floor, restaurant in the basement—is another local favorite. Grab lunch and a hot bowl of fish soup to warm you up. The lunch menu is very reliable, with daily soup, daily fish, or house fishsoup (!) to choose from. Check their facebook page for daily specials. If you drop by for dinner, be sure to try their goose and wild game meatballs for something totally different.

Skólavörðustíg 8 | +354 562 2772 | http://ostabudin.is

NOSTRA

This new restaurant opened up just this year, and it focuses on fine dining with hyperlocal ingredients. Locals rave about the cocktail bar. Set menus, tailored to vegetarians, vegans, pescatarians, or meat eaters over several courses. Best yet, the menu changes daily so there’s always a surprise waiting around the corner!

Laugavegur 59 | +354 519 3535 | https://www.nostrarestaurant.is

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