Reykjavík has an excellent selection of top class restaurants, most of which are located in and around the city centre. Globalization has reached the city and can be seen in the wide range of tastes and flavours here.  So if you like Asian, Japanese, Italian, Nordic, French or fusion cuisine, or would like to try something Icelandic, then head downtown and take your pick. The combination of fresh ingredients and raw passion make it easy for chefs to create mouth-watering eating experiences in Iceland. Using only the best raw materials available, such as Icelandic mountain lamb, freshly-caught fish or newly-picked herbs, our chefs can create anything from a simple traditional dish to a masterpiece on a plate. Most restaurants also offer non-meat dishes for vegans and vegetarians.

Fine dining is a must when on holiday and Iceland is no exception. If you want a special night out, you will have a good choice of top-class restaurants with award-winning chefs, who have won praises for their cooking skills and innovative ideas. When you go fine dining, you can expect top quality service, a cosy ambience, unique menus and an excellent selection of wine.

If you prefer something more informal and less expensive, casual dining is easy in Reykjavík as restaurants in this category also offer good service, delicious meals, a good wine selection and comfortable seating. This category includes bistros and family restaurants.

Your busy schedule on holiday might make budget dining more of a necessity as you move between places or activities. It involves fast service, limited seating and tasty meals. A lot of food wagons have opened up all over the town centre offering a variety of fast food delights. Upmarket take-aways are also included in this category.

Good to know
  • You can ask for a children’s menu, when dining out with little ones.
  • Tipping is not customary in Iceland since service is included in the price.
  • All restaurants, cafés and bars in Iceland are non-smoking areas.
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  • El Santo

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 519 7579 Website

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    A Mexican restaurant and bar located in Reykjavik city centre. El Santo’s inspiration is straight from the heart of the Mexican kitchen.

    Casual dining Mexican
  • Eldhúsið restaurant

    East Iceland 3544711114 Website

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    Gistihúsið – Lake Hotel Egilsstadir restaurant is innovative and ambitious. Eldhúsið Restaurant offers Icelandic as well as international cuisine.

    Casual dining
  • Caruso Harbor

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 512 8181 Website

    Caruso Harbor offers tasty Icelandic and Italian cuisine. While dining you will have a chance to enjoy a beautiful view of the ocean. The restaurant is located down by Reykjavik´s old harbor, just a walking distance from the city centre.

    Casual dining Italian
  • Kaffi Lækur

    Close to Downtown +354 537 6556 Website

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    Every day from 4:00PM to 7:00PM.
    Beer: 750 kr.$7.10*€6.06*£5.31*
    Wine: 900 kr.$8.52*€7.27*£6.37*

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    A speciality café and art gallery in the Laugardalur valley that offers healthy sourdough flatbreads, salads and sandwiches as well as delicious soups and dish-of-the-day.

    Café Scandinavian
  • Geysir Bistro

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 517-4300 Website

    An ideal place to sit down in a cozy environment and watch the bustling life rushing by while enjoying quality food at a reasonable price.

    Casual dining Bistro Bar
  • Hlíð – Fisherman’s Village

    Hlið - Fisherman´s Village is a quaint resort by the seashore in Álftanes which only caters for groups.

    Casual dining Scandinavian
  • Forréttabarinn

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 517 1800 Website

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    Offers a new spin on traditional Icelandic cuisine.

    Casual dining
  • 73 Restaurant

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 555 7373 Website

    A family-owned and operated restaurant with a laid back cozy atmosphere. It has as a good menu full of delicious choices at reasonable prices.

    Casual dining
  • Caruso

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 562 7335 Website

    A well-established family-run Italian restaurant situated in a restored historical building. Delicious Italian cuisine pasta dishes, pizzas and other meat dishes are offered in a cosy atmosphere.

    Casual dining Italian
  • Salthúsið

    Reykjanes Peninsula +354 699 2665 Website

    Salthúsið (The House of Bacalao) Restaurant of Grindavik is the first restaurant in Iceland specialising in the lowly codfish, bringing it up to new heights.

    Casual dining Seafood Restaurant
  • Restaurant Reykjavík

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 552 3030 Website

    Seafood buffet every evening and a menu with a perfect range of Icelandic specialities. A great location in the town centre with a great outdoor area.

    Casual dining
  • Grillhúsið

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 527 5000 Website

    One of the city’s favorite Rock‘n’Roll Steakhouses. They offer a diverse menu of steaks, burgers, Tex Mex food and more at affordable prices.

    Casual dining Steakhouse
  • Rauða Húsið

    Rauða Húsið (The Red House) serves up exquisite meals in a romantically rustic setting. Located in a historic house in the 19th-century trading hub of Eyrarbakki on the south coast, it is a stop not to miss on your Golden Circle or South coast trip.

    Fine Dining Seafood Restaurant
  • Skólabrú

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 511 1690 Website

    Situated next to the Icelandic parliament in a charming old building. Specializes in Icelandic and international cuisine.

    Fine Dining
  • Kaffi Klara

    North East Iceland +354 695 7718 Website

    Kaffi Klara is a small, cosy family-run coffeehouse in the old post office in Ólafsfjörður.

    Café
  • Essensia

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 517 0030 Website

    An authentic Italian – Mediterranean restaurant, also offering a good menu of tapas plates and a great selection of wines and cocktails.

    Fine Dining Italian
  • Hafið Bláa

    Sitting on a narrow strip of land between the estuary at the Ölfusá River and the open North Atlantic Ocean, Hafið Bláa offers up spectacular panoramic views with your meal.

    Casual dining Seafood Restaurant
  • Kol Restaurant

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 517 7474 Website

    Kol is a foodie revelation and craft cocktail heaven. The chefs have an instinctive flair for doing a twist on the classics and upscaling what might be called comfort food to a fine dining level, creating the tasty dishes to satisfy a wide range of diners.

    Fine Dining Seafood Restaurant
  • The Lobster House

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 561 3303 Website

    Gourmet nouvelle cuisine with exquisite courses, specializing in delicious lobster dishes. The historical premises create an ambience of warmth and elegance.

    Fine Dining Seafood Restaurant
  • Ghandi

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 511 1691 Website

    An aromatic Indian restaurant serving delicious dishes with fresh Icelandic ingredients and spices personally imported from India. The results are fabulous.

    Casual dining Indian
  • Jómfrúin

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 55 10 100 Website

    In the heart of Reykjavík, this restaurant has been serving their famous Danish sandwiches for over 20 years. During summer, the back patio is a popular venue for jazz lovers.

    Casual dining Scandinavian
  • Kaffi kú

    North East Iceland +354 867 3826 Website

    You can watch the cows trough the glass from the restaurant. There is also a TV monitor where you can see what is going on, e.g. milking of the cows, which is a 24/7 operation.

    Café
  • Bergsson

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 571 1822 Website

    Bergsson is a small family of two restaurants, both in the major Reykjavík Area. Bergsson Mathus is a restaurant and cafe located in downtown Reykjavík and Bergsson RE is our second location which you can find at Reykjavík Harbour.

    Casual dining Healthy
  • Café Loki

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 466 2828 Website

    This is where you experience typical Icelandic hospitality while you indulge in traditional Icelandic food. Family-owned, the restaurant makes use of recipes that have been passed on from one generation to the next.

    Café Icelandic Traditional
  • Culiacan Mexican Grill

    Culiacan opened its restaurant in 2003. Using high-quality raw ingredients. Our Mexican cooking techniques from our Mexican Chef is focusing from making everything from scratch. One of the biggest vegan menu in Reykjavík, 13 vegan options.

    Casual dining Mexican
  • Shalimar Pakistani Cuisine

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 551 0292 Website

    Pakistani Tandoori & Curry Cuisine

    Casual dining Indian
  • Kaffitár

    Downtown Reykjavik +3544202732 Website

    Kaffitár is an Icelandic coffee roaster and operates 5 cafés, 2 bakeries, and a restaurant. Cozy atmosphere, Specialty coffee and Artisan breads and cakes is what you can expect.

    Café
  • Apotek Restaurant

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 551-0011 Website

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    The restaurant is casual-smart, offering delicious food in a vibrant atmosphere and stylish surroundings.

    Casual dining
  • Tapas Barinn

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 551 2344 Website

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    Ideally-located downtown, Tapas offers the tradition of Spain mixed with Iceland’s finest ingredients. Delicious Icelandic Gourmet Feast and group menus. Popular place among Icelanders.

    Casual dining
  • Sushi Social

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 568 6600 Website

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    Just off the main shopping street, Sushi Social offers a fusion of Icelandic, Japanese and South American cuisine and exotic cocktails.

    Casual dining
  • Kaffi Duus

    Reykjanes Peninsula +354 421-7080 Website

    Kaffi Duus combines the facilities of a café, restaurant and a pub. They offer a cosy atmosphere and a splendid view over the Marina and surrounding areas.

    Café
  • Viking Village

    Viking feast with food, drinks and live music, served in a hall resembling those of the Middle Ages. The Viking Village is not only a restaurant, it plays a role in many cultural events. It offers live music most evenings.

    Casual dining
  • Domino´s Pizza

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 58-12345 Website

    Domino‘s is the number 1 pizza in Iceland. We only use quality raw material in our top quality products. Persistence is very important and our customers can expect to get the same quality at all times in all our 23 stores.

    Fast food Pizzeria
  • Sumac Restaurant

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 537 9900 Website

    Happy Hour

    It's currently Happy Hour!
    Every day from 4:00PM to 6:00PM.
    Beer: 750 kr.$7.10*€6.06*£5.31*
    Wine: 950 kr.$9.00*€7.67*£6.73*

    * Prices in foreign currencies are approximates. Source: Arion banki.

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    Sumac has quickly become a local favourite with its great food and vibrant ambiance. From appetizers to cocktails, Tuesday lunch time to late-night Friday Happy Hours, Sumac is a hot spot for many occasions.

    Casual dining Icelandic Fusion
  • Sjávargrillið

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 5711100 Website

    An upmarket restaurant specializing in delicious fish dishes. Boasts an award-winning chef who serves up delicacies with ease.

    Casual dining Seafood Restaurant
  • Vitinn

    Reykjanes Peninsula +354 423 7755 Website

    Vitinn restaurant is located, just minutes from Keflavik airport, in the town of Sandgerði and is therefore an excellent place to visit on the way to or from the airport.

    Casual dining Seafood Restaurant
  • Matwerk

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 555 1550 Website

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    Matwerk is a trendy New-Nordic restaurant, serving a selection of experimental dishes. They offer meat, fish, and creative vegetarian dishes.

    Casual dining
  • Messinn

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 546 0095

    Icelandic seafood restaurant with cozy, warm atmosphere in the heart of Reykjavík. Messinn specializes in fresh fish every day for lunch and dinner.

    Casual dining Seafood Restaurant
  • Café Haiti

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 588 8484

    A relaxing atmosphere and excellent coffee roasted at the premises.

    Café
  • Hannesarholt Cultural House

    Downtown Reykjavik +(354) 511 1904

    Located in the historic home of the late Hannes Hafstein, Iceland’s First Minister and a beloved poet

    Café
  • The Gray Cat

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 551 1544

    A tiny little 50´s-style café, located in a quiet place on Hverfisgata.

    Café
  • Fish House Bar & Grill

    Reykjanes Peninsula +354 426 9999

    We are a family owned Bar&Grill, we love good food and great music. Our motto is, Eat fish and live long, Eat fish and love strong. Great location, only 5 minutes in a car from the Blue Lagoon.

    Casual dining Seafood Restaurant
  • Chuck Norris Grill

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 561 3333

    A grill and bar in the heart of Reykjavík.

    Fast food Burger place
  • Snaps Bistro Bar

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 511 6677

    Snaps is a bistro-style restaurant influenced by Scandinavian cuisine.

    Casual dining Bistro Bar
  • IÐA Zimsen

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 511 5004

    A book café in a cosy and relaxed atmosphere. Serves light courses and good cakes.

    Café
  • The Grillmarket

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 571-7777

    The Grillmarket (Grillmarkaðurinn) offers a menu based on locally sourced Icelandic ingredients.

    Fine Dining
  • Mokka Kaffi

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 552 1174

    One of Reykjavík´s oldest cafés. Offers a selection of coffee, sandwiches and cakes.

    Café
  • Kjarvalsstaðir

    Close to Downtown +354 590 1200

    Located at Kjarvalsstaðir art museum. Nice selection of art magazines and good crêpes.

    Café
  • Geitafell

    North West Iceland +354 861 2503

    Geitafell is a perfect stop for the hungry on Vatnsnes. It offers fresh seafood on the menu with a deilicious fish soup topping the list. A countryside surprise.

    Casual dining
  • Hraðlestin

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 578 3838

    Happy Hour

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    Every day from 2:00PM to 6:00PM.
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    Tasty, authentic Indian food at reasonable prices.

    Casual dining Indian
  • Nostra

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 519 3535

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    • Thursday's Going on now!5:00PM to 7:00PM
    • Friday's5:00PM to 7:00PM
    • Saturday's5:00PM to 7:00PM
    Beer: 800 kr.$7.58*€6.46*£5.66*
    Wine: 1000 kr.$9.47*€8.08*£7.08*

    * Prices in foreign currencies are approximates. Source: Arion banki.

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    Nostra is an Icelandic restaurant with an emphasis on seasonal tasting menus with local ingredients

    Fine Dining Icelandic (New)
  • Bio Borgari

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 841 0140

    Totally organic. Beef and veggie burgers equally delicious. Homemade potato snacks.

    Fast food Burger place
  • Kitchen & Wine

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 580-0103

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    Every day from 4:00PM to 7:00PM.
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    The restaurant is one of the trendiest places in town and serves great food, combining modern Icelandic and international cuisine.

    Fine Dining
  • Kaffifélagið

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 520 8420

    A small coffee house with a sit in or take away option.

    Café
  • Laundromat Café

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 587 75 55

    Nice Café with light meals and children’s play area in the basement. Transforms into a bar at night.

    Café
  • Smurstöðin

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 519 9750

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    Smurstöðin offers light meals and open faced sandwiches with Icelandic ingredients and is located in Harpa Concert Hall.

    Casual dining Scandinavian
  • Saffran

    Close to Downtown +354 578 7874

    Healthy, fresh, international and exotic food at affordable prices. Eat in or take away.

    Fast food Healthy
  • Kex Hostel

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 561 6060

    Happy Hour

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    Every day from 3:00PM to 7:00PM.
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    Mixed crowd, good for early evening, affordable meals.

    Casual dining Gastropub
  • OSUSHI – The Train

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 561-0562

    Conveyor belt sushi, made from fresh Icelandic seafood.

    Fast food Asian
  • Babalú

    Downtown Reykjavik 552-2278

    A cosy café with a laid back atmosphere. Offers crêpes, paninis and homemade cakes.

    Café
  • Sólon Bistro Bar

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 562-3232

    Happy Hour

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    Café, bistro, bar and a club, all depending on when you drop by.

    Café Bistro Bar
  • ROK Restaurant

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 544 4443

    ROK offers classic Icelandic food, such as fish pie and cured lamb.

    Fine Dining
  • Café Flora

    Close to Downtown +354 553-8872

    A lovely café set in the Botanical Gardens. Light meals from local produce.

    Café Scandinavian
  • Lækjarbrekka

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 551 4430

    Icelandic cuisine, most popular for their seafood and lamb.

    Fine Dining
  • Bæjarins Beztu

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 511 1566

    The most popular hot dog stand in Reykjavík.

    Fast food
  • Hressingarskálinn

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 561 2240

    Happy Hour

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    Every day from 4:00PM to 7:00PM.
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    Café, bar and bistro that turns into a nightclub in the evenings and at weekends. They sometimes offer live music and have a good dancing area.

    Café Bistro Bar
  • Nora Magasín

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 519 9898

    A small café that offers home-made meals at affordable prices.

    Café Bistro Bar
  • Hlöllabátar

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 511 3500

    Popular take away sandwiches. Many give in to temptation at the end of a good night drinking – Open til late.

    Fast food
  • Jamie´s Italian

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 578 2020

    Jamie's Italian Hotel Borg on Austurvollur Square is located right at the heart of downtown Reykjavik, our first Jamie's Italian in Iceland is the perfect place for any occasion.

    Casual dining Italian
  • Café Roma

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 562 0020

    Café/ bakery which offers tasty light meals at reasonable prices.

    Café
  • Mandi

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 571 1444

    Middle eastern take away. Excellent Kebabs and vegetarian options.

    Fast food
  • Hereford Steakhouse

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 511-3350

    This renowned steakhouse offers a comprehensive grill menu of lamb, beef and chicken as well as delicious seafood. Our ambitious cooks use high quality ingredients to create the perfect meal.

    Casual dining Steakhouse
  • Metró

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 581 1414

    Simple fast food place with a drive-thru option.

    Fast food Burger place
  • Geiri Smart

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 528 7050

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    Upmarket restaurant with a creative menu in a sophisticated environment.

    Fine Dining
  • Reykjavík Roasters

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 517 5535

    Local coffeehouse that serves speciality coffee from fresh roasted beans.

    Café
  • The Noddlestation

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 551 3198

    Hot noodles and soups at affordable prices.

    Fast food Asian
  • Settlement Centre – Restaurant

    West Iceland +354 437 1600

    Based in one of the oldest houses in Borgarnes, We offer a family friendly, relaxed atmosphere with good quality food at reasonable prices.

    Casual dining Icelandic (New)
  • Sandholt Bakery

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 551 3524

    Quality bakery and café, offering light meals and snacks.

    Café
  • Tommi´s Burger Joint

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 511 1888

    A popular fast food burger joint. Several locations around Reykjavík.

    Fast food Burger place
  • PHO Vietnamese restaurant

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 588 6868

    Vietnamese food with a variety of dishes available.

    Fast food Asian
  • Fish Company

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 552-5300

    Variety of meat and fish courses with emphasis on the fish.

    Fine Dining Seafood Restaurant
  • Svarta Kaffið

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 551 2999

    A nice café in a cosy old house. Serves excellent soup in a bread bowl.

    Café
  • Café Paris

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 551 10 20

    A cosy café in the heart of town. Serves a selection of light meals.

    Café
  • Mat Bar

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 788 3900

    Restaurant bar and deli. Fresh, creative meals and a trendy atmosphere.

    Casual dining Bistro Bar
  • Public House

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 555 7333

    Happy Hour

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    Every day from 3:00PM to 6:00PM.
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    A Gastropub restaurant that puts emphasis on fun dining along with quality ambience. They use Icelandic ingredients but add some Japanese flair to their dishes.

    Casual dining Gastropub
  • Sæta Svínið

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 555 2900

    Happy Hour

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    Every day from 3:00PM to 6:00PM.
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    A gastropub in the heart of the city specializing in local food and beer. Live events such as Party Karaoke and Party Bingo make this pub a fun place to visit.

    Casual dining Gastropub
  • Te og Kaffi

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 555-1910

    Excellent coffee, cakes and light dishes.

    Café
  • Uppsalir Bar & Café

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 514 6000

    Happy Hour

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    Every day from 5:00PM to 7:00PM.
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    Sophisticated but relaxed atmosphere. Light courses and Icelandic pastries.

    Café
  • Café Vinyl

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 773 0465

    Vinyl store that offers light vegan and vegetarian food.

    Café Healthy
  • The Steakhouse

    Downtown Reykjavik +354 561 1111

    This classic steakhouse in the Old Harbour area serves juicy steaks and delicious starters. Serves locally-brewed beer.

    Casual dining Steakhouse
  • Nings

    Close to Downtown +354 588 9899

    Fast food Asian restaurant.

    Fast food Asian