What’s your favorite part of traveling? Is it seeing new places? Experiencing new cultures? Or maybe even meeting new people? For foodies like myself, the best part of traveling is discovering new dishes and places to eat. When you visit Iceland it’s no different. So what is typical Icelandic cuisine exactly? And what are the best restaurants in Reykjavik? These are the questions that really matter during your trip to Iceland.

Wine glasses and cutlery at a restaurant in Reykjavik, Icelan

We’ve written a little bit about traditional Icelandic foods at Christmas as well as the world of Icelandic desserts. You can try these dishes and more while looking for the place to eat in Reykjavik city center. The capital city also has other types of cuisine if you’ve grown tired of Hákarl, Skyr or Hangikjöt.

Reykjavik’s Best Restaurants – Grillmarkaðurinn 

Owners and head chefs Hrefna Rósa Sætran and Guðlaugur P. Frímannsson take pride in using local, high-quality products. The restaurant’s offering has been described as “traditional Icelandic food with a twist”. The downstairs area provides the perfect backdrop for a romantic date and the duck confit comes highly recommended. They tend to get a bit busy so we recommend making a reservation to ensure your spot.

Grillmarkaðurinn Contact Information
Lækjargata 2a, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Phone: +354 571 7777

Reykjavik chef at fine dining restaurant

Reykjavik’s Best Restaurants – Kol Restaurant 

You can order a la carte or select from one of their three menus. The tasting menu changes daily, so you’ll always be pleasantly surprised when you sit down at this fine dining establishment. Head chef Sævar Lárusson and his team have lovingly chosen only the freshest of seasonal ingredients to provide your palate with a sampling of the best Iceland has to offer. The three-course menu and gourmet menu feature delectable dishes such as Icelandic scallops, charred salmon, sauteed cod and lamb sirloin. To top it all off why not try the white chocolate cheesecake?

Kol Restaurant Contact Information
Skólavörðustígur 40, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Phone: +354 517 7474

Seafood amuse-bouche at an upscale restaurant in Reykjavik

Reykjavik’s Best Restaurants – Fish Company 

What this fish restaurant lacks in imagination regarding nomenclature, it makes up for in taste and quality. Considered one of the best restaurants in Iceland, if you take a trip here you will not be disappointed. Owner and master chef Lárus Gunnar Jónasson prides himself on creating a culinary mix of cultures. According to the website, the dishes are “influenced by Nordic fusion, but grounded in solid Icelandic cuisine”. A quick glance at the menu also reveals fare inspired by far-flung destinations such as Hong Kong and Argentina.

Fish Company Contact Information
Vesturgata 2a, Grófartorg, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Phone: +354 552 5300

Chef drizzling sauce over dish at one of Reykjavik's best restaurants

Reykjavik’s Best Restaurants – Dill Restaurant 

As the first Icelandic restaurant to receive a Michelin star, this fine dining establishment is a source of pride for the whole island. Reykjavik’s Dill restaurant offers food and wine pairings in order to help you have an unforgettable dining experience. Considered New Nordic cuisine, Dill is one of the more high-end restaurant options in Reykjavik and its popularity continues to grow. We recommend booking in advance in order to secure a table.

Dill Restaurant Contact Information
Hverfisgata 12, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Phone: +354 552 1522

Wherever you decide to dine, we’re sure you’ll have a great meal. Please let us know what you think and if you have any additional restaurant recommendations for Reykjavik. We’d love to hear them.

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