Insider's Guide:
My 5 Fave Reykjavik Restaurants

As our three-part Insider’s Guide to Reykjavik continues, Trip Designer Orsolya Kako reveals a few of her picks for the city’s coolest restaurants.

Where to Eat + Drink: Reykjavik Restaurants

Reykjavik RestaurantsGrillmarket
Built on the site of an old cinema and offering a unique blend of rustic and contemporary design, Grillmarket works closely with local farmers to source local, fresh ingredients and seeks to infuse creative culinary arts (through the use of fire, smoke, coal and fire logs) with traditional Icelandic ingredients.

Reykjavik RestaurantsFishmarket
Having been listed in Condé Nast Traveler‘s Hot Tables and Food + Wine’s Go List, Fishmarket is one of Iceland’s most lauded restaurants. Head Chef Hrefna Rósa Sætran designs the menu using the freshest fish and meat of the season, cooks it simply in modern style, and serves it in a variety of settings, including its raw bar and Asia-influenced dining room.

Did You Know?

Icelanders love hot dogs. A spot called Bæjarins Beztu (translating to “The Best Hot Dog in Town”), across the street from Hotel 1919, is the most popular hot dog stand in Reykjavik.

A Land of Wild Abandon

B&R’s Iceland Family Adventure is like stepping into a scene from The Lord of the Rings—a fantasy playground where ancient sagas of sword-wielding Viking legends come to life, where trolls and elves are still believed to roam the lava fields.


Reykjavik RestaurantsFridrik V
An excellent small restaurant on Laugavegur, this small family-run operations features a chef’s choice menu. Fridrik is in the kitchen while his wife Arnrun manages the tables, and both have a long history as restauranteurs in Iceland.


Reykjavik Restaurants
Gallery Restaurant at Hotel Holt
Arguably the best restaurant in Reykjavik, Hotel Holt’s somewhat formal Gallery Restaurant boasts the best collection of Icelandic art outside the National Museum, in addition to an excellent menu.


One of Iceland’s best vegetarian restaurants, Glo is the domain of chef Solla Eiríks, who was voted the best RAW Gourmet Chef and the best RAW Simple Chef in the Best of RAW awards 2011 & 2012. At Glo she puts a heavy emphasis on fresh ingredients—the restaurant boasts that 50 percent of everything on offer is organic.


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