Einar's Restaurant Recommendations in Reykjavik

Here is my list of a few favorite restaurants in Reykjavik popular by locals and visitors alike.

  • Dill , the only Icelandic restaurant awarded a Michelin star and for a reason. A small and intimate place featuring nordic-style local culinary journey par excellent.
  • Hlemmur Mathöll. Hlemmur is Reykjavik’s largest bus station. It used to be a hangout for drunks and delinquent youths, but it was dramatically renovated last summer and is now a hip food court with different restaurants, bars a bakery and a café. 
  • Sumac , a new restaurant which has the perfect balance between casual atmosphere and quality dining. Icelandic seasonal ingredients at its best fused with exotic spices and flavors from Marocco and Lebanom.
  • The Public House , an Icelandic Gastrobup with some good brews and rock-solid food. The perfect place to start the night out with a group of friends.
  • Kol , a small trendy restaurant with the best cocktails in Reykjavik and excellent food featuring Icelandic comfort cuisine which certainly does not dissapoint.
  • Grill Market , local organic produce, great for the Icelandic lamb and other plates from their grill. Awesome decoration and ambiance.
  • Snaps , trendy Icelandic/French bistro, always crowded with locals and often hard to get a table.
  • Fish Market , great seafood restaurant with asian fusion influence. If you are looking for some great locally sourced seafood this place is your go-to place.
  • The Pizza Place at Hverfisgata. This upscale pizza-place opened just a few years ago and quickly became one of Reykjavik’s most popular restaurants, despite being kind of mysterious and not having a name! 
  • Ostabúðin. Ostabúðin, which translates into “The Cheese Shop”, is a gourmet deli/restaurant that specialises in Icelandic cheeses. The restaurant used to be one of the best kept secrets of the Reykjavik food scene, but it has increased in popularity for the past couple of years. 

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