If you like dining on inspired cuisine created with fresh, local ingredients - you have a lot to look forward to in Iceland! The opportunity to eat some of the world’s freshest seafood and tastiest lamb is one that should not be missed while visiting. These local specialties, as well as organically grown vegetables, game, and wholesome dairy products are served in creative ways across the country. After dinner, cruise for coffee and cocktails in the nexus of pulsating nightclubs and cozy pubs, as Reykjavik has one of the liveliest nightlife scenes in the world.
For those in the know, Iceland is an up and coming foodie destination and the capital city is seeing a culinary explosion of new and exciting restaurant openings where chefs are continually inspired by incredibly fresh local ingredients.
Iceland takes great pride in its fresh fish and lamb, but there is also a growing local food movement with a strong emphasis on seasonal, organic ingredients. Visitors are amazed at the range of restaurants available in Reykjavik. You could take an epicurean tour of the world without leaving the downtown area, including sushi, tapas, Indian, French, Mexican, Italian, Thai and American.
Whether you’re dining on international fare or traditional Icelandic cuisine it’s always purely natural food imaginatively served to delight the most discerning of diners. Outside Reykjavik, you’ll find plenty of well-priced restaurants that serve a hearty meal with local produce, like Fimm Fiskar in Stykkisholmur and Vid Fjorubordid in Stokkseyri.
Typical dining hours begin at 8pm and menus always include all taxes and gratuities. Dress is usually smart casual to formal and it is strongly suggested that you make dinner reservations.
There are more than 200 restaurants in the greater Reykjavik area, with several imaginative and exciting restaurants leading the charge in Reykjavik. Just to name a few:
This latest addition to Reykjavik’s burgeoning food scene takes inspiration from Icelandic ingredients and Mediterranean traditions. Situated on the fourth floor of newly opened Harpa Concert Hall, guests enjoy magnificent views of the downtown harbor area through the striking glass facade built by Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson.
Located at the splendid Hilton Nordica Hotel, Vox overlooks Faxafloi Bay and the magnificent Mount Esja. The culinary team at Vox emphasizes the New Nordic style of cooking, while focusing on quality Icelandic ingredients.
Rising eight stories above street level and providing breathtaking panoramic views of the city, the warm and intimate surroundings of Grillid restaurant provide diners with a culinary experience created by award-winning master chefs. This famous restaurant in Reykjavik combines incredible food with fine wine and excellent service, all set against the breathtaking backdrop of one of the most dramatic views in the city.
Hotel Borg’s Lounge restaurant has something for everyone on its eclectic menu. The executive chef has built up a delicious selection of Icelandic seafood, beef, game and scrumptious mountain lamb. The name of the restaurant ‘Lounge’ conveys the restaurant’s true spirit of comfort and relaxation.
There’s much buzz about top chef Hrefna Rosa Saetran’s newly-opened Grill Market located on Lækjartorg Square in the heart of the city. A cosmopolitan crowd complements the dramatic bi-level space uniquely decorated with Icelandic moss, dried fish skin, and black lava stones. A custom-made, ultra-high-temperature grill plays a prominent role and ensures a juicy result. The tasting menu is highly recommended.
Located on the charming Skolavordustig shopping street, this newly opened gem features wonderful seafood and grill tasting menus with influences from northern Iceland.
Gallery restaurant located in Hotel Holt has been the benchmark for Icelandic culinary excellence ever since it opened in 1965. The beautiful dining room hosts the largest private art collection in Iceland and boasts one of the few wine cellars in Reykjavik.
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