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The Best Restaurants in Iceland

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Iceland's culinary star has been on the rise thanks to cutting-edge chefs who focus on Nordic cuisine as well as innovative takes on other cuisines. The Michelin Guide has taken note, naming Dill Restaurant Iceland's first Michelin-starred restaurant. From an Icelandic hot dog stand that's a must-try to high-end spots that encourage diners to try new takes on classic ingredients through tasting menus, including fermented shark and salted cod, there's a world of flavor waiting for you.
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Lækjargata 2a, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
The award-winning Grillmarkaðurinn (Grill Market), known for working with local farmers and suppliers to create meals that are fresh, organic, seasonal, and delicious, is a definite culinary highlight for foodies visiting Iceland. The...
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Sturlugata 5, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Reykjavík’s Dill restaurant, run by chef Gunnar Karl Gíslason and sommelier Ólafur Örn Ólafsson, is the first venue in Iceland to win a coveted Michelin star. It specializes in New Nordic...
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Aðalstræti 12, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
The name of this restaurant gives a fairly big clue as to its culinary specialty—i.e., fish. But the market part of the name is equally important, since the kitchen espouses a commitment to fresh ingredients, which are usually purchased...
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Hilton Reykjavík Nordica, 108, Suðurlandsbraut 2, Reykjavík, Iceland
Reykjavík’s upscale Vox restaurant lies within the lobby of the Hilton Reykjavík Nordica hotel. Decorated in the same style as the hotel—which means a design that is minimal but welcoming, with a color scheme of...
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Amtmannsstígur 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Famed for its elegant, French-inspired seafood cuisine, Torfan is set in a 19th-century building (the restaurant's name refers to Bernhöftstorfa, a historical part of the town) that’s decorated with traditional paintings on the walls,...
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Skólavörðustígur 14, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Founded in 2010 by chefs Gústav Axel Gunnlaugsson and Lárus Gunnar Jónasson, Seafood Grill serves up decidedly upmarket Icelandic seafood dishes alongside high-quality meat dishes and some vegetarian-friendly offerings,...
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Tryggvagata 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Bæjarins beztu pylsur, which humbly translates as "the best hot dog in town," is a simple stand in central Reykjavík whose popularity over the decades has given it a kind of cult status. Almost everyone in the country has eaten...
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Nordurljosavegur 9, 240 Grindavik, Iceland
The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is one of Iceland’s most visited attractions, and its Lava restaurant has become a big part of making the experience memorable. Set into a lava rock face, the restaurant offers stellar views over the...
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Þórsgata 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
This French-style bistro is a perennial favorite for locals, who come here for breakfast, brunch, dinner, or just drinks. The menu has a Scandinavian focus with some international offerings—hence regular dishes like catch of the day and a...
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Templarasund 3, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
The man behind this simple but popular café, which is located close to Tjörnin Lake, is Þórir Bergsson—an experienced chef with a commitment to local and seasonal cuisine. His focus is on food that's both hearty and...
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Laugavegur 20b, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Not so long ago, Reykjavík’s restaurants focused almost exclusively on meat and fish dishes. Nowadays there are a growing number of vegetarian and even vegan spots, plus several places with a focus on healthy eating—such as the...
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356, Íþróttahús Snæfellsbæjar, Engihlíð 1, 355 Ólafsvík, Iceland
About a two-hour drive from Reykjavik, Hotel Budir’s remote location makes it popular with visitors hoping to spot the Northern Lights. Situated near a windswept beach beside the mighty Snaefellsness glacier, the property’s raw natural...
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Vogafjós, 660 Myvatn, Iceland
Situated close to the otherworldly Lake Mývatn in northern Iceland, this unique café and restaurant—heralded by a simple wooden sign on the roadway—is located in a glassed dining room inside a working...
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Skipagata 14, Akureyri, Iceland
Strikið, one of the finest places to dine in Akureyri, is spread out between two dining rooms on the fifth floor of an office building. The restaurant’s menu—created by owner and head chef Robert Hasler—features...
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Gilbakki, 360 Hellissandur, Iceland
This charming, unassuming café in Rif is marked with a simple wooden sign, befitting its authentic decoration (laminate floors, wooden tables) and small and traditional—but fantastically tasty—menu. The two women who run the...