Top Restaurants in Iceland
Collected by Paul Sullivan, AFAR Local Expert
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.
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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,...
Geirsgata 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
I can't say I saw too many cows roaming around the Icelandic countryside but that doesn't stop them from making some mean burgers! Near central hub downtown you'll see tons of fun street art - and also a great burger at Hamborgarabullan. Try the...
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...
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...
Laugavegur 103, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
This tiny spot on Laugavegur offers a very simple but tasty menu that has become wildly popular with noodle fans. Chances are you’ll smell the tantalizing aroma wafting from its doors before you see it. Inside, there are just three...
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...
356, Íþróttahús Snæfellsbæjar, Engihlíð 1, 355 Ólafsvík, Iceland
Located on the breathtaking Snæfellsnes Peninsula, a couple of hours north of Reykjavík, Hótel Búðir has been operating since the 1940s and is one of the best places to stay in the region—as well as one of...
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...
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