airport_transferbarbathtubbusiness_facilitieschild_activitieschildcareconnecting_roomcribsfree_wifigymhot_tubinternetkitchennon_smokingpetpoolresturantski_in_outski_shuttleski_storagesmoking_areaspastar
Sign In
Cozy Interior
Cozy Interior | © MATUR OG DRYKKUR / Facebook
Save to wishlist

The 10 Best Scandinavian Restaurants in Reykjavik, Iceland

Picture of Camille Buckley
Updated: 30 September 2018
Originally based on the restrictions of a rocky island and isolated in the North Atlantic, Iceland’s cuisine has made several strides from basic preparations of lamb, whale, puffin, and cod over the past few centuries. Here are the restaurants in Reykjavik that capture all of the variety of traditional Scandinavian dishes that include seafood, pickled meat and vegetables, and fresh produce.

Bergsson Mathus

Bistro, Wine Bar, European
Save to wishlist
29101364_1484246101703701_2432408454111952896_n
Interior | © Bergsson Mathus / Facebook
Bergsson Mathus was the first of a wave of Icelandic establishments that focused on an atmosphere of slow food and meticulously cared for ingredients to each meal. This cozy place puts great emphasis on local ingredients, slow cooking, and slow eating – basically, a den for food lovers. The typical lunch menu, for example, will consist of a meat dish of the day, a catch of the day and a soup of the day, while always having the ever-present option of a vegetable lasagna and/or a vegan salad. It also has homemade bread available with every dish along with a delicious homemade hummus and pesto dip.
More Info

Meal service:

Breakfast, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Boutique, Relaxed, Modern

MATUR OG DRYKKUR

Bar, Restaurant, Wine Bar, Northern European, European, Seafood
Save to wishlist
cozy interior matur og drykur
Cozy Interior | © MATUR OG DRYKKUR / Facebook
MATUR OG DRYKKUR specializes in classical Icelandic dishes given a modern twist. Taking pride in using only first-class produce, each dinner and lunch menu is accompanied by an equally extensive vegetarian menu. Located in an old Salt Fish Factory by the Grandi harbor area built in 1924, offering an open interior space with great natural lighting.
More Info

Meal service:

Dinner, Brunch

Atmosphere:

Boutique, Stylish, Relaxed

Floran Garden Bistro

Bistro, Cafe, North American, Northern European, European
Save to wishlist
Delicious
Delicious | © Flóran Garden Bistro
This charming place is tucked away in the Reykjavik Botanical Gardens, open from May to October. The cafe dining area is actually inside a greenhouse, complete with a goldfish pond and all sorts of flowering plants covering the walls. The chef, Marentza Poulsen, uses ingredients from the surrounding gardens and from local farmers. Her specialty is the Danish open-faced sandwich smørrebrød. The menu is seasonal and hosts a variety of Scandinavian dishes with a very tasteful delivery. Notice the butter served on seashells and the flower petals decorating your plate.
More Info
Sun:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

Brunch, Dinner, Lunch

Atmosphere:

Boutique, Family Friendly

The Lobsterhouse

Restaurant, Seafood, French, Northern European, European
Save to wishlist
26276858409_cd25d6bcfd_k
Torfan's Lobsterhouse | © Nils Jonsson / Flickr
Located in a historic building from 1838, this restaurant combines the best of French and Nordic cuisine. Well known for lobster dishes, The Lobsterhouse offers an elaborate humarveisla or Langoustine Feast in which you have roasted langoustine in lightly whipped cream with dulse salt as well as grilled langoustine with roasted vegetables paired with wine or beer, and créme brúlée for dessert. A simple yet elegant take on the classic lobster soup.
More Info
Sun:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon:
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Mon:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue:
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tue:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed:
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wed:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu:
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thu:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri:
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Fri:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat:
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sat:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

Dinner

Atmosphere:

Fine Dining, Gourmet

Fiskfelagið

Restaurant, North American, Northern European
Save to wishlist
Fiskfélagið, or The Fish Company, is well known for some of the best seafood in Iceland. Here you can try a very creative assortment of flavors and textures on offer on the tasting menu. Located under a bridge downtown in a former store built in the 19th century, Fiskfélagið offers an exciting blend of Nordic fusion. Enjoy the unique interior décor designed by Leif Welding and the owner, Lárus Gunnar. From the menu, try their fish soup with langoustine, coconut jelly, and Icelandic seaweed.
More Info
Sun:
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon:
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Mon:
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Tue:
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tue:
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Wed:
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wed:
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thu:
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thu:
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri:
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri:
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Sat:
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Meal service:

Dinner, Lunch

Atmosphere:

Fine Dining, Romantic

Grillmarkaðurinn

Restaurant, American, Northern European, $$$
Save to wishlist
Grillmarkadurinn | © Courtesy of Grillmarkadurinn
Grillmarkadurinn | © Grillmarkadurinn
Grillmarkaðurinn uses locally sourced, seasonal Icelandic ingredients to serve meals like the delicious whale, puffin, and lobster mini burgers served with pesto, chorizo, and horseradish mayo. Opened in summer 2011 by two of Iceland’s most talented chefs, Hrefna Rósa Sætren and Guđlaugur P. Frímannsson, it resides in the beautifully reconstructed Art Nouveau Nýja Bíó, which was destroyed by fire in 1998. The restaurant’s smart, contemporary dining room is inspired by Iceland’s natural elements of rock, water, and wood.
More Info
Mon - Fri:
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Fri:
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat - Sun:
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Meal service:

Dinner, Lunch

Atmosphere:

Fine Dining, Gourmet

Þrír Frakkar

Restaurant, Seafood, Northern European, $$$
Save to wishlist
Butter-fried halibut (Þrír Frakkar) | © Flickr/Audrey
Butter-fried halibut (Þrír Frakkar) | © Audrey / Flickr
Þrír Frakkar, or Three Coats, has been managed by the chef Úlfar Eysteinsson and his family since opening in 1989. Located on a quiet street close to downtown, the restaurant offers a classic, laid-back atmosphere. Well-regarded as one of the best places for fish in Reykjavik, Þrír Frakkar offers a variety of dishes, including cod, halibut, catfish, and plaice. The cozy restaurant is also apparently a favorite of Jamie Oliver’s.
More Info
Sat - Sun:
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Fri:
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Mon - Fri:
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dill Restaurant

Restaurant, Northern European
Save to wishlist
Dill Interior | © Courtesy of Dill Restaurant Reykjavik
Dill Interior | © Dill Restaurant Reykjavik
This is the first Icelandic restaurant to receive a Michelin star. The small restaurant, seating 20-30 people, holds great personality. Every week a new seven-course menu with wine pairings is arranged, using a mixture of traditional Nordic and Icelandic culinary roots with a modern twist. The head chefs, Gunnar Karl Gíslason and Ólafur Örn Ólafsson are the pioneering creatives behind the restaurant. Enjoy a large selection of wines available by the glass, which changes often.
More Info

Meal service:

Dinner

Atmosphere:

Casual, Open Kitchen, Michelin-Starred

Jómfrúin - ScandinaviaKitchen

Restaurant, Northern European
Save to wishlist
In Reykjavik, traditional Danish Smorrebrod is almost synonymous with Jómfrúin – Scandinavian Kitchen. Modeled after the original restaurant that opened in Copenhagen in 1888, this establishment in Reykjavik is known for following this Scandinavian staple dish. Smorrebrod is essentially an open-faced sandwich with a variety of toppings, the most common of which is a mix of rye bread and seafood with condiments.
More Info
Sun:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual, Family Friendly

AALTO Bistro

Bistro, Northern European
Save to wishlist
17553630_676545479215234_6971059914438976464_n
AALTO Bistro | © AALTO Bistro
Located inside The Nordic House, a cultural center for Scandinavia in Reykjavik with exhibitions, concerts, and conferences throughout the year, its name comes from the renowned Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, who designed the building. The chef, Sveinn Kjartansson, is known for his Icelandic television series which shows viewers how to enjoy Iceland´s natural food sources, especially seafood. Dishes at AALTO Bistro follow typical Scandinavian recipes but with a European influence. Enjoy the beautiful view of the surrounding marsh and greenhouses, which hold Sunday concerts during the summer.
More Info
Sun:
11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon:
11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tue:
11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wed:
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thu:
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri:
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat:
11:30 am - 9:30 pm

Meal service:

Dinner, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Breakfast

Atmosphere:

Fine Dining, Quiet