My Reykjavík – Top restaurants in Reykjavík 2017-05-16T10:59:11+00:00

Top Restaurants in Reykjavík

selected by Ýmir B Art, your own private gourmet food guide

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Food Cellar

FOOD & FUN & Coctails and live piano !

The “Food Cellars Secret Menu” is what EVERYONE should go for here 🙂

Food & service AND coctails is what makes this restaurant unique… The athmosphere is truly fun as they have local piano legends playing live music during the dinner AND in the potential after dinner coctails. What more does one need ?

NOTE: The coctail bar is open after hours every weekend.
NOTE: This is also a great lunch option and popular with the locals as such Romantic Restaurant Old Harbour Reykjavik Iceland.

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Matur & Drykkur

THE rising star in the culinary world!

I am in love with the place, food and concept! – The chef has honoured our “grand mother recipes” and “pimped up” the traditional cuisine and done it PERFECTLY!

You NEED to try out their little snacks and of course the COD HEAD cooked in chicken stock with dulse! – If you are going two people for dinner then I recommend that one does the “Seafood menu” and the other “Icelandic menu” and you taste and share…

The place itself is casual and laid back and it is also a great option for lunch!

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Kopar Restaurant in Reykjavik has the best Lobster Soup in Iceland! By FAR BEST food in the Cozy Old Harbour !

Their tasting menu is totally delicious. Signature dish is the Crab Soup – DO NOT MISS that Crab Soup ! The Tuna & the Duck Roll are mouthwatering and a part of the tasting menu which is outstanding

Service was exceptional and even though the young crowd of waiters might not be the most experience and professional one they totally made up for that lack with smiles and great attitude

Beware: Their bread & butter is dangerously good ! – Don´t fill up your stomac with that gourmet treat only 🙂

Hint: You should try to get a table with view… as that is AMAZING 🙂

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The BEST Lobster Soup in Iceland!

Lobster lobster lobster! – We did both the Lobster feast and the seafood feast (with wine pairing which was wayyy beyond our expectations) and both were incredible. The “must have” is the Lobster and to no surprise – The owner ran a legendary Lobster place on the ocean front (south part of NIceland) for many years and just opened now in town his place Torfan which is located where the Lobster House was previously…

Best thing about the restaurant is that you get of course lobster and TRADIONAL HONEST food served the way it should! – No need for any type of “fusion gastronomy experiment” here!

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Tapas Bar

Fun Atmosphere and great food !

Tapas Bar is the place you go when you want to have a fun evening and enjoy Latin music in the background. In the weekends the restaurant is very crowded and becomes loud where there is “fiesta” in the air (open until 01:00). I recommend that you mix as many things as possible (meaning the food) if you are dining with more people. The “Journey into the unknown” is always fun to do. If I were to recommend some tapas from the menu it would be: “fillet of lamb in liquorice-sauce”, “smoked puffin with blueberry-brennivín sauce”, Minke-Whale with cranberry-sauce”… Do not leave this restaurant without trying also at least one course from the Tapas spears: “Bacon wrapped scallops and dates on salad with sweet chilli sauce”… I usually order more of those – SALUD​!

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Fish Company​

Gourmet Adventure​ !

Beautiful feel, design, food and presentation. Without a doubt a place worth visiting for a funky fusion experiment

My favorite is “Around Iceland”. Did that with the wine pairing menu – My favourite plate on that fantastic paired menu is: “Slowly cooked, salted fillet of COD with lovage & seaweed, pickled sellery & SMOKED APPLES, dill oil, warm EGG FOAM & smoked cod roe MAYONNAISE” – Do I need to say more ? 🙂

This is the ONLY restaurant that has ALWAYS had fantastic service AND food and they have almost zero turnover in staff which says it all!

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Dill Restaurant


The restaurant only allows less than 30 lucky customers to dine at a time (very small and cosy). Dill WAS first located in the Nordic House but is now in Hverfisgata 12 which is right down town Reykjavik

The place was successfully opened in February 2009. “Chef Gunnar” (who has just been awarded Michelin star for his newly opened NYC restaurant, Agern !) changes the menu depending on seasons, raw material and his exotic imagination so you are in for a unique gourmet adventure

I can only recommend that you go for 5 or 7 course menu as this is truly a once in a lifetime experience !

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Private Gourmet Reykjavík Food Tour

​Food Tour Reykjavik​ for adventurous FOODIES only!

“Ymir shared his wealth of knowledge and love for icelandic food, culture and history… Meeting Ymir on the front end of our trip made the rest of our trip that much better… highly recommended for those looking for something different, local and one of a kind!”

Included: Ýmir your Private Gourmet Guide, selected Street Food & Gourmet Finger Food & some surprises…

3 hours of FUN – Walking, talking and tasting local delicacies


PRIVATE tours only!