Be it the cuisine or the ambience, Kaffi Reykjavík has a wide choice to offer. The restaurant has seven different rooms in all that seat different types and sizes of groups - Kaffi Reykjavik Brasserie, Red Room, Yellow Room, Green Room, Blue Room, Cabaret Room and Cognac Room. Each room offers a unique combination of food, drinks and ambience. The restaurant is popular for providing the best deal in 'Group menus' and also takes orders for special occasions. And don't miss the famous Ice Bar - the interiors are made of ice and the temperature is kept at below zero degree. Now that's 'Ice'land, isn't it?
This sparkly, hip restaurant called Iðnó is located in an old theatre, and still functions as such, offering some of the best shows on offer in Reykjavík. Overlooking the pond, complete with birds and baby birds, this is the place for an idyllic view of the old city center. To be particularly recommended for late dinners. The menu is interesting, with a variety of Icelandic seafood and lamb dishes and some international main courses. The ground floor has a coffee house/bar and a little veranda, where guests can enjoy the quacking birdlife and feed hungry ducks and elegant swans with breadcrumbs.
Located in the lively foyer of the Saga hotel, Skrúður offers breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets at reasonable prices. The outer glass wall provides natural light, whether it be the low white winter sun, or the yellow hue of summer. The restaurant is even enjoyable in rain or snow storms due to its comfortable décor (lots of large plants), a large fireplace and excellent food. This is a favourite for indulgent lunches, and is popular for both academics from the university area on the other side of the road, and business people taking a break from the busy city central restaurants.
Fiskfélagid or Fish Company is situated close to the harbor, in a heritage building dating back to 1884. As the name suggests, it specializes in seafood and incorporates globe-spanning flavors into its recipes. The dimly-lit spaces with flickering candles are ideal for romantic meals and there is plenty of artistic emphasis in the decor. The imposing brick walls, artworks, fireplace, chimes and photographs exhibited on the walls create a deluxe ambiance. The menu offers dishes like French sushi, salted cod, lamb and Arctic charr preparations, complemented by intercontinental red and white wines. There is also a selection of champagnes for special occasions. Prior reservations are recommended.
The cafeteria at the Nordic House offers a spectacular accompaniment to your dining. It has light streaming in from the huge bay windows and a breathtaking view of the shimmering lake. Unlike other cafes in Reykjavik, it offers freshly baked breads, pastries and other snacks. So sip a glass of wine or unwind over a few beers and take in the spectacular surroundings.
One of those enduring restaurants in the Icelandic foodscape, Brasserie Askur is a dependable and unadventurous classic. This place is always popular, particularly for groups, and a sturdy menu offers anything from brasserie chow, burgers to Icelandic seafood, beef and lamb specialties. Free soup and salad is included on the menu, and they also offer a selection of wine. Its location off the city centre secures a steady lunch clientèle from the surrounding area, mainly office buildings, shops and hotels, while Askur's reputation makes sure that the nights are busy too.
While mainly a takeaway/delivery place, this Chinese restaurant also offers seating in its comfortable corner location. The décor is simple, in accordance with the takeaway function, and the location off the city centre secures a steady clientèle from the surrounding area, mainly consisting of office buildings, shops and hotels. With windows on two sides, the impression is at once spirited and relaxed, capturing an urban atmosphere in the lively lunch hour. The food is standard Westernised Chinese, excellent if unadventurous, and reasonably priced - all of which has contributed to the lasting popularity of Nings.
This friendly, neighborhood pub is an ideal place to hang out at after catching an enchanting play at the Reykjavík Municipal Theatre. Chat up old friends as you sip on your favorite drinks and take in the cozy aura of the place. The restaurant is frequented by theater goers and tourists alike, owing to its versatile à la carte menu and enticing interiors. You can taste the best of cheese-layered pastas, vegetable pizzas, heart-warming soups and succulent meat dishes as you take in the elegant, woody décor of this eatery. Weekends see a flurry of activity with live music featuring prominently on the agenda and enthralling patrons with its vivacity and variety. You can also host private events, conferences and corporate dos at this venue. Once you visit this cordial café, you will want to keep coming back for more! Check website for more details.
While the Laugar Spa is a healing haven, offering steams and saunas abound; Laugar Café inside the spa is a great spot to dig on those wholesome salads, flavorsome sandwiches and piquant quesadillas in a friendly setting. The spa cafe's menu offers some exciting healthy preparations, completed with an array of chilled beverages like wines, beers and soft drinks. Hop in to devour their nachos or salads, or simply go for the daily special dish.
Ítalía is the Icelandic spelling for Italy, and this elegantly-decorated and comfortably crowded restaurant is definitely Italian in inspiration. Maintaining a high standard in Italian cuisine, this restaurant continues to attract diners. The decor is colourful and the tables carry names of Italian cities - tacky but pleasant. The seafood soup is famous, but the menu offers a range of dishes, pizzas, pasta, meat and fish at moderate prices. Located centrally on the busy shopping street Laugavegur, Ítalía offers seating by a high window, making patrons feel a bit like mannequins, but also giving them an opportunity to enjoy the busy street life. Ítalía also has comfortable banquet rooms upstairs.