This is a traditional Danish restaurant in Reykjavík, specialising in Smorrebrod, which has enjoyed an unbroken tradition as Danish culinary culture for the past 100 years. The Danish are unacknowledged masters of food, and the series of sumptuous open sandwiches offered here combines taste and elegance to perfection. Situated centrally, in one of the modern buildings of Lækjargata, Jómfrúin (meaning the virgin or the young lady) is ideal for cosy lunches, as well as quiet dinners.
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.
Throw all caution to the winds and give in to the sheer pleasure of good food and great company. Although this restaurant and bar is open for dinner only, it can be booked in advance for lunch, for 15 people or more. The Tapas Barinn follows the Spanish tradition of making dining a ride to indulge your senses. It's all about letting go. The food here is delicious and served in large portions to satisfy every tummy. Try the Saltfish Catallana Style or the Grilled Marinated Fillet of Lamb and Lobster Tails with Baked Potato, Fresh Salad and Alioli. End the evening with coffee or sumptuous dessert.
Conveniently placed in the heart of Reykjavik, Hereford Steikhús offers authentic steak in a comfortable setting. The solicitous and amicable staff cater to your gastronomic cravings in a comfortable and cozy ambiance. Quality is of prime importance at this steakhouse, so walk by to find good food at reasonable prices.
Housed in the ancient Nordic House which was built and designed by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, the DILL restaurant has a robust personality and thrives on simplicity. The restaurant was the result of a passionate dream of Chef Gunnar Karl Gíslason and Sommelier Ólafur Örn Ólafsson, who pioneered the Nordic kitchen revolution in Iceland. They bring to DILL a contemporary take on traditional Nordic cuisine, with dishes like Bixe Mad, lamb shanks, soups and salads - dressed in a modern avatar. An excellent wine program is also available, with recommended wines for each meal course.
Kaffi Loki is a charming café and restaurant to enjoy local specialties. It offers traditional dishes and specializes in fish balls, fermented shark, stews, home-baked cakes and rye bread ice cream. It lists daily specials so that no two visits here are the same. A popular choice for breakfast and lunch, the menu lists items like trout with cottage cheese, smoked lamb, pancakes and carrot cake. Do try a glass of Brennivín, a type of schnapps that is the signature drink in Iceland. The interiors are light and airy while the patio affords views of a charming church. The excellent service, reasonable prices and delicious seafood dishes and desserts make this a popular joint in the neighborhood.
Ginger í 10-11 is part of a popular chain of health food joints in the heart of the Icelandic capital. This Ginger í 10-11 outlet occupies a busy spot in the northern part of the city. The family-friendly restaurant offers an exciting menu of fresh salads, peppery chicken sandwiches, wraps and decadent desserts. For beverages, one can choose from hot coffees and freshly juiced smoothies. Service remains pleasantly quick, while the efficient and courtoues staff ensure you have a enjoyable dining time at Ginger í 10-11.
Hraðlestin is a cozy Indian restaurant specializing authentic and delicious street food options like kathi rolls and fried sweet potato. You can opt for one of their range of thalis or meals with multiple types of curries with rice and roti. Chicken tikka, lamb tikka masala, vegetable kurma and chicken Madras are some of the other options you will find here. While waiting for a table, you can check out the bar area and sip on their signature Sharaabi Express cocktail.
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.
If you are in the mood for some spicy Mexican delicacies, Red Chili is the place to come to. The perfect place to come to for a family dinner out, the restaurant has a special corner for kids to play, color and watch kid's TV shows. Established in 2008, the restaurant boasts nachos, sauces, desserts and ribs which are made in-house right from scratch. They also have a couple of combo offers and great happy hour discounts.
Treat yourself to some authentic American cuisine at Ruby Tuesday. With outlets spread all over the world, this chain seems to know no bound. Typical American fare is served in a casual setting. Feast on the likes of Carolina Chicken Salad or go for the various combos on offer - Salad Bar, Soup & Bread Combo and many more. If you're in a creative mood, you can opt for the Ruby Tuesday Extravaganza - where you get to play creator of your own salad.
Hamborgarasmiðjan is a family-friendly burger joint that serves up simple and delicious food, alongside the local Viking beer. Succulent and juicy, the burgers served at Hamborgarasmiðjan are neither fancy nor upscale, but rather they are classically delicious. A mismatched collection of lamps of fairy-lights fill the space with a warm glow, while sports fans gather around the TVs and projections screens to cheer on their teams. Lively, laid-back and relaxed, Hamborgarasmiðjan is a great place to enjoy a bite with friends, or a quiet meal with family.