Iceland restaurants

Top Choice Icelandic in Heimaey

Slippurinn

Lively Slippurinn fills the upper storey of a beautifully remodelled old machine workshop that once serviced the ships in the harbour and now has great views. The food is delicious Icelandic fare with a level of cre…
Top Choice Icelandic in Laugavegur & Skólavörðustígur

Dill

Exquisite ‘New Nordic’ cuisine is the major drawcard at Reykjavík's elegant Michelin-starred bistro. Skilled chefs use a small number of ingredients to create highly complex dishes in a parade of courses. The owners…
Top Choice Icelandic in Old Harbour

Matur og Drykkur

One of Reykjavík's top high-concept restaurants, Matur og Drykkur means 'Food and Drink', and you'll surely be plied with the best of both. The brainchild of brilliant chef Gísli Matthías Auðunsson, who also owns th…
Top Choice Icelandic in Eskifjörður

Randulffs-sjóhús

This extraordinary boathouse dates from 1890, and when new owners entered it in 2008, they found it untouched for 80-odd years. The upstairs sleeping quarters of the fishermen have remained as they were found; downs…
Top Choice Icelandic in Jökulsárlón to Höfn

Jón Ríki

This fabulous farmhouse restaurant at Hólmur is something of a surprise, with funky decor, a small in-house brewery, and beautifully presented, high-quality dishes: grilled langoustine, avocado chips and panna cotta…
Top Choice Icelandic in Egilsstaðir

Eldhúsið

Some of the east's most creative cooking happens at the restaurant inside Gistihúsið – Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir. The menu is an ode to locally sourced produce (lamb, fish and game), and the speciality is the beef, rai…
Top Choice Icelandic in Höfn

Pakkhús

Hats off to a menu that tells you the name of the boat that delivers its star produce. In a stylish harbourside warehouse, Pakkhús offers a level of kitchen creativity you don’t often find in rural Iceland. First-cl…
Top Choice Seafood in Suðureyri

Fisherman Kitchen

The fine restaurant at the Fisherman hotel has striking place mats and menu covers made from fish skins. The food though refuses to be upstaged – assured creations might include garlicky pan-fried fish tongues, wolf…
Top Choice Food Hall in Laugavegur & Skólavörðustígur

Hlemmur Mathöll

If only all bus terminals had a food court like this. Some 10 vendors rustle up multicultural foods including Danish smørrebrød (rye bread), Mexican tacos and Vietnamese street food. The pick is innovative SKÁL!. Mo…
Top Choice Ethiopian in Flúðir

Minilik Ethiopian Restaurant

In the most unlikely location, Azeb cooks up traditional Ethiopian specialities in a welcoming, unpretentious setting decorated with African farming tools and colourful linens. There are vegetarian options, plus dis…