Top Choice Seafood in Grundarfjörður

Bjargarsteinn Mathús

This new restaurant on the point in Grundarfjörður is operated by seasoned restaurateurs who have created a lively menu of Icelandic dishes, with an emphasis on seafood and everything fresh. Desserts are delicious, …
Top Choice Cafe in Rif

Gamla Rif

Gamla Rif is run by two fishermen’s wives who have perfected a variety of traditional snacks. They dispense local travel tips with a smile, and serve tasty coffee and cakes. The show-stopper is their fish soup (from…
Top Choice Icelandic in Stykkishólmur


This charming restaurant is the Snæfellsnes’ darling fine-dining destination. Book a table on the 2nd floor for the romantic lighting of antique lamps and harbour views. Ask your waiter about the portraits on the wa…
Top Choice Seafood in Hellnar


It’s well worth following the stone path down to the ocean’s edge for the renowned fish soup at beautifully situated, quaint Fjöruhúsið. Located by the bird cliffs at the trailhead of the scenic Hellnar–Arnarstapi p…
Icelandic in Stykkishólmur


This bistro-style old-town building is a perfect family-friendly spot, with elegant touches (wine glasses, mod furnishings) and friendly service. Using local ingredients, it serves up a full run of regional specials…
Icelandic in Stykkishólmur


This old fish-packing house has been transformed into a wood-lined cafe-bar with harbour-front outdoor seating. The speciality is blue-shell mussels straight from the bay. It's a great daytime hang-out too, and on w…
Bakery in Stykkishólmur


On the road into town, this bakery is a good choice for a quick breakfast or lunch. Stock up on sugary confections such as kleinur (traditional twisty doughnuts) or ástar pungur (literally ‘love balls’; fried balls …
Icelandic in Hellnar

Fosshotel Hellnar Restaurant

Even if you’re not overnighting at Hótel Hellnar, we highly recommend having dinner at its restaurant, which sources local organic produce for its Icelandic menu, plus offers heavenly skyr cake for dessert. Reserve…
International in Ólafsvík


This upbeat establishment on the main road cheerfully fills a blond-wood building with a broad front deck. The only gig in town besides fast food, it does excellent fresh mussels, burgers and fish, and has beer on t…
International in Grundarfjörður


This joint is popular with locals for its friendly staff, no-nonsense diner-style atmosphere, and broad menu: from pasta to soup, burgers, fish and chips or lamb.