What comes to mind when you think about food in Iceland? Warm, hearty stews? Strong alcohol and fried snacks? Hot dogs? Fermented shark? You’ll find all this and more at the best restaurants in Iceland. Read on to learn all about the best restaurants in Iceland; after, feel free to message us with any questions.
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The first restaurant in Iceland to earn a Michelin star tops our list of best restaurants in Iceland. DILL earned their Michelin star through their attention to detail in every aspect of the dining experience, including the salt that Chef Gunnar Gíslason makes himself. The chef focuses on Icelandic dishes made with local, seasonal ingredients. You might have dishes like tusk (fish) with kale and black garlic or potato with smoked cod roe and
Find it: Hverfisgata 12, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
This restaurant makes use of not only local ingredients, but also local energy. Part of the kitchen runs on geothermal steam heat and everything cooks quickly because the steam runs so hot, for example, huge pots of water boil in 10 seconds. If you order a dish that is “earth cooked” in the outdoor section of their kitchen, you can follow it out back to see how it is prepared before enjoying it back in their beautiful dining room. Chef Olafur Reynisson is the only chef in the world currently using these kinds of earth cooking techniques. It sounds simple but the earth cooked soup of the day with
Find it: Breiðamörk, Hveragerði, Iceland
This isn’t a restaurant, it’s a roadside stand. But you must eat here when visiting Iceland. They’re famous for their lamb hot dog with “the works:” fried onions, raw onions, mustard, ketchup, and a mayonnaise and sweet relish sauce. Hot dogs are often called the national food of Iceland and there’s no better place to eat them than this stand right in the center of Reykjavik.
Find it: Tryggvatagata 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
For the best seafood in Iceland, make a reservation at Fish Company. The set menu “Around Iceland” is a culinary tour of the country; the menu changes seasonally but you might find something like haddock with birch-scorched onion and brambleberry
Find it: Vesturgata 2a, Grófin, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
LAVA is the restaurant at the Blue Lagoon and definitely worth the splurge on a special occasion trip. It’s built into a lava cliff with a view of the lagoon. Their style is contemporary, but the food is inspired by Icelandic tradition and features local ingredients. A hearty lamb fillet and shoulder of lamb might just be the perfect meal after a few hours relaxing in the Blue Lagoon.
Find it: Nordurljosavegur 9, 240 Grindavík, Iceland
This is another great spot to enjoy seafood in Iceland. It’s pretty far off the beaten path, but worth the journey. You can order a la carte from their extensive menu or mix and match your own creations by choosing a protein like
Find it: Kaupvangsstræti 6, 600 Akureyri, Iceland
When the chef here says that he specializes in Icelandic specialties, he means it. This is one of the places where you can regularly sample
Find it: Bankastræti 2, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
This casual eatery is the best place to get homestyle Icelandic dishes and locally brewed beer. It’s also another place to try fermented shark. But we recommend going for something homier like the smoked trout or mashed fish on rye. For dessert, they’re known for rye bread ice cream. No reservations or fancy attire needed.
Find it: 28, Lokastígur, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
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