Published March 7, 2017
One of the most-asked questions by visitors to Iceland is: “Where do we eat?” It’s a tough question to answer, as Reykjavík has restaurants catering to many different palettes, and on top of that, it seems like they’re always rising and falling in popularity for one reason or another. But we try to stay on top of things where eating out is concerned. With the help of a panel of self-proclaimed experts, we’ve been able to piece together a guide that gives you a pretty good idea of what’s here in 2017. Use the guide, check out the Facebook page of restaurants and make reservations, if need be, for a true epicurean experience in Reykjavík. And if you have recommendations to the contrary, then drop us a line. We are listening. And we’re hungry.
If you’re a gourmand looking for a memorable meal when in Reykjavík, Dill has to top the list. Dill showcases the best of Iceland with seasonal menus, paying homage to the island’s bounty, often found no place else, executed with all the tweezer-precision of modern cuisine. Don’t even think twice about splurging for the seven-course menu—it’s the only way to do it. Top-notch service and friendly sommeliers round off an already perfect experience.
Hótel Saga, Hagatorg
Grillið‘s sweeping panoramic views and stable of seasoned chefs, along with old-school fine-dining flourishes like the crisp linen, have us swooning with delight. So great is this place, we’ve never stopped talking about a luscious chocolate mousse with olive oil we had there years ago.
The tasting menus with produce sourced from local purveyors have been a hit with diners since Grill Market opened its doors. We suggest choosing one of the set menus and letting the chefs go to town.
2013: Gallery at Hótel Holt
2012: Grill Market
You can buy a copy of the full Best Of Reykjavík 2017 magazine, posted worldwide, at gpv.is/buybestof.