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Grapevine’s Best Of 2016: The Best Goddamn Restaurant

Grapevine’s Best Of 2016: The Best Goddamn Restaurant

Published August 17, 2016

Photos by
Art Bicnick

Best Goddamn Restaurant


Þórsgata 1

Snaps is an atmospheric bistro beloved by Icelanders. It’s where locals have birthdays, anniversaries, ninth dates and family dinners. The food is constantly getting better, with arguably the best gin & tonic menu on this whole island, and a stellar espresso martini. The bacalao is the consistent champion of the menu, but the french onion soup can make you forget about the wind and the rain, and their lamb steak with crispy fries and homemade bearnaise is maybe the best in town. Pro tip: the English-language menu is on the back, so just flip it over when you sit down.


Matur Og Drykkur

Grandagarður 2

Matur Og Drykkur? Again? Yes, it’s just that good. You need to try this place. Did we mention the cocktail menu? It manages to be adventurous but palatable to even the pickiest drinkers. We love it!



Austurstræti 16

Apótek makes beautifully prepared meals in a great setting. You won’t be disappointed. On Thursdays, they fly in fresh oysters and put them on special. This is a place worthy of visiting parents or dignitaries. The macaroons are a delicious to-go treat.


Past Winners

2015: Snaps
2014: Snaps
2013: Snaps
2012: Snaps
2011: Ban Thai

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