Holding the number one spot on pretty much everyone’s list is Tapas Barinn. This charming place is bang in the city centre of Reykjavik on the corner of Vesturgata and Aegisgata streets and takes inspiration from the Spaniards and their traditions with rich tapas. Their motto “Eating Tapas is eating free from rules and schedules” allows you to indulge in a huge selection of tapas-style dishes which recipes of fish, pork, beef and of course, dessert and cocktails.
Those searching for true Icelandic cuisine need look no further than the Reykjavik Kitchen. Guaranteeing exceptionally well cooked food including grilled cod, cured salmon and lamb steak with a warm atmosphere and stunning views of Laugavegur, this spot has won the hearts of locals and tourist alike.
Old Iceland Restaurant
Another great stop for some real Icelandic dishes, Old Iceland Restaurant is a family-run restaurant that focuses mainly on serving local fish and meat dishes, garnished with a selection of wild-growing Icelandic herbs and seasonal vegetables. Old Iceland Restaurant is most notably renown for its mouth-watering lamb dishes.
Fish & Co
If you’re looking for something quick, delicious and easy, Fish & Co is a great place to go. The concept of Fish & Co. is a parked food cart that only serves one dish: pan-fried cod with garlic, butter, spinach, and cherry tomatoes. If you see it, just make a pit stop and order one. You will not regret it.
If you’ve been to Iceland before, you’ll know that fish dishes are some of the locals’ favourites and Gallery Fiskur is one of the finest spots in Reykjavik for such meals. Owned and operated by father Ásmundur and son Kristófer, the pair were originally fishmongers who after eight years in the trade decided it was time to share their expertise on a menu.
Icelandic Street Food
Another great spot for something quick and easy while you’re on the move exploring Reykjavik, Icelandic Street Food is exactly what it says on the tin. You can find traditional meat soup, fish soup and fish stew and of course, the famous Icelandic hot dog that everyone deserves to try at least once! It doesn't get more Icelandic than that.
Located in the Klemmur Food Hall on Laugavegur in Reykjavik, KROST is a grill and wine bar serving a delicious range of dishes for those wanting a dining experience a little different to your average ‘sit down’ meal. The menu is divided into three main sections: hamburgers, small plates and mains and promises all ingredients are locally sourced. For us, the KROSTI burger is a must have!