My Top 10 Restaurants in Reykjavik vs TripAdvisor's Top 10

Being a native Icelandic foodie, living in San Francisco, I couldn't help noticing recently that TripAdvisor's restaurant rankings for Reykjavik are pretty bad. So, I figured I would share my alternative top ten list of restaurants in Reykjavik.


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Here are my top 10 go-to restaurants I recommend to friends visiting Iceland these days.

  • Dill, if any restaurant in Iceland deserves a Michelin star, this is it. A local culinary journey par excellent (Update: As of February 21, 2017, Dill has officially been rewarded a Michelin star)
  • Kol, a small trendy restaurant with the best cocktails in Reykjavik and excellent food
  • Kolabrautin (in Harpa). Great views and food there is excellent too
  • Rok , a new hip restaurant focusing on small plates to share
  • Snaps, trendy icelandic/french bistro, always crowded with locals
  • The Public House, an Icelandic Gastrobup with some good brews and rock-solid food
  • Grill Market, local organic produce, great for the Icelandic lamb, 
  • Fish Market, great seafood restaurant with asian fusion influence 
  • Messinn, a new casual fish resturant with fresh local fish mostly served pan-style with potatos and fresh salad. Basic but super tasty
  • 3 Frakkar, traditional Icelandic food of good quality, ideal for trying whale, puffins and some "exotic" Icelandic food

On the flipside, this is TripAdvisor's top 10 list of restaurants in Iceland (pulled on Feb 9, 2017). Interestingly only two of my top ten restaurants in Reykjavik make it to the list.

Also, if you are looking for more great spots for foodies in Reykjavik I wrote up a list of my top 5 coffee shops for working in Reykjavik. Additionally, I also highly recommend this article about bakeries in Reykjavik and try some traditional local food which you can find in multiple places in the city. 


My top 10 restaurants vs TripAdvisor top 10 in Reykjavik, Iceland