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Need nice dinner spot in Reykjavic

We will only be in Reykjavic for 48 hours and are looking for a NICE authentic Icelandic dinner for two in downtown Reykjavic. Reservations accepted preferable.
Appreciate any and all suggestions and guidance.

Posted by Don
135 posts

Two spots:


High quality. A la carte or prixe fixe dining. Fiskmarkadurinn has a warmer room. Grill is larger format. Both: Local ingredients

  • but I would say these places are Euro-influenced, not traditional Icelandic. I don't think either of these places have stinky shark; go to a bar for that.
Posted by david OP
4 posts

Thanks Don. I'm ok with Euro influenced as long as it's Icelandic based (ie not interested in going to Iceland and eating Italian).
And, while I do like to try out the unique local cuisine, I have NO interest in sampling the stinky shark!

Posted by marymcgol1
7 posts

We had a great dinner at Messinn in downtown Reykjavik. We had Arctic char and plokkfiskur ( a local dish made with flaked fish, potato, onion,cheese). Both entrees were excellent. We made reservations before we left via e mail. Reservation was confirmed within 24 hours. Would happily return for another meal!

Posted by david OP
4 posts

Thanks Mary. I did find that one online. Would definitely fit the bill for me but I see it's seafood only. My wife is looking forward to sampling the local lamb dishes. trying to find a menu that has both.

Posted by Don
135 posts

We tried the stinky shark - at a really nice restaurant in Stykkisholmur: it is awful. Smells awful, tastes worse. Must wash it down afterwards with Brennivin (which is also pretty awful).

Anyway, the two places I mentioned have seafood and meat entrees.

You'll have a great time, Reky is great

Posted by NJpanda
central NJ
13 posts

we walked into Messinn and had a wonderful dinner there! other places we ate were:

Lækjarbrekka--fancy and very delicious, they do traditional dishes here too, i believe
Resto--also so delicious, had amazing lamb here
Bryggjan Brugghús, at Grandagarður 8--we ate here twice; they had amazing fish and chips and local beers