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15 Best Restaurants in Iceland

15 Best Restaurants in Iceland

If you’re looking for the best restaurants in Iceland, you’ll be happy to hear that there’s plenty of amazing food here.

While Iceland is known more for their incredible landscapes than their food scene, there are tons of fantastic Iceland restaurants worth visiting.

We didn’t have a chance to try much food in Iceland the first time we visited, and we really misjudged how great the cuisine is here.

From the fresh seafood to the grass fed beef, Icelandic cuisine is definitely worth trying at least once during your trip.

You’ll also find a lot of unique delicacies in Icelandic restaurants, like rotten shark and puffin, and I’m not too fond of either lol.

We also tried sheep-poop smoked whale sperm beer last time we visited, and it was… interesting.

Why sheep poop, you ask? Because of the lack of trees, Icelandic people have historically used sheep dung to smoke things.

As for the whale sperm – I have no answer for that.

Anyway, here’s where to eat and drink in Iceland, featuring all of the best restaurants and food spots we’ve eaten at during our two visits!

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Where to eat in Iceland

Here’s a little map (courtesy of Google Maps) which I’ve labelled with each of the towns or areas that I’ll be talking about in this post.

It’ll also help you to determine the best Iceland restaurants depending on your itinerary!

I’ve listed the towns and cities in a counterclockwise direction starting from Reykjavik, since many people only do the south coast of Iceland anyways.

Map of the biggest towns and cities in iceland

Best restaurants in Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik is the capital and largest city in Iceland, which makes it a great foodie city as well.

You can find some of the best restaurants in Iceland here in Reykjavik!

You’ll likely have to pay for parking anywhere you eat while you’re here, but you can park at the Hallgrímskirkja Church for free.

Here are some of the best restaurants and food spots in Reykjavik.

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur is one of the best cheap restaurants in Reykjavik

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur

When we first visited Iceland, we were students on a budget, and we barely ate out at any Iceland restaurants to save on costs.

We did try the hot dogs at Bæjarins, known as one of the best restaurants in Reykjavik, and it was everything we’d dreamed of.

We also came back the second time we visited Iceland because it was so good!

What makes these hot dogs so damn delicious is the toppings.

The mustard and other sauces are on another world, and the mix of raw and fried onions is perfection.

You can find this style of hot dogs all over Iceland, and we actually ate them pretty often during our second visit at gas stations around the country.

LOCATION: Various locations

101 Reykjavik Street Food is one of the best cheap restaurants in Reykjavik

101 Reykjavik Street Food

There are tons of amazing Reykjavik fish and chips spots, and we decided to check out 101 Reykjavik Street Food.

It was tough to fully enjoy the fish and chips here as I had to pee and they had no washrooms, but it was still really good.

The owner of the restaurant also came by and gave us a free chocolate bar, which was nice of him!

They also have a variety of hot sauces and all that jazz to top your fish and chips with.

LOCATION: Ingólfsstræti 2, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

Café Loki is one of the best restaurants to visit in Reykjavik, Iceland

Café Loki

We really wanted to try rotten shark, so we tasted a platter of different kinds of fish at Café Loki.

Everything was amazing except for the rotten shark, as you’d expect.

Adam described it as tasting like the ocean, and I just thought it burned my tastebuds.

We really enjoyed spreading butter on the dried fish – not something we thought would be so good!

The homemade brown bread here is delicious, and I’m still upset I didn’t try their brown bread ice cream.

LOCATION: Lokastígur 28, 101 Reykjavík

Café Babalú is a quirky café in Reykjavik, Iceland

Café Babalú

Although we only stopped in for a coffee break, Café Babalú had a lot of good reviews online, and I’m sure their meals are just as delicious as their cakes and coffees.

We got the Blueberry Skyr Cheesecake and Swiss Mochas.

Their menu is a wee bit pricy, but still worth it!

LOCATION: Skólavörðustígur 22, 101 Reykjavík

Reykjavik Roasters is a craft coffee shop in Iceland

Reykjavik Roasters

We stopped into Reykjavik Roasters for a coffee after walking around downtown.

I got the cold brew, which is probably one of the best cold brews I’ve ever tasted.

If you’re looking for craft coffee in Reykjavik, this is the place to go!

LOCATION: Kárastígur 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

Best Iceland restaurants near the Golden Circle

The Golden Circle is the most popular drive in the country, and there are plenty of amazing Iceland restaurants in the area.

Here’s where to eat around the Golden Circle in Iceland!

Friðheimar is one of the best restaurants in Iceland, and everything on the menu is tomato-based


If there’s any one restaurant you must visit in Iceland, Friðheimar is where you need to eat.

Tomatoes are the main ingredient you’ll find on almost every single item on Friðheimar’s menu.

It’s a greenhouse and restaurant, and what makes their tomatoes so special is that they’re fed using geothermal water from the glaciers.

We had tomato soup and bread (bottomless), tomato mussels, tomato beer (didn’t really taste the tomato), and tomato ice cream.

Be sure to get the olive bread – it’s absolutely delicious!

Friðheimar is located right along the Golden Circle, so it’s the perfect meal stop if you’re visiting Thingvellir National Park, Geysir, Gulfoss Waterfall, or the Kerid Crater.

LOCATION: Friðheimar, Reykholt

KFC in Iceland supposedly is the best in the world


KFC is a popular spot for tourists to visit not only because they know it well, but because their Iceland locations are supposedly the best in the world.

I believe it’s due to Iceland’s strict poultry laws or something, but don’t quote me on that.

I honestly thought it tasted the same as any other KFC, but Adam thinks it tasted different.

Y’all try it and let me know what you think!

LOCATION: Various locations

Gamla fjósið is one of the best restaurants to eat at along Iceland's Golden Circle

Gamla fjósið

They actually farm their own grass-fed cattle, which they use at their restaurant.

We both got beef burgers that were super juicy and delicious.

We really loved the beautiful vintage decor of the restaurant, but the service here was meh.

Still worth going for the food, though!

LOCATION: Hvassafell, Eyjafjöllum, 861, Iceland

Nailed It Fish and Chips serves up the best fish and chips in all of Iceland

Nailed It Fish and Chips

I was not expecting to have the best fish and chips of my life at a random food truck at one of Iceland’s most popular destinations.

It’s right by Jökulsárlón, so it’s a super convenient place to eat.

The cod is freshly caught, and you could really taste the freshness as it melted in your mouth.

We drenched our fries in Iceland’s popular red salt, which you can find at pretty much every restaurant and food spot.

LOCATION: Jökulsárlón, 781 Hornafjörður, Iceland

Best restaurants in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland

Vestmannaeyjar is also known as the Westman Islands.

If you have the chance to visit the island, I would highly recommend doing so.

You have to take a ferry to get there, but there’s tons to do in the area and it’s so worth it!

Here’s where to eat in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland.

Gott Restaurant in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland


Gott is a vibrant and colourful restaurant in the heart of Vestmannaeyjar.

I got the Gott Grilled Burger and Adam got the Eldfell Burger, and they were both fantastic.

They also have a location in Reykjavik, but we only visited the Vestmannaeyjar restaurant.

LOCATION: Bárustígur 11, Vestmannaeyjabær

Best restaurants near Höfn, Iceland

Höfn is a cool fishing town located in southeast Iceland, and it’s a cute area to explore.

It’s the next biggest town after Vik, so it’s a popular stop along the Ring Road.

Here’s where to eat in Höfn, Iceland!

Hafnarbuðin serves delicious burgers in Hofn, Iceland


Hafnarbuðin is a fun diner spot you wouldn’t expect to find here in Iceland.

I can’t remember exactly what we got, but I think my burger had blue cheese and Adam’s had guac.

Both were awesome, and the service was very friendly as well.

LOCATION: Ránarslóð 12, Höfn í Hornafirði, Iceland

Best restaurants near Egilstaddir, Iceland

Egilstaddir is one of the biggest towns in East Iceland, and you’ll find a lot of great restaurants here.

Here’s where to eat in Egilstaddir, Iceland!

Askur Pizzeria is one of the best restaurants to visit in Egilstaddir, Iceland

Askur Pizzeria

We originally wanted to visit Askur Pizzeria to taste one of the beers at the craft brewery attached to it.

We didn’t end up having any beer, but we did eat a lot of pizza.

I’d recommend sharing one pizza between two people – they’re huge!

Adam got one of their set pizzas and I chose to build my own.

He got the wild goose one and it was just okay, but my pizza was amazing, especially because of the delicious spicy mango sauce.

They’ve also got vegan options for my vegan friends out there.

LOCATION: Fagradalsdraut 25, 700 Egilsstaðir, Iceland

Best restaurants near Akureyri, Iceland

As one of Iceland’s big cities, there’s a number of great Akureyri restaurants.

Akureyri was actually my favourite city in all of Iceland!

We noticed it was more multicultural than other places in Iceland, and we even spotted an Indian restaurant.

Here’s where to eat in Akureyri, Iceland!

The Akureyri Hot Dog Stand in Iceland

Akureyri Hot Dog Stand

If you like Icelandic hot dogs, you’ll like the unique hot dog offerings they’ve got at the Akureyri Hot Dog Stand.

I got a hot dog with cheese and nuts all over it – so good!

LOCATION: Hafnarstræti, 600 Akureyri, Iceland

Best restaurants in the Westfjords of Iceland

The Westfjords are our favourite part of Iceland – it’s just so incredibly beautiful.

We spent quite a bit of time driving through the roads here, and we’d definitely love to do the drive again someday!

Here’s where to eat in the Westfjords of Iceland.

Café Riis Restaurant & Pizzeria serves up some of the best pizza in the Westfjords of Iceland

Café Riis Restaurant & Pizzeria

We realized that eating pizza was more cost effective for us because we could share, so we stopped by Café Riis.

You can create a half and half pizza, so we chose both pepperoni and lobster.

Guys, the lobster pizza was amazing.

Café Riis is probably my favourite pizza restaurant in all of Iceland!

LOCATION: Hafnarbraut 39, 510 Hólmavík, Iceland

Franska kaffihúsið serves up delicious food in the Westfjords

Franska kaffihúsið

Franska kaffihúsið is pretty much the only restaurant near Rauðasandur Beach.

They don’t have a large menu or any filling options, but it’s still a great spot for a quick bite.

Franska kaffihúsið serves up some of the best waffles in the Westfjords of Iceland

We both got smoked trout toasts for lunch and shared a waffle for dessert.

The whipped cream and berry sauce was fantastic, and Adam says these were his favourite waffles of all time!

This spot is also only open seasonally during the summer months.

LOCATION: Rauðasandur Beach

If you’re on a budget or don’t mind where you eat, then gas station restaurants in Iceland are actually pretty good.

We ate gas station hot dogs and burgers quite a few times, and enjoyed them every single time.

Gas station food is also a lot more budget-friendly than all the expensive restaurants!

To see more of our trips to Iceland, you can check out my YouTube vlogs on 1 week in Iceland and 2 weeks in Iceland.

If you’re looking for even more fun activities and things to do in Iceland, be sure to check out some local tours!

Have you been to any of these Iceland restaurants? Where are your favourite spots to eat in Iceland? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

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