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Iceland is a secluded island, so it’s no surprise that much of its cuisine is plucked fresh from its seas. But if you’re not a fan of seafood, have no fear: Reykjavik boasts numerous other cuisines – from Thai to Italian to Middle Eastern – if you’re willing to search. You can start by heeding our recommendations below.

Top Restaurants in Reykjavik

Baejarins Beztu Pylsur

Skip the overpriced, overly ornamented restaurants and prepare for the best hot dog you’ve ever tasted. The specialty at this famed wiener stand (Bill Clinton was even photographed here) is a fat dog loaded with ketchup, mustard, remoulade, and fried onions.

Hafnarstræti 17, 011-354-551-3366,
Tags: family | budget | american | local favorite

Ban Thai

This mellow Thai joint is starting to attract much-deserved attention from locals and visitors alike for its substantial menu of simple yet decadent food and its authentic, unassuming interior.

Laugavegur 130, 011-354-552-2444
Tags: moderate | thai | local favorite

Café Cultura

This rugged, mosaic-bedecked, Middle Eastern bistro-bar attracts travelers and expats with its great prices (nothing is over $20), classic falafel, and excellent chicken souvlaki.

Hverfisgata 18, 011-354-530-9314
Tags: family | budget | great value | middle eastern


Situated in nearby village Hafnarfjördur, this Viking-themed restaurant is decorated accordingly (weapons and shields adorn the walls), waiters sing and don medieval costumes (complete with capes and horns), and a true Viking feast is served in three courses upon old-fashioned trays.

Viking Village, Strandgötu 55, 011-354-565-1213,
Tags: family | moderate | seafood


This restaurant/pub is the perfect place to warm up with a steaming mug of hot chocolate and catch up on your correspondence (if you bring your own computer, wireless access is free). Not to mention, the food is shockingly inexpensive.

Bankastræti 12,
Tags: budget | pub

Rejkjavik Pizza Company

Head to this popular pizza joint for a tasty alternative to seafood. Affordable by Icelandic standards, their wood-fired pizzas cost between $20 and $40. (The local Pizza Hut is just as expensive.)

Laugavegi 81, 011-354-561-3838,
Tags: family | moderate | local favorite | pizza

Sjávarkjallarinn (Seafood Cellar)

Sample native fare such as lundi (puffin) or hakarl (rotten shark meat buried underground for three months and served with a necessary shot of brennivin, an über-strong Icelandic liquor).

Athalstraeti 2, 011-354-511-1212,
Tags: seafood | expensive | smart splurge | local favorite

Vid Tjörnina

This unique eatery is hidden down an unassuming lane near city hall. Icelandic specialties such as baked salt cod, langoustine, and succulent herb-dressed lamb are served in stately 1950s surroundings.

Templarasund 3, 011-354-551-8666,
Tags: moderate | seafood | local favorite

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