New guide: The 12 best wine bars and restaurants in Iceland 2022
Small and cosy wine bars, bistro-style restaurants and fine dining – in Iceland you can find venues that will satisfy every wine lover. Here is the guide to the best spots in the country, all selected by Star Wine List's ambassador César Garduño.
Phone: +354 420 8700
Address: Nordurljosavegur 11, Grindavík
Inside the blue lagoon, the restaurant houses the only cellar built by frozen lava from a volcano that erupted in 1226. The wine list contains vertical vintages from countries like France, Spain and the US. The tasting menu is in charge of Agnar Sverrisson, former Michelin star chef in London.
Phone: +354 888 2380
Address: Laugavegur 27, Reykjavík
The feeling here is like being in your friend's basement, cosy and homely. The difference is the wine list, with a lot of interesting options, well balanced and with a focus on natural wine. There will always be a sommelier to help you with your choice; exchange a few words about what you usually like to drink, and they will know what to pour.
Phone: +354 519 6515
Address: Laugavegur 107, Reykjavík
The old bus station in Reykjavík is now a food court, and here you can find Skál. Here you will find natural wine they import themselves, with a nice selection of skin contact wines from Europe, pet nats and young, juicy reds. Do not walk away without a sip of Brennivín, the local spirit.
Phone: +354 832 2929
Address: Veghúsarstígur 9, Reykjavík
Not an easy place to find if it´s your first time in the city. However, if you can follow the signs, you will come to this venue that feels like your living room, with soft lights and music. The wine selection mainly focuses on the Old World and labels from South America, where both are part of the weekly by-the-glass selection.
Phone: +354 454 0200
Address: Hverfisgata 6, Reykjavík
The first thing to notice here is the wall that looks like lava and igneous rocks, although the name makes sense once you realize there is no description of the place. On the other hand, the restaurant has a great Burgundy list, full of well-known producers and top vintages.
Phone: +354 519 5350
Address: Klapparstígur 28, Reykjavík
The newest Nikkei cuisine in Iceland has a 20´s interior, elegant and fun, with a few monkeys hidden in the ceiling that will undoubtedly attract you. This is one of the most extensive wine lists in the city, both by the glass where they rotate Old World labels monthly or weekly, and the bottle list, which has a good vintage depth.
Address: Hverfisgata 18, Reykjavík
This place takes you from a nice coffee and bar menu to a glass of wine from the weekly selection. Focused on wines from producers and regions they import directly, like Spain and France. If you are lucky to find Dori and Ben behind the bar, you will not leave the place without tasting every wine by the glass.
Phone: +354 519 7755
Address: Laugavegur 107, Reykjavík
There are no more than 12 seats here, and you will always find some Champagne and Cava by the glass. The rest of the wine list focuses on France and Italy. The list is short but well-curated, and you will always find Old World wines that will match what you are looking for.
Phone: +354 419 1777
Address: Laugavegur 77, Reykjavík
Lovers of reading huge wine lists, this is your spot. The selection is focused on Old World wines and special vintages, with a nice selection of different bottle sizes and a cellar inside an old bank vault with around 4,000 bottles. The cosy ambience takes you to a 1950´s European brasserie, a space where you can enjoy some Italian dishes.
Phone: +354 552 1522
Address: Laugavegur 59, Reykjavík
Here, at the only Michelin star restaurant in Iceland, chef Gunnar Karl works seasonally with local ingredients and traditional flavours. Decorations like dried plants that the team has foraged and wooden walls make you feel at home. The pairing menu changes frequently, and most of the wine list focuses on natural wine from European regions. (César Garduño, the sommelier at Dill, is also Star Wine List's ambassador in Iceland, Editor's note.)
Phone: +354 511 6677
Address: Týsgata 9 101, Reykjavík
There is not a strict selection of wines by the glass at Bodega: you can either open a bottle to share or just have a glass. The wine list holds a blend of natural and conventional wines from all over with a few South American options.
Phone: +354 537 2788
Address: Pósthússtræti 2, Reykjavík
With a casual vibe, yet classy and elegant in every detail, this newcomer offers a list curated in a great balance when it comes to countries, renowned labels and the more funky selection. The kitchen is evolving every day, and a local favourite is the sea snails.