The 17 best wine bars and restaurants in Iceland 2023
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.
Phone: +354 578 3500
Address: Laugavegur 20b, 2nd Floor, Reykjavík
Located in one of downtown Reykjavík’s busiest cocktail bar and nightclub areas, this gem serves as an oasis amidst its more boisterous neighboring establishments. Nestled on the second floor of a charming, old, corrugated iron building, this wine bar is the picture of class. A tasteful collage of blue velvet furniture and brass mirrors give the rather spacious interior warmth with a chic vibe. For those who enjoy fresh air and sunshine with their wine, the little patio out back is entirely shielded from the elements. Given Reykjavík’s windy demeanour, a find like this is the weather equivale...
Phone: +354 571 4421
Address: Kirkjutorg 4, Reykjavík
What does the space between Reykjavík Cathedral and the House of Parliament need? A wine bar. A part of the Kvosin Hotel in Reykjavík’s city center, Aldamót is one of those perfect little places to go when the group can’t decide on what they want. Its location makes it ideal for starting off the evening with a happy hour drink and a little snack before a concert or the theatre. It also fits the bill for a great place to grab an after-dinner drink. The wine list is compact and easy to navigate sporting established producers and recognizable wines that don’t disappoint. The selection by the glas...
Phone: +354 419 8500
Address: Bryggjugata 4 Austurbakki, Reykjavík
Akur is the type of restaurant that calls for either a long evening with multiple courses or an early dinner before heading off to the Opera. Conveniently enough, it is located down by the Reykjavík harbor just around the corner from the Harpa Concert Hall. It shares a space with one of the more polished food halls in town though its clean-cut layout and stylish décor make for a far more elegant dining environment. The wine list is quite Champagne and Burgundy forward though some big names and their flagships from other areas can be found as well. The Bordeaux section offers vintages not often...
Phone: +354 537 2788
Address: Pósthússtræti 2, Reykjavík
Sparkling Wine List of the Year, presented by Nyetimber 2022
With a casual vibe, yet classy and elegant in every detail, this place 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.
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: +354 552 1522
Address: Laugavegur 59, Reykjavík
Sustainable Wine List of the Year Nordic 2022
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 former sommelier at Dill, was also Star Wine List's ambassador in Iceland, Editor's note.)
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: +354 869 7020
Address: Bergstaðastræti, Reykjavík
Kramber, for short, is a clever mesh of café/wine bar is located in the heart of Reykjavík’s downtown area. Not only is it on the same street as the famous Hallgrímskirkja landmark, it is attached to Kramhúsið, arguably the city’s most beloved dance school. What could possibly be more fitting after finishing up a burlesque class than a glass of sparkling loveliness next door? The compact wine list which sports a fairly dense section on Champagne offers a surprising price range that is only surpassed by its range of wines by the glass. The owners make a point of it to allow folks to feel their...
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.
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: +354 420 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: +354 519 5350
Address: Klapparstígur 28, Reykjavík
This Nikkei restaurant in Iceland has a 20's interior that's elegant and fun, with a few monkeys hidden in the ceiling that will undoubtedly attract you. It offers both a by-the-glass list where labels are rotated monthly or weekly, as well as the bottle list.
Phone: +354 431 3131
Address: Barónsstígur 6, Reykjavík
Just off of Laugavegur, the main shopping street, Nebraska is a bit of a novelty to Reykjavík in terms of venue type. Technically, we are dealing with a clothing store that just happens to have its own restaurant/wine bar. Upon entering, rows of neatly folded trousers and sweaters are all round on display, flanked by hanging racks filled with jackets and coats. The back of the space however gives way to a bustling restaurant with a little kitchen visible through a French window-style glass wall. At a quick glance, one could get the feeling that this is where the cool kids come to hang out. Upo...
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: +354 519 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: +354 571 8788
Address: Aðalstræti 12, Reykjavík
Downtown in Reykjavík’s city centre, Uppi, which translates directly to “up stairs” is a most welcome extension to the renowned restaurant Fiskmarkaðurinn. Literally, on the upper floor of the restaurant, this wine bar/lounge/restaurant has gained quite the following, and a well-deserved one at that. The menu is designed to offer light courses and sushi, though larger main courses are available as well. The secluded booths and nooks create a comfortable sense of privacy in what is usually an extremely busy venue. The team provides cordial and professional service enhanced by a sound understand...
Phone: +354 547 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.