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Ísafold Restaurant, Reykjavik, Reykjavik

Ísafold Restaurant

4.5
4.5
28 Reviews
$30 and under
International
Ísafold Restaurant is a small and beautifully decorated restaurant located at Þingholtsstræti, a charming side street in the the heart of Reykjavík city center. At Ísafold, guests get a tentative and personal service as well as delicious food and fun drinks. We go to great lengths to make sure our ingredients are locally sourced and our suppliers are handpicked by our head chef that loves to prepare specially house made items from the local ingredients. Wherever possible we offer organic and socially responsible products. All our greens are sourced from local greenhouses and our meat is 100% Icelandic including the lamb which is semi wild, bread in the Icelandic highlands during the summer months.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    International, European, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:00 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm Bar Daily 11:30 am–12:00 am Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    595 8535

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

What 28 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. DA

    DominiqueandAl

    Ottawa

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant. Quiet intimate atmosphere. Very pleasant efficient staff. Complements to the chef for a fabulous meal.
  2. f

    fccarp

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had dinner at Isafold for our anniversary and had an amazing night! Our server was attentive but not overbearing, and it was quiet enough that we could talk and enjoy each other's company but it still had an awesome vibe. The menu was out of this world and was sourced with local ingredients and sources in mind. Definitely worth a shot!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really excellent food in a lowkey atmosphere. Nice pace of service. Nothing is cheap in Iceland, but this was good value considering average costs.
  4. AA

    AntiAnti

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Friendly service. Great food. Best cocktails of the trip.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great anniversary dinner
  6. JR

    JohnR

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    While the meal and service were more than acceptable, unfortunately an adjacent table of four were overly loud and their discussions dominated the room. While this was not the restaurant's fault, it nevertheless impacted on our evening's enjoyment. Perhaps clustering tables for four or more separate from those for couples would be a worthwhile consideration.
  7. TD

    ThomasD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was very nice. The service was lovely. It was my girlfriend's birthday and they gave her a free birthday brownie with ice-cream and strawberries.
  8. AD

    AfricaD

    Spain

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La comida buenísima y el trato de las dos chicas que nos atendieron inmejorable. Hice una petición para el cumpleaños de mi marido, y todo genial. Un diez.
  9. MJ

    MajaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It is very Nice place with few different meals. Everything was great, food, service, price,.
  10. MK

    MichaelK

    Anchorage

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A friend and I had dinner here one night. It is downstairs below hotel. Pretty limited seating so reservations not bad idea. Nice quiet ambiance (at end of our meal we were only people in there). I had pork belly, excellent, and friend had lamb which he enjoyed very much. Pricing not bad considering Icelandic scale (tends to be speedy). Service was great. Would recommend.
  11. AS

    AndreaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very cosy, great service. Food was fine. Had the arctic char and then browny for dessert, both good.
  12. c

    coram

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food with interesting marriage of tastes and textures - excellent friendly and informative service . Delicious bread , appetiser and melt in the mouth Arctic Char . Even liked the plates and bowls !
  13. JV

    JoeyV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The best lamb meal during my stay in Iceland. The tenderness of the meat and the flavor topped with the presentation was first class all the way.
  14. J

    Jeremy

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was just sensational. Great wine list, very fast service though admittedly we were almost the only customers on a Sunday evening in March. We will come back to Iceland just to eat here again.
  15. AY

    AndyY

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The lamb fillet was incredible. Very quiet. Service was great. For Iceland the prices were reasonable
  16. H

    Hank

    Edinburgh

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    There are relatively few Open Table restaurants in Reykjavik. Isafold looked to us the most interesting. We were a little fearful when we realized that it was down in the basement of a hotel. However, that fear was quickly resolved. The wait-staff was friendly and made you feel welcomed. The Restaurant area is relatively small (likely less than 30 seats. In sprite of the fact that there was a party of 12 in the restaurant at the same time, the noise level was surprisingly quiet. The food was excellent. While I had had my share of lamb during our stay in Iceland, the lamb was definitely the best we had in Iceland and quite likely the best ever. The desserts were good but not great. If we were to return to Reykjavik, we would definitely visit Isafold again.
  17. KC

    KateC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good meal. We looked at other places to eat in Iceland and the prices were compatible or more expensive and not always for cooked on the premises meals. The service was great, with the waitresses doing what they could to advise on dietary requirements and what meals could be easily adapted. There was only 1-2 other parties at one time in the restaurant so the atmosphere could have been a bit warm but the rest of the experience was faultless
  18. c

    chickenlover

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food was delicious and service was attentive. Bit weird that it was next to the spa - people kept walking through the restaurant in bath robes.
  19. KS

    KimberlyS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very delicious meal! The mushroom consommé was outstanding and the lamb was tender and flavorful. Both of our servers were kind.
  20. AB

    ABSE5

    London

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2018

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Bread delivered to the table was stale, though it was replaced with fresh bread after this was pointed out. Pork belly arrived uncooked, and sent back. Staff were nice enough and were apologetic, but experience could have been much better - and I would have expected them to knock something off the bill, which they didn't.
  21. TS

    TriStar

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here was carefully thought out and presented in a pleasing manner. Service was flawless and the menu reflected all that’s good in Iceland. Serving sizes were adequate without being excessive. It was an overall very positive experience.
  22. GN

    GeorgeN

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Overpriced for what it offers. Food acceptable but not a reason to go back. Ambiance good for senior citizens. Depressing low ceilings and boring decor. Avoid.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining experience, four of us had the artic char and one the lamb- both meals were excellent. Tomato appetizer was tasty as were the scallops. We finished with port. Everyone enjoyed the experience!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2018

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Nice place. Food was delicious. Service was off-and-on, but nothing too bad, just busy servers who has other large tables to tend to. Overall good experience with gear takes on traditional Icelandic food.
  25. DJ

    DannJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our 32nd wedding anniversary dinner at Isafold! Our server was attentive, knowledgeable, and friendly. She was considerate of my vegan diet, and the chef accommodating. Cost with appetizers and without wine was about 10.000 Krona, which seemed reasonable given the occasion, great service and delicious food.
  26. C

    Cmmpenn2

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2018

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Very disappointed in the food. Lamb and beef dishes were fatty and over cooked. Pairings had no flavor. Given the price they should do much better. Better choices in Reykjavik.
  27. L

    Leftylemon

    Vancouver

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best lamb dinner in the world, no doubt!
  28. RM

    RonM

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you are visiting Iceland, go for the Old Icelandic menu. Starter, Entree, and Dessert. A good value and a nice way to try some traditional Icelandic foods.

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Ísafold Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 28 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Reykjavik

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:00 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm Bar Daily 11:30 am–12:00 am Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    International, European, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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