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The Best Restaurants in Akureyri

    Updated: 28th January 2024

    Akureyri, Iceland’s charming northern gem, is home to some of our favourite restaurants in Iceland. Nestled by the picturesque Eyjafjörður fjord, Akureyri boasts an impressive dining scene that reflects the town’s unique blend of tradition and contemporary flair. Whether you’re in search of fresh Icelandic seafood, cosy cafés, or inventive culinary creations, Akureyri’s restaurants are sure to satisfy a wide range of tastes and preferences.

    Kaffi Ilmur

    Kaffi Ilmur is one of the most popular spots in Akureyri, known for its delightful blend of home-style cooking, cosy atmosphere and warm, welcoming staff. Their menu features an array of homemade cakes, sandwiches, and meals, perfect for any time of the day. Our personal highlight is the range of bagels, panini, quesadillas, salads, and soups, all served with a side salad, making for a satisfying meal. The restaurant also provides a range of beverages, including a wide variety of coffees and teas, and the happy hour at the bar is great value for anyone looking for an evening social with friends or family. 

    Rub23

    With its unique fusion of Japanese and local cuisine, Rub23 seamlessly blends sushi and local seafood specialties alongside steaks and mouth watering desserts. A standout is their innovative “Sushi Pizza” (it’s better than it sounds!), a twist on traditional sushi and one of their signature dishes, and the restaurant takes pride in using fresh, locally sourced ingredients in every dish. The ambiance is modern and cosy, creating a welcoming atmosphere for diners. Overall Rub23 promises an exceptional gastronomic journey, marked by its creative menu and attention to detail in both food and service.

    Strikid

    Blending tradition with modernity, Strikid has established itself as a cornerstone in the local dining scene. Known for its exquisite seafood and European cuisine, the restaurant provides a diverse menu catering to various palates, with the langoustine maki our personal favourite. Not just a feast for the taste buds, Strikid also delights with its charming ambiance and stunning fjord views which complement the overall dining experience. The staff’s courteous service adds a personal touch, making each visit memorable. Strikid’s ability to blend gastronomic innovation with a warm, inviting atmosphere makes it a must-visit for food enthusiasts.

    Hamborgarafabrikkan

    Hamborgarafabrikkan is well known for its American-style cuisine, including mouthwarting diner classics and inventive burger creations. A standout in their menu is the juicy 2x175g Ribeye steak burger, our personal favourite after a long hike. The restaurant combines a casual, friendly vibe with a commitment to simple, quality food. They also cater to a diverse range of dietary needs, offering some brilliant vegetarian and vegan options alongside a children’s menu available, ensuring everyone can satisfy those carb cravings. 

    Mulaberg Bistro & Bar

    Mulaberg Bistro & Bar is best known for its modern French-Nordic cuisine. Its menu, a delightful journey through fresh, local ingredients, is a testament to the bistro’s commitment to quality and the culinary arts. A standout feature is the vibrant and award-winning cocktail bar where their expert team craft first-rate drinks to accompany dishes. The bistro is cosy and perfect for a variety of occasions, from intimate dinners to larger gatherings. With an emphasis on sourcing fresh, regional produce, the menu reflects the bistro’s dedication to showcasing the best of the area’s offerings. One notable dish that encapsulates this ethos is their shellfish soup, a true highlight and a favorite amongst locals. 

    Greifinn

    Pizza, restaurant Greifinn, Akureyri, Iceland
    Credit: Janko Hoener

    With a reputation for being one of Akureyri’s most popular dining spots, Greifinn impresses with its diverse menu that caters to a wide range of tastes. This family-friendly restaurant prides itself on offering a special children’s menu and even includes a playroom, making it an ideal destination for family outings. The menu is a mix of local Icelandic dishes and international cuisine, with options ranging from pizzas and grilled hamburgers to delicious meat and seafood dishes. The atmosphere at Greifinn is relaxed and welcoming, perfect for both individual diners and groups looking to enjoy a meal in a comfortable setting. The prices are also very reasonable, making for a great dining experience without breaking the bank. 

    Krua Siam

    Krua Siam offers a delightful culinary journey with its authentic Thai cuisine, served in a warm and welcoming ambiance. Established with a passion for traditional Thai flavors, this restaurant has become a go-to spot for those seeking a taste of Thailand. The menu is diverse, featuring a range of dishes that cater to various palates, including vegetarian and vegan options. A standout dish, the Green Curry, perfectly captures the essence of Thai cooking with its harmonious blend of spices and fresh ingredients. The restaurant also offers a variety of meat, fish, and spicy dishes, ensuring there’s something for everyone. With its commitment to quality and service, Krua Siam not only promises a delightful dining experience but also a genuine slice of Thai culture. 

    Bautinn

    Established over 30 years ago, this restaurant takes pride in its historic setting, housed in a striking bright red building from 1902. Bautinn is a testament to unpretentious dining, valuing a warm atmosphere just as much as a satisfying meal. The menu showcases a variety of European and Scandinavian dishes, with a nod to local flavors. A standout is the grilled salmon with mango sauce, a dish that perfectly balances the salmon’s natural flavors with a creamy, subtly sweet sauce. The restaurant also features a soup and salad bar accompanying every entrée and desserts like the chocolate torte are not to be missed. 

    Centrum Kitchen & Bar

    Centrum Kitchen & Bar, emerging from one of North Iceland’s distinguished guesthouses (the Centrum Hotel)  is renowned for its pan-fried salmon, succulent lamb, and a hearty ribeye. A particular highlight is the range of handcrafted beers and wines, thoughtfully selected to complement the food. The cocktail menu deserves special mention, showcasing colorful and expertly crafted drinks from their friendly staff. The commitment to using fresh ingredients is evident in every dish and the ambiance is enhanced by attentive and friendly service, adding to the warm and welcoming atmosphere. 

    Aurora Restaurant

    This charming eatery is known for its stunning wall-to-ceiling photographs of the Northern Lights surrounding diners and a colorful, experimental selection of dishes using fresh local ingredients. A highlight is the four course experience (approx. £70 / $90), as well as the duck with blackberries and their unique raspberry and liquorice dessert. The restaurant is not just about exceptional dining; it also boasts a comfortable lounge area, perfect for enjoying happy hour, cocktails, and high tea in a relaxed environment. Although on the more expensive side, the food, service and overall dining experience is exceptional making this a great spot for a special occasion. 

    Conclusion

    From the cozy, family-run bistros serving authentic Icelandic dishes to the contemporary eateries offering innovative fusion cuisine, Akureyri caters to all palates. The use of fresh, locally-sourced ingredients in these top restaurants not only supports the local economy but also ensures an unforgettable dining experience. Whether you’re seeking a taste of Iceland’s traditional cuisine or adventurous enough to try modern interpretations, Akureyri’s best restaurants promise a memorable gastronomic journey. 

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