It will never be said enough but eating food is the second most important thing you will ever do on any travel (after breathing). Since it is so important, a few things are as disappointing as disappointing food. So we made a list of the best steak restaurants in Reykjavik.
This list of restaurants is obviously for steak lovers. We’ve already made a list of the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Reykjavik; we will also make a list of the best seafood restaurants.
The Steakhouse on Tryggvagata has been open since 2012. Their specialty is steaks, and they make sure to make them as you want. They use a Mibrasa charcoal oven, the only one in the country, and only use high-quality Yakitori charcoal to ensure consistent cooking and maximize the flavor of the meat.
On their steak menu, you will find tenderloin, T-bone and Ribeye beef steaks, lamb fillet, lamb prime, horse tenderloin, and whale. They, of course, have starters ranging from tuna bites to spicy duck, lobster, and octopus.
It is also possible to order a meat platter, which includes 1 kg of an assortment of four steaks.
We know that not everyone is a fan of steaks, so they will also find something to their liking at the Steakhouse. Chicken breast, duck breast, cod fillet, lobster, and tofu are available for those who want to eat something else.
Tue-Thu 17:00 – 22:00, Fri-Sat 17:00 – 23:00, Sun 17:00 – 22:00
Pünk Restaurant isn’t just a steakhouse. As the name suggests, Pünk is informal and varied. Maybe even a little wild. They offer a variety of dishes and a great selection of cocktails.
They have a great selection of tacos, from chargrilled whale to tteokbokki, tuna tartar, and cauliflower tempura. For any vegetarians or vegans in your group, they will find something to their liking.
You can choose a lamb crown, horse loin, chicken, beef tenderloin, tofu steak, and squash for the main dishes.
Sun-Wed 16:00 – 23:30, Thu-Sat 11:30 – 23:30
Hereford Steak House
Hereford Steak House boasts that it will offer you premium food and not break the bank at the same time. That’s a pretty good promise. They pride themselves on providing only the best available ingredients at any given time and offer a wide range of main courses, starters, and desserts.
You can choose from beef, lamb, fish, pork, chicken, puffin, and horse on the main menu. The restaurant isn’t vegetarian or vegan-friendly and only offers one vegetarian dish.
You will find carpaccio, snails, lobster soup, foie gras, lobster, and soup on the starter menu.
The restaurant is on Laugavegur shopping street, so it is in a perfect location if you are shopping downtown.
Hereford Steak House
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 17:00 – 00:00, Fri-Sat 17:00 – 01:00
Sumac Grill + Drinks
Sumac draws inspiration from the Middle East and North Africa. Fire, spices, and variety characterize the restaurant.
At Sumac, you will find Icelandic cuisine blended with the flavors of North Africa and Lebanon. The ingredients of the restaurant change depending on the seasons, but many things will be available year-round.
Choose from lamb ribs, roasted cauliflower, goat shoulder, or arctic char from their classic menu. They also offer grilled skewers, snacks such as falafel, fried halloumi, grilled okra, octopus, and desserts.
Sumac is also on Laugavegur, and its interior takes inspiration from the nostalgic atmosphere of Beirut, Lebanon.
Sumac Grill + Drinks
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 17:30 – 23:00, Fri-Sat 17:30 – 00:00, Sun-Mon CLOSED
A few meters down the street from Hallgímskirkja church, Kol offers various eating experiences. You can choose small course menus or just your small courses, main dishes, and steaks.
You can choose from gourmet, three-course, Iceland, or vegan small-course menus. Then there is a grilled fillet of lamb, tenderloin, ribeye, t-bone beef steaks, and delicious desserts.
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 12:00 – 22:00, Fri-Sat 12:00 23:00
Reykjavík Meat by Maison
Reykjavík Meat is in a new building on an old street in downtown Reykjavik. They draw inspiration from Icelanders’ love of charcoal grills. Their main goal is to give a real steak experience in an elegant, casual, and cozy atmosphere.
But if you have someone in your group that isn’t as keen on steaks as you are, not to worry; they also offer great fish and vegetable dishes.
They have happy hour on Fridays and Saturdays from 22:00 in the evening until closing. The restaurant itself closes at 22:30, but the bar is open longer.
Reykjavík Meat By Maison
Opening hours: Sun, Wed, Thu 18:00 – 22:00, Fri-Sat 18:00 – 22:30
There are many other steak restaurants that we could mention, so here are a few honorable mentions:
Þrír frakkar, Bryggjan brugghús, Skál, Snaps, BRÚT, and last but not in any way least: Bæjarins beztu hot dogs stand for those who want meat but quickly.
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