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Essensia Reykjavik

Hverfisgata, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 517 0030
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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Steakhouse, Seafood, Italian, Pizza, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Hverfisgata, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had a great dinner at Essensia. The atmosphere is very appealing and relaxing and the food is excellent. It’s a little ways outside of the main square which can also be a benefit because it’s a little quieter than some of the other restaurants....More

Thank LesleyLaramie
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was there to have dinner with my boyfriend we both order the 5 course meal it was really good. The service was precise, friendly didn't take too long and we felt welcome . The food was delicious we both enjoyed every part of it,...More

Thank GG201500
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying in the 101 Hotel and Essensia was around the corner. After a long day on a minibus tour, having Italian. Omfortfood was what we wanted and found it. The food was good and reasonably priced for Iceland. Service was great and prompt.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We dropped in for dinner one evening. We asked to sit at the bar. The host directed us to sit where we could see into the kitchen. Great suggestion. All of the staff was more than helpful and had great attitudes. The food matched the...More

Thank Colin B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Reykjavik has now dozen of new and tasty restaurants. Essensia has only been open for few months, but in this short time, has become one of the most popular ones in Reykjavík, loved for their Italian atmosphere and excellent food, both fish and meat. They...More

1  Thank Magni_13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner with friends. The food was fantastic and the service as well. Beautiful restaurant, with great food and very nice staff.

1  Thank Birkir E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went there to celebrate wedding anniversary in Iceland. Very pleasing atmosphere- got there soon before they were closing but service was personal and excellent. Meals beautifully prepared. Lamb and cod both excellent. Dessert and espresso well worth the calories. Would highly recommend- deserves 41/2 stars

Thank ken t
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

after having a huge tasting menu the day before, we needed something light and easy, and since we had walked past Essensia several times, it looked like a good place for a easy meal. We ordered several starters and some wine - at it was...More

Thank ToreLev
Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

Great Italian food and fish! Atmosphere ís good both fór lunch and dinner and the staff ís warm snd friendly. My favourite Reykjavík restaurant!

Thank Olga Ö
Reviewed 3 June 2018

We choose Grillaður Lambarifjur “Scottadito”and Tagliatelle Carbonara. The food was really good, very, very tasty. And what was important to me, it wasn't salty. Very friendly staff an additional bonus. Only prices are too high in my opinion-welcome in Iceland.

Thank willoh64
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Questions & Answers
Janet B
21 October 2017|
Response from Hakon O | Property representative |
Dear Janet B. Thank you so much for visiting ... twice :-) We are delighted to hear you liked our restaurant, food and service. Thank you very much and kind regards from Essensia
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$35 - US$116
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hverfisgata, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
  • Location: Europe  >  Iceland  >  Capital Region  >  Reykjavik
  • Phone Number: +354 517 0030
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Essensia Restaurant is located in downtown Reykjavík. In an open space with beatiful view over the park of "Arnarhóll" and the Harpa music hall. Run by the Bocuse d'Or award winning chef Hákon Már Örvarsson. Authentic Italian/Mediterranean cuisine, sharing plates, salumi-cheese platters, gourmet pizzas and pastas, family style main courses, delicious desserts, select wines, cocktails and more ....
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