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Essensia Reykjavik

Hverfisgata, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 517 0030
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good30%
  • Average10%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“lobster pizza” (11 reviews)
“tiramisu” (6 reviews)
“risotto balls” (4 reviews)
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Steakhouse, Seafood, Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Hverfisgata, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We dined at Essensia prior to going the the symphony, HARPA, for their holiday show. Essensia is in the downtown core and an easy walk to HARPA. The restaurant has high ceilings and a modern dacor. It was pleasant. This is a restaurant that has...More

Thank EdIssaquah
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Iceland for a few days around New Year and chose this restaurant for New Years Eve. They emailed me a set menu and my daughter is also wheat free and nothing was too much trouble.The food was excellent,the beef tenderloin just melted in...More

Thank Susan W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I had a very enjoyable meal at this restaurant, we were going to a concert later this evening and wanted to try a new restaurant before, we are locals and have seen this restaurant, but we did not read reviews or check...More

Thank Ingvar R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We weren’t sure where to eat when we were walking through Reykjavík and then we came across Essensia! From the outside it looked very stylish and we quite liked the look of the menu! We sat by the window and were lit by candle light....More

Thank Siân B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is definately one of the best restaurants in Reykjavik. Not only is the food delicious and beautifully served, the service is also very good. I recommend the tiramisu, it is unusually light and the taste is divine.

Thank Jóhanna Á
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

When we arrived the restaurant was packed and we were kind of neglected at first but they certainly made up for it. Most of the guests left just before eight o´clock, probably to go to the theater or to Harpa. We first had the appetizer...More

Thank Sigrún
Reviewed 6 December 2017

Essensia is one of my favorite restaurants in Reykjavik. The Italian style Mediterranian menu is great and every cource I've tasted there stands highest expectations.My favorite restaurant in Iceland and I highly recommend it.

Thank Karl Ö
Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

Amazing food with great service. The lobster pizza was delicious and the tiramisu was to die for. Thank you for the nice evening.

Thank Miglena H
Reviewed 22 November 2017

it was our last night in Iceland, and we were walking around looking for a place, we saw Essensia, and something about it grabbed our attention, it was very appealing. We had a window seat, and looked at beautiful Reykjavik....we drank proseco, and I had...More

Thank 888moab
Reviewed 19 November 2017

We saw the advert in the magazine on Iceland Air for their lobster pizza and went on our first night in Reykjavik. The pizzas were excellent. However, the stand out part of our meal for me was the flamed salmon with caviar which was incredible....More

Thank Bevlar2015
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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$37 - US$122
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings
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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