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Laekjarbrekka

Bankastraeti 2, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 551 4430
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Overview
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good31%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“lamb” (205 reviews)
“fish” (115 reviews)
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CUISINES
Seafood, European, Soups, Scandinavian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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LOCATION
Bankastraeti 2, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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1 - 10 of 1,167 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

We stumbled upon this unpronounceable restaurant while looking for the tourist information office and what a gem it was ! Our late lunch was light, yet hearty made possible in Iceland with main course consisting of smoky delicious fish stew that looks more like fish...More

Thank STSusan
Reviewed 1 week ago

Put this on the hit list. Awesome atmosphere and cute, cosy, icelandic cottage like restaurant. Food and servce was great. The shark share plate sure is interesting! Not sure I'd have shark again, but it sure was a talking point! Perfect Icelandic date place!

Thank Greg C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had a great dinner with my daughter and we really liked the restaurant, the food, and the service. You must try the Icelandic speciality platter for starter's. Listen to the waiter's recommendations regarding the shark meat. The fish stew is really good, and the...More

Thank George H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were not disappointed in this choice. The lobster soup was superb and the lamb shank main was delicious. The portion size was large and difficult to finish. Well worth a visit.

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We won't pretend to have enjoyed the fermented shark but the food was definitely fine dining and generally delicious. However, the wine paring was underwhelming. Atmosphere was good and the staff were friendly and explained each dish thoroughly. The main was wonderful, as was the...More

Thank rlmrjm
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well known doesn't necessarily equal good in food, this being case here. Nice atmosphere, disinterested staff. We had the lamb which was very good, also fish stew which was pretty tasteless. Lady on next table complained to chef re her steak being tough. Wouldnt bother...More

Thank gcn8
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went there for lunch, the place is quite pricey (as all Iceland) but the lunch offer is quite affordable. We had gravlachs, soup of the day (cauliflower cream soup), lamb and halibut as main dishes and 2 desserts. The service was friendly but bit...More

Thank Viktor G
Reviewed 16 September 2017

Enjoyed a 3 course dinner at this restaurant - green salad, Arctic Char entrée and dessert. Food was fresh and well prepared. Service was professional and attentive without hovering or pressure to speed up. I would go back anytime.

Thank biztraveler05340
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

Laekjarbrekka is located on Reykjavik's principal shopping street in the heart of the city center. It is housed in an historic, frame residence and has a charming interior. My wife and I found the menu to be creative, the food excellent and the service wonderful....More

Thank Warski4755
Reviewed 11 September 2017

i've been to this restaurant many many times during the past 10-15 years, always been exceptional. This was the first visit in probably 4 years or so. Came with a group of 15 people, on a busy saturday night. Must have been a bad luck,...More

Thank BrynjarOrn61
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taijiming
18 June 2016|
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Response from MassRover | Reviewed this property |
No dress code. My wife wore dark jeans and a nice blouse; I wore dark jeans and a button down. We fit right in.
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17 June 2016|
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Response from jontjonsson | Property representative |
Dear sir/madam Just sent us a e-mail on info@laekjarbrekka.is and we will find a place for you. Regards, Jon T Jonsson Restaurant Lækjarbrekka
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Bankastraeti 2, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
  • Location: Europe  >  Iceland  >  Capital Region  >  Reykjavik
  • Phone Number: +354 551 4430
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Description
The housing Laekjarbrekka was built as a dwelling in 1834, by the influential Danish ship owner and merchant P.C Knutzon. Hel also build a bakery and a turf house in the same lot and brought the Danish baker T.D Bernhöft to Iceland to practice his trade here. Bernhöft, who was for a long time the only baker in Reykjavík, bought the houses in 1845. The Bernhöft family continued in the baking business at this location for two generations, building a retail shop onto the dwelling house in 1855. This addition is today the part of the restaurant facing the main street. The building was used as a dwelling until 1961, and a small shop was there until the time of reconstruction began in 1980. By then, the house had fallen into disrepair, and had been neglected for a long time. Its future had been uncertain until 1979, when it and several other houses in the same block were declared protected buildings. During reconstruction, every attempt was made to preserve the original appearance. It is therefore with great pleasure to invite you to dine in this beautifully restored house, which has an eventful 180-year history behind it.
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