We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Very good food and menu” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Grillmarkadurinn (The Grill Market)

Grillmarkadurinn (The Grill Market)
Laekjargata 2A, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 571 7777
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #6 of 320 Restaurants in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Seafood, Grill, Scandinavian
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Boston, MA
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Very good food and menu”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

My wife and I ate at The Grill Market in early March. All our choices from the menu were interesting and well presented. Our appetizers and dinners were delicious although mine were not as hot as I would have liked - but it was a Monday. We would go back.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

1,844 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    1,327
    382
    100
    23
    12
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Nice food but felt rushed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

The food here is nice but you can't help but feel that the staff are trying to turn tables around as quickly as possible. It's also quite pricey for what the meal actually is.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Coral Gables, Florida
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Best combination of Iceland and American taste”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

The restaurant is a magnificent looking restaurant. Eat downstairs. Menu has grilled items that Americans like and Icelandic items so you know you are not in America. Service was top notch. A little expensive but worth it.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kingsport, Tennessee
Top Contributor
178 reviews 178 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 84 cities Reviews in 84 cities
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
“Locavore…..Iceland style”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We had the opportunity to try this restaurant on our last night in Reykjavik. Our Glacier hike guide (Cheers, Valti) recommended the restaurant. The Grillmarket’s raison d’etre is to source everything locally and put their spin on it. As might be expected from the name, there is plenty of mammal flesh on the menu. There is seafood as well, but the show here is steak, etc. Again, reservations are recommended, especially if you want to eat between 6 – 8. We showed up a little early and had to wait in the lounge (with drinks of course) for a table to clear. The dining area is a two story affair with the lounge on the lower level. The décor is rustic but very well executed. Seating tends to be a little cramped but space is at a premium so no worries (strike up a conversation with your neighbor). We started off with tempura vegetables, shell fish soup, and the Minke whale steak. Whaling is still an industry in Iceland and it would seem foolish not to try the local fare. Seared on the outside and rare in the middle it was not unlike a good steak. Since I’m a sushi fan I had no problems with it and neither did a couple of my tablemates who are less adventurous. For entrees the entire table went with steaks. Interested in trying another local flavor I opted for the tenderloin of horse. History indicates that Icelanders stopped eating horse meat when they adopted Christianity ~ 1000 AD. Apparently, the ban was lifted when starvation started to become prevalent. Anyhoo, horse meat is leaner than beef and typically has a stronger flavor. My steak was delicious and I would have no issues ordering it again if the occasion arose. The other steaks were a selection of tenderloins and ribeyes. Everyone enjoyed their entrée. As we were plenty sated we opted to pass on dessert. The Grillmarket is certainly pricier than most of the other venues in Iceland, and you wouldn’t want to eat there every night. But it’s definitely worthy of a visit if you’re in town. And don’t forget to try the Minke whale.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Fine dining”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We attended this restaurant based on the recommendation of a friend, and were able to get reservations despite some last minute changes. We were in a large group and wanted to get a sample of a bunch of the menu. We ordered the mini slider appetizer which had whale, puffin, and lobster that we all shared. The bread was unbelievable, including the butter and trademark Icelandic black lava salt to spread on top. We ordered the fish and meat gourmet dishes. The meat, which included tenderloin, duck, and lamb, was cooked perfectly and was very tasty. Presentation on all dishes was creative and well done. The fish gourmet was the prize dish of the night. There was salmon, cod, and I believe snapper, but may have mistaken the last one. Either way, the fish was prepared exquisitely and has tons of flavor which included spice and sauces. We also ordered the horse tenderloin to try something else new, and this was nicely prepared and not too gamey. The drinks were very expensive, but tasty - one drink I had for example was a rhubarb mojito. The restaurant itself was nicely done with high end finishing and good atmosphere. One weird/interesting thing about the dinner was after the main courses were complete, the staff relocates you to a lounge area where you can get dessert, coffee (and Irish coffee/ after dinner drinks), and your bill. We spent some additional time there and in total spent almost 3 hours at the restaurant, a truly fine dining experience. Although I do not think it is the best restaurant in Iceland as many suggest, it is definitely not to be missed and it is a very nice dining experience.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Grillmarkadurinn (The Grill Market) also viewed

 
Reykjavik, Capital Region
Reykjavik, Capital Region
 

Been to Grillmarkadurinn (The Grill Market)? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Grillmarkadurinn (The Grill Market), register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.