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“Great food and excellent service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Paris

Cafe Paris
Austurstraeti 14, Reykjavik, Iceland
551 1020
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Ranked #135 of 320 Restaurants in Reykjavik
Price range: $0 - $25
Cuisines: Bar, Coffee Shop, Bistro
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Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: An Icelandic Icon The Heart of Reykjavik City The spacious but intimate Café Paris is a café and a restaurant known for first-class service and bistro-style meals, primarily made using fresh local produce, in the heart of the city centre, Austurvöllur. Austurvöllur is Iceland?s Champ du Mars, where locals relax on warm summer afternoons, overlooked by the Icelandic Parliament, and the Dómkirkjan. Its long history and esteemed reputation has contributed to it being one of the most successful restaurants and cafés in all of Iceland. This year, Café Paris celebrates its twentieth anniversary. Guests were asked for their feedback to help the management continue to offer the highest standards. In its anniversary year, Café Paris has a professional staff providing great service, knowledgeable about the menu, wine, cocktail and coffee selections and the mouth-watering desserts. A Landmark for all Café Paris is a city landmark meaning different things to different people. It?s where artists contemplate in solitude, writers busily document their thoughts on a laptop, politicians escape heated debates and share a quiet moment together, young adults giggle and smile over Mocha and sweetened Latte, young mothers share a slice of a homemade chocolate cake and creamy coffee, students gather to celebrate and hungry travellers come to experience Icelandic bistro culture. In summer, the tables outdoors facing the Parliament are always packed. Sheltered from the North Atlantic breeze, days of sunshine in the very heart of the city are hard to resist, and the well-trained and experienced staff make sure none go hungry or thirsty. Eat in style There is nothing like the house white wine boiled mussels and a glass of Pinot Grigio on a beautiful summer?s day, or a succulent burger with a bun fresh out of the oven and ice-cold beer. For dessert, the house speciality is a French chocolate cake?freshly baked in house?and best served with deluxe coffee. The well kept secret recipe is legendary in Reykjavík. A Weekend Hotspot Come the weekend, Café Paris turns into a sophisticated bar with live jazz music playing from 11 pm. The atmosphere is a unique fusion of a Parisian jazz club and a sophisticated Icelandic wine bar. The wide variety of imaginative cocktails is the creation of ambitious bartenders who aim to impress with rich flavouring. Café Paris caters to all ages and nationalities. Café Paris may seem to be a Parisian café in Reykjavík but local culinary traditions and fresh Icelandic produce are at the heart of this Reykjavík bistro.
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Great food and excellent service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

My wife and I went for a meal here after an afternoon relaxing at the Blue Lagoon and the food and service were excellent. Alcohol is pricey, but this is common to everywhere in Iceland, and the bottle of wine we had was also excellent.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ghent, Belgium
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Good food, relaxed atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Very good location on a central square, cosy interior, relaxed atmosphere, swift service and great food (I can recommend the roasted lamb and the tagliatelle with lobster and cognac sauce). Recommended.

Visited September 2013
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Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom
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“Give it a miss”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

Badly named as any cafe in Paris would be out of business with this service and quality. Poor selection of food (unless you live on burgers) and service slow. Sent my drink of Guinness back, unpalatable and told that we would not be charged for the drink. Eventually went up to desk to get bill and the Guinness was still included. Other reviews seem to say their breakfasts are good, so maybe they should stop at that.

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Love this Place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

It is not anything special but the food is excellent and the service very good. The prices are reasonable based on the other restaurants in Reykjavik. This is a great place to go on maybe your first night of arrival so you don't spend all night walking round not knowing where to eat.
Although very controversial, they offer whale on the menu and I would recommend highly, but that will be down to your own personal feelings about this.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Breakfast, plenty to eat but had better in Reykjavik”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

If you are hungry for brekkie this is the place to come. Partner had the fry, which came with eggs, bacon, fruit, small pot of yoghurt, pancakes, fruit. I opted for egg and bacon and the local Skyr and muesli. My eggs came fried and unfortunately it was a case of the oil being too hot in the pan, as the eggs were over cooked at the bottom before having a chance to cook on top. The Skyr was very tasty, very thick and creamy. Overall ok, wouldn't rush back service a little too relaxed and laid back. Not on the ball, though I suppose it was just gone 9am and already they were quite busy. Perhaps they were hoping for a more gentle start to their day.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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