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“Amazing food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Laekjarbrekka

Laekjarbrekka
Bankastraeti 2, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
551 4430
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Ranked #18 of 322 Restaurants in Reykjavik
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Seafood
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The housing Lækjarbrekka was built as a dwelling in 1834, by the influential Danish ship owner and merchant P.C Knudtzon. He also built a bakery and a turf house in th 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 Bankastræti. 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, as it had been neglacted for decades. 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 appearence.It is therefore with great pleasure we invite you to dine in this beautifully restored house, which has an eventful 150 years history behind Where to find us:Lækjarbrekka is in the centre of Reykjavík, on the corner of Bankastræti and Lækjargata. Opening hours:Lækjarbrekka is open from 11:30, 7 days a week.
London, England, United Kingdom
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“Amazing food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Lovely traditional Icelandic restaurant in an old traditional wooden house. Staff were great and accommodated us when our hotel had failed to book us a table when we'd asked them to! The food was amazing, the traditional Icelandic tasting course was a great way to taste a bit of everything, the fermented shark was definitely an experience! We then had the minke whale steak and arctic charr which were both really tasty. Total bill came to £100 which include a bottle of wine which I thought wasn't bad for such high quality food, surroundings and service.

Visited February 2014
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“Lovely Restaurant, brilliant food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

On a recent trip to Reykjavik my partner and I visited this restaurant. Usually we would not spend this much money on a meal but as it was the last night of our trip we treated ourselves. We are glad we did, the whole experience was great. The staff were really friendly and welcoming. The food was delicious, we had a set menu each, the Taste of Iceland and the Seafood one. All courses on each menu were lovely, for my partner the lamb main was the highlight for me it was the volcano themed desert! If you are looking to treat yourselves I would highly recommend this place.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“A Taste of Iceland”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Joan and I had decided to visit Iceland in the hope of getting a good view of the Northern Lights,and as we like our" Grub" we placed great emphasis on finding a restaurant where we could taste some food peculiar to the Island.
We walked and studied Menus.We read reviews.We decided to try Laekjarbrekka.
On arrival we were swiftly seated and supplied with the Menu.Our waiter helped with the selection.Dried fish starter followed by Lamb for Joan and Minke Whale followed by Arctic Charr for me.All the food was beautifully presented, excellent in taste and we accompanied it with a bottle of Chilean Sauvignon Blanc.
We finished the meal with coffee and left" Much Lighter in Pocket",but delighted that we had chosen this restaurant for what proved to be a Beautiful Meal which will be remembered along with those other wonderful meals we have experienced on our travels and which to us are every bit as important as the scenery.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“First 'taste' of iceland”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Lovely atmospheric resturant on the main street. Clean and welcoming. Sit in the window and watch the people go by. Great menu choices. I had the tomatoe soup to start and then minke whale which was absolutely delicious, melted in the mouth, like the best steak ever (not fishy as expected). Good selection of vegetables. My sister had a lamb stew, which was equally delicious. The choc and almond cake was a bit of a disappointment a bit dry. Lovely waiter called Hrpinn

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Icelandic excellence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

I wanted to experience the best of Icelandic cuisine while in Iceland and this meal was certainly one of the best of my trip. My server, Hreinn, was attentive and explained the various dishes including how they were prepared. I choose the fish of the day, monkfish, which was serviced with fresh cooked vegetables and pureed potatoes. It was excellent as was the green pea soup that came as an appetizer. Flavors were amazing! Nothing beats fresh ingredients and this meal tasted like it was straight off the farm and out of the sea. Highly recommend!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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