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“Great views, expensive, disappointing food.” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Perlan

Perlan
Oskjuhlio, Reykjavik 125, Iceland
+354 5620200
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Ranked #93 of 348 Restaurants in Reykjavik
Price range: $0 - $100
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Doing business
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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“Great views, expensive, disappointing food.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

This was to be our 'special' meal of the whole trip, a slightly delayed Valentine's Day feast, so we pushed the boat out, got properly dressed up and took a taxi to Perlan.

The restaurant at Perlan is stunning; a huge dome set on top of water storage tanks, it has magnificent views out over Reykjavik and the surrounding countryside. Even better, the restaurant revolves so you get to enjoy all 360 degrees of the panorama whilst you eat. At night, with the dome twinkling with hundreds of tiny lights, it feels quite romantic.

We opted for the special 4 course menu, advertised as a great way to taste the highlights, with accompanying 4 glasses of wine, which the waitress told us had been especially selected to complement the food.

The first course of citrus-marinated sea trout with yoghurt sauce was lovely, light and fresh. But the specially selected wine turned out to be half a glass of a bland Pinot Grigio - a disappointment which was exacerbated when the next course, lobster soup with lobster tails, was also accompanied by a small glass of this drab plonk. The soup wasn't the best, but it wasn't bad; it most definitely did not go with the wine. Things continued downhill with the main course - lamb "prime fillet" with beetroot and pickled shallots. The restaurant at the Ranga hotel had taught us just how special Icelandic lamb could be. Unfortunately this dish was not in that category - a meagre lump of poor quality meat, unevenly cooked and served with no sauce to disguise its inadequacy. The accompanying wine was a Chianti, so rough that it was undrinkable. Perlan redeemed itself slightly with a pretty and tasty dessert of vanilla ice cream with chocolate brownie and caramel, served with a pleasant Trivato dessert wine, but overall this meal was a huge and expensive disappointment.

Go for the views and the Saga museum, but not for the dining experience.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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“Worth it for the views but not the food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

We ate here as a group of 13, and were lucky enough to get a table in the revolving area. Views are good, and continually changing - although it's a little disorientating when finding your way back to your table after leaving it for a few minutes!

The set menu is reasonably priced compared to the a la carte, so we went for that. One thing to note is that you can only order the set menu if everyone on the table orders it - a problem if anyone does not like it. As it was, the restaurant were accommodating enough to change a the starters and desserts for a couple of people on our table. The fish starters were reportedly good, but the salad substitute was boring, and the cauliflower soup substitute was awful. The main and dessert were very good, however. The dessert, in particular, was way better than it sounded from its description.

One waiter was particularly helpful when splitting the bill (always a problem in a large group), but the rest of the waiters just performed their basic jobs without going any further.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Oslo, Norway
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“Nice view, but wouldn't go there”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

It's a nice view to take a picture..but it really isn't that nice. The food is not so great and I would spend time in the town more than going to this tourist place. No charm at all.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Malmo, Sweden
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Wonderful views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

It's a little walk outside central Reykjavik but well worth it for the views! Walk up here and have lunch in their cafeteria, then have a stroll outside on the roof terrace and take in the breath taking views of Reykjavik and the surrounding areas. The Saga Museum is situated here, so give it a stop to learn about Iceland history.

Visited March 2013
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“What a let down - we expected so much more”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

We had been recommended the Perlan restaurant by friends so decided to book a table there to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We were really looking forward to it but we were so very disappointed. We opted for the four course tasting menu with wine. The first two courses were ok but not the stunning taste sensation we were expecting. However the white wine we were served was room temperature. When we mentioned this to our waiter (who I think may have been the head waiter of our section) he said that the wine was supposed to be served like that. It was very strange. Our main course just did not arrive. We waited an hour and eventually asked a waitress when we could expect it and were given a very surprised look. She then said she thought we had already been served our main course and rushed off to speak to the Head Waiter. However, instead of coming back over to us to be honest and say that they had forgotten us, they came over and said that our mains were being prepared and would be out soon. By this time we decided that enough was enough and we decided to leave. The Head Waiter tried to insist that we stay for our main courses and that we had to pay for them so we called the Manager over. In fairness, he handled the situation very well and suggested that we come again the following night but the damage was done. Honestly - the restaurant does have panoramic views over Rekhjavik but it is brightly lit with a lot of tables. It is noisy and there is a lot of hustle and bustle. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone who was travelling to Iceland.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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