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“Must be done if at the Blue Lagoon” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lava Restaurant

Lava Restaurant
240 Grindavik, Grindavik, Iceland
+354 420 8815
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Ranked #3 of 11 Restaurants in Grindavik
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $22 - $56
Cuisines: Seafood, Scandinavian
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Italy
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“Must be done if at the Blue Lagoon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Well if you are spending the day at the BL and you have time, the LAVA restaurant is perfect. We had lunch here in our BL bathrobes and it was nice and cosy seeing as it was snowing/hailstoning/sunny outside. All of the windows are glass so you can see outside while you are eating and the roof of the restaurant has a great view over the lagoon.

We were there in March, I dont remember a buffet as we ordered from the menu. Food was good and the place is very elegant but you dont look out of place in your bathrobe.

It is a bit pricey but hey you will probably only go to the Blue Lagoon once if your life so why not make the most of it!

  • Visited March 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Arlington, Virginia
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“Fantastic! Do not rush it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

We chose Lava for our final Iceland dinner, after a day blissfully soaking in the Blue Lagoon. However, we didn't anticipate the European pacing of dinner (we had a 9pm appointment elsewhere, and went in to dinner at 7, thinking 90 minutes would be sufficient.) It became apparent one hour in, that this was a place to have a long, leisurely dinner, enjoying the excellent food & wine, and the other-worldly view of the steaming lagoon at dusk, right outside the windows. Even though we chose that night's 3-course preset dinner, we still had to rush, and eventually had to ask (before the entrees arrived) for our desserts to-go. What a pity---everything was quite delicious and artfully prepared and presented... amazing langostines! We probably should have chosen the bistro next door for a quicker meal, had we realized we didn't have adequate time, but I have no regrets about the delicious food we enjoyed at Lava---only that we had to rush due to our own timeframe. Give it at least 2.5 hours for dinner! (The chocolate ganache dessert, later back at the hotel, was sensational!)

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Lunch buffet was lovely and great for kids”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

The kids really enjoyed the restaurant sitting in their bathrobes and being able to pick and choose what they wanted to eat. The adults enjoyed the sushi and roast dishes, plus the atmosphere was lovely. Since the children were only half price and free, it became a very decent price for the meal. All food in Iceland is very expensive and this a highlight.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Mukilteo, Washington
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“A seafood smorgasbord”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

That was the best part, and who doesn't love sushi for lunch?We only had the option of the buffet for lunch (it's a seasonal thing) and the food was very good, but the overall price was a bit much.

Visited August 2012
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“Excellent service but food not on par”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

The restaurant is nicely located in front of he lagoon, and the setting is nice and elegant. We were impressed by the courtesy, professional skills and warmth of the personnel (at least those who attended us) but food was pretty average: fish soup was too salty, char was average (although ingredients seemed to be of good quality). A good dining option if you spend the day at the lagoon (they start serving dinner as of 17:00) but do not plan a visit for the restaurant alone.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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