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Messinn is a small seafood restaurant, located in the heart of Reykjavík. We specialize in fresh seafood that we offer for lunch and dinner, every day of the week. Messinn's specialties are without a doubt our fish pans, in which we serve freshly cooked fish, along with butter-fried potatoes and vegetables that melt in your mouth. Come and enjoy eating delicious and crunchy fresh fish in a cosy environment. We look forward to seeing you.
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
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Seafood, European, Healthy, Scandinavian
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited here whilst on holiday, after having told local friends we’d booked it - they said ‘hmm it’s not the best’ but we thought we’d give it a go. We waited for a table to be made ready despite booking in advance. Sat down and...waited another 20 minutes to order drinks & food, the soup arrived lukewarm, the salmon was ok but the very strong onion overpowered it. The waiter who was cleaning a table next to us said he was busy setting another table & we had to wait to send it back despite me saying we were waiting to eat and already sat down. WE should have been his priority. It was taken away & microwaved & came back hot. The mains then came sizzling hot (char for me, plaice for my husband). Mine was over salted (chunks of salt visible, I drank the whole bottle of water on the table with my food just to make it tolerable despite scraping the salt off), and his was heavily drenched in fish sauce. We also had a beer & glass of Pinot Grigio… Total cost in English money £104…for not pleasant, over priced food and the poorest service we’ve had since being here.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Delicious fish, great atmosphere, can't get better food in Iceland. The service wasn't the best but admittedly they were fully booked that evening. The Plaice was to die for.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the artic char and dessert here. All the food we ordered was delicious. It is vegan friendly.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Meals come in a small skillet placed on a wood tablet on your table. We had carrot and broccoli fritters. It was basically a really good falafel. I recommend.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had Dinner here twice because I have never had Arctic Char which was outstanding. The atmosphere and service was also excellent. Don’t miss a visit to this restaurant when you visit Reykjavik

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Super cosy restaurant in a really good location. I can imagine the seafood here dividing opinion a little but for me, hands down the best seafood I've eaten. I went with the cod and the combination of flavours was awesome, the cod just melted away...as soon as you put it in your mouth. Some might find the amount of sauce a bit much if they prefer their fish more straight up but for me it was exactly how I like it and the apple crumble was excellent too.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're going on a Saturday night, you should make a reservation to avoid disappointment. It gets fully booked, and we were lucky to come by earlier in the day and got a table for early dinner. The food is as described by other reviewers...- fish pans are of generous size, great flavours, on the salty side. Had the wolffish and gellur. Prices are Icelandic. Worth a return trip.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tried the seafood pasta and artic char. Both are delicious. Personally I prefer the artic char. Its slightly crispy on the outside with a hint of nutty tastes, inside is soft and savoury. A bit disappointing on the service as staff were not friendly and...tried to force some smiles.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed two delicious fish dishes and fun cocktails. Service was great. The only negative was the tables were very close together, making it hard to maneuver.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice, cozy Icelandic restaurang with genuine feel to it. Food is really good, laid back athmospheare and prices are good

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were here as part of a walking food tour. The dishes they served were amazing. My husband is not a fan of fish but even he said that the food was fabulous.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 23, 2022

Messinn was probably the best restaurant we ate in in Iceland. The fish dishes were very good - really tasty. The ambience and service were good. Prices were what you would expect for a good quality restaurant in Iceland.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed October 21, 2022

We really liked this place, my cousin and I were in Iceland for about 5 days and ate everywhere. The seating is cozy, Not too crowded, very comfortable, the staff was sweet. We ordered dirty martinis everywhere (ugly Americans) but no one drinks them in...Iceland but everyone did their best to accommodate us.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed October 21, 2022 via mobile

Probably some of the best fish dishes in Iceland. Portions are very generous and flavors are fantastic. Good wine selection. Service is good but can get a bit sparse when busy. Skip the dessert, nothing impressive. Cozy and welcoming atmosphere, perfect for a night out.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 19, 2022

My friends and I took a walking tour of Reykjavik and asked our guide for a restaurant recommendation at the end of the tour. Without hesitation, he named this restaurant. We were able to get a table because we went as soon as it opened...at 4:00pm and we had the best seafood meal we could recall. A couple of us had the broiled cod, one had the Atlantic char, and one had the seafood medley. They were all fantastic! They were served in the frying pans they were cooked in. They were perfectly prepared and the flavors were amazing. A fairly large group came in while we were there and we found out that it was a foodie tour group. We highly recommend this restaurant!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Response from vykintasz2017 | Reviewed this property |
Casual dress code. It’s a very nice place but it’s not a high end restaurant. Very rustic interiors.
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You can check out the menus in English on Messinn's website. There are two locations - the Laekjargotu one is near Tjornin (the pond) and the other one is near the Maritime Museum. From what I've seen, the one near the pond... More
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