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Mioborg
0.5 miles from Hallgrimskirkja
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Excellent service. Very warm personnel. Nice cute atmosphere. Most importantly the food is outstanding, This is the must try restaurant for fish. Make reservation early. I very highly recommend this place.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Our first meal in Reykjavik, and in our opinion the best. We'd just finished a walking tour of the city, and our guide Asi had recommended this restaurant which was just round the corner. My husband & I had cod dishes; for our 9 yr...old son they made a simple plain pasta. The fresh bread was fantastic. Generous portions (we had to tote some leftovers) and very tasty. The cod in curry sauce with apples was delightful. Our waitress with long dark hair, long dark eyelashes was super sweet. Great introduction to our Icelandic adventure.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this place on the food tour and it was fantastic, so we went back. My wife ordered the wolffish pan which was excellent. I ordered the seafood pasta with prawns, cod, artic char, carrot, and mushrooms. What arrived was carrot pasta with 2...king prawns and a few microscopic pieces of char and even smaller cod pieces. I realise Iceland is expensive to eat out but this was not a 4,500kr dish, far from it. If you're going order the fish pans; they're amazing. DON'T ORDER THE PASTA.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am compromising on a 4-star rating since I would give it a 3 and my husband gives it a 5. I ordered the seafood soup, which is normally an appetizer. The server, sweet guy with great smile, suggested I get an additional half-portion since...it's a small serving. My husband got the Wolffish and daughter got the Plokkfiskur. The latter was good but not as good as another restaurant by the church. Husband loved the Wolffish and even finished the Plokkfiskur. My seafood soup was mostly broth with very few pieces of fish. Very, very little pieces (six total, I counted). It was extremely disappointing for me. The ambiance is super casual, the lights are on high so it is not cozy nor does it invite you to sit and enjoy. I would not go again since Reykjavik is full of wonderful places to eat. Glad I went, but won't be back.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had prebooked this restaurant after reading great reviews. We arrived an hour early for our reservation, and we were soon seated, despite it being early Saturday evening. Everything was absolutely wonderful; great staff, service, and food. We had the bread basket, and smoked salmon,...and shrimp appetisers. Each main course comes served in a skillet for you to help yourself; we had the curried cod fillet, plaice and the seafood pasta. All absolutely fantastic; and we shared a chocolate dessert! Highly recommended!!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a disappointment. I have visited Iceland many times and brought many friends and family. I have also told countless people going about my favorite spots. This used to be a must visit, but no longer. Bottom line: After excitedly telling my friend for weeks...how great this meal was going to be, we waited 75 minutes to get it- after being only the second table seated. We watched as the entire restaurant filled up and left in the time we were there. A waitress (who was not ours because she ditched us after we sat down) blamed it on the shared appetizer consisting of three shrimp that we ordered along with our dinner. Despite the fact that we were done with it and asked 45 minutes later to please bring our dinner, those poor three shrimp were blamed for 75 minutes of neglect. Side note: We saw many appetizers being dropped on other tables...We also explained that we had tickets for an event that evening (at the 45 minute mark) and would also like to order dessert. The meal did not come for another 45 minutes, and no dessert order was ever taken. The original waitress came and literally hard dropped the piping hot cast iron pans on our table, then turned and left. We had less than 10 minutes to eat, and I had to call the other venue to make sure they would hold our spots for our late arrival. I have always tipped 20% in every restaurant despite the fact that there is a living wage here. It was the first time in Iceland I ever got up and left with no tip. The waitress was HORRIBLE, and RUDE. Be marginally polite, take responsibility for the fact that you kept forgetting to put in the order, and apologize. It goes a long way. I can't imagine what would ever bring me back there...The good news is, there are many stellar other options- enjoy finding them!!!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 16, 2024 via mobile

Really tasty fish dishes. We had the Plokkfiskur and fillet of cod with a curry sauce. All beautifully cooked and presented

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 15, 2024

All I can say is wow! Had the fish pan dinner of artic char. The freshness, flavorings and presentation was superb. Ice size portions. SUPER BUSY you NEED a reservation and then be amazed

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 7, 2024 via mobile

Fabulous fish served in huge iron pans with all the sides inside. Excellent service and catered for our 7 year old daughter who got a half portion of the salmon (minus chilli) which she loved! Must book, it was very popular. Bread basket and Icelandic...butters beautiful. Mains amazing. Desert spectacular.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed March 6, 2024 via mobile

This place is a must visit for Reykjavik, we read so many reviews of places to eat and this place loved up to the hype. You must have the Arctic Char. We also had the Icelandic cod which was also amazing but the Arctic Char...was another level. Can't recommend this place highly enough!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 4, 2024 via mobile

We like fish, so we were looking forward to the food. Gravlax and Fish Soup starter. The gravlax came with a mustardy, sauce that was overly sweet and cloying. It really overwhelmed the delicate fish taste. The fish soup included prawns. Mains were Atlantic Char...and Wolffish. The char was cooked in LOTS of oil with a a few cherry tomatoes, flaked almonds, green leaves and potatoes. The oil dominated everything. It really needed some sort of sauce. The Wolfish came in a tasty sauce and was better.. Overall distinctly average and lacking flavours.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed February 25, 2024 via mobile

Delicious local fish cuisine. Make a booking as loads of drop in’s being turned away, you can do this online. Ambience lovely and staff very friendly and helpful. Food was delicious and local and portion size good, not overly expensive either.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 14, 2024

This wonderful restaurant is a very busy place. Make a reservation and get ready to enjoy an exceptional meal. Staff is friendly and welcoming, the barkeep makes great martinis, the beer is ice cold and the food is awesome. Portions are generous, plating is creative...and beautiful and service is efficient but not hurried. Messinn was the best food we had during our unforgettable trip to Iceland. Highly recommend Messinn.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 11, 2024

My husband and I ate dinner here on our most recent trip to Iceland and I still think about how good the meal was. I can't wait to come back next time we're in town!

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed February 4, 2024 via mobile

Delicious! Such tasty fish. Tasted so fresh, and different ways of cooking than I expected. We came for lunch had the Wolfish and Artic Char. So good.

Date of visit: February 2024
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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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