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“Fantastic food and atmosphere”
Review of Hofnin

Ranked #23 of 473 Restaurants in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $40
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Hofnin has a beautiful seaside view overlooking the harbour.
New York
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Fantastic food and atmosphere”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

My friend and I visiting Iceland really wanted a great 'Icelandic' meal but didn't want anything too touristy. Obviously we had to try the local fish so we went down to the Old Harbour, Reykjavik. We came across this super cute little restaurant right on the harbour. Great view, lovely atmosphere inside, friendly staff, good prices and fresh delicious food.

Definitely a winner.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Tanya P
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kapitola56, Guest Relations Manager at Hofnin, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Dear Tanya P,

Happy to hear you had a good time at the harbour!
best wishes to you this coming summer.
Hofnin staff
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English first
Orangeville, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Hofnin offers a beautiful harbour view”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

Our Hotel Natura recommended this restaurant to us when we were unable to obtain a table on a Saturday night for any of TA's top five recommended restaurants. (We tried to make those reservations Saturday morning so don't make our mistake and wait so late!) I enjoyed Reindeer meatballs at Hofnin for the first time (what would Santa say?!) and I have to say the view was quite wonderful right by the harbour which sets them apart from most other dining spots. There is one table right between the two large windows where one isn't able to see outside as well but you can still see some of the lovely view.
The wine list was somewhat disappointing but that was consistent with our other dining experiences in Iceland. Perhaps accessibility presents problems. Being on an island certainly affects food prices. We found Hofnin, and all the better places to eat, very expensive though the food is very good. To put into perspective how expensive food can be in Reykjavik: a hamburger and fries at Hotel Natura is around $25! Hofnin seemed to be a popular date spot for locals (it was, after all, Saturday night) which made it a tiny bit dressier than the typical very casual dress seen everywhere in Reykjavik.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Torontolyn
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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Find it if you can.”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

It's at the harbour and the only reason we found it was by doing the City Tour that day. I had read the review on Tripadvisor and made notes of the recommended restaurants and this one.
It was everything I had read and more. The staff were really friendly and we had a great table by the window.
As we are not big eaters we asked if we could have portions to share. Not a problem. Mussels was the first course and thank goodness we only had 1/2 a portion. Our dishes were overflowing and not until the bill came did we realise that it was only 1/2.
I had Catfish as my main course. Couldn't manage a desert but did have coffee.
The food is not the cheapest but it certainly is fine dining.

Visited April 2013
Thank Viv J
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Delicious local food”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

Lovely location by the old harbour. delicious langoustine and amazingly tender lamb. Not cheap but worth it.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Gill D
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed April 3, 2013 via mobile

Having read the reviews we found ourselves rather disappointed. Perhaps our expectations had been raised too high. The service was unsmiling and offhand which is such a shame because it adds so much to the pleasure. The food was well cooked and nicely presented but was bland and boring. There was no wow factor at all.

Visited April 2013
Thank Sandy C
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