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“WOW what a mediocre restaurant”

Restaurant Reykjavik
Ranked #100 of 464 Restaurants in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, European, Soups, Scandinavian
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Located in the heart of Reykjavík. Restaurant Reykjavík is famous for it`s fresh Seafood Buffet, and beautiful historical house. The house, which was built in 1870 and has had many uses through the years. Now one of the biggest and finest restaurants in Iceland.
Cole Harbour, Canada
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220 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“WOW what a mediocre restaurant”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

The first clue should have been the sign saying Buffet. Now some places do in fact have a buffet and have good food. Unfortunately this is not one of them. It is expensive (comparable to fine dining establishments) but the buffet while fairly plentiful and having a fair selection was not good. The cold and the hot dishes were all room temperature and uniformly under or not seasoned. Which when dealing with fish is inexcusable. Especially in Iceland which produces some of the worlds finest fish. The potatoes (roasted) and a cod and cheese dish were the only two hot dishes and were both descent (after being seasoned). We also ordered a bottle of wine (do not complain about the price of alcohol in Iceland it is expensive everywhere you go). And the two we were interested in were not available. Though to give the server credit she recommended a replacement (for the same price) and it was quite good. The deserts were the tastiest part of the Buffet and they should be as they are pre made and (some were still frozen when placed out), and thus the kitchen had nothing to do with preparing them.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank Hanthonythomas
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Dublin, Ireland
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed August 29, 2012

This restaurant serves an "eat as much as you want" fish buffet which was superb . The only downside was eating too much!

Visited August 2012
1 Thank Nessa C
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Derby, England
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed August 21, 2012

Genuinely surprised at some of the negative reviews here. Maybe the venue has read them & acted accordingly.

We went of the buffet option. This is after being shown round the buffet options (the staff's suggestion). Presentation was excellent. I was at first put off by the price - I'm an Iceland novice - until my wife pointed out that this quantity & standard of seafood would be a similar price in the UK.

So what did the food taste of? Well.....fish! There's a surprise. If anyone was expecting exotic Indian spices, or Mexican fire, would be disappointed. However, this is Iceland & they like their fish to taste of fish, and buy is there a massive selection of it - salmon in many forms, cod, Minke whale marinated or smoked (but both excellent), shrimp / prawns in various styles, etc, etc...

I also noticed that there were a lot of locals in the restaurant, even on a Monday. This always tells me that the menu is genuine.

The only fault I can find is that the buffet was very popular & so occasionally I had to wait a few seconds before being able to access the food.

Staff were attentive, available, & knowledgeable. We could not fault them.


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2 Thank finbarr_in_z
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Calgary, Canada
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great location, horrible service”
Reviewed August 17, 2012

This restaurant has a lot of promise. First of all, it is in a great location and has a wonderful outdoor deck for eating and watching all the people walking through the square. If you go here, you will have lots of time for people watching, because service is the slowest I have ever experienced. The only reason we stayed there was because it was fun to see exactly how long things could possibly take.

When we showed up for our dinner reservation, we were directed to a table that was in behind a shed and the BBQ, all on its own. When we asked if we could move to a recently vacated table on the main patio, we were given the go-ahead and told that someone would be by to clear the table off shortly. 30 minutes later, no one had yet been by for the dishes, to give us menus, or to take a drink order. Finally, we had to go in and ask for menus (while watching people who got there after us being given drinks and food far earlier than us... this was the case around the patio. Very uneven service with some people being served quickly and many others being forgotten about) and had to get very pushy to get our drinks.

We ordered dinner (my mom and brother had the overpriced and underquality fish buffet and I had the summer salad and hamburger thanks to an inability to eat seafood). There was nothing obnoxious about the buffet but also nothing great about it. The salad was ok, but the hamburger... it was very thin and still completely raw inside, even though I asked for it to be cooked well done. Food was very slow to come out, though at least they were quick to make a new hamburger done well this time.

The waitress was very friendly but seemed overwhelmed - she looked to be managing the entire outdoor patio on her own, which is insane; it's large and it was packed. The restaurant also seems to be the stopping point for many tour buses, so that could also slow down service. 40 people hitting a restaurant all at once can wreak havoc on a kitchen.

Overall, it took us over two hours to finish dinner, which is crazy considering two of our three-person party had the buffet! Give this restaurant a skip, unless you like to overpay for underdone food and wait for service that may never come.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank Beth A
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59 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Good on fish variety/ poor on taste”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

We tried this place because a guide book recommended it and we were interested in eating some good seafood- the buffet looked great, so we gave it a try. They had a huge selection of seafood options, but all were very disappointing on quality / taste. The atmosphere in the place was nice, service was fine, but the food was just really lacking Not worth it- Go somewhere else.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank newyork10011
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