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“lunchtime break, real icelandic food”
Review of Laekjarbrekka

Ranked #28 of 464 Restaurants in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, European, Soups, Scandinavian
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: The housing Laekjarbrekka was built as a dwelling in 1834, by the influential Danish ship owner and merchant P.C Knutzon. Hel also build a bakery and a turf house in the same lot and brought the Danish baker T.D Bernhöft to Iceland to practice his trade here. Bernhöft, who was for a long time the only baker in Reykjavík, bought the houses in 1845. The Bernhöft family continued in the baking business at this location for two generations, building a retail shop onto the dwelling house in 1855. This addition is today the part of the restaurant facing the main street. The building was used as a dwelling until 1961, and a small shop was there until the time of reconstruction began in 1980. By then, the house had fallen into disrepair, and had been neglected for a long time. Its future had been uncertain until 1979, when it and several other houses in the same block were declared protected buildings. During reconstruction, every attempt was made to preserve the original appearance. It is therefore with great pleasure to invite you to dine in this beautifully restored house, which has an eventful 180-year history behind it.
Frinton-On-Sea, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“lunchtime break, real icelandic food”
Reviewed January 15, 2014

Myself and family (6 Adults) visited Iceland for a 5 day break. We visited old Reykjavik and chose this place for lunch as it looked really authentic serving Icelandic food. What a pleasant surprise we had. We were greeted by Hrrinn Thora who was very friendly and helpful explaining the menu to us. We had a lovely lunch, all of us having different choices and I must say, it was very tasty and appetizing. We enjoyed excellent food, good value and good service in intimate surroundings. We will certainly be going back to Reykjavik in the summer time and will definitely visit this restaurant again.

  • Visited December 2013
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Wiltshire, England
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33 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Fantastic fish”
Reviewed January 13, 2014

We visited late lunchtime after looking at the board outside advertising that soup of the day was include with any main meal, we like a bargain.
We choose the fish of the day, fresh in every day, whatever happens to be caught. In the event it was Blue Ling, which we hadn't heard of, but was absolutely beautiful, fresh, soft and wonderfully white. Included was home made bread, vegetables, the earlier soup of the day (in this case French Onion) and water. We didn't want wine or coffee and no pressure was put on us to have these.
The service was impeccable, absolutely clean and window seats. The total bill came to exactly that stated on the board outside, at about £26 for both.
We were so pleased that we came back the next day for a repeat. What more needs to be said.

  • Visited January 2014
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Littleton, Colorado
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81 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“A great place for real Icelandic food”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

We dined here to get a taste of authentic Icelandic food. The taste of Iceland appetizer was great. This restaurant is one of the few places that still serves Hakarl (fermented shark). The appetizer also included whale meat, puffin, and dried fish. Both of our entrees were delicious and beautifully presented. Like everything else in Reykjavik, this restaurant is expensive, but it was also delicious.

  • Visited November 2013
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County Durham, United Kingdom
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126 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“A Good Appetiser”
Reviewed January 10, 2014 via mobile

We visited for lunch and enjoyed good service and very tasty seafood in intimate surroundings. The price was very reasonable, particularly as a seafood soup was included with the main course. I hope to return and explore the menu further.

Thank George L
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Chatham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Not as good as we hoped”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

We booked this restaurant in advance as we had seen the reviews on Trip Advisor. We were seated in a room that appeared to be the room for English people ( unless it just so happened that there were lots of English people eating there the night we went. The lighting was a bit bright for our tastes - it looked elegant but we prefer a more cosy style with dimmer lighting. The service was fine. We ordered the Icelandic set menu as we like to try different tastes. Having said this, the mixed starters just wasn't to our tastes - particularly the fermented shark. This comes is 2 small cubes inside a bottle. I would describe the taste as strong ammonia - like blue cheese but 10 times the strength. I asked our tour guide a few days later whether people actually eat this delicacy and she laughed and said no. She described how it is made - I am glad I was not told this at the time. The second course was fish soup - nice but filling. The main meal ( lamb ) - was beautifully cooked and the potato was absolutley delicious. The dessert was also nice. What we noticed was that the food was a bit on the cold side, especially the soup. I am not sure if this is how it was supposed to be, but we prefer it slightly warmer. The reason why I am giving this review 3 out of 5 is due to 2 reasons. First - there was no room on the coat rack for our coats - it was completely full. The main reason for the grading is the toilets. We do not expect to go to a good restaurant were there is no toilet roll and a basket over full with used paper which has fallen onto the floor. I would expect this in a cafe in downtown Alicante, but not in a classy restaurant in Iceland. This was so off-putting. Some one really should have the job of checking the toilets. There were a few toilet rolls stored up on a high shelf in the toilets , but out of reach for customers unless you are over 6ft 2 tall.

  • Visited January 2014
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