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“Second visit!”
Review of Laekjarbrekka

Laekjarbrekka
Ranked #31 of 502 Restaurants in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
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.
Reviewed April 17, 2014

We visited this restaurant again for the second time while we were in Iceland. Excellent service and food as the first time. highly recommend visiting here.

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Reviewed April 15, 2014

Stumbled on this restaurant after landing late and looking for a late lunch. Quaint restaurant - small and friendly. Excellent food - had the best smoked salmon pasta I've ever tasted and chance to try some Icelandic dishes.

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Reviewed April 14, 2014

I brought my wife here for her birthday dinner. We booked beforehand and were a little disappointed to have to eat at 1900, a little early. The early hour was due to large parties so we were a little concerned about the quality of the service. We shouldn't have worried.

We were shown to (in my mind) the best table in the house, the service throughout was superb, just attentive enough to get whatever we wanted without being overwhelmed in every way.

We did the touristy thing of having the tasting platter. The puffin and whale were excellent, the air dried fish was a little "meh" and the fermented shark was, to my taste, surprisingly bland.

My wife's surf and turf (lamb and lobster tail) was one of the best things she's ever eaten and my minke whale was outstanding in every way. The whale tasted mostly like a delicious steak (maybe kangaroo or ostrich) but the seared edges tasted a little like seared tuna, an amazing experience.

We ordered desert but instead of just bringing the desert, they made up a desert selection for my wife's birthday, a lovely touch we really appreciated.

Choosing a wine to go with this selection of food was a challenge but we had an excellent claret.

We ate like and were treated like royalty, enjoyed food better than I've had in some Michelin starred restaurants and still ended up spending less than £75 a head - in Reykjavik !

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Reviewed April 12, 2014

Visited Iceland in March 2014 with my family and we chose to eat at Laekjarbrekka on the third evening of our stay. Everyone had the Fish of the day (Blue Ling) which was served with complementary soup! The food arrived very promptly and was absolutely delicious, the presentation was immaculate and at unbelievable prices, I think the cheapest in Reykjavik! The waiter, Hrpin(?), aka 'Clean', was incredibly attentive, humorous and recommended other places for us to visit. We enjoyed the food and service so much that we returned on the final evening of our stay, where we had Catfish; which again was absolutely superb. It was a shame it wasn't busier, but we were visiting in the off season! 10/10, would definitely visit again.

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Reviewed April 11, 2014

We visited Iceland in December 2013 and on one of the nights where the 'lights' decided not to play we chose to eat at a nice restaurant. The hotel recommended the restaurant - and we had previously seen the boards outside the restaurant. To say this was good was an understatement.
The staff were excellent throughout the evening and the food was superb.
We tried items that we wouldn't normally get in the UK.
The Fermented shark was not my favourite food - but you have to try these things!
The Tenderloin of horse was so good - perfectly cooked.
Everything was just as it should be - the Head waiter especially deserves credit for attention to detail and the best customer service. If you are in your hotel room looking at places to eat in Reykjavik - look no further. enjoy!

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