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“Traditional, good value and friendly”
Review of Laekjarbrekka

Laekjarbrekka
Ranked #32 of 503 Restaurants in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, 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 July 23, 2014

After much research we chose here to try some traditional Icelandic food ( there is only so much fast food one can take!) The place was clean, welcoming and didn't disappoint. Certainly not off the beaten track and easy tipi find, but we were not made to feel like passing tourist trade, and our waiter was happy to talk about where we were from. Many thanks.

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Reviewed July 23, 2014

It was our last dinner in Iceland and we had 10th day experience in restaurants of Iceland already . We've ordered different meals and shared it. Soup from langoustine was the the best, steaks from horse and whale were delicious. Typical icelandic starter (puffin, shark, whale) was interesting and curious. Only one negative fact - there was stuffily in the hall.

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Reviewed July 20, 2014

There was no one else in the restaurant when I went for a weekday lunch, but that was fine. I was waited on hand and foot. My server, Kristbjorg, was very friendly and helpful and gave tips on Icelandic travel and customs. They take credit cards. The prices are not terribly high, considering the central location in the city and the beautifully kept old house it's in. If you're adventurous you MUST try the "if you dare" sampler!

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Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is a very upscale gourmet restaurant, without being pretentious or formal. The food was delicious, and the setting is really pretty in an old house. Be adventurous and the local appetizer sampler, with bite-sized bits of fermented shark, smoked puffin, minke whale, seaweed and wind-dried fish. I was pleasantly surprised!

Thank Brenda C
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Reviewed July 20, 2014

Passed this restaurant on way back from the Harpa and decided to book a table. I am so glad we did. Didn't know anything about restaurant and reputation. The meal was first class, the service attentive without being obsequious and the owner was a delight who took plenty of time to chat with us although restaurant very busy. I am not a great meat eater but decided as I was in Iceland I would try the lamb (don't know last time I ate lamb). It was delicious, so tender and beautifully presented. Yes, it was expensive but it's so good to have a great meal that it us worth spending a bit more.


Thank Susan S
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