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The 2018 Michelin Guide recommends five Reykjavík restaurants

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  • Dill Restaurant The first and only restaurant in Iceland which has been awarded a Michelin star. Photo/Mikael Axelsson

The 2018 Michelin Guide recommends five restaurants in Reykjavík. In addition to Dill, which retains its Michelin star, the first Michelin star awarded to an Icelandic restaurant, the prestigious guide lists Matur og Drykkur on its Bib Gourmand list, while listing three restaurants on the Michelin Plate: Good cooking list. A Bib Gourmand award is given to restaurants which offer "exceptionally good food at moderate prices." 

Read more: Dill in downtown Reykjavík receives first Michelin star awarded to an Icelandic restaurant

Here's what the Michelin guide has to say about these five places:

Dill, Hverfisgata 12

"This small, dimly-lit restaurant has become a favourite destination for New Nordic cooking. It resembles an old barn, and the best of the island's produce is skilfully prepared at the central counter. Each dish uses just a handful of ingredients but demonstrates complexity in its textures and flavours."

Dill was awarded one Michelin Star, for "High quality cooking, worth a stop! Using top quality ingredients, dishes with distinct flavours are carefully prepared to a consistently high standard."

Meal prices: Menu 11900/13900 ISK
Good to know: dinner only - booking essential - tasting menu only
Additional information: Private dining rooms

Matur & Drykkur, Grandagarður 2

"This simple little eatery is named after an Icelandic cookbook and shares its premises with the Saga Museum. Old recipes are given modern twists, resulting in delicious dishes with a creative edge. The à la carte is supplemented by great value 'Icelandic Snacks', along with various tasting menus at dinner."

Matur & Drykkur has Bib Gourmand mention for "good quality, good value cooking". "Bibs" are awarded for simple yet skilful cooking for under £28 or €40.

Meal prices: Menu 3590 ISK (lunch) 5070/8180 ISK (Carte)
Additional information: Wheelchair accessible, Enclosed car park

Vox, Hilton Reykjavik Nordica Hotel, Suðurlandsbraut 2

"A stylish restaurant and bar set off the lobby of the Hilton hotel. At lunch there's a popular hot and cold buffet; at dinner, choices include an à la carte and 'Season' and 'Seafood' tasting menus. Cooking is modern and creative."

Meal prices: Menu 3850/8900 ISK - 6950/12870 ISK (carte)
Additional information: Wheelchair accessible, Air conditioning, Private dining rooms, Enclosed car park

Gallery, Holt Hotel, Bergstadastraeti 37

"The island's oldest and most highly regarded restaurant sits within the Holt hotel, and comes with red furniture and a huge art collection. Classic French cooking uses top island produce; the cured salmon recipe dates back to 1966!"

Meal prices: Menu 3900/14900 ISK - Carte 7650/13500 ISK
Good to know: booking essential
Additional information: A particularly interesting wine list, Private dining rooms

Grillið, Radisson Blue Saga Hotel, Hagatorg

"Located at the top of a hotel; the unusual ceiling depicts the zodiac signs but it's the 360° views that will steal your attention, especially at sunset. The young team deliver an array of ambitious Nordic dishes with clear flavours."

Meal prices: Menu 10900 ISK - 9250/12950 ISK (carte)
Good to know: dinner only - booking essential - tasting menu only
Additional information: Interesting or extensive view, Air conditioning, Enclosed car park 



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