Reykjavik Restaurants: Eating like a king for less

If you are traveling on a budget but you still want to try out some of the amazing restaurants Reykjavík has to offer I have a little tip for you today. Many restaurants in Reykjavík offer a lunch menu that is considerably cheaper than the dinner menu. I’m sure this is standard practice all over but sometimes when we travel we kind of forget all our budget tips and tricks from home and go for whatever is the most convenient at that time. But not you guys – you are clued in!

A few examples

At Rub 23 their most famous 14 piece sushi platter goes for 3.990 ISK at night but during lunch you get 14 pieces for 1.990 ISK. The lunch offers don’t only apply to their sushi.

At Grillmarkaðurinn you can get a lamb T-bone steak for 2.990 ISK at lunch but at dinner the price is 4.790 ISK. The same goes for their grilled Monkfish which is 2.490 ISK during lunch but 4.690 ISK at night. Plus their delicious burgers are only on their lunch menu

Fiskfélagið has a pretty decent lunch menu but you can even splurge on a dessert because Blueberry mouse with bragðarefur icecream (yummy) costs only 990 ISK during lunch while you have to pay twice that price or 1.890 ISK at night.


As you can see, by eating your main meal at lunch and get something lighter at night you can cut your costs almost in half. Of course there might be some difference in portion sizes but anyone who’s eaten a 14 piece sushi platter, at lunch or dinner, knows that you really don’t need ALL of the pieces. Plus that if the portions are smaller you have extra room for half priced desserts.

If money is not an issue you can always use the money you saved on more delicious Icelandic beer. Like Einstök for example.

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6 thoughts on “Reykjavik Restaurants: Eating like a king for less”

  1. Anna says:

    Great tip! Do you have some tips for getting a light, relatively cheap evening meal/snack in Reykjavik when you’ve had one of these lunchtime menus? Or even when you want something more substantial in the evening? Thanks!

  2. I’ve heard so many stories about how expensive Iceland is especially for food so this is really interesting and useful! I would love to go one day.

  3. Scott Calkins says:

    Don’t forget the Noodle House on the road leading up to Hallgrímskirkja church. If memory sevs me, a huge noodle bowl with meat was right around 1,000 ISK or so. Been over a year since I was last in Iceland, but that was allways a stop when sightseeing downtown.

  4. Roddy says:

    We booked a hotel through, and the accommodation was a fully equipped (with kitchen) one bedroom apartment right in the heart of the city – called Apartment K. Apartment K was great – a modern block studio, one bed, etc, all with kitchens. This offered great flexibility in eating in / out over our 3 night stay in Reykjavik.

    So we generally had breakfast in the flat (Scottish porridge oats!), lunch out on a day trip (blue lagoon) and then we cooked fresh white fish in the evening in the apartment (freshly caught Haddock from Noatun Supermarket, near the harbour, apparently landed that morning from the deep sea trawlers, not frozen), with a glass of wine, then we went out for a beer and music in town at night time. It was great.

    Fresh fish is really inexpensive in Iceland, if you can find it – we were lucky finding Noatun as we had been looking for a fishmounger near the harbour, where the fishermen on the trawlers directed us to Noatun.

  5. Annemieke says:

    Thanks for the tip! We went to Rub23 and had a great catch of the day, fresh sushi and fish&chips. For lunch time we indeed paid a lot less than we would have at night time. We definately go back there.

    1. mm Auður says:

      I’m glad you found this advice helpful (and that you liked Rub 23) 🙂

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