Gamla / Old Iceland

Gamla / Old Iceland

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Miðborg, Reykjavik
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    Ashley
    "The cod, shellfish soup, brownie and rhubarb cake were all amazing."(8 Tips)
    Kyle W.
    "The cod and fish soup are delicious and are beautifully presented."(12 Tips)
    Marie
    "The cod with root veggies and the fish stew were both outstanding!"(21 Tips)
    Alexis S.
    "The restaurant owner's mom bakes the rhubarb cake and the brownies!"(3 Tips)
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  • Marieheart icon on user image
    MarieJuly 1, 2018
    This place is so cute and rustic! Quite tiny but cozy and worth the 20 minute wait. The food is fantastic! The cod with root veggies and the fish stew were both outstanding! Great drinks & desserts!
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    Hanna JohanssonJanuary 13, 2017
    We had the lobster soup and the cod with mashed potatoes. It was the best cod I've ever had. So delicious I highly recommend it. Great service as well. And the place has a really nice vibe.
  • Miguel Roberto M.heart icon on user image
    Had the traditional lamb soup, braised beef cheeks and the rhubarb cake. All really great. The beef cheeks in particular made the meal for me! Very soft, tender and flavourful!
  • Yakubu B.heart icon on user image
    Yakubu BayiFebruary 27, 2020
    Lamb is great but the cod is superb. Service and friendliness of the staff is excellent. They held our reservation for 2 hours, despite a 1 hour waiting list, as our flight was delayed.
  • maite a.heart icon on user image
    maite aNovember 27, 2016
    Really good icelandic food. The soup was amazing, and the fish was really fresh and nicely cooked to keep the natural taste. Totally recommended. In the range of 50$
  • Thiago M.heart icon on user image
    Thiago MaiaDecember 30, 2015
    Just amazing. It was all perfect. Best restaurant in Reykjavik for sure. Fish Soup WOW, Cod WOW (best I ever had) and Skyr WOW. Staff is also amazing.
  • Lina B.heart icon on user image
    Lina BodestadMay 1, 2017
    Don't let the name fool you - this is not a tourist trap, but rather a cosy, semi-upscale place w/ delicious food. The lamb and cod were excellent. Plus they have cool wall murals of different fish.
  • Tamara H.heart icon on user image
    Tamara HissOctober 5, 2016
    I ve had an amazing cod, with smashed potatoes and vegetables! Really recommend it! And I also loved the butter with truffles they've brought with the bread! The staff is gentle and friendly!
  • Darshy N.
    Darshy NApril 11, 2016
    Cozy vibes, authentic eats, they don't lie when they say the lamb in Iceland is the best you'll ever have! Get a taste of both seafood and meat soup by opting for appetizer portions.
  • Taci O.heart icon on user image
    Taci O.S.December 26, 2016
    The creamy shellfish soup is the best I've ever tried! Start with that soup and the scallops. Do yourself a favor and order the lamb dish and try not to lick the plate afterwards.
  • Alexis S.
    Alexis ScherlAugust 5, 2016
    The lamb was perhaps the best I've ever eaten. Generous portions, beautifully composed plates with balanced flavor profiles. The restaurant owner's mom bakes the rhubarb cake and the brownies!
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    What's Good HereJuly 4, 2015
    Fillet of cod seasoned with garlic and angelica; served with potatoes, root vegetables and salad. Fresh and perfectly cooked and seasoned.
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    Mu-An 👾March 16, 2016
    Friendly staff, good food, gets packed at 6:30. They take reservations and has free wifi for some reasons. ☺️
  • Amy K.heart icon on user image
    Amy KoenigJanuary 21, 2014
    A lovely, low-lit, homey little oasis off the main shopping street. The owner is extremely friendly, the food is good, and they brew a mean cappuccino. Also, free wifi!
  • Maya .
    Maya 🐟March 29, 2017
    Can't go wrong with anything on the menu but DO NOT SLEEP on the shellfish soup! You need it.
  • maite a.heart icon on user image
    maite aNovember 27, 2016
    Authentic food in a really cozy atmosphere. Amazing local flavors. The soup and the cod is a must
  • Kate F.
    Kate FurmanMay 27, 2015
    A cosy restaurant with Icelandic vibes. Try the fish soup, it comes with excellent dipping breads.
  • Ludko R.heart icon on user image
    Ludko RuschMay 13, 2019
    Amazing food! Highly recommended! We have had cod, lamb, beef cheek and the great fish soup !
  • What's Good Hereheart icon on user image
    What's Good HereJuly 4, 2015
    Get this as a starter - seafood soup with chunks of fresh fish,white wine, herbs and cream.
  • Qian Y.heart icon on user image
    Qian YangApril 17, 2016
    Very tasty and great value of money. Fish soup is amazing!
  • Ann S.heart icon on user image
    Ann SinOctober 28, 2021
    Great food! I highly recommend it to everyone visiting Reykjavik! Shellfish soup was amazing! Super lamb and fish, too!
  • Richard N.heart icon on user image
    Richard NMay 28, 2017
    Most tender lamb I've had. Better than organic Welsh even. They cook it sous vide!
  • Jack L.heart icon on user image
    Jack LiuDecember 25, 2016
    As good as it gets in reykjavik. Can be tough to find a table without a reservation thou. Both soups are delicious.
  • Justinheart icon on user image
    JustinApril 15, 2016
    Cozy little place w. incredibly friendly staff. The fish was cooked to perfection and absolutely delicious. Highly recommended!
  • Klara L.heart icon on user image
    Klara LichtNovember 28, 2015
    Lovely cozy place, very friendly people and great food. Had the meat soup with lamb and the cod and that was delicious.
  • Elsa S.heart icon on user image
    Elsa Said-ArmanetAugust 27, 2016
    This was my best restaurant experience in Reykjavik. One of the few fancy places where we didn't need to book a table in advance. At worst, wait for 5-10 min for a table to become available.
  • Tamara H.heart icon on user image
    Tamara HissOctober 5, 2016
    The cod with smashed potatoes and vegetables is a good choice! Very tasty and one of the best I ve had in Iceland!
  • Davis S.heart icon on user image
    Davis SOctober 25, 2017
    Lamb main course was great as well as salmon starter :)
  • Ann K.heart icon on user image
    Ann KiddAugust 2, 2021
    Perfect and so very tasty! Had fish and lamb, both amazing experience ♥️🦄
  • Cosette E.heart icon on user image
    Cosette EliasonJune 9, 2016
    Shellfish soup to start, fillet of lamb for the entrée, and affogato to finish.
  • Ty J.
    Ty JaquezMarch 10, 2015
    Phenomenal food and very friendly waiters! This is definitely a place to stop on your trip to Reykjavik!
  • Joanna
    JoannaApril 29, 2016
    Cozy place, delicious lamb stew, and butter with lavender salt!
  • Kyle W.heart icon on user image
    Kyle WadeNovember 21, 2016
    The cod and fish soup are delicious and are beautifully presented.
  • Nate M.heart icon on user image
    Nate MeyerJuly 12, 2017
    Everything was incredible. Best lamb I've ever had, the cod was excellent and the fish soup was a must.
  • Lindsey C.
    Lindsey ChunMay 1, 2017
    Cozy restaurant serving small portions at a high price. Food was good though. Lamb cooked nicely, shellfish soup good but rich, salad could use more greens
  • Victoria T.heart icon on user image
    Victoria TerebrjuhovaDecember 2, 2019
    Small and very friendly restaurant with absolutely delicious food!
  • Ashleyheart icon on user image
    AshleyMay 30, 2017
    Highly recommend! The cod, shellfish soup, brownie and rhubarb cake were all amazing.
  • Dimitris V.heart icon on user image
    Dimitris VergitsisNovember 28, 2021
    Shelfish soup, meat soup, cod with shampagne sauce and lamb ribeye were all great!!
  • Taiheart icon on user image
    TaiAugust 25, 2017
    The fish soup is great. Try the cod as well!
  • Valentina S.
    Valentina StephanenkoJanuary 6, 2014
    The most wonderful cafe on the walking street. The owner is very friendly and makes you feel comfortable.
  • Svala Eldberg Þ.
    Delicious Icelandic meat soup and nice coffee at a reasonable price. Good service and friendly atmosphere.
  • Annie C.heart icon on user image
    Annie ChangMay 12, 2013
    Friendly service, great vegetables in the lamb stew. Cream and fruit cocktail cake on Sundays! Delicious ^_^
  • Caro S.heart icon on user image
    Caro SchieferDecember 5, 2015
    Delicious! Great and fresh food. Lovely staff!
  • Tuomo L.
    Tuomo LindqvistJanuary 11, 2014
    The fish soup is absolutely delicious! Great place to have lunch. Warm and welcoming atmosphere.
  • What's Good Hereheart icon on user image
    What's Good HereJuly 8, 2015
    Be sure to call for a reservation. This is a small venue, but worth the visit.
  • Bogdan A.heart icon on user image
    Bogdan AioaneiMarch 25, 2016
    Really good sea food and deserts. Staff was incredibly nice. Definitely check it out.
  • Lubos J.
    Lubos JantoJune 30, 2015
    Fish on lunch menu was excellent , soups ( we had both) were not disappoitment but we had better , cozy and nice staff
  • Annie C.heart icon on user image
    Annie ChangMay 12, 2013
    Cream and fruit cocktail cake (homemade) is super tasty!
  • Lauren C.heart icon on user image
    Lauren ChristopherJuly 17, 2018
    Amazing fish dishes! Very original taste and presentation. Great date spot!
  • Niiheart icon on user image
    NiiSeptember 24, 2016
    Fish of the day was delicious. Great service and cozy atmosphere.
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