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Essensia Reykjavik

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Certificate of Excellence2018 Winner

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Essensia Restaurant is located in downtown Reykjavík. In an open space with beatiful view over the park of "Arnarhóll" and the Harpa music hall. Run by the Bocuse d'Or award winning chef Hákon Már Örvarsson. Authentic Italian/Mediterranean cuisine, sharing plates, salumi-cheese platters, gourmet pizzas and pastas, family style main courses, delicious desserts, select wines, cocktails and more ....
US$ 34 - US$ 114
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Steakhouse, Seafood, Italian, Pizza
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very good food. Shared the arancini to start which were tasty. I had the carbonara to follow which was just as nice as the starter, flavoured with lots of pepper. My friend had the calzone which looked like a good portion size and smelt delicious....More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank TomHeeney
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was really in the mood for good pasta after 2 days in the city and this place did not disappoint. Food was amazing, service was excellent and the pricing was very reasonable comparatively. Would certainly go again next time I find myself in town.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank CTgirlLuvs2Travel
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lived here for two years and have never given this place a chance. Given it’s location I expected an overpriced, low quality experience, but happy to be proven wrong. Granted, it’s not cheap, nothing is in Reykjavík, but in our group of 7 there was...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank 54luked
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Taste of Iceland Set Menu for the special NY Eve sitting 6pm table Prompt service Delicious 4 course meal Well recommended It was fine dining and price reflects that Must visit

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Keldoris
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great location, service and amazing food and drinks. Apparently TripAdvisor needs more characters, so; the bathroom was also nice.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank uncommonlysmith
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent food and very pleasant service. Setting is modern stylish. From the outside you could think it is closed, but definetly enter it is worth it.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Jack D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in on a Thursday night without a reservation. I think we got lucky. I would suggest making a reservation if you are set on Essensia. Waiters and waitress were efficient but not overly friendly. Seating is comfortable with cool decor. I had the mule...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank AshleeProc
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our experience at Essencia. Service was pleasant, space is stylish, and food hit the spot. Our party got grilled lamb chops, pizza margherita, and pasta bolognese. Generous portion sizes. We probably enjoyed the pizza the most. The crust was quite good when eaten...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Jennifer S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Its nothing about this place that says wow!... I mean; its as most serious places in Reykjavik expensive, they serve relatively small portions, its just... normal, kind off. Their wine selection is not bad, the venue is... yeah ok!! BUT THEN, the (positive, and until...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank svenabc2016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Outstanding chronic deer steak The Desserd was fantastic i recoment the tiramisu, the best i have tasted

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank elvarm
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21 October 2017|
Response from hakono | Property representative |
Dear Janet B. Thank you so much for visiting ... twice :-) We are delighted to hear you liked our restaurant, food and service. Thank you very much and kind regards from Essensia
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