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Essensia Reykjavik

Hverfisgata 4-6, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 517 0030
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (2 reviews)
“lobster pizza” (12 reviews)
“risotto balls” (5 reviews)
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Steakhouse, Seafood, Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Hverfisgata 4-6, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have had the chance to eat at Essensia a few times. The authentic Italian food served there is absolutely wonderful. Highly reccomened.

Thank Birkir G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Saw an advertisement and when walking around in the now trendy again old part of town stumbled by and gave it a try. Wow. You must try the lobster pizza. It is fabulous. They don't skimp on the lobster meet, the crust is great and...More

Thank Chinapjs
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a good dinner here on our first night in the city. Arrived around 7ish on a Friday night and there were no tables available. Luckily, we were able to grab two seats at the bar. Seating was comfortable with high backs and had a...More

Thank cruiserfromwv
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to Essensia for a later dinner and were thoroughly impressed. Their food is excellent (they serve a variety of Italian food with an Icelandic touch) and service was outstanding. I highly recommend splitting a pasta and an entree between two people - trust...More

Thank Christiana L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a foreign exchange student from Iceland in the past and he took us to this restaurant. Superb Italian food, served by very friendly staff. Authentic food prepared by a great chef. If you are in Reykjavík this restaurant should be on the top...More

1  Thank Kenneth H
Reviewed 14 August 2018

We passed by Essensia and, despite the restaurant appearing full on a Friday night, found a couple of seats at the bar with a view of the kitchen prep and finish areas. This proved to be a good choice as we enjoyed the dance of...More

Thank FatHillTraveler
Reviewed 9 August 2018

This was our second time at Essensia and it was really good again. I had the arancini for starter and then the risotto. Both were really well cooked and delicious. Cannot fault the service either. Just one minus point. It was around 7.30 when we...More

Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

The food is absolutely great, baccalao , mozarella&tomato, goat cheese salad, pizzas and wonderful deserts to top, all simply fantastic 😊

Thank Vala1234
Reviewed 7 August 2018

We went here on our last night in Iceland and enjoyed the risotto balls for an app and shared two pizza's. The sausage and margherita. We really enjoyed it all

Thank lisa P
Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

This is one of the worst restaurants in Reykjavík. Over salted and over seasoned with hot chili flakes. Went here for the lobster pizza and was so disappointed. We also had fish and I’m not sure where the chef learned his culinary skills but it...More

Thank Renabena123
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Questions & Answers
21 October 2017|
Response from Hakon O | 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 35 - US$ 117
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
4:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hverfisgata 4-6, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
  • Location: Europe  >  Iceland  >  Capital Region  >  Reykjavik
  • Phone Number: +354 517 0030
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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 ....
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