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“Incredible food and fantastic service”
Review of Essensia Reykjavik

Essensia Reykjavik
Ranked #103 of 563 Restaurants in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 35 - US$ 117
Description: 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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Description: 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 ....
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

My partner and I are from the US and are visiting Iceland for a few days. We were recommended to go to this place by another friend and I'm so glad we did!! Our waiter Michele was delightful, very kind and attentive and fielded all of our questions including how to say "thank you" in Icelandic (which brought another waiter over who is Icelandic and was equally happy to help us learn some language and culture!) and what the customs are on tipping. We had the deep fried cod for appetizer and it was mouth-watering delicious, I had the margarita pizza and my partner had the Italian pizza. If you are hungry definitely get your own pizza, it was the perfect amount after a long day of traveling around the island and hiking up to the warm river! The pizza was absolutely out of the world. Thank you Michele and Essensia!!!

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Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Had a wonderful dinner sitting at the bar. Food was all delicious and service was great. Wines are all from Italy.

Thank Katharine C
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Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

I was very happy with the food service. My daughter is vegan and she thought the vegan menu was spectacular.
PS - ask for the Italian waiter from Napoli: Mr. M!

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Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Just finished dinner here. Started with a salad. Wow was it ever fresh and the oil and vinegar was superb as a dressing. The accompanying bread with olive oil was also excellent. I had the mussels with white wine sauce over linguine. Yummy, yummy. My wife had the Dover sole, also excellent but not de-boned.
The servers could appear a little happier in their jobs and the ambience would improve. I had a nice double espresso to finish.
This place is extremely expensive! $123 for two salads and two main courses with no drinks.

Thank Tonypose
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Reviewed 29 July 2017

Excellent food, very friendly service and professional at the same time and nice atmosphere. Good value. Look forward to go there again.

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