Where to Eat in Borgarnes: The Best Restaurants and Bars

July 17, 2017 Hana Mouser

Borgarnes (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈpɔrkarˌnɛs]) is a town located on a peninsula at the shore of Borgarfjörður in Icelandand is the largest town in the Borgarbyggð municipality with a population of about 2,000 residents. It is a main junction in Iceland and the gateway to the Snaefellsnes National Park. Iceland's capital Reykjavik is 69 kilometers from the center of Borgarnes. The second largest bridge in Iceland, the Borgarfjarðarbrú, connects traffic to and from Reykjavik.
Things to do in Borgarnes

1. Matstofan

Brakarbraut 3, Borgarnes 310, Iceland Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol Filipino, Asian Lunch, Dinner +354 437 2017
Excellent
24%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
31%
Poor
3%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 54 reviews

Matstofan

Reviewed By Walkhome - Milton Keynes

Run by a Filipino lady who greeted us, took our order for drinks and food, cooked it for us and served at table. Took multi-tasking to the extreme. The food was good, the service a little slow as one would expect and she certainly deserves support for her venture.

2. The Settlement Center Restaurant

Brakarbraut 13-15, Borgarnes 310, Iceland Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Grill, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks HK$78 - HK$353 +354 437 1600
Excellent
60%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 917 reviews

The Settlement Center Restaurant

In our restaurant we invite you to a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and good quality food at reasonable prices. The Settlement Center is located in one of Borgarnes oldest houses. Yet the restaurant is modern and newly refurbished with due respect to old times. The menu is a blend of traditional Icelandic cooking with international flavors to it. The Restaurant is open daily from 10am - 9pm

Reviewed By mafischl - New York

The day we visited the Settlement Center was cold and rainy. Perfect for a hot bowl of soup and that's exactly what my wife and I enjoyed at the restaurant upstairs. She had a wonderful bowl of fish soup in an interesting tomato based sauce....MoreThank you so much for this very generous review. So glad you found shelter from the stormy weather it has been unusually bad this last week. Hope you enjoyed Iceland despite of the cold and wind. Best regards Sigridur Margret

3. Geirabakari Kaffihus

Digranesgata 6, Borgarnes 310, Iceland Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, European, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +354 437 2020
Excellent
58%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 161 reviews

Geirabakari Kaffihus

Reviewed By Diana1031

We stopped here on our drive. It was a pleasant cafe with beautiful views. Delicious coffee and pastries.

4. 1933 Hredavatnsskali

Hredavatnsskali, Borgarnes 311, Iceland Seating European, Scandinavian, Swiss, Pizza, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner +41 79 254 00 77
Excellent
37%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
14%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 14 reviews

1933 Hredavatnsskali

RESTAURANT AND BARIn our restaurant we serve home made and fresh products. Every day we offer a home made dish based on our own recipes. The soup of the day is very popular such as the meat and fish balls. For all those in need for speed we offer a big variety of hamburgers, pizzas and french fries. An icelandic hot dog or “pylsa” is something you should not miss during your stay in Iceland.

Reviewed By David J - Zurich, Switzerland

As there isn't much else in the area we chose this place for lunch. It's a b&b, restaurant and mini supermarket. Friendly staff. They serve fast food: pizza, burgers, rösti, hotdogs.... Quality is good. Don't expect gourmet, but we were happy to support a local business!

5. Hverinn Kleppjarnsreykjum

Kleppjarnsreykir | Reykholt, Borgarnes 320, Iceland Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Soups, Scandinavian, Cafe, European, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +354 863 0090
Excellent
40%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 41 reviews

Hverinn Kleppjarnsreykjum

The restaurant´s name Hverinn is the Icelandic name for the hot spring and derives from the hot springs in the area which offers the heat for the agriculture at the farm and the swimming pool and the hot tub.Hverinn restaurant is an Icelandic home cuisine restaurant. We specialize in courses cooked from fresh ingredients of fish and meet straight from producers and organic vegetable, fruits and spices grown at the farm. We offer delicious meat and fish dishes and vegetable salads. There is also a wide range of, hamburgers, fries, sandwiches, pizzas, pastries and gourmet soups. The traditional Icelandic lamb meet soup and our famous vegetable soup ingredients arriving from vegetable grown at the farm are example of courses on our menu.At the restaurant there are a wine bar and a tourist shop selling basic necessities for travelers like dairy products, sanitary products, meat, candy, ice-cream etc. Also handcraft like jewelers and the traditional Icelandic wool sweaters and other products of the Icelandic wool all handmade in Iceland. We also sell Icelandic organic salves the brand Villimey, vegetables, fruits and herbs.The Hverinn camping offers 100 places for tents and campers including 60 with electricity. The area is peaceful and relaxing, family friendly with diverse recreation for all ages. Available service is WC, showers, washers, dryers, playground, outdoor barbecue, sludge disposal RV and a car wash. A swimming pool and a hot tub are 150 m away that uses the local hot spring Kleppjárnsreykjahver.In the neighborhood are good walking routes and famous pearls of nature like Deildartunguhver the biggest hot spring in Europe 180l/s, Hraunfossar where the water comes out from under the lava, Víðgelmir a famous cave with ice formations and lava stalactites and stalagmites. Bones and jewels from the year 1100 have been found inside. The cultural place Reykholt where the knowledge about the Nordic gods originates and Snorralaug the bath of Snorri Sturluson are nearby. There are also horse rentals and golf courses.

Reviewed By Ferhan T - Washington DC, District of Columbia

TLDR: Excellent soups and hard-to-beat price. Talkative and knowledgeable owner. Nice patio to enjoy if weather permits.
This place is kind of off the beaten path and doesn't look very appealing from the road. We were tempted with the good reviews (and lack of anything else in the area) but actually hesitated to go in, since it was empty and seemed unattended.
Just while we were contemplating, the owner came out of the back of the building and greeted us with a big smile, making us feel more comfortable to go in.
The inside is pretty basic, not unlike many other road-side restaurants across Iceland. The special was the soup, where you pay a fixed price to get unlimited refills of three different types of soup, unlimited bread, and tea/coffee/water for drinks. Every single soup was delicious, but our favorite was the vegetable soup.
All produce are directly from the owner's farm and you can tell from the freshness of the flavors. Definitely a must if you are hungry and in this area.

6. Blomasetrid - Kaffi Kyrrd

Skulagata 13 | Kaffi Kyrrd, Borgarnes 310, Iceland Outdoor Seating, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks +354 437 1878
Excellent
76%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 185 reviews

Blomasetrid - Kaffi Kyrrd

In the old town of Borgarnes is a hidden gem. In the house of Skulagata 13 you will find a flower and a gift shop. You will also find the beautiful and cosy cafe/bar Cafe Kyrrd which offers light meals, delicious cakes, quality coffee and Wi-Fi. Here is also located accommodation inside the home of the family that runs the place where warmth and serenity are key features.

Reviewed By Jeni E

Stopped in for a quick cup of coffee before heading to Snaefellsnes. Friendly staff, lots of games and activities along with any comfortable couches!

7. Icelandair Hotel Hamar

Hamravik 310, Borgarnes 310, Iceland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible European, Scandinavian Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +354 433 6600
Excellent
53%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 36 reviews

Icelandair Hotel Hamar

54 rooms 4 rooms with wheelchair access Located on an 18-hole golf course Free parking Bar and lounge Free Wi-Fi Meeting and banquet rooms Outdoor Hot tubs with amazing views First-class restaurant and catering Expansive mountain views Just a 1-hour drive from Reykjavik Just 5 minutes from the town of Borgarnes

Reviewed By scubamom33 - Calgary, Canada

We were celebrating our 26th anniversary and my parents, who were travelling with us in Iceland, were celebrating their 59th anniversary so we decided to splurge, since we were staying at the Hotel Hamar, and enjoy a three course dinner int he hotel dining room. The entrees and appetizers and desserts were all excellent. Three of us had chicken, one had the fish...all moist and not over cooked. My spouse even had the foal appetizer, which I tried and must say, it was tender and delicious! Ask for a table next to a window and enjoy your dinner with a fantastic view of the golf course and snow capped Mountains in the distance. Dinner for four, including wine, and dessert and tip, came to approx. $550 Canadian.

8. Grillhusid

Bruartorg 6, Borgarnes 310, Iceland Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +354 437 1282
Excellent
36%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
16%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 131 reviews

Grillhusid

Reviewed By LindaNZ - Wellington, New Zealand

This doesn't look very impressive from outside, but when we ventured in for an evening meal after a long day of driving, we were pleasantly surprised. It was cosy and cheerful, with spectacular views from its windows. Reasonably priced (for Iceland) casual meals, I enjoyed my burger, and we found it a good option as we were staying just out of Borganes.

9. Rjukandi Kaffi

Vegamot Snaefellsnes 311 | Hotel Rjukandi, Borgarnes, Iceland Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout Cafe, Soups, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner +354 435 6690
Excellent
68%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 55 reviews

Rjukandi Kaffi

Reviewed By freqtrav17 - Seattle, Washington

The food was very good, presentation was innovative and the service was excellent. This was all quite surprising considering that this is just a roadside cafe.

10. Englendingavik restaurant

Skulagata 17, Borgarnes 310, Iceland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, European, Scandinavian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$94 - HK$408 +354 555 1400
Excellent
68%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 162 reviews

Englendingavik restaurant

temporarily closed for the season<br>temporarily closed for the season<br>temporarily closed for the season<br>Temporarily closed for the season, we will reopen on the 1st of May<br><br>We put our emphasis on a relaxed and cozy atmosphere to go with the spirit of the old buildings by the Bay. As for food, we focus on locally sourced materials The restaurant has a one-of-a-kind view towards the sea, with its Islands and rocks, teaming with bird life. The Terrace extending south of the restaurant gives a good shelter from the north and north-eastern breeze.

Reviewed By revett2016 - Santa Rosa, California

Stopped here for lunch and had some amazing soup. The lamb soup was filled with generous amounts of lamb in a well seasoned stew. The seafood soup was filled with mussels, small shrimp and fish in a creamy tomato broth. Both were generous portions and totally delicious! And it was in a beautiful seaside setting.

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