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On the busy shopping street of Skólavörðustígur, midway between the majestic Hallgrímskirkja and Laugarvegur shopping street, you’ll find some of the best seafood dishes in Reykjavík in the cosy and lively Sjávargrillið restaurant.

Upon entering, you are greeted with a relaxed atmosphere and a pleasant aroma from the kitchen. The walls are innovatively decorated with driftwood and scrap iron from Iceland’s fishing history. You immediately get the feeling that in Sjávargrillið you’ll be dining with class but not in a stifled or formal setting.

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Owner and head chef, Gústav Axel Gunnlaugsson, youngest chef ever to win Chef of the Year award, says that was exactly what he initially planned when designing the restaurant. “We want our customers to feel like they can have a good time here and feel relaxed while enjoying a top class meal,” says Gústav.

To drive home the point of having a good time, Sjávargrillið has recently introduced the Grill Party menu item, in which groups will be presented with a buffet-style grill party at their own table and the theme of the party will be designed after current events.

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As the name implies, Sjávargrillið specialises in seafood, while offering a good selection of quality meat and vegetable dishes. Gústav places special emphasis on using quality Icelandic materials whenever possible and even has his family finding and gathering materials. For example, his grandmother has dutifully been sending fresh handpicked blueberries from Gústav’s hometown of Húsavík as fast as she can pick them.

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Be sure to check out the winter menu, as the days get shorter – traditional Icelandic holiday dishes will be plentiful.