Laekjarbrekka (Lækjarbrekka)

Laekjarbrekka (Lækjarbrekka)

Bankastræti 2, Reykjavík
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Lækjarbrekka is a classic Icelandic restaurant, operated since 1981 and situated in the heart of Reykjavík in one of the oldest and most iconic buildings in the city.

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Our specialty is Scandinavian cuisine and we strive to create delicious meals from the best possible ingredients and to provide first-class service. We look forward to seeing you in Iceland and serving you at Lækjarbrekka restaurant where our main goal is a happy customer.

The house 
The housing Lækjarbrekka was built as a dwelling in 1834, by the influential Danish ship owner and merchant P.C Knudtzon. He also built a bakery and a turf house on the same lot and brought the Danish baker T.D Bernhöft to Iceland to practice his trade here.

Bernhöft, who was for a long time the only baker in Reykjavík, bought the houses in 1845. The Bernhöft family continued in the bakery business at this location for two generations, building a retail shop onto the dwelling house in 1855.

This addition is today the part of the restaurant facing Bankastræti. The building was used as a residence until 1961, and a small shop was there at the time of reconstruction began in 1980. By then, the house had fallen into disrepair, as it had been neglected for decades. Its future had been uncertain until 1979 when it and several other houses in the same block were declared protected buildings. During reconstruction, every attempt was made to preserve the original appearance.

It is therefore with great pleasure we invite you to dine at this beautifully restored house, which has an eventful 150 years history behind it.

Opening hours

Lækjarbrekka is open from 11:30 every day of the week.

Table reservations and group reservations can be made via telephone +354 551 4430 or email

Please notice that table reservations via email must be done two days before requested date.



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