Casual dining is a more informal dining experience that generally offers a lower price than restaurants in the fine dining category. These restaurants offer good service, delicious meals, a good wine selection and comfortable seating. This category includes bistros and family restaurants.

There are many restaurants in and around Reykjavík that offer casual dining and a lot of the restaurants in the countryside fall under this category. Most casual dining establishments also offer vegetarian or vegan meal options.

Fresh produce is the main ingredient for dishes offered in casual dining restaurants and the use of Icelandic lamb and fish is the hallmark of any excellent restaurant in this category.