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The Best Restaurants in Egilsstadir

    Updated: 28th January 2024

    This charming town is not just a haven for breathtaking landscape views—it’s also home to an array of restaurants that tantalise the taste buds with local and international flavours. With everything from European to Scandinavian cuisine, there’s a meal to satisfy every palate. We’ve had the pleasure of dining at various spots that boast a selection of dishes including freshly caught fish, artisan pizzas, and even some of the best lamb I’ve ever tasted.

    Klausturkaffi

    Klausturkaffi delights its visitors with a menu that embraces Icelandic culinary traditions, offering a variety of dishes that cater to diverse tastes. Their famous seafood soup and reindeer pie are particular highlights, showcasing local ingredients and flavours. For those with a sweet tooth, the cake buffet is a must-try, featuring an array of homemade cakes including unique local specialties like Skyr cake with stone bramble berries and crowberry brownies. The restaurant’s warm and inviting atmosphere, combined with its dedication to using fresh, local produce, makes it a memorable spot for both casual and special dining experiences.

    Askur Pizzeria

    As a recent addition to the local dining scene, this pizzeria has quickly made a name for itself with its high-quality wood-fired pizzas. Utilising unique Icelandic wood and fresh, local ingredients, they offer an extensive menu highlighted by the Tolftommutoffarar pizza, a mouth watering creation featuring wild goose which perfectly captures the essence of Askur’s approach to traditional pizza-making. Complementing their food, the pizzeria serves a variety of craft beers from the neighbouring Austri Brugghús (brewery), enhancing the overall dining experience. The ambiance is cozy and welcoming, suitable for a range of occasions, from casual solo visits to intimate date nights.

    Nielsen Restaurant

    Housed in Egilsstaðir’s oldest building dating back to 1944, Nielsen offers an authentic Icelandic culinary journey led by Kári, a renowned chef with Michelin-starred experience, and Sólveig, a local from Egilsstaðir. They focus on delivering an array of dishes that showcase the best of local and seasonal produce, ensuring freshness and quality in every bite. Guests can enjoy meals in a setting that blends historical charm with modern comfort, including an option to dine on a beautiful tree-surrounded patio. The restaurant’s menu, featuring standout dishes like fish of the day and the unique Skyr dessert, evolves with the seasons, offering diners a new experience with each visit.

    Eldhusid

    Eldhusid, nestled in the Lake Hotel, serves both traditional Icelandic and international cuisine. Known for its commitment to quality and innovation, the restaurant prides itself on using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and features a capacity of 120, plus a special Golden Age-themed meeting hall in the basement. A highlight of their menu is the ‘Beint frá býli’, a three-course dinner showcasing the best of Icelandic agriculture. Eldhusid’s culinary approach blends time-honored traditions with modern twists, creating memorable dishes that pay homage to Icelandic farming. 

    Glod Restaurant

    Glod Restaurant, nestled in the heart of Egilsstadir, offers a delightful blend of international, European, and pizza cuisine with a varied menu that caters to a wide range of tastes. Its vegetarian and vegan-friendly options like the acclaimed vegan nut steak stand out for those seeking plant-based dishes as well as the lobster and shrimp pasta for those looking to try the local seafood. The restaurant primarily focuses on dinner and lunch services and its upscale cocktails add a touch of sophistication, perfect for those looking to unwind in a relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant’s setting in Hótel Valaskjálf adds to its charm, providing a cosy environment that complements its culinary offerings.

    Salt Cafe & Bistro

    Salt Cafe & Bistro, established in 2013, is a family-friendly laid back dining spot with a varied menu that caters to all tastes. This restaurant emphasises a light and enjoyable ambiance, making it an ideal spot for casual dining. Known for its selection of pizzas, burgers, salads and fish dishes, Salt Cafe & Bistro ensures there’s something for everyone. The real highlight is their dedication to quality and freshness, with each dish crafted to provide a memorable dining experience bursting with local flavours. Whether you’re stopping by for a coffee and a slice of cake or a full meal, this bistro promises a warm welcome and a delightful culinary journey.

    Conclusion

    Overall, Egilsstadir offers a delightful culinary journey showcasing the rich diversity and creativity of Icelandic cuisine. From traditional dishes that speak to the heart of Iceland’s culinary heritage to innovative creations that bring global flavours to the local palate, Egilsstadir’s restaurants provide a gastronomic experience that is both unique and memorable. Each eatery, with its own charm and specialties, contributes to a vibrant food scene, ensuring that visitors and locals alike can find something to satisfy their tastes and preferences. 

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