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Eldsto Art Cafe and Bistro

$$ - $$$
Scandinavian, Cafe, European, Healthy
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Austurvegur 2 | Highway, Hvolsvollur 860, Iceland
+354 482 1011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

After a long day of hiking Katla Geopark, my partner and I were desperate for a hearty, warm meal. I am a vegetarian and have had poor luck finding a good meal on my travels in Iceland. Certainly, I found it here! In addition to the delicious food, the hosts are kind and personable and we shared a great conversation.... More 

Thank Amber Indigo S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

After a great day sight seeing, we stopped on our way back to the hotel. We were made to feel welcome in this family business from the moment we walked through the door. Had the lamb from the specials and my wife the chicken, both of which meant we could have the soup for free. Great flavours in the soup... More 

Thank Karl F
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were staying at a farm near Vik during our travels and after a cold day hiking I was looking to settle down to a hot meal so our host directed us here. She mentioned that they were "very welcoming and would make you feel at home" and "the prices are very reasonable". However 8000 Krona later and, after picking... More 

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Guðlaug I, Owner at Eldsto Art Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

Our Lamb Soup cost 2.390 kr. so I don´t know what you were paying for. You must have had so many drinks, but as you know a drink in Iceland is not cheap. We don´t put to much salt in our food, but we have salt on all the tables if one needs more salt in the meal. It is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Enjoyed dinner here after a pizza night. Unfortunately got there late so first choices sold out. Also local art in same building.

Thank mnwanderer2580
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

We had an early dinner here and it was lovely. It's a casual place with a little pottery shop that I enjoyed browsing while waiting for my meal.

Thank Lynne A
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

We stopped in here after a particular dreary and tiring day. The young woman (rose? tattoo on chest) was super pleasant and warm. She may remember us as the people who got the whole dining area to try saying "gull". That was a laugh! The food was perfect - we didn't have anything crazy, lamb stew and a burger. The... More 

Thank Emily S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

I thought the lady was a bit abrupt when she asked me if I wanted to see the menu "again". Actually she turned out to be quite the opposite as she explained that she's just turned 30 and thinks she has started her menopause early (it was so funny!!). The salmon with salad on flatbread was really quite nice (my... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Drove from the glacier in three hours on awful roads and had to take a break -fantastic choice and a great bowel of home made cream of mushroom soap with bread - really glad I stopped - not cheep - but this is Iceland

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

Just ate here with our friends good value for money in traditional surroundings. Would recommend for an evening meal

Thank Malc501
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

We had a nice dinner with my wife. I had the local lamb soup (I wanted to try this typical dish) and a greek salad. My wife had a vegetables pie. The soup was really tasty (It tastes lamb all of it). It was cooked for many hours with spices and fresh herbs. The pie was crispy and tasty too.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$13 - US$42
Scandinavian, Cafe, European, Healthy
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Television, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Austurvegur 2 | Highway, Hvolsvollur 860, Iceland
  • Location: Europe  >  Iceland  >  South Region  >  Hvolsvollur
  • Phone Number: +354 482 1011
Eldstó Art Café/Bistró is an artistic café where all tableware is handmade on the premises by the owners G.Helga and THór (Thor Sveinsson), potter. The coffee we serve is made of quality coffee beans and our cakes, bread and soups are homemade as well as our various small dishes. Icelandic lamb and fresh fish is on the menu and lettuce grown in the surrounding countryside. Having a delicious breakfast in our lovely café on your way south is an excellent idea. We have a special menu for groups.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?