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Einsi Kaldi

Vestmannabraut 28 | Hotel Vestmannaeyjar, Vestmannaeyjar 900, Iceland
+354 698 2572
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  • Excellent83%
  • Very good14%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“lobster soup” (14 reviews)
“monkfish” (10 reviews)
“lava cake” (2 reviews)
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CUISINES
European, Seafood, International, Scandinavian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
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Vestmannabraut 28 | Hotel Vestmannaeyjar, Vestmannaeyjar 900, Iceland
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1 - 10 of 145 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It was a challenge to get here. But we did. So headed for the hotel and the restaurant for dinner. I had the appetizer with Puffin - tasty. But the entre - monkfish was spectacular. Great food and great service. Would highly recommend this restaurant.More

Thank John K
Heddilo, TripAdvisor responder at Einsi Kaldi, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello from Westman Islands and thank you for your wonderful review! It’s worth noting that the Herjolfur ferry has 6 scheduled journeys per day, a quick 35 minute ride each way. Another option is to catch a flight with Ernir/Eagle Air. Either way, you can...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a 20th wedding anniversary trip to Heimaey (we got married there) so something special. We stayed at the attached hotel ( also recommended) and had our meal at this restaurant. I suppose we were particularly lucky that this was the Island's celebration of...More

Thank Michael P
Heddilo, TripAdvisor responder at Einsi Kaldi, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear guest, First of all, congratulations on your wedding anniversary, we feel honored that you chose to celebrate it in our restaurant! We are thrilled that you liked our 4 course special with a wine pairing, which is the kind of thing we like to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great restaurant! The food was magnificent, service was attentive but not obtrusive. We had the chocolate/Lobster soup-best soup I've ever had. The rack of lamb was cooked well and tender and the house special dessert (Lava Cake-think what happened here in 1973) was...More

Thank Jim R
Heddilo, TripAdvisor responder at Einsi Kaldi, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear guest, thank you for this heartfelt review! The lobster soup is quite popular amongst our patrons as well as our tender lamb and whimsical desserts. They say that you can tell a lot about the chef from the food he cooks for you and...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

i went to the restaurant "einsi kaldi" tonight with my daughter and we went for 5 course adventure on the menu to make story short it was absoloutly wunderbar so tasty and we were packed after we did have redvine from argentina with the meal...More

Thank snorrijons
Heddilo, TripAdvisor Responder at Einsi Kaldi, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for this fantastic review! They say that visiting the Westman Islands is like going on an adventure and we are glad that we were able to replicate that feeling at our restaurant. We were so glad to hear this guest was...More

Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

I have a serious obsession with lobster soup and have traveled far and wide searching for anything close to Maine. THis was the best ever and I asked the chef to come out and talk with me about it. Of course it is a family...More

Thank Ccpayne
Heddilo, TripAdvisor responder at Einsi Kaldi, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2017

Wow! Thank you so much for this review! They know a thing or two about lobster in Maine, so you set the bar high for us. Thank you for giving us 5 star! Hearing your kind words regarding our food and ambience is wonderful. What...More

Reviewed 4 June 2017

We ordered Monk Fish and Kale Risotto for lunch, with a glass of Gölli IPA beer to drink. The food was very nice although the portions were quite small considering the price. Both dishes were very tasty. The bread could have been nicer. The beer...More

Thank geoffmcauliffe
Heddilo, TripAdvisor Responder at Einsi Kaldi, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2017

Dear guest, thank you for your review. We are thrilled that you liked Gölli IPA beer, a great summer beverage from our friends at the local Brothers Brewery. If you prefer a darker beer, we also have the Surtsey Porter, named after the island Surtsey...More

Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

What a treasure with great food and service. It added to an already memorable stay on Westman Island!More

Thank Anne F
Heddilo, TripAdvisor Responder at Einsi Kaldi, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2017

Dear guest, you’ve made our heart jump! We are very proud of our beautiful island in the south of Iceland and it’s community. To be called a treasure of Westman Islands….well, you’ve made us blush! It has been said that to truly experience the spirit...More

Reviewed 18 May 2017

I got auk and smoked puffin for first course, vegetable noodles for main course and Eldfell (samples of few cakes and icecream) for dessert. Doses are very small.More

Thank Berglind G
Heddilo, TripAdvisor responder at Einsi Kaldi, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2017

Dear guest, We are thrilled that you like our cured guillemot (a.k.a. auk), vegetable noodles and dessert sample course. We’d like to notify other travelers that these courses are part of our brand new summer menu! Check out our menu on our website and Facebook...More

Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

Best food for dinner in Eyjar 👌 It is nice , great food and good wine. I do recommend the chefs choice if that is on the menu.More

Thank Stella K
Heddilo, TripAdvisor responder at Einsi Kaldi, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2017

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your dinner in Vestman Islands. It was especially nice to hear you recommending the chef’s choice, it really is “the best experience”, matched with a selection of wines if you...More

Reviewed 13 October 2016

The food was excellent, the service was excellent and the value was up to standard. We stayed at Hotel Vestmannaeyjar making the restaurant very convenient as it is on the first floor of the hotel. I highly recommend this restaurant!More

Thank AJICE
Heddilo, TripAdvisor responder at Einsi Kaldi, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2016

Dear guest, Thank you very kindly for your excellent review! We are thrilled to hear you liked both the food and the service. As you mention, being located at Hotel Vestmannaeyjar makes it very convenient for hotel guests to visit our restaurant. Of course, we...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$13 - US$52
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Vestmannabraut 28 | Hotel Vestmannaeyjar, Vestmannaeyjar 900, Iceland
  • Location: Europe  >  Iceland  >  South Region  >  Westmann Islands  >  Heimaey Island  >  Vestmannaeyjar
  • Phone Number: +354 698 2572
  • E-mail
  • This restaurant is at Hotel Vestmannaeyjar
Description
The restaurant Einsi Kaldi is located on the ground floor of Hotel Vestmannaeyjar. The house itself is a historic place, where a lot of establishments have been located, such as a cinema, a soda factory, a printshop and later on it was used as a storage building. The house collapsed during the volcano eruption of 1973 but was rebuilt again in 1975. The owner of the restaurant Einar Bjorn Arnason ,,Einsi kaldi", local man, born and raised in Vestmannaeyjar, enjoys greatly to put his magic and imagination into delicious seafood-dishes and for that he is renowned. His interest in working with fresh fish is not really surprising since he is so close to one of our richest fishing grounds, which gives him the opportunity to obtain fresh products from the boats daily. He actually puts a great emphasis on obtaining his products locally, such as cliff- and seabirds along with various herbs picked on the Island. During the summer Einsi kaldi, and his team offers a diverse menu from lunchtime to evening, seven days a week. At lunch the emphasis is on light and fresh dishes, such as soup, meet and of course fresh Icelandic fish and Danish Open Sandwiches. In the evening variety is the name of the game and you can choose everything from appetizers to sumptuous meat and fish dishes, something for all tastes.
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