The taste of East Iceland

Nielsen Restaurant
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Christmas 2021


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….and we will open our doors for the Christmas menu in December.

Nielsen will be open from 6 pm
2., 3. and 4. dec
9., 10. and 11. dec
16., 17. and 18. dec

We look forward to serving you!

Dear customers,

Nielsen restaurant will be temporarily closed from the 1st of September 2021.
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See you soon!


Our story

Nielsen is a newly renovated restaurant in the heart of Egilsstaðir, East Iceland. The house, which is the oldest house in town, was built in 1944 by a danish man named Oswald Nielsen hence the name of the restaurant.

The owners of Nielsen restaurant are Sólveig and Kári. Sólveig was born and raised in Egilsstaðir. Kári is a renowned chef in Iceland who before moving to Egilsstaðir worked as a head chef at Dill restaurant in Reykjavík, the only restaurant in Iceland ever to receive a Michelin star (so far).

But now they have moved away from the hustle and bustle of the city to the country side where they are planning to offer their guests a cozy casual dining experience at Nielsen restaurant. At Nielsen you can either sit inside or when the weather permits on the beautiful tree surrounded patio. The main focus of the constantly evolving hearty menu at Nielsen will be local and seasonal ingredients taken at the peak of their flavours, preserved or used fresh depending on availability.

Kári and Sólveig are both very passionate about cooking and cuisine and are most happy when sharing a good meal and drink with family and friends. At Nielsen restaurant they will try and share this passion with all of their guests.



One of the things that made Kári and Sólveig want to move to Egilsstaðir, besides everything listed above, was the easy access to produce of the highest quality. Fresh fish, organic greens, variety of game and even locally grown wasabi! Their menu evolves around the availability and seasonality of these local products and changes according to the seasons…so don‘t be surprised if the menu has completely changed from the last time you dined at Nielsen.



Great Place

I got the fish of the day. It was firm and very good and the sides fitted perfectly. Had the Skyr desert and it is a flavour rollercoaster sweat and sour like it very much. The service is very friendly and quick. Will definitely recommend this restaurant and I will be here again.

Absolute must visit!

My favourite Icelandic restaurant today! Experience the very best of local food in the eastern region. Great personal service and food so good that it makes you want to lick your plate!

Excellent food and services

Our visit to Nielsens Restaurant in Egilstadir was á perfect one. Excellent Food and services in a splendid atmosphere is nicely renovated Nielsens House! Thanks very much and see you soonest.

Best lunch in Iceland

Went for lunch and had an amazing beef stew with mashed potatoes and fresh green salad. Excellent ice cream and salt caramel chocolate for dessert. Going for lunch is very budget-friendly, the most delicious lunch in Iceland for a great price. Also, excellent coffee which is a bit hard to get in Egilsstaðir.


It was amazing! A must visit. We had the four courses, all plates were cleared- I’d have the meal again if I could.

Iceland has so many great restaurants but this was a surprise. We hadn’t expected such fine dining food that was tasty, filling and in such a relaxed environment. It was the best meal we’d had in the country. If we’d stayed another day, we’d have gone back again.

Excellent dinner – nice setting

The restaurant is located in a very nice old house, with a small, one-page menu (3 starters, main courses and deserts each). The first night we had a three-course menu with the wild salmon as a starter and lamb for the main course and ice cream chocolate/caramel dessert. Both the Spanish and French red wine by the glass were also very good. We returned the next evening having the same starter and the fish of the day, a nicely prepared cod.



Our address is Tjarnarbraut 1, 700 Egilsstaðir

Tjarnarbraut, Egilsstaðir, Iceland


Events & blogs

Thai take away days

Thai take away days

In April we had to think outside the box! Due to Covid-19, we were forced to close Nielsen restaurant temporarily. We wanted to offer the locals of Egilsstaðir and East Iceland something that you could not usually get in Egilsstaðir, just to shake things up a bit....

La Primavera Ristorante Pop-up

La Primavera Ristorante Pop-up

On the 21st and 22nd of Frebruary we got our third guest chef over, Leifur Kolbeinsson. Leifur is the head chef and owner of one of the oldest restaurants in Iceland, La Primavera ristorante. La primavera offer fine dining Northern Italian cuisine incorporating high...

The Christmas menu

The Christmas menu

Christmas season at Nielsen started with a bang when we got our second guest chef, Marentza Poulsen, for a visit on the 22nd and 23rd of November. Marentza is a renowned smørrebrød (traditional Danish open-faced sandwiches) chef in Iceland, originally from the Faroese...

Sumac Grill + Drinks pop-up event at Nielsen restaurant

Sumac Grill + Drinks pop-up event at Nielsen restaurant

On the 25th and 26th of October 2019 our first ever guest chef, Þráinn Freyr Vigfússon, visited Nielsen restaurant. Þráinn is the head chef and owner of the popular restaurant Zumac grill+ drinks in Reykjavík city center. Þráinn put together a six course tasting menu...

Open from 6pm:

2nd, 3rd & 4th of December
9th, 10th & 11th of December
16th, 17th & 18th of December


+354 471 2001
Tjarnarbraut 1, 700 Egilsstaðir, Iceland