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AALTO Bistro


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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner

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Nordic cool at its best. For years, the renowned chef Sveinn Kjartansson has been showing viewers of Icelandic television how to make the most of the country's natural food sources, especially its impressive range of seafood. Now, visitors to AALTO Bistro in the Nordic House can sample for themselves the work of this creative chef, in the form of delicious and delightful fresh lunch specials and during the day. When it comes to afternoon coffee, linger awhile, over delicious homemade cakes, all made with the best ingredients available at the time, Over the weekends, a delicately constructed dinner menu. Naturally, the fruits of the sea feature prominently, although meat and vegan options are
$14 - $40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Scandinavian, Contemporary
Takeout, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We stopped by based on reviews and were not disappointed! I had the soup of the day (tomato) and my husband had the seafood soup. Both were delicious! Beautiful views and great service. The Nordic house offers free exhibits to view and a cute library....More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank ivytinanguyen
Vidar E, Guest Relations Manager at AALTO Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear ivytinanguyen, Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful experience of our restaurant. Hopfully we will see you again.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I decided to spend the weekend here after being here for a week on business spent the day at the Museum but I wanted to get something good to eat this place was recommended. Food was excellent service was great desserts were out of this...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Rudy L
Reviewed December 10, 2018

The view from the restaurant is stunning; a view of the city and Hallgrímskirkja. Food and serivce perfect. Good place to go with friends and chat. A short walk to Háskólabío if you are heading over there after dinner/late lunch.

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Nordbyhagen
Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

I went for lunch there because of its review. Its a very small restaurant hidden outside the city and surounded by beautiful nature! The food was phenomenal and the service incredible. i went by myself. I am pesceterian and dont eat fish. I ordered the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
2  Thank Worldtraveller1900
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed a wonderful lunch two times here during our three day visit in Iceland. Vegan options everyday on their menu including the soup of the day. Also, this is the first restaurant in Iceland that I have visited to have great wine list with...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank coamodreamsg
Reviewed August 21, 2018

I had a fantastic Lunch at Aalto bistro with the wife last Sunday. The price is fair and service was very good as well.

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank ha522
Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

By far the best place to eat during our visit in Iceland. Great atmosphere and wonderful dining experience.

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank James K
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

We went out bicycling and this stop was perfect for some mid day calories. Got coffee and French Chocolate cake, delicious. Prices good and service good. Nice environment with nice view towards ocean. Highly reccomended!

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank 66Showelhead
Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

We stopped here after a visit to National museum and really enjoyed the experience. Great choice of vegetarian options, we sampled 3 and were amazed for all 3, delicious, special and great presentation.

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank 281hansv
Reviewed July 31, 2018

Visiting Iceland with group of discriminating women from the US and Canada. We ordered a number of different lunch entrees and each was delicious and beautifully presented. The emphasis on fresh, local and seasonal ingredients is evident as well as the discerning attention to detail...More

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank Lynne B
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