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Gamla fjosid

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Hvassafell, Hvolsvollur 861, Iceland (Formerly Gamla fjosio)
+354 487 7788
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98 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Local restaurant came recommended. The food was pretty good. The restaurant was quaint old restored barn. They charge for bread at the table but it is served with their amazing Icelandic butter. The rest of the group ordered their steak sandwiches and hamburgers which were served with french fries. They really enjoyed the beef dishes. I asked the waitress what... More 

Thank Will-Joe M
Singapore, Singapore
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ordered the volcano soup, lobster tails and steak sandwich and all were very good! Service was ok as well. A good place to take refuge from the blizzard which is what we did.

Thank twosunnysideup
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were really hungry and had our dinner in this authentic place. It used to be a cow barn, you can still find some remains of this era. Burgers were made out of real cow meat, the portion of fries could be more. Same for salad.

Thank Silke D
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to just keep coming back here after the first night ... comfortable farmhouse setting, delicious food - Volcano soup my husband is still talking about, burgers were good, fish of the day was great each night. Try the Skyr dessert - yes it is probably overpriced, but it is a simple and delicious way to end the night.

Thank Dawn E
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here on our first day in Iceland and we are so happy we did. We love the atmosphere of the place and the volcano soup was delicious! It was served "all you can eat" with bread and jam. We will be stopping in on our next trip to Iceland!

Thank owens1996
Taipei, Taiwan
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116 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are a group of seven and we stayed in Iceland 5 days/4 nights. An unassuming, humble farmhouse right off the freeway, we didn't expect much. After the meal, our group of seven concurred that after 5 days in Iceland, Gamla Fjosid was the best restaurant. Homemade soups, hamburgers, carrot cake -- all divine. We had been to some of... More 

Thank Riosupermom
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This might have been my favorite meal throughout Iceland. It was very good and I'd highly recommend it.

Thank Michael K
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81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed March 20, 2017 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch. The location is convenient. We were disappointed to learn that not everything is fresh and/or from the farm. The French fries are frozen from a bag. The cod was also frozen and from somewhere else. There were two pieces of cod on the plate... one tasted good and fresh and the other tasted bad. Burger was... More 

Thank Thewoodlandstexas
Ancaster, Canada
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38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed March 19, 2017 via mobile

This was a good spot for a local meal. The waitress was lovely and the food was quite good. We were doing Iceland on a budget so just did the burger and fries, but it was tasty. It was nice to know it all came right from the farm.

Thank mckeanh
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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163 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed March 17, 2017

We had "hearty" volcano soup which was not only not hearty in food, but also not hearty in portion and especially for the cost as it was the most expensive soup we had on the island. I guess we paid for the excess salt that was used and made it even less desirable. The ice cream however is amazing (if... More 

Thank Katie G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
European, Soups, Scandinavian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Special occasions, Scenic view, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hvassafell, Hvolsvollur 861, Iceland (Formerly Gamla fjosio)
  • Location: Europe  >  Iceland  >  South Region  >  Hvolsvollur
  • Phone Number: +354 487 7788
The Old Cowhouse is a warm and welcoming family restaurant. That takes pride in offering fresh products from local area. All the meat on the menu is 100% free range and unprocessed, straight from the farm! Fresh vegetable from our garden. We bake our own bread with wheat and barley from our neighbours at Þorvaldseyri. COME JOIN US FOR AN AUTHENTIC ICELANDIC EXPERIENCE

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