Experience the history. Capture the silence. Savor the food.

The Red House



Take a step back in time and enjoy classic, time-tested dishes with a modern elegance.

Located in a lovingly restored historic building in Eyrarbakki, a quaint coastal town in the Icelandic countryside, The Red House (Rauða Húsið) restaurant is one of the best kept secrets in Iceland. Well known among Icelanders, Rauða Húsið restaurant is most famous for its seafood, especially langoustine.

The space

Spread out over 3 floors, with the main dining room on the mid floor, the building is larger than it at first appears.

The cozy main dining room has space for 42 guests, with white tablecloths, red napkins, and soft music played through old-time radios. The upper and lower floors are reserved for private events, although the bar in the lower level is open the first Saturday of every month and is popular among locals.
Banquet halls

The Food

Eyrarbakki was the birthplace of the Icelandic lobster fishing industry in 1954. The menu pays homage to this and prominently features langoustine in several dishes.

Of course, for those who fancy something else, the fish comes direct from the fisherman, and we serve only the finest cuts of choice meat. We also have some excellent vegetarian and vegan options, as well as delectable desserts.
our menu

Our fresh local ingredients

Icelanders were late to indulge themselves in luxury food like lobster, since lobster fishing didn’t start here in Eyrarbakki until 1954. In the Icelandic national daily, Morgunblaðið, the news that lobster fishing had started in Eyrarbakki made the front page headline on the 29th of August that year. The article also featured a picture of a lobster so that Icelanders would know what this strange creature actually looked like. The article predicts that the lobster will be as important to the people of Eyrarbakki as the herring used to be to the people in Siglufjörður in the north. The Icelandic lobster is known as the Nephrops norvegicusand is somewhat smaller than other lobster species, the largest being 16 -18 cm long.