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

The Red House

About

ABOUT

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

In the Neighborhood

In the Neighborhood

Húsið á Eyrarbakka

In the town of Eyrarbakki:

The House at Eyrarbakki (Húsið) – The Árnesinga Folk Museum
Maritime Museum of Eyrarbakki
Eyrarbakkakirkja, the Eyrarbakki Church
Black sand beach
Eyrarbakki Campground, run by Björgunarsveit Björg Eyrarbakka
Aurora hunting from Eyrarbakki
Horseback riding on the beach with Bakkahestar
Bakki Hostel & Apartments

Less than 15 minutes away:

Stokkseyri (swimming pool, hunting museum, Draugasetrið Ghost Center, petting zoo, kayaking)
Þorlákshöfn (golf course, swimming pool)

15-30 minutes away:

Kerið volcanic crater
The Lava Tunnel
Selfoss (movie theater, swimming pool, golf course, hotel)
Hveragerði (natural hot spring, swimming pool, golf course, hotel, horse riding)

Kerið

Þjóðgarðurinn - Þingvellir

Less than an hour away:

UNESCO World Heritage Site Þingvellir National Park (hiking, waterfall, snorkeling, scuba diving)
Geysir Hot Spring Area
Gullfoss waterfall
Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Laugarvatn Fontana Spa
Bláfjöll ski area
Leiðarendi lava tube cave
The Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa
Inside The Volcano
Reyjavík

The Story of the Red House

The Story of the Red House

When Rauða Húsið first opened, it was in another red house, the old schoolhouse. On 14. May 2005, it moved to its current home at Búðarstígur 4, the house also known as ‘Mikligarður’.

A woman named Guðmunda Nielsen built the first part of the house, which now houses the main dining room and the cozy cellar, in 1919. She was a Renaissance woman: she was a businesswoman, organist, choir director, music teacher, composer, and active in many societies, including the Eyrarbakki Women’s Society. She studied business in Copenhagen before opening her shop, Guðmundubúð, one of the most fashionable shops in Iceland at its time.

Guðmunda lived in The House next-door, which is now home to the Árnessýsla Folk Museum and open to the public during the summertime. The House was built in 1765 as a home for the Danish merchant family living in Eyrarbakki. It was at its time the center of culture on the south coast.

In 1955, the top floor was added. At that time, it was home to Plastiðjan plastic factory, which made insulation and heating pipes. In 1960, they built the three-story addition in the back, which today has the restaurant’s North Hall, the kitchen, and storage.

 

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.