Nordic Cool at its best

AALTO Bistro is a friendly and exciting restaurant in Reykjavik under the leadership and vision of renowned TV chef Sveinn Kjartansson. AALTO has an emphasis on unusual ingredients, flirting with Scandinavian cuisine with a Central-European influence.

The Scandinavian cuisine is fitting, since the restaurant is situated in the Nordic House, opposite the University of Iceland, in the middle of a bird sanctuary and wetland, and yet only a stone’s throw from the city centre. 

Healthy food for a happy heart

AALTO BISTRO is a unique restaurant and café in the Nordic House in Reykjavik. The chef, Sveinn Kjartansson, is renowned for his popular TV programmes in Iceland. AALTO Bistro emphasis on Scandinavian food inspired by central European cuisine. 

Spectacular seafood

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 the Nordic House can sample for themselves the work of this creative genius, in the form of delicious smørrebrød (open sandwiches), delightful fresh lunch specials and, over the weekends, a delicately constructed dinner menu. Naturally, the fruits of the sea feature prominently, although meat and vegan options are also on offer.

Nordic cool at it´s best

In true New Nordic style, the food at AALTO Bistro draws on fresh, local, healthy produce, ingredients which change with the seasons. Head chef Sveinn stirs in a dash of his trademark magic to create the prettiest of plates – dishes such as hot-smoked catfish on a citrus salad with wild angelica mayonnaise, and pan-fried seafood speckled with fresh herbs in a white wine sauce.


For a light lunch or anytime-treat, try the traditional Scandinavian style sandwich; a slice of moist, dark bread piled high with crisp fried plaice, shrimps and chervil sauce, for example. And when it comes to morning coffee or afternoon tea, linger awhile, over delicious homemade cakes, all made with the best ingredients available at the time, for example a slice of lavender-orange cake topped with Icelandic skyr.