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Skolavoerdustigur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 562 2772
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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European, Soups, Scandinavian, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Skolavoerdustigur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed having dinner at this place! Icelandic dishes like the soup or the delicious whale meat!

Thank Alex A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stunning! Had the most delicious and relaxed meal here yesterday. The meat feast was divine, fabulous flavours and the perfect amount, but the lamb for my mains... absolutely delicious! And I have good welsh lamb at home, so this had something to live up to,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The landlord of our rental apartment recommended this restaurant and we were not disappointed. We had reservations and the five of us were seated at a comfortably sized round table in the main dining area. The fish soup and reindeer appetizers were very good as...More

Thank always-ramblin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is by far the best food we’ve ever tasted! ( thanks to the guy from Montreal who told us about it in the hot tub yesterday!) I had the Minke whale steak for starter. - served nearly rare, it melted in my mouth.It tasted...More

Thank Hazytrev
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a good dinner here my first evening in Reykjavik. I referred the goose salad and lamb and my friend had the seafood soup and the Icelandic trout. The goose salad was my favorite dish. The meat was incredibly flavorful. I really liked the soup—...More

Thank Christina H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited the restaurant for dinner. An earlier reviewer said that the portions were small so I ordered as starter a seafood soup and for main the cod. The soup itself was big for a starter. The taste was salty but fine. The crab meat...More

Thank pepics
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tasty food but small portions and expensive prices. Also they must clean the tables and the floor more often.

Thank elina g
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had an amazing meal, both my husband and I had the lamb. It was superb! Would recommend this restaurant to anyone. Staff were very pleasant.

Thank Amanda F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the food was good but the prices was quite expensive . the restaurant was not so clean . the quantity of the food was very small

Thank jordromani
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Walking past and looking at menu, a couple came out and told us it was so superb they had booked for the next night. I have to agree - ultra friendly staff, magnificent food beautifully presented and excellent wine list. Try it!

Thank brianpidgeon
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Sharon G
21 January 2018|
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Response from shA4055OU | Reviewed this property |
We were only given the limited lunch menu when we arrived during lunch time. I believe there might have been 4 things on the menu including two soups and the fish of the day.
Heidi D
17 December 2017|
Response from henriksen2 | Reviewed this property |
Hi They Are always closed on sundays but not sure on Christmas Normally they dont celebrate as much as other scandinavians on xmas so perhaps 25th and 26th ? Thomas
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
US$9 - US$30
Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 10:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 10:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Skolavoerdustigur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
  • Location: Europe  >  Iceland  >  Capital Region  >  Reykjavik
  • Phone Number: +354 562 2772
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Food connoisseurs and other gastronomes have ever since the year 2000 slipped into our basement during lunch hour to feast on various delicacies. But of course everyone knows that because ever since the restaurant opened for business it has been the least kept secret in the area. Ostabuðin has truly been an oasis on Skolavorðustigur because we have tried our best to offer a wide varaity of fresh and curious products which have tickled our patrons taste buds and in turn trickled salivating reflexes in the city center. Even though we have taken some pride in the queue that has formed outside our entrance every single day during lunch break for the past 15 years we have finally expanded our premises. Thus we can now welcome our patrons from dawn til dusk and offer them a variety of fish and meat dishes which we have refined with passion. Of course there is also a lot of cheese on the menu and now we can also serve wine with our fare. Our daily specials always include both a fish dish and a soup during lunch hour on weekdays. Do not hesitate to ask what is on offer today. Also, our seafood soup never disappoints. Our guests might have to share tables during the lunch hour rush but who knows – maybe you will make new friends. Bon appetit, Joi.
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