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European, Soups, Scandinavian, Seafood
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Skolavoerdustigur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 562 2772
11:30 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 21:00
Sat 12:00 - 21:00
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Kent, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This small restaurant is the ideal place for lunch. There is nothing I can fault. The food was amazing and I even got to try horse which was a nice experience. As with all places in Iceland the cost was a little expensive but right for Iceland standards. I recommend the meat platter to share.

Thank Sylvie3283
South UK
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72 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Having read the reviews on this site we decided to try this restaurant which was just around the corner from where we were staying and I am so glad we did. Nowhere is cheap to eat in Reykjavik but this is fine dining at a reasonable price. The food is local, fresh, seasonal and well cooked bringing out the flavours... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great Icelandic seafood soup with a generous serving of fish/lobster meat. Efficient and attentive service attitude. Good place to have a quick lunch and go. Location is slightly off the main shopping belt but it is worth the effort.

Thank twchan88
Sheffield, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great staff, great food. Just so disappointed that they had minke whale on the menu. If they change this we'll go back for sure. Until then it'll have to be somewhere else

Thank george081985
Seoul, South Korea
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The dishes served here fantastic! The staffs are kind I do recommand this restaurant :-)

Thank Bitnoori
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I tried the fresh cod which I believe the server said is one of their specialties. Not sure if the fish was freshly caught or the way it was cooked but I loved it.

Thank traveler_hammy
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food, served promptly. We had a selection of cheeses and meats to start, followed by duck and lamb for main. Staff were extremely helpful, and came for a chat after our meal. Would recommend this place to anyone I know coming to Iceland.

Thank AWelshItalian
Denver, CO
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38 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We liked Ostabudin so much that we ate there twice in three days. Everything was fresh and imaginatively prepared. Don't miss it!

Thank ET-PR
San Francisco, California
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

everyone raves about their fish soup. I didn't think it was very special. The daily fish special is excellent. The bread and butter was great. the bruchetta was delicious. Definitely worth going.

Thank Jackson H
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Delicious food, nice atmosphere, lovely surroundings and staff. I definitely over did the meat here, but that was my own greedy fault! The cured beef starter was amazing and to be honest, I didn't need my goose and game meatballs main…but I ate it anyway because it was so lovely. The cheese platter as a starter was also really good.... More 

Thank 408rubys

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$30
European, Soups, Scandinavian, Seafood
Dinner, Drinks, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Skolavoerdustigur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
  • Location: Europe  >  Iceland  >  Capital Region  >  Reykjavik
  • Phone Number: +354 562 2772
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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