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Skolavoerdustigur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 562 2772
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“arctic char” (282 reviews)
“lamb” (262 reviews)
“plaice” (98 reviews)
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Skolavoerdustigur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Reviewed today via mobile

Stopped here for lunch. Very friendly staff, and a nice atmosphere. We had the goose salad and the soup of the day, both very delicious!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank timothyconnolly5
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had Ostabudin on our list of places to try and visit in Reykjavik one evening but on a stroll round this great city, we came across the restaurant at exactly the right time for lunch. What a lovely relaxed atmosphere, what a great welcome...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank David B
Reviewed 2 days ago

Ostabudin offer a short concise lunch menu which I personally prefer. Better to do less dishes well than more dishes badly I say. One of our tour guides had actually recommend the fish soup if we needed something quick and warming which is why we...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank muller85
Reviewed 3 days ago

I stopped here for lunch. The menu was very limited as to 2 soup dishes and 2 entrees. One being a fish dish and the other a salad. The food was good I was just expecting more options. They did have my favorite beer on...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank nki65
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We booked this restaurant online a few weeks before arriving, however when we arrived it was quiet anyway but worthwhile, just in case. I had the Arctic char which was absolutely beautiful cooked and with lots of flavour. I had a dessert which unfortunately I...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Matt B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped for lunch, only a few items for lunch. Nothing my non fish/meat eating daughter could order. She ordered the fish soup which she didn’t eat, but we did. Very interesting flavor, a little sour but good. Ling fish very good though!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank DCtravels01
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful dinner at this place! The minke whale steak appetizer was particularly special. Lamb was very good as well. Great casual cozy atmosphere.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank chrijala
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hands down the best meal we had. There were three in our group including a teenager. We ordered lamb fillet, whale steak and Arctic char - all perfectly prepared. An expensive meal by US standards but mid-level by Reykjavík. That said, it was worth the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank kidsworld
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bread and butter were good, service was good, waiter was attentive without lingering, had the house red wine? which was just ok and the lamb meal, it was good but nothing to get excited about, but it had a cozy atmosphere and was a nice...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 863brits
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the meat and local cheese samplers. The staff was extremely pleasant and helpful with food and drink orders. We would highly recommend Ostabudin!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank erikcK3199HC
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Krista C
22 August 2018|
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Response from Alex_Carlos_G | Reviewed this property |
Hi I would say “no dress code” is the dress code 😉
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.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$30
Dinner, Drinks, Lunch
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, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:00 AM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 AM
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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