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) #2 of 366 Restaurants in Reykjavik $$ - $$$ European, Soups,
Skolavoerdustigur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 562 2775
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“fish soup” (84 reviews)
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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 yesterday

We ate as a family of four, and enjoyed both the meat feast and cheese platters as starters, followed by mains of lamb, pork and plaice - all were really good. Only three of us could manage dessert, but all three options we chose were...More

Thank JJRT_travels
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Fish was great!!! The chef does a great job!!! Can be busy, but worth the wait in Reykjavik!!! Will go back!!!

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited this restaurant for lunch. It's a limited lunch menu but that's a good thing as they do a few things but do them well. All had the fish soup and one also had the bruschetta. Everything was delicious and reasonably priced. Small place so...More

Thank Dave709NL
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Ostabudin is a nice place and good service but the food doesn't reach all the way, unfortunately. The whale as starter was perfect, but the different fish dishes as well as the lamb was ok but there are better options in the city!

Thank Markus T
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great place to eat. Salted cod awesome, Meat and Cheese plates, Lamb ...fish soup it was all very good. Yes we went back several times Also very laid back but attentive host and staff.

Thank David Q
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Without a reservation, we were able to get a table for 5 people for lunch. Immediately we received a warm welcome and an explaination of the lunch menu. The menu contained 5 options including vegetarian and gluten free. The food itself was delicious and had...More

Thank Nathan d
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was perhaps the best meal we had on our adventure to Iceland. An excellent menu with a cozy setting that was big enough for our group of 12. I enjoyed the seafood soup and the lamb and they were delicious. Others ordered the whale...More

Thank sean m
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our AirBnB host mentioned this restaurant, so we tried it out. Unfortunately, it was on a bank holiday (which apparently is also a fisherman's holiday), so there wasn't a "catch of the day." However, we were looking for a lighter lunch, so we both had...More

Thank Kate L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were so lucky to get the table without a reservation, otherwise I would not be able to write this review. The food not only had a good presentation, but also tasted so delicious. I ordered a set menu which included a whale steak (starter),...More

Thank Vick W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First, the food is very good as many reviewers have said. The service was excellent as well. The decor is simple and casual. We wanted to sample several items and the waiter made sure it was easy to pass food around with extra plates and...More

Thank William B
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Response from Travel2030 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, our hotel did so and it was needed.
8 February 2017|
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Response from Mark M | Reviewed this property |
Yes. If I remember correctly I think all of the menu prices were in ISK.
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$30
Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express
Good for
Romantic, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, 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 2775
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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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