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“Causal but cozy Restaurant”
Review of Ostabudin

Ostabudin
Ranked #9 of 546 Restaurants in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$9 - US$30
Cuisines: Seafood
Description: 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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Description: 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.
Reviewed 22 November 2017

We had a light lunch there by ordering the fish soup as main dish. We also tried the starter of salmon which was very fresh and tender. Although the soup was a bit salty to us, the soup was filled with fish and scallops. The portion of the soup was big enough as a main course.

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Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

Reservations needed. 4 girls tried many dishes. Even the bread basket was good. My favorite was the arctic char. The shrimp soup was okay.

Thank Water F
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Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

Came here for lunch on our last day I️t was exactly what we needed! Really enjoyed all our meals in Iceland but this was the icing on the cake.

I️t was a very authentic Icelandic lunch. The menu was very small but perfect for us. I️ came here knowing I️ wanted fish soup and being that it’s a typical Icelandic dish was on the menu. I️ had the fish soup, salad and a Viking white ale and I️t was perfection. I️ mean you must know it’s good when everyone else in the restaurant is on their lunch break.

This is a must go in town. Can’t wait to come back and have more beer and soup!

Thank Aria M
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Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

My partner and I had a 3 course meal here and were left extremely satisfied. Great food, have the lamb and reindeer, and great service. Can't say anything bad about the place. Will be going back.

Thank Chris H
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Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

We had such a stunning meal here in our first night of a long weekend that we came back for our last night too!
Excellent veggie meal, super tasty and inventive and my husband fell in love with artic char!
What makes this place so special are the people, absolute gems!

Thank Alexandfi
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