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Tjoruhusid

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Seafood, European, Soups, Scandinavian
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Nedsti kaupstadur, Isafjordur 400, Iceland
+354 456 4419
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12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
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Columbia, South Carolina
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The price looks daunting, but you get a LOT of fish. You must reserve your spot in advance, and it can fill up fast. You are in a small room with other hungry groups and it will feel like an endless buffet. The food is amazing, too! One of my friends went up 10 times!

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Thank Veronesi413
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing tasts that you will never forget. They really know the magics of cooking. I loved every bite ... One of the best food I have ever eaten.

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1 Thank Tiina H
Reykjavik, Iceland
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best fish we have had in years. Simple, fresh and full of flavor. Very good value for money and highly recommended.

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Thank HaddaBjork
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I liked everything about this place and you should go experience it yourself and have a wonderful time while you are in Ísafjörður.

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Thank Viktor Bergmann B
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 February 2017

While kayaking Isafjordur, a local told my wife and I we could not leave town without dining at Tjoruhusid. Glad we paid attention. Dinner was a bit late, because the fresh catch boat was just pulling in from sea (yeah, that fresh). The preparation was perfect, and the meal one of the best we had ever eaten. But pair that... More 

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Como, Italy
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112 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

Our Journey finally arrived to Isafjordur, one of the most awaited leg of our tripi in Iceland. According to tripadvisor review we had our lunch in this restaurant. Simply Amazing, the buffet is very rich and the staff was really kind. The chef, prepared a dedicated gluten free fish-frying pan for me (Halibut and other fishes). The price is the... More 

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Thank Ste_Apple
1 review
Reviewed 19 December 2016

This is the best fish I've ever eaten and one of the top three meals I've ever had. I'm not kidding. It's an All You Can Eat kind of thing. You pay and keep going up until you're full. They keep making delicious dishes in giant skillets. It's absolutely amazing.

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Thank Kerry M
Playa del Ingles, Spain
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Tjöruhúsið is my favorite fish restaurant. In the old town museum buildings it offers catch of the day of great value and variety every night during the summer season. Great food.

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Thank JonPalsson
New York City, New York
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59 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2016

My friend and I ate here the night we stayed in Isafjordur during our Icelandic roadtrip. We chose this place because the reviews were great and we were not disappointed! The restaurant is family owned, and it's buffet style, with so many great options. We had different kinds of fish, sides, and salad. Also, the place itself is super cute... More 

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Troll Peninsula, Iceland
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54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016

Its quite simple, if you are in Isafjordur you have to try this place as its quite possibly the best seafood restaurant in Iceland.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$50
Cuisine
Seafood, European, Soups, Scandinavian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
Monday
12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
Thursday
12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
Friday
12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
Saturday
12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Nedsti kaupstadur, Isafjordur 400, Iceland
  • Location: Europe  >  Iceland  >  Westfjords Region  >  Isafjordur
  • Phone Number: +354 456 4419
Description
Tjoruhusið is a fish restaurant in Isafjorður, Iceland. We only serve whatever's fresh out of the ocean on a given day, so there's no menu to speak of, but during high season we usually offer a buffet of everything good for dinner, while lunch tends to be a la carte.

For dinner, we generally do two separate seatings, at 7pm and 9pm, although we try to be flexible if possible.

Do note that we are for the most part closed during wintertime (from early November 'til Easter, usually), and then that our openings in the early spring months tend to be sporadic. We advise anyone intending to dine with us to call ahead to ensure we are open.

Tjoruhusið does not operate a Reykjavik location.

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Isafjordur, Iceland

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Q When is Tjöruhúsið open for business?

A First off: we are mostly closed during wintertime (with a few exceptions). We usually close up shop around late October and then start cooking again around Easter (feel free to follow our Facebook page or drop us a line here if you want to make sure). This is for a variety of reasons, mostly because weather conditions in wintertime can make it hard for us to guarantee fresh fish (also, our house is really old and not insulated, so it gets way cold during wintertime).

This means that you can’t expect to dine with us from circa early November - late March. Don’t worry though, there’s plenty of nice food to be had in Ísafjörður. And you can always try dropping us a line to see if we happen to be open for some odd reason.

But, when you are open for business, what are your hours of operation?

 

We are generally open every single day for lunch from 12oo -14oo, and then dinner from 19oo - 21oo. Do note that since we need fresh fish, etc., our opening hours can be a little sporadic at the beginning and tail-end of the season (spring - late fall), so make sure to call ahead).

Q Do I need to make a reservation?

A Probably a good idea.

Q How can I make a reservation?

A You can email us, drop us a line via our Facebook page or call us. We do recommend calling in if you wish to make a reservation with less than three days advance (especially in high-season - it gets crazy!).

NOTE: Tjöruhúsið is a family restaurant, and we don’t have a lot of employees or corporate structure or concierge or anything. Sometimes, we’ll get too busy to answer your messages or even pick up the phone (calling during dinnertime isn’t the best idea, for instance). If we don’t respond, please just try again. We’re bound to come around eventually.

Q Can I see your menu?

A No.

Q But I really want to see your menu!

A Again, no. Sorry, it’s just, we don’t really have a menu. We just cook whatever’s fresh out of the ocean on any given day (except the salt cured cod - that needs time to cure). At any given time, you can expect us to serve stuff like halibut, wolffish (AKA North Atlantic catfish), cod, pollock, redfish, spotted catfish, salmon, rainbow trout and plaice, in whatever style our chefs are feeling at that very moment. Sometimes we get crazy unusual fish, like monkfish. That’s always fun.

For sides (when we’re doing the buffet thing), you can expect: rice, boiled potatoes, mashed potatoes, potato salad, regular salad, barley salad (with peppers and mushrooms and all kinds of nice spices) and whatever else we come up with.

We also serve fish soup every day (usually a langoustine base, infused with tomato, cream, and all sorts of fish) and fish stew.

During busy season (say, June through August), we usually offer an a la carte lunch (you get to choose which fish you want to feast on), and a buffet dinner (the buffet is really nice, don’t worry, all fresh cooked, and you get to taste everything you want).

Q Do you guys do dessert?

A Not really, although one of our salt-cured cod recipes we sometimes make kind of verges on dessert territory (it comes with sherry-soaked raisins and almonds). However, feel free to drink all the coffee and/or tea you like, and also there’s a bowl of chocolates.

Q I am allergic or averse to whatever ingredient (dairy? gluten? fish?), but I’d still really like to dine with you guys. Can you accommodate my needs and desires?

Probably. We’ll sure try. However, you should definitely get in touch with us beforehand to discuss. We hate to disappoint.

Q Hi, I’d like a beer with my custom made gluten-free meal.

A Oh, you!

Q I came by your restaurant and it was closed but there were people hanging out inside and they were laughing and some of them were eating but no one would let me in and I deserve to eat wherever I want, whenever I want. I am enraged and might write furious things about you on the internet!

A Listen: sorry about that. We were closed. We sometimes are. But, you know, when we’re closed, we have this nice place to have our friends over at. It would be a shame not to use it, right? Anyway, that time you were over, we were probably celebrating a birthday or something.

It’s not you, it’s us. Honest. We sincerely apologise. From now on, we will never close again, in case you might get hungry. No more birthdays. No more joy.

Q Don’t be an a**, that’s a legitimate complaint.

A You’re right. Sorry. We were just being flippant. Your royal highness.

Q Can I get a job at Tjöruhúsið?

A Maybe. If you’re nice and fun to be around and can do things that are useful to us (wash dishes, serve food, etc). Try dropping our Department of Human Resources a line at our email.

Q Do you have a Reykjavík location?

A Nope. We are not affiliated with any restaurants in Reykjavík or elsewhere. Tjöruhúsið is an Ísafjörður thing.

Q Anything to add?

A Keep it real, y’all!

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