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European, Soups, Scandinavian, Seafood
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Skolavoerdustigur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 562 2772
11:30 - 21:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 21:00
Sat 12:00 - 21:00
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This restaurant was recommended to us by prior travelers, and I can see why. The food was incredible. I even went outside of my comfort zone to try some things I wouldn't normally eat, and I don't regret it. Get the cheese plate - it's piled high with deliciousness. Get the meat plate appetizer as well - that's where I... More 

Thank Whitney G
Frederikssund Municipality, Denmark
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203 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was a Real Nice experience The food was really great and so was the staff The atmosphere is warm and welcoming Wine lidt short but good Thomas

Thank henriksen2
Kuching, Malaysia
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71 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I came here because of the high rating review here. Tried the seafood soup only because i wanted to do restaurant hopping on that day. I'm satisfied with the soup (1,900kr) and the service indeed excellent. I hope i wasn't full and i can try their dessert or cheese. The restaurant always busy , cosy and romantic :)

Thank minnnara
Vienna, Austria
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went along to the restaurant without a reservation as we knew that after 18:30 reservations were not possible. We were a bit worried when we saw that it was full, but we were lucky enough to get the last free table downstairs. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful and we decided on the mink whale and smoked goose... More 

Thank Marie S
Toronto, Canada
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125 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

No wonder this restaurant ranks so high on Tripadvisor - they are fabulous! The service is so attentive and so pleasant. For our 6-year-old they were able to make a special dish (since they do not have a kids menu). It's centrally located and its atmosphere is relaxing and nice. As for the food, it was really, really good. We... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago 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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74 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

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

Thank Bitnoori

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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, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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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