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££ - £££European, Soups,
Skolavoerdustigur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 562 2775
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“arctic char” (174 reviews)
“lamb” (194 reviews)
“plaice” (78 reviews)
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11:30 - 22:00All hours
European, Soups, Scandinavian, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Skolavoerdustigur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

i have read the TripAdvisor feedback so i went with my boyfriend to eat there on out last evening in Iceland. Restaurant is located in city center, is very cosy, it feels like home and the food absolutely delicious! I truly recommend this restaurant, is...More

Thank AnDr3e4
Reviewed yesterday

The food and service were both excellent. Its a small place and reservations are a must. The menu is relatively small but everything on it was well prepared and portions are generous. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 mainly because its a very...More

Thank travelinggal1951
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visiting new places means trying unique foods. In this case the foods were unusual but very well prepared. Atmosphere is intimate and unpretentious. Our starter was Mincke whale with Bernaise and cauliflower sauce. Entrees were goose with reindeer meatballs and Arctic char. The whale meat,...More

Thank Docclark02
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had a lovely evening with my friends at this lovely restaurant. Very friendly atmosphere, cozy and attentive service. The menu is simple but everyone found something they liked. I had the fish soup and a cheesecake, both very tasty. As this is relatively small restaurant...More

Thank Katrine153
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The bread was delicious. We wanted to try the different type of meats they have in Iceland. We order 3 plates that contained whale, horse, lamb, ewe, and some others. We got to try them all and they were all very good.

1  Thank Chans T
Reviewed 5 days ago

We went here on TA recommendation. It is a cozy restaurant and the staff is very friendly and attentive. The food was excellent! The fish soup comes in a big bowl and is seasoned to perfection. The arctic char and plaice were also done perfectly....More

Thank Patricia O
Reviewed 1 week ago

After 8 days on the road with lots of terrible food (sandwiches, instant noodles, mac & cheese, over-priced mediocre food in restaurants), my husband and I decided to treat ourselves to a proper meal here in Reykjavik near the end of our trip here in...More

1  Thank stephjac711
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely restaurant, was recommended to go by a family friend. Cosy and nice build. Looks small when you first go in however more seating extends further back so lots of room. We were served by a lady a Sunday at lunch who was lovely. Food...More

Thank Brhordern
Reviewed 1 week ago

A cosy restaurant in the mid city serving excellent cuisine. Mainly fish and well presented and ample to eat.A good selection of starters and also simple desserts. A wine list too although not extensive

Thank robertfrancisl
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have had the pleasure of staying in many nice hotels and eating in many lovely restaurants. Of all the places I have eaten and stayed, Ostabudin in Reykjavik has been one of my all time favorite restaurants. Ostabudin is a modern Icelandic restaurant, serving...More

Thank Ellen K
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17 July 2017|
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Response from Travel2030 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, our hotel did so and it was needed.
7 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

Rating summary
  • 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
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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