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Istaba

#103 of 739 Restaurants in Riga
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
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Krisjana Barona Iela 31a, Riga, Latvia
+371 67 281 141
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Melbourne, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

I reccomend this place for good food at a reasonable price in an interesting setting. You won't be in this part of town unless you are looking for something a bit off the tourist track, I would say it's worth the 10-15 min walk from the Art Nouveu district. It is a gallery above a shop so you are looking... More 

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Thank Hayrick
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

I love this place. No written menus just a choice of meat or fish and the set side dishes and appetisers. We love it.

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Thank RRR08
Loughborough, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Above a small gallery/arty shop with only 5 tables and decorated in a recycled quirky style -open 11-10,you chose the protein and they do the rest.I had pork and husband had trout.Fab tapas and bread to start.Great salad and lovely vegetables and local mushroom sauce.Also do coffee and cake and desserts but were full.Brilliant.Can't recommend highly enough.Book at night due... More 

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Fukuoka
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Cold indifferent service, the norm in Latvia, but the food was good. The cold "pink" soup was refreshing and the main dish was tasty and very filling. Pity their personalities suck so bad.

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Pennsylvania
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199 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

I had tasty shrimp, lots of salad, and veggies Husband reports turkey was just ok Waitress was surly and hilarious. One example: I say "I can't eat milk, cream, cheese, any dairy". She says "why didn't you just tell me you are lactose intolerant?" Casually elegant Hip setting over a funky store. Husband says only rates a 3.

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Narooma, Australia
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

We found this place by collecting a Riga map made by locals which was so helpful. Gorgeous little upstairs restaurant with only 6 tables for about 25 people. There was no menu (just as the map advised) just a choice of meats...everything else was provided. There were two fish choices and three of turkey, lamb and beef on our night.... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016

Warning: in case you have any food allergies or dietary requirements, do not go there! They will simply ignore it and be dishonest with you, saying that whatever you cannot eat is not in the food, but it will be everywhere. They won’t bother making anything individually for you (everything is premade which is not a sign of a good... More 

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Riga
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66 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016 via mobile

This little place is very cozy and they always have great food. You can pick fish or meet and they bring you salads and sides aling with it. Perfect fit whether you are on a date or with family. Its actually owned by one of Latvias greatest chefs - Sirmais and they have a gallery of Latvian art goods on... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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214 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

We went to Istaba upon recommendation by a local. The location itself is definitely very cool and fancy. Most creative and cozy interior design. There is no set menu - so you can only choose between meat, seafood and vegetarian. For our standing preferences we chose the latter, which was not really creative, but solid in quality. We had been... More 

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Thank kr0elle
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016

I have been in this place several times as I enjoy the atmosphere, excellent service and food quality offered. Every time when I have had dinner here, it is like having dinner at home - food is offered to be shared (selection of bread with several interesting toppings and healthy salad). This place has no menu, but there is always... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$13 - US$19
Cuisine
European, International, Eastern European, Central European
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Krisjana Barona Iela 31a, Riga, Latvia
  • Location: Europe  >  Latvia  >  Riga Region  >  Riga
  • Phone Number: +371 67 281 141

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?