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“Great food and service. Very affordable for Reykjavik”
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Balkanika
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Miõborg
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great food and service. Very affordable for Reykjavik”
Reviewed 29 May 2014 via mobile

We've eaten at this place three times during our weekly stay at Reykjavik, and every time it was a very pleasant experience. This is true Mediterranian/Bulgarian cuisine, that is diverse and tasty. Service was friendly and attentive each time.

We would really recommend 2- and 4-person combos, which are a real bargain for Iceland, and also give you a very good variety. This included the case when the four of us took the combo with assorted grilled meat, and everybody enjoyed despite the inevitable difference in taste...

Despite the fact that the restaurant is just off Laugavegur, i.e. the main street in the old city, there are very few patrons here on weekday evenings, which is amazing given how good and affordable the food is.

Highly recommended!

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English first
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
141 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“BEST FOOD EVER, SO TASTY, JUST MOUTHWATERING,”
Reviewed 18 May 2014

Found this restaurant just off the side street off the main shopping street, everything we ate was just 100%. Had shish Kebab, lamb and chicken kebab, Kofta, greek salad, pitta bread, chicken stew and the baklava, was only in the capital for 4 evenings and luckily found this place on our first evening, and came back every evening, never been disappointed with anything we ate. The flavours and taste were wow, wow, wow. I would come back to Iceland only for this restaurant. The lady owner is from Bulgaria and so friendly, everything was efficient, service quick and everything was clean and tidy, miss this restaurant so much. We tried other restaurants at lunch-times, dont know why we even bothered, dont even go anywhere else. We went quite early in the evenings and it soon filled up with customers. The cost is so reasonable for what you get, It worked out cheaper than in England. We were expecting it too be really expensive, miss this place and hope to come back some day

  • Visited May 2014
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Albuquerque, NM
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Mark&SandieFromNewMexico”
Reviewed 8 April 2014

Great little restaurant. We had the lamb and chicken kabobs, and both were outstanding. Nice atmosphere, very good service .... we absolutely loved Balkanika and would highly recommend it.

  • Visited April 2014
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Sydney, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great meal”
Reviewed 7 April 2014

This restaurant is a little Mediterranean gem. Great food at a reasonable price. Very warm and friendly atmosphere. Would go back.

Visited March 2014
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Wow! Best lamb ever”
Reviewed 1 April 2014 via mobile

Set in a side street, this place looks unprepossessing, but was full when I passed (a good sign). Encouraged by the reviews I checked on TripAdvisor, I stopped for dinner and enjoyed probably my best meal in Reykjavic. I had shish kebabs of the most tasty succulent lamb in lovely, simply decorated surroundings. A must visit!

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