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Islenski barinn

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$$ - $$$
Bar, European, Pub, Scandinavian, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
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Ingolfsstraeti 1a, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 517 6767
11:30 - 03:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 03:00
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Boston, MA
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57 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We decided to come here because of the fermented shark, but didn't order it as we wouldn't know if it would upset our stomachs. The staff was super friendly and it's awesome that water is free. I know, you can drink it out of the tap. Anyway, we ordered the puffin in a jar, smoked salmon in a jar, whale... More 

Thank smellyphant37
Vancouver, Washington, United States
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244 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We came here on our first night in Reykjavik and it was the best meal we had our entire trip. We got to try a lot of traditional Icelandic meats, like the fermented shark, puffin, dried cod, and lamb shank, along with langoustine and even a reindeer burger. Everything was delicious and the price was great (for Iceland). The staff... More 

Thank Kailey T
Dublin, Ireland
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37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went here to try traditional Icelandic food; shark, whale and puffin. Hard to say if it was fresh as we've never had it before but I'd hazard a guess that the shark was not. The lamb was excellent and the fish and chips were alright but nothing special. What we did like was the atmosphere; laid back and enjoyable.... More 

Thank Dlawgal
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We chose to come back to this restaurant after visiting it on a food tour, we had decided to go for a proper evening meal. I had the fish of the day which I got told was salted salmon, it was actually salted cod, but even so it was fantastic!! My wife went for the chicken burger, it was just... More 

Thank Ben B
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The atmosphere was amazing when walking in, lots of different people and staff were very friendly. Got sitted quickly, The menu has a range of different foods on it. I tried the shark which was very nice especially after hearing the stories of how they prepare the shark. Also has the reindeer burger for a main which was lovely, meat... More 

Thank Kelley C
London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Delicious food, good portions and friendly staff. Worth a try in your visit to Iceland. Average Icelandic prices.

Thank Michalis A
Chicago, Illinois
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44 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Many items on the menu looked appetizing , but I was there for the lobster hotdog. It was excellent. Should have ordered 2

Thank 65N20w
Manchester, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went in here for beers in Happy Hour and loved the atmosphere so stayed to eat. Excellent fish & chips, not cheap but not too bad for Iceland. We returned a few days later and had the same meal.

Thank Cath K
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have to admit that they have excellent food, lamb shank, fin whale, fish.... very tasty. but I had very bad experience here. I was with 14 people group, reserved table a month advance, and when we arrive, they only give us very tiny tables, one of our guy has to squeeze with the piano player! Wait for 1 hour... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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157 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our group tried a little of everything and none of us were disappointed. The food is good and so is the service. The atmosphere is also very Icelandic and cute.

Thank Katie G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 30
Bar, European, Pub, Scandinavian, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 03:00
11:30 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ingolfsstraeti 1a, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
  • Location: Europe  >  Iceland  >  Capital Region  >  Reykjavik>  > Miõborg
  • Neighbourhood: Miõborg
  • Phone Number: +354 517 6767
Icelandic through and through. Icelandic cuisine with a twist. Not touristy, more the place for travelers to mix with the locals. The only bar in the world that serves all Icelandic beers and spirits.

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