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$$ - $$$, Healthy,
Skolavoerdustigur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 562 2772
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“arctic char” (257 reviews)
“plaice” (96 reviews)
“lamb” (239 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 am - 10:00 pm Hours
Diner, Healthy, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Skolavoerdustigur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My partner and I were introduced to this excellent eatery in the middle of Reykjavik by a friend whose gf had suggested he try it while here. We are so grateful for the tip! The food is fantastic and the service congenial. We enjoyed it...More

Thank Catalina C
Reviewed 3 days ago

We came here for a late lunch and were pleasantly surprised that the lunch menu was a reasonable price. The dinner menu is standard Icelandic prices though. Doesn't matter, food was so delicious here! I wanted to go back again but we didn't stay in...More

Thank abbietea
Reviewed 1 week ago

I am not convince to be a returning customer. Just a taste bud experience that is all...the grilled minke whale, afterall it does not have any 'wow' factor taste, but even the usual Arctic Char, I feel the one we had in Akureyri taste sooo...More

Thank LambieG
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had the Minke Whale steak and Goose salad as starters and the Artic Char as our main dish. The flavors and presentation were excellent while the service was friendly and quick. All the TripAdvisor reviews were correct and the restaurant did not disappoint. Would...More

Thank Gary S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped by for an early dinner after my flight to Keflavik. Read reviews on TripAdvisor and can only agree with most of them. It’s a good place with good food and not really expensive. I had the goose salad as appetizer which I enjoyed but...More

Thank JackPB66
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a beautiful place. Warm and service was super friendly. We had the cod and artic char for mains which were excellent. I would have to say the grilled whale was probably the best thing I've ever had - the sauces and sides complimented the...More

Thank Drvnl14
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am so happy we went to Ostabudin - we loved it so much we actually went twice. The menu is amazing, the food is delicious, the preparation and plating is gorgeous, the service is wonderful and the wine is reasonable and pairs well. We...More

Thank Samantha S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Looking for good local food in downtown Reykjavik. It was a 10 day trip around the island do we already seen and tasted a few Iceland cuisine but it wasn't enough! We want to try more before leaving. Storm Hotel suggest this is one of...More

1  Thank Henry H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had the salted cod and lamb food was excellent service was good walked in but place filled up fast after 7

Thank Dan K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My sister and I happened upon this restaurant the first day of our trip. We had no idea where to go but lucked into this place. We both had lamb. It was delicious. I didn’t have the curry lobster soup but it spelt amazing. I...More

Thank Teresa G
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Krista C
22 August 2018|
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Response from Alex_Carlos_G | Reviewed this property |
Hi I would say “no dress code” is the dress code 😉
Sharon G
21 January 2018|
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Response from shA4055OU | Reviewed this property |
We were only given the limited lunch menu when we arrived during lunch time. I believe there might have been 4 things on the menu including two soups and the fish of the day.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 9 - USD 30
Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 am
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Skolavoerdustigur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
  • Location: Europe  >  Iceland  >  Capital Region  >  Reykjavik
  • Phone Number: +354 562 2772
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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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