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Tapashusid/Tapashouse

Aegisgardur 2 | The old harbour, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 512 8181
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Ranked #64 of 296 restaurants in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood, Spanish, Tapas, Grill
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Twined for 90 years. Our casa, Sólfell, was built in 1921 and has a rich history twined with Spain. Originally Sólfell housed the production of bacalao (salted cod/saltfiskur) and Spain was by far the biggest buyer. A newspaper article from 1921 tells how the Spanish renewed the contract between the two countries. The contract was literally a big deal because the magnitude was such that the Spanish bought all the exported bacalao that year. A new Spanish contract. We have reversed things. Before the bacalao started its journey from here to Spain but now we import from Spain everything that gives us the warmth and feel of the south. Of course the bacalao has a special place in our hearts as well as on our menu along with other delicacies, enough to give you what you need to put together your dream feast, there are thousands of possible combinations. There is a certain equilibrium in the fact that we have now offer a contract with whomever enters our establishment. In it we state our determination to offer the best of the Spanish tradition in this historical house with a unique fusion of our beloved home country. Enjoy.
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Twined for 90 years. Our casa, Sólfell, was built in 1921 and has a rich history twined with Spain. Originally Sólfell housed the production of bacalao (salted cod/saltfiskur) and Spain was by far the biggest buyer. A newspaper article from 1921 tells how the Spanish renewed the contract between the two countries. The contract was literally a big deal because the magnitude was such that the Spanish bought all the exported bacalao that year. A new Spanish contract. We have reversed things. Before the bacalao started its journey from here to Spain but now we import from Spain everything that gives us the warmth and feel of the south. Of course the bacalao has a special place in our hearts as well as on our menu along with other delicacies, enough to give you what you need to put together your dream feast, there are thousands of possible combinations. There is a certain equilibrium in the fact that we have now offer a contract with whomever enters our establishment. In it we state our determination to offer the best of the Spanish tradition in this historical house with a unique fusion of our beloved home country. Enjoy.
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california
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124 reviews 124 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

It was a bit of a laugh for us. The food was average. I had what appeared to be a thai sort of fish soup with almost no fish. (is that a tapa?) Friend got fajitas that were nothing of the sort- it was a chicken wrap and nothing special. Hubby got the mussels which were fine. Not so great,... More

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mattapoisett, ma
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87 reviews 87 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The atmosphere at this place is perfect! Try one of the tasting menus - we tried explore iceland and the seafood one. excellent choices and wonderful variety. The drinks were interesting and the wine list was pretty good. The view is what makes this place remarkable. Sit and enjoy the working waterfront and people watching!

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Vienna, Austria
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This Restaurant has everything one desires to have a perfect dinner. Delicious food, friendly service, super centrally located and a spectacular view to the sea. The owner was very sympathic and provided us with many insights of island. Will be back next time!!

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Akranes, Iceland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The food vas very tasty and the service was good. We tryed lobster, arctic char, beef and ice-cream - all realy good. Would recommend it to everyone.

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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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71 reviews 71 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We were told about a great tapas restaurant in Reykjavik so we stopped in Saturday afternoon 31 May. Menu we were given had maybe 25 items on it, nothing tapas or Spanish. We finally decided it couldn't be the place recommended so we left without eating. Nice decorating with a great view. I'd give it a terrible or poor rating... More

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Sydney, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

It was Iceland Independence Day and wet at that, but this restaurant didn't warm us up much. The food was all a bit similar with the same garnishes on several dishes, and served so quickly we were finished way too early. The tiramisu was dreadful, but heh it is supposed to be Spanish; at least they took it off the... More

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Middletown, New Jersey
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Excellent fun and delicious cosmos - we went the first night of the trip and the last - all other cocktails never had it right - go there for great drinks Delicious great waiter staff and ambiance is fun - will have dinner there next trip - the entrees looked super -

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Ewing, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

I loved this restaurant. great food and service but i am partial to tapas. great for a single traveler. had a seat by the window overlooking the harbor. seafood was fresh and delicious. easy walk from central reykjavik

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Really enjoyed the live music for an after dinner sangria - the sparkling was good, but very sweet. The staff were great and the ambiance was lively.

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Maryland
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122 reviews 122 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Iceland has tons of good seafood restaurants, but after a while you want something different, and tapashouse succeeds! Huge variety of tapas (loved the spiced meatballs), good service, nice view of the harbor, and plenty of beers to accompany the meal. Tapas is always fun as you get to try many different things. Don't miss the langoustines!

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