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Istaba

Krisjana Barona Iela 31a, Riga, Latvia
+37167281141
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Ranked #112 of 518 restaurants in Riga
Price range: $13 - $19
Cuisines: Eastern European, Central European, International
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Paris
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The dinner started pleasantly, with a fresh salad with tomatoes and various tasty dips (beetroot, humus...) But the main course is very disappointing : they propose various proteins (chicken, beef, duck), but only with a choose of two sauces, white wine or red wine. I took the shrimps with white wine, and it wasn't good, the shrimps were obviously thawed,... More

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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64 reviews 64 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The concept - choose a meat/bird/fish and have the entrées and sides come along to share, is great and the food was all delicious. The small dining area over the art gallery and shop is lovely. Not cheap by Latvian standards but it doesn't break the bank either.

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Princeton, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

A combination art gallery restaurant run by a local celebrity chef, portions generous, food fantastic, setting eclectic, non-matching china, set in a balcony above the store/art gallery. A great experience.

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Budapest, Hungary
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50 reviews 50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Visited Istaba after reading a recommendation on a recent visit to Riga. Aalthough it is a bit outside of the usual tourist area,it was well worth the trip to find it. There is onset menu here -- the waitress listed the daily options, all of which included some great tapas style starters, salad and sides to the two fish dishes... More

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Norrköping
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Istaba is not only a little restaurant, it also houses an exhibition area on the first floor, which you can overlook from your seating upstairs. The food is wonderful and well prepared. Could be a little more vegetarian options to choose from! But I love this place, it is well worth looking for. Can be a bit hard to find... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

A super-cool restaurant upstairs from a gallery - a great, relaxed atmosphere and the food and wine was delicious! The marzipan cake for dessert was a decadent treat that had us talking about it for days afterwards!

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014 via mobile

they didn't have a fixed menu but the not-so-friendly waitress would walk you through their daily offer. I went there twice during my stay in Riga and was very happy with what they brought to my table both times. appetiser and side dishes were included when you ordered a main course, and the portion was usually quite big, so it's... More

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Durham, NC
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

We wanted vegetarian and were not disappointed. A fine meal, creative cooking and nicely served. Excellent, unobtrusive service. A creative kitchen. We are "regulars", if anyone can be termed that in Riga - we are it. About ten times at the Istaba since 2011. My wife's birthday and it was all good, and the sauce for the marzipan dessert was... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

I tried going to the restaurant several times but on the days I went the menu wasn't appealing so I will go at a later date. I bought a candle in the store attached to the restaurant, and I asked the cashier what the scent was. She said she couldn't translate it because they were just ordinary flowers. The candle... More

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Durham, NC
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

We live Istaba although we've seen a few quirks over the the several visits. We were worried about it since reading the reviews this time, our first visit in a year. Nice service, just the right amount. Had the vegetarian meal, very flavorful and enjoyable. Same funky atmosphere, a pleasure and a pleasant surprise since we were led to believe... More

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