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Istaba

#75 of 699 Restaurants in Riga
Certificate of Excellence
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International, European, Eastern European, Central European
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Krisjana Barona Iela 31a, Riga, Latvia
+37167281141
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 42
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Wonderful

Istaba is one of my favourite places in Riga! I've been there multiple times, last time I had a wonderful deer filet with a fruity tomato sauce. If you order a main course, starters, salad and sides are included in a price range between 15-20€. The food tastes fresh, homemade and absolutely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Benedikt S
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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Istaba is one of my favourite places in Riga! I've been there multiple times, last time I had a wonderful deer filet with a fruity tomato sauce. If you order a main course, starters, salad and sides are included in a price range between 15-20€. The food tastes fresh, homemade and absolutely amazing. Good choices of wine. Also, the place... More 

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Thank Benedikt S
Casale Monferrato, Italy
Level Contributor
86 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

Locals recommended us this restaurant and it's located near our hotel so we gave it a shot. We are not disappointed. We ordered what we want for main course and it came with starter, salad, potato, and vegetable. Everything was excellent and fresh. All dishes were garnished beautifully with vegetable and flowers. Each plate is unique and packed with flavour.... More 

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Thank patboonya
Riga, Latvia
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55 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

I am used to go to Galerija Istaba when I need some fresh idea for my cuisine. Every dish has its authentic taste. I love how they make tapas here. I didn't know that pumpkin puree can be so tasty even it tasted like real pumpkin (without other flavors). I tried a pumpkin puree at home afterwards. Mine was far... More 

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Thank Zivtele
Moscow, Russia
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Excellent local food, nice starters, the best baby potatoes (seasoned with garlic and parsley butter) we ever had. You'd better stay hungry before going there (enormous amount of food guaranteed).

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Thank Yulia T
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

This is one of my favourite restaurants in Riga, where I eat at least once a week. The food is very good and service is decent. My only complaint would be the inconsistency in quality of food - by that I mean on some occasions the food is excellent and on others just good. Regardless, I've never had a bad... More 

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Thank Shahad U
Gothenburg, Västra Götaland County, Sweden
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Nice staff that serves excellent food good price in a cosy upstairs restaurant with a few individual tables

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1 Thank Cecilia L
New York City, New York
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I read about Istaba in a blog of the '15 best restaurants in Riga.' The author is an expatriate living in the city. She said that this was her most favorite place. The restaurant is a quirky little place above a shop. I say quirky because the decor, seating, plates, cutlery etc are mismatched,but this made it fun and cozy.... More 

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1 Thank pjfny
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015 via mobile

This is a difficult place to find and a local guide showed us the location. First floor is an art gallery and the second floor is the restaurant. You sit at a table along a balcony looking down on the gallery and fine art pieces. Very cool. Choice of entree is limited. Pick lamb, duck, beef, pork, or salmon. That's... More 

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Thank Kevin H
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015 via mobile

We spent only one day in Riga this time and decided to go with the flow. This restaurant was a bit hidden, there is a gallery downstairs. But I'm glad we found it, it was Tuesday night and we arrived about 8pm and got the last free table for two - fortunately! Ok, because the place was so full of... More 

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Thank M5322KPannel
Brussels, Belgium
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Very nice place, atop an art gallery. Nice decoration, comfy sofas to sit. No set menu, but portions are good and generous. You can go just for a drink and a snack as well. Loved it.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Krisjana Barona Iela 31a, Riga, Latvia
  • Location: Europe  >  Latvia  >  Riga Region  >  Riga
  • Phone Number: +37167281141

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 13 - 19
  • Cuisine: International, European, Eastern European, Central European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Local cuisine

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?