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Istaba

#85 of 604 Restaurants in Riga
Certificate of Excellence
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International, Eastern European, Central European
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Krisjana Barona Iela 31a, Riga, Latvia
+37167281141
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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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
Funky and eclectic

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 13, 2015
Kevin H
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
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English first
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

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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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

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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Brussels, Belgium
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 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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Calgary, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Let me start by saying that Riga has really underwhelmed us so far, but Istaba was a nice surprise. great staff who serve up really good flavors. We found the name from the food tour recommendation. So if you have to come to Riga then try this place.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 via mobile

Good was generally great, starters and sides were delicious. Ordered a tuna steak for main which was served completely undercooked - was quite disgusting - however we received a replacement quite quickly. Also ordered a pork steak for main which was nice. Service was quite poor, had to walk upstairs to get the waitress' attention twice to order drinks and... More 

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Riga
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72 reviews 72 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Went there again after not being there for a few months. The food was great as usual and the service was friendly as usual.

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 via mobile

walking by random streets I suddenly found this place.. wow! it was so delicious! my whole vegetarian life's (~10 years) B E S T food was here. I ordered VE G G I E set and there were a lot of dishes, like appetizers with baked bread, huge green salat, rice, potato, steamed (almost fresh) veggitables.. (could be shared by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Great place to wine and dome in a small company. Very nice music, very polite and nice service. Definitely suggest to visit when in Riga.

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Porto, Portugal
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40 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

A very nice art shop in the center where you can find all kinds of souvenirs you wish, most of them handmade and quite unique. Plus, on the 2nd floor you can eat and drink!

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Vancouver, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We were recommended to go there on our Riga walking tour. Place is so cosy with a galleria downstairs and several small rooms that gives you a home feeling. You just get to chose your main dish type, and then tons of dips and salads and starters starts pouring on your table. Food is very tasty and you get so... More 

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Address: Krisjana Barona Iela 31a, Riga, Latvia
Phone Number: +37167281141
Location: Europe  >  Latvia  >  Riga Region  >  Riga
Average Prices: USD 13 - 19
Cuisine: International, Eastern European, Central European

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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, Eastern European, Central European

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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