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Istaba

#82 of 588 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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Visitor rating
  • 28
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 5
    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
A gem in Riga!

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
GlobeTrekking1206
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Calgary, Canada
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
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Calgary, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
13 helpful votes 13 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Great experience! Unique for Riga as I would expect that trendy and cozy atmosphere somewhere in east London or Berlin. The food was amazing too.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Riga! Its is not formal and feels like a nice homemade meal with friends. Except with really good food and that no one has to cook or clean. Special concept, but really nice food! Also good for vegetarians!

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Paris
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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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, Eastern European, Central European

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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