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Istaba

#83 of 615 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

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  • 5
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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
Truly delicious meal!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
pjfny
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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New York City, New York
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5 reviews
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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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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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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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 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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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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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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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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Address: Krisjana Barona Iela 31a, Riga, Latvia
Phone Number: +37167281141
Location: Europe  >  Latvia  >  Riga Region  >  Riga
Average Prices: USD 13 - 19
Cuisine: International, European, 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, European, Eastern European, Central European

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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