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“Quirky decor and tasty food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Vid Tjornina

Vid Tjornina
Tjarnargata 11 ( City Hall Building ) | We Located Inside the City Hall, Reykjavik 101, Iceland (Miõborg)
+354 551 8666
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Ranked #110 of 323 Restaurants in Reykjavik
Cuisines: Seafood, Scandinavian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Miõborg
Description: We have just moved our restaurant after 27 years. We are now located inside the City Hall Building which is located in the lake right downtown in Reykajvik. We opened our restaurant at our old location ,which is only 1 min away from the City Hall, in 1986 and we are a family owned restaurant, with the same owners since 1986.
Sydney, Australia
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87 reviews 87 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Quirky decor and tasty food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

The food was fairly simple but delicious. The staff were attentive and it has a nice atmosphere. It is decorated in a mix of turn of the century tearoom come historical collection and typical Icelandic art. We had a very pleasant meal in a lovely warm setting.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
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64 reviews 64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Delightful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

We had a delightful evening at this restaurant. The staff was professional and friendly. The lamb was delicious. The ambiance is unique and geared to a relaxing evening with well prepared food and good service.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London
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“Great food, lovely atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Vid Tjornina was recommended to us as a restaurant with a special atmosphere and it lived up to that reputation. It is more like a house than a restaurant, with lots of different rooms decorated in Edwardian and Victorian antiques and photos - very shabby chic. The staff are friendly and helpful and the food is lovely. Two of us chose the 3 course mystery menu, and two went a la carte and we ended up both having 4 courses for the price of three - so very good value! The fish in particular was excellent and wine, whilst not cheap, was nowhere near as expensive as we had been warned before we came to Iceland. I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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“Simple but nice cooking.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

When steeping into "Við Tjörnina" you may think you have I gone back in time The restaurant decor is late 1800 early 1900 and the feeling is more like you are in a private house then a restaurant. The food is simply and the service is good. On the menu you will find mostly fish dishes.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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london
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“Fabulous food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

We had a great night at this restaurant. There were 16 of us and luckily our tour guide managed to get us a reservation. We were all in the Royalty Room, taking the record for the most people around the table.
The host/co-owner (with his mother) is a fantastic character, really warm, welcoming and funny.
We were given four courses and told we could have meat or veggie options if required. Someone in our party who has various allergies was totally catered for. The fish soup starter was the best fish soup I've ever had. All the food was brilliant.
Just eating in the restaurant is recommended. It is decorated in 'grandmother' style, kind of Victoriana-like.
We had ling for our main course, salmon in between, and I can't remember what for pudding (sorry!). But it was all extremely yummy. I'd recommend this place to anyone - it really was a special evening.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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