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Local cuisine, Seafood, European, Healthy, Soups, Scandinavian
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Tjoruhusið is a fish restaurant in Isafjorður, Iceland. We only serve whatever's fresh out of the ocean on a given day, so there's no menu to speak of, but during high season we usually offer a buffet of everything good for dinner, while lunch tends to be a la carte. For dinner, we generally do two separate seatings, at 7pm and 9pm, although we try to be flexible if possible. Do note that we are for the most part closed during wintertime (from early November 'til Easter, usually), and then that our openings in the early spring months tend to be sporadic. We advise anyone intending to dine with us to call ahead to ensure we are open. Any special needs (lactose/gluten/etc) should be noted in advance.
PRICE RANGE
$25 - $58
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night
CUISINES
Seafood, European, Healthy, Soups, Scandinavian
FEATURES
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Buffet, Live Music
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All reviews fish cod cheeks soup potatoes bread rice all you can eat buffet style side dishes different ways per person family style in advance make reservations tea and coffee two weeks cruise ship
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there on the recommendation of the owner of the Korpudalur Hostel, who said it was expensive but you always feel like you got your money's worth. Had no idea what to expect when we went there, but an all-you-can-eat buffet of lots of fish...prepared in lots of ways in gigantic iron skillets is what you get. I believe the price was 7000ISK per person, and on the scale of Icelandic restaurants, it was a great value. Will definitely eat there again the next time I make it up to Ísafjörður.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I ate here 3 times during my stay in Isafjordur, Iceland. The food is so good, and the owner, wait staff, and cooks are so attentive and hospitible.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were in Isafjordur on a cruise ship, and our tour guide recommended Tjorhusid. So we decided to skip lunch on the ship and go there. Boy was that the right decision. It's just a small house with communal seating. Even though we didn't have...a reservation, the friendly hostess squeezed us in. The fish soup was SUPERB. There must have been five different fish dishes on the buffet, all delicious, along with vegetables and salad. Highly recommended, call ahead to get a reservation.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best meal of our trip to Iceland. The fish was cooked perfectly. Expect to sit at a table with another group and make a new friend while you eat.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tjoruhusið is a one of a kind restaurant. There's no set menu, as the staff procures whatever fresh catches there are on any given day and they cook it up however they want. The results are amazing. My one bit of advice is to skip...the bread, as good as it and the butter are: there's far better food on the horizon. Save room! There was a delicious soup course, followed by a buffet style serving of a number of fish and side dishes. Everything was delicious, the host was hilarious, and the community style seating leads to great conversations. Add to this that they soundtrack the meal with their vinyl collection and this spot is a slam dunk. This was definitely a top five meal of my life, and I would 100% come back whenever remotely possible. Do not pass this restaurant up.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed July 5, 2022 via mobile

Absolutely amazing restaurant. Recommended by my Icelandic friends and we were so glad we had a reservation. The food was superb. A fish soup to start then so many types of fish to choose from done in so many ways- all of them delicious and...it was a buffet so we could go back for seconds on the favourites (or in my case just try the few dishes that didn’t fit on the plate first time around). The staff were friendly and charming too. Would not hesitate to return on a future trip.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 2, 2022 via mobile

WOW. This is the only way to describe a lineup of amazing dishes, any of which on their own would be among my favorite dishes during our week’a long stay in Iceland. Arctic char, Ling, Salmon, Cod, wolf fish. All fresh. All prepared in creative...fashion. I love fish but this experience took my expectations about what’s possible with fresh fish to the next level! Wow. Served buffet style, by great, friendly staff. Strongly recommended. Get a reservation for one of the fixed times (6P, 8:30P), as it fills up quickly.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed July 1, 2022

Wandered into this restaurant not knowing it was the one that had been recommended to me. This may have been my best meal in all of 2 weeks in Europe. What a great atmosphere, the fish is fresh and delicious. I would make a reservation,...we were lucky and walked in at 8:50 and there was room not even knowing there was a 7:00 and a 9:00 seating. Great atmosphere, great service, note it is mostly buffet style but for the most part you are served at the buffet and the servers will tell you about the dishes or even if its grandma's recipe. Just a delightMore

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 29, 2022 via mobile

An experience quite out of the ordinary! When you’re in Isafjördur, do not miss this! It’s really really among the best I’ve ever eaten, and definitely the best fish restaurant I’ve ever been at. Don’t forget to make a reservation in advance, it’s necessary. And...yes, it’s not cheap. But it’s worth it!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 26, 2022

I'll give it a 5 because the all you can eat food was well prepared, the staff worked it butt off. It is, however, not for everyone. If it is close to full at either of its seating, the noise is off the charts. People...are squeezed in and gorging themselves. I think the price is a bit high even for Iceland but when the food is good and the family is working this hard, it difficult to not follow the others and give it a 5.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 24, 2022

I went in with very high expectations - having read so many reviews calling this the "best fish restaurant in Iceland - even the world". I haven't tried every other fish restaurant in Iceland, so won't make that claim - but I've had equally good...fish at places like the Oistens Fish Market in Barbados. Making a reservation for lunch was easy, and probably not necessary. I like the communal tables and the atmosphere of the place. The staff is very friendly and professional. The fish soup was excellent and the sides were OK. The potatoes were kind of dry but the cucumber salad was delicious. The 4 fish dishes were all prepared differently and used different kinds of fish. I liked all of them - though obviously, some were better than others. The fish was super tender in all the dishes and the preparation was good. I enjoyed the experience but can't say it was the best fish ever - because I've had as good elsewhere - and for less money. The set lunch price wasn't cheap, but then again, this is Iceland. Plus you could eat as much as you wanted. All in all, it's very good food but don't go in expecting a life changing experience.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 10, 2022 via mobile

We had a couple of nights in town and just booked a table here based on the TA reviews . I say booked a table but of course , as we found out , everyone sits together on long tables and it was great to...meet and talk to fellow diners . No menu , you get what you are given . Fish soup starter and then a delicious sea food buffet served by the staff . No restriction on return visits . Tea and coffee for desert . We hadn’t even enquired as to the cost before we went but at 7000isk for two courses ? Plus drinks) it was very good value . GREAT.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 7, 2022

Unbelivable great place! Haukur gave us an introduction to the dinner that we will never forget. The food was fantastic both a joy for the belly and the eye… well worth the 5 hour drive up here!! :-D

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 12, 2022

We were surprised to find this restaurant, without any signage in front, next to the Maritime Museum. They served lunch buffet style with an an incredibly rich fish soup, 4 types of delicious hot fish, salads, bread & butter, coffee, tea, cookies and chocolate. The...ambiance in the ancient timbered building and friendly staff just added to the experience.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed January 25, 2022

THIS RESTAURANT IS SO GOOD. No, really, we even have an ongoing family feud since 2013 between two family members because one ate more fish than he was supposed to. I've been there three times, and every dish I tried there was magnificent. You owe...it to yourself to eat there. I am not exaggerating.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Mcgrathsd
June 18, 2019|
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Response from HappyCanadian67 | Reviewed this property |
Everything is Isafjordur is within walking distance from the cruise ships. Reservations are required a head of time. Enjoy your cruise!
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June 14, 2018|
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Response from always-ramblin | Reviewed this property |
Unlike dinner I believe they serve from a menu at lunchtime. Sounds like an ideal stop for a cruise visit.
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Response from KayakLadyFL | Reviewed this property |
I just found pictures from there and yes, they serve wine.
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5