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Vidid and homely seafood restaurant by the old harbour in Reykjavik opposite the Maritime museum. Fresh fish is our game! Magnús Ingi Magnússon, chef and owner of Sjávarbarinn, also guides groups in a gourmet walk by the old harbour. He welcomes the group in his seafood restaurant at 10 am with traditional fermented shark and Icelandic schnaps, called Brennivín or Black Death, and more local delicacies. Participants are then led on a tour by the old harbour that ends with a visit to the Icelandic fish market nearby where they can see the fresh variety in the day‘s catch. Magnús Ingi guides the tour and gives an introduction to Icelandic fisheries and its history. Then the group returns to Sjávarbarinn
PRICE RANGE
$14 - $47
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Seafood, European, Soups, Scandinavian
FEATURES
Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed April 22, 2020

it looked great on the web, the photos for the menu looked superb but the delivery for us that day was disappointing. Nowhere is inexpensive in Iceland but I thought the sea food would be worth having a stab at. We live in southern Spain...and fish is a staple. Perhaps we are spoilt. This didn't come up to scratch for us.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed February 10, 2020 via mobile

The food was AMAZING, and the owner/chef Magnús Ingi is the most helpful & kind person we’ve ever met!

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed December 29, 2019

On the last day of our trip to Iceland, our group wandered into my best find of the trip: Sjavarbarinn. When we arrived, the moderate-sized seating area was full of locals, enjoying the seafood lunch buffet. After some convincing from the restaurant's owner we decided...that we would venture in. We were delighted not only by the large selection of types of fish, but also by the variety of creams, sauces, and methods of food preparation. The owner visited throughout our meal to explain what we were eating and methods for preparation. The fish stew was most memorable to me - an unpretentious version, made by traditional methods - that was thick, without much texture, and with amazing flavor. Full flavors and adherence to traditional recipes were at the center of the recipes. I left with a cookbook, to remember the visit. Thank you!More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed November 23, 2019

This restaurant serves Icelantic fish dishes. We just ate "Fiskibollurnar hennar ömmu"(Fiskibollur) and Plokkfiskur. These dishes are served with an extra soup and salad. It's quite cheap (compared to Icelantic standards) and very tasty. You should try it. German: Für isländische Verhältnisse günstig und lecker....Wir empfehlen Fiskibollur und Plokkfiskur, was traditionelle isländische Fischgerichte sind.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 21, 2019

We went with my friends and we ordered the seafood pan. It was very delicious. Also, the staffs are very friendly. I highly recommend this restaurant! ❤️

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 17, 2019

We went for the 2 for 1 offer which includes seafood soup, salad bar and buffet. NOT GOOD. Go elsewhere to try good fish plates.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 16, 2019

We found this restaurant whilst walking through the harbour area. On first site it looks like a canteen . The food is either a la carte or you can choose from a Buffet, they are a min of six type of fish in the Buffet...as starters plus a salad option and the warm main course section has various types of fish, The quality of the fish was very good and all freshly cooked. We even had a lamb stew as one of the mains. We did not try the a la la carte menus but it all looked very delicious. Everything was reasonably priced for Iceland standards even the beer!! The staff we incredibly friendly and we would have no hesitation about going here again on our next visit to Iceland.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed November 13, 2019

Looking for a authentic sea food restaurant, not too far from where my temporary accommodation was situated then came across this. The food is absolutely amazing. Prepared with quality and fresh ingredients. The soup was delicious! And it warms your spirit right up. To our...surprise it was operated by a lovely senior man - single-handedly!? He took our orders, cooked it, served and ran it, took payment, and cleared up!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 20, 2019 via mobile

My wife and I had just landed in Reykjavik and we’re looking for lunch before setting off on a road trip around Iceland. After looking at a few trendier restaurants in the area, we settled in at a cozy table for the lunch buffet at...Sjávarbarinn... and were so glad they we did. The food was tasty and fresh, and the buffet had lots to choose from. Most of the other diners were locals on lunch break, and it didn’t feel too touristy or hyped, just honest and delicious. Would definitely recommend!!More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed October 20, 2019

This was the first restaurant we ate at in Iceland and we were not disappointed! Fish was cooked perfectly! Meal came with a great seafood soup and salad bar. You definitely get plenty of food here. Also they somehow had the BEST bread I have...ever had. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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