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Islenski barinn The Icelandic Bar

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 05/12/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 05/12/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Bar, European, Pub, Scandinavian, Gastropub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
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All reviews reindeer burger waffle fries lamb fish and chips mashed potatoes soup smoked ham lobster bread fermented shark icelandic pancakes white ale great atmosphere traditional icelandic food local delicacies fish of the day beer selection
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Quaint bar, great service. Fish pie was very good. One knock, they completely blew the understanding of gluten free. They easily changed an order to a lobster salad, but the lobster had beer batter. Oops

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food and staff. Big menue and at least one vegan dish. A bit crowded. Tried both lunch and dinner. Located near Harpan.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed our lunch. Unfortunately on the day we went the lamb in the soup was dry and tough. But we liked the Icelandic marine delicacies. I would suggest that they add lundi to the menu.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very busy place but the food is amazing. The onion rings to the smoked salmon on dark rye, you can not go wrong!!

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been here 3 times over two trips in the past 4 years and will be happy to continue going back. The service is consistently friendly, and professional. Everything I've had on the menu is delicious (with the exception of the fermented shark, but...you should be aware of that going in). The drinks list has plenty of local options. And it's a place where Icelandic locals still seem to go. Of all the options you have available to you in downtown Reykjavik, Islenski Barinn should be at, or near, the top of your listMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the lamb shank, smoked salmon and the lamb soup. The soup was excellent, the others were just ok but we'd happily return here again and again for the vibe and friendly staff.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Crowded and cozy place, with really good food and service at good prices. So easy to understand it’s busy, book in advance! Small and a little noisy, but in a nice way, you feel at home. Interesting variety of icelandic food, long list of Icelandic...alcohol (?) and most things you would like on the list. Feels very genuine and local, like most of the guests.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 16, 2021

This is a great pub and restaurant in downtown Reykjavík. We ate here for lunch and enjoyed a quiet and relaxed atmosphere during our meal, however it can get quite busy in the evenings. My partner and I ordered the lamb dog and the lobster...dog and shared a side of waffle fries. Both dogs were very tasty and well filled. The waffle fries were also good and a large portion. We would recommend this place!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 16, 2021

Has the look of a nice English pub when you first go in. The menu has some interesting choices, I tried the smoked lamb on homemade flat bread, really good. And the meat soup, Kjotsopa, very tasty with melt in the mouth lamb. I'll be...back to try further choices. And the service was pleasant.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 9, 2021 via mobile

Just popped in for some fermented shark, as you have to try it. Full restaurant but they found space for us, such a great atmosphere wish we could have stayed for the whale and reindeer. Hopefully back later in the week!

Date of visit: August 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about Islenski barinn The Icelandic Bar

Yes, Islenski barinn The Icelandic Bar offers takeout services.

Yes, Islenski barinn The Icelandic Bar is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Islenski barinn The Icelandic Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5