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$$ - $$$European, Soups,
Skolavoerdustigur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 562 2772
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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European, Soups, Scandinavian, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Skolavoerdustigur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We arrived in Iceland in the early morning and did a little exploring on foot around Reykjavík. Ostabudin was recommended by our AirBnB host and it was ~ a 1/2 mile walk away. We arrived to a cozy spot and were immediately greeted at the...More

Thank Krishoutx
Reviewed 3 days ago

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner here on a Tuesday night in June. I made reservations via email from their website but for an early dinner on a weeknight, you might be okay without reservations. It did start to get busy starting at 6:30 or so....More

Thank caitpre
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I went on a friend's advice, order the fish of the day and it was amazing at a more than reasonable prize

Thank miguel z
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is attached to a beautiful deli, and unsurprisingly, the best things on the menu probably come from that side of the business (i.e. the local cheese plates, smoked goose, reindeer, game meatballs, etc.) We tasted quite a bit of lamb in Iceland, both...More

Thank Heather K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I ordered the cheese tray to share as a starter which featured 5 Icelandic cheeses, fruit, olives, crackers and bread. I had the seafood soup that was delicious and my husband had the lamb that he is still raving about.

Thank Colleen L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My gf and I ate dinner here one night based on all the outstanding reviews we'd seen. They're well deserved. We got the reindeer entree and the lamb for our mains. It was one of the best meals I've had out in a long time....More

Thank dot p
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We picked up some nice cured meats and cheese from the deli attached to the restaurant. They also have to-go sandwiches.

Thank ShawnaMcKinley
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a nice meal here - the Icelandic cod is very good (though a bit too salty) and the meat platter was also good. The portions are small. We had 2 starters and 2 mains, no drinks - just tap water and the bill...More

Thank Grace R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed having dinner at this place! Icelandic dishes like the soup or the delicious whale meat!

Thank Alex A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning! Had the most delicious and relaxed meal here yesterday. The meat feast was divine, fabulous flavours and the perfect amount, but the lamb for my mains... absolutely delicious! And I have good welsh lamb at home, so this had something to live up to,...More

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Sharon G
January 21, 2018|
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Response from shA4055OU | Reviewed this property |
We were only given the limited lunch menu when we arrived during lunch time. I believe there might have been 4 things on the menu including two soups and the fish of the day.
Heidi D
December 16, 2017|
Response from henriksen2 | Reviewed this property |
Hi They Are always closed on sundays but not sure on Christmas Normally they dont celebrate as much as other scandinavians on xmas so perhaps 25th and 26th ? Thomas
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$9 - $30
Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:00 AM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Skolavoerdustigur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
  • Location: Europe  >  Iceland  >  Capital Region  >  Reykjavik
  • Phone Number: +354 562 2772
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Food connoisseurs and other gastronomes have ever since the year 2000 slipped into our basement during lunch hour to feast on various delicacies. But of course everyone knows that because ever since the restaurant opened for business it has been the least kept secret in the area. Ostabuðin has truly been an oasis on Skolavorðustigur because we have tried our best to offer a wide varaity of fresh and curious products which have tickled our patrons taste buds and in turn trickled salivating reflexes in the city center. Even though we have taken some pride in the queue that has formed outside our entrance every single day during lunch break for the past 15 years we have finally expanded our premises. Thus we can now welcome our patrons from dawn til dusk and offer them a variety of fish and meat dishes which we have refined with passion. Of course there is also a lot of cheese on the menu and now we can also serve wine with our fare. Our daily specials always include both a fish dish and a soup during lunch hour on weekdays. Do not hesitate to ask what is on offer today. Also, our seafood soup never disappoints. Our guests might have to share tables during the lunch hour rush but who knows – maybe you will make new friends. Bon appetit, Joi.
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