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Istaba

#103 of 717 Restaurants in Riga
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Krisjana Barona Iela 31a, Riga, Latvia
+37167281141
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42 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had tasty shrimp, lots of salad, and veggies Husband reports turkey was just ok Waitress was surly and hilarious. One example: I say "I can't eat milk, cream, cheese, any dairy". She says "why didn't you just tell me you are lactose intolerant?" Casually elegant Hip setting over a funky store. Husband says only rates a 3.

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Thank Jenna P
Narooma, Australia
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42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

We found this place by collecting a Riga map made by locals which was so helpful. Gorgeous little upstairs restaurant with only 6 tables for about 25 people. There was no menu (just as the map advised) just a choice of meats...everything else was provided. There were two fish choices and three of turkey, lamb and beef on our night.... More 

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Thank Ben168
Barcelona, Spain
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

Warning: in case you have any food allergies or dietary requirements, do not go there! They will simply ignore it and be dishonest with you, saying that whatever you cannot eat is not in the food, but it will be everywhere. They won’t bother making anything individually for you (everything is premade which is not a sign of a good... More 

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Thank GourmetTraveller2
Riga
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50 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016 via mobile

This little place is very cozy and they always have great food. You can pick fish or meet and they bring you salads and sides aling with it. Perfect fit whether you are on a date or with family. Its actually owned by one of Latvias greatest chefs - Sirmais and they have a gallery of Latvian art goods on... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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161 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

We went to Istaba upon recommendation by a local. The location itself is definitely very cool and fancy. Most creative and cozy interior design. There is no set menu - so you can only choose between meat, seafood and vegetarian. For our standing preferences we chose the latter, which was not really creative, but solid in quality. We had been... More 

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Thank kr0elle
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2016

I have been in this place several times as I enjoy the atmosphere, excellent service and food quality offered. Every time when I have had dinner here, it is like having dinner at home - food is offered to be shared (selection of bread with several interesting toppings and healthy salad). This place has no menu, but there is always... More 

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Thank Kristjan K
London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2016

The first thing you need to know with this restaurant is that it is probably best to book. The restaurant only has seven tables and every one was taken when we were there. However we had booked so I can tell you about the food. We had read various good recommendations, some from locals saying that Istaba's was worth a... More 

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Thank OutbackRanger
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2016 via mobile

Istaba is one of my favourite places in Riga! I've been there multiple times, last time I had a wonderful deer filet with a fruity tomato sauce. If you order a main course, starters, salad and sides are included in a price range between 15-20€. The food tastes fresh, homemade and absolutely amazing. Good choices of wine. Also, the place... More 

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Casale Monferrato, Italy
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116 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

Locals recommended us this restaurant and it's located near our hotel so we gave it a shot. We are not disappointed. We ordered what we want for main course and it came with starter, salad, potato, and vegetable. Everything was excellent and fresh. All dishes were garnished beautifully with vegetable and flowers. Each plate is unique and packed with flavour.... More 

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Riga, Latvia
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66 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

I am used to go to Galerija Istaba when I need some fresh idea for my cuisine. Every dish has its authentic taste. I love how they make tapas here. I didn't know that pumpkin puree can be so tasty even it tasted like real pumpkin (without other flavors). I tried a pumpkin puree at home afterwards. Mine was far... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$13 - $19
Cuisine
European, International, Eastern European, Central European
Meals
Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Romantic, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Krisjana Barona Iela 31a, Riga, Latvia
  • Location: Europe  >  Latvia  >  Riga Region  >  Riga
  • Phone Number: +37167281141

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?