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“Wow what a place to eat fish!”
Review of Sjavarbarinn

Sjavarbarinn
Ranked #80 of 509 Restaurants in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $14 - $47
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: 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 for a feast, a buffet with variety of the best seafood that day. There Magnús talks about traditional and popular seafood dishes and cooking methods. The meal ends appr. at 12.30 pm. More information at our website, sjavarbarinn.is. Only 6,900 ISK per person – €55 – $66
Reviewed July 25, 2013

Must visit! The fish is extremely good and the place is very popular. Must vist and eat the cod and langustine! Best ever!

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Reviewed June 30, 2013

It's not fine dining (but that's ok) and it's slightly off the beaten track in Reykjavik (that's also ok), but it is really very delicious. So delicious that we stopped by for lunch twice during our time in Iceland. A beautiful soup to start, followed by buffet comprising both hot and cold dishes (quite an adventure in to fish-land really), and rounded off with a surprisingly good coffee. It seems to be well frequented by the locals, indeed it was recommended to us by one, which is always a good sign; and it's also extraordinarily good value. I can't wait to go back again!

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2  Thank Andrew N
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Reviewed June 24, 2013 via mobile

I went for an early dinner at this establishment and tried the buffet with the cray fish option. The cray fish was prepared in a garlic based sauce, which was just alright, and mind you, was the highlight of the dinner. Everything went downhill from there. The soup was alright but a tad salty. The buffet line comprised of mostly fish, should've called it a fish buffet instead. Most of what was served was cold and tasted like it had been left there for ages. Not flavourful at all and hard in texture. If you ask me, i don't find the fish fresh at all. Who leaves deep fried food on a counter just like that? They get soggy! The so called "hot" food was just warm. I have to say the fish cakes were not bad though. The best part about dinner was the service. Managed by 2 lovely ladies, they were very helpful and friendly.

So unless Icelandic people eat their fish in that manner, which I highly doubt so, I think the food was really poor. Of course, it was cheap so I guess I partly expected it. In any case, they could've done much better.

Will I go back? Most certainly not. But I thank the staff for their great efforts!

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Thank Arthertbc0702
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

We went for the dinner fish buffet, it was good and at a reasonable price, the codfish pie was very tasty and the fishballs and some of the starters as well. Maybe we got there too late, and it was monday night, some fishes and the fish soup were not very tasty (and perhaps, not as fresh as we would have liked) and a single fish course would taste better, but we only had the buffet, so we cannot tell. We would give it another try anyway.

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Reviewed June 21, 2013

First up be careful if you want to experience this unique place as it is beyond other tempting looking more mainstream and expensive seafood places all clustered near the tour departure docks....it is about 300 yards further on the way to the fish market, get the last part of the name right.
By the time we reached here it was getting cold and we spot this warm friendly place with lots of people inside and very informal dining setup...we ordered the speciality of the house a HUGE pan full of all sorts of fish and shrimp types, muscles and goodness knows what else that they harvest locally.
There was also an excellent dessert but we have forgotten the details in an extensive trip...but the main course was amazing...!!

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