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“Excellent”
Review of Sjavarbarinn

Sjavarbarinn
Ranked #24 of 570 Restaurants in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $14 - $45
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 June 28, 2014

I have been in Reykjavik for some days with my family and we decided to go to this restaurant located near the harbour. I have to say that the food is really fantastic - we took the fish soup (me and wife), the fish cake (my daughter) and the fish and chips (my son) and we were all very pleased with our choice. Adding that we were offered a free ride to the salad buffet, that indeed was made up of different kind of fish & salads and was very good too.
The place is very simple and the atmosphere friendly and familiar and I would really recommend it.

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Thank GiorgioG_11
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Reviewed April 20, 2014

During our 9 day stay in Reykjavik this was the best meal we had experienced. The restaurant was full but the owner and chef found us a table. We had the sea food buffet that included: lobster tails, goose and reindeer, various types of fish what a delight it was cooked superbly and the chef took great pride by explaining each dish he had proudly prepared. The restaurant is very informal but the food was 5* plus rest of the guest were mainly locals which I thought was a good indication of the quality that you can expect.
What are you waiting for? go and enjoy as we did.
It cost £52 for both of us and this included the x 2 large Gull beers.
An evening that I will remember for a good long time.
Bon appetite

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Reviewed April 6, 2014

We were met at the door by the owner and chef and made feel very welcome. We got there at the tail end of the lunch smorg and he was quick to dish us a bowl of Seafood Chowder and went off to refill the dishes with fresh food. All the food was Icelandic Traditional food and was fabulous, all for about $17.00 cdn. This is a MUST SEE and the bus will drop you right outside the door. Located across from the Maritime Museum.

Thank dkuester
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Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

Had a dinner here with my wife on thursday. All meals ordered comes along "only" with the cold dishes buffet. The hot buffet is only for the buffet menu which we were not informed of that there is for dinner. We ordered the fish and chips and also the breaded crumbs fish. Both of them tasted good and the fish is quite filled within the batter and the fish was also quite fresh imo. Forgot to mention before the mains was served we were also entitled to a bowl of icelandic fish soup which tasted pretty good but it was heavily herbed just to mention. The cold dish buffet was'nt as fantastic as it seemed, we just tasted each of them in bits and that's it.. Overall i would say the price is pretty reasonable and you can visit them if you really have nothing in mind to eat XD

Thank WQGoh
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Reviewed February 28, 2014 via mobile

Almost all of the food was deep fried and extremly greasy. The buffet didn't have much to offer. Don't waste your money.

Thank Sindri Snær S
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