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“Just awesome”
Review of Sjavarbarinn

Sjavarbarinn
Ranked #23 of 569 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 August 10, 2014

This restaurant is located off the main tourist tracks in Reykjavik, but it's really worth visiting. The fish is super-fresh, and the chef knows his job and makes delicious dishes. Take the seafood buffet (cheaper in the mornings) and eat till you drop. The famous seafood soup is included and it's fantastic, absolute must to try. By the way, the most decent prices in whole Reykjavik, for real.
The staff is very friendly and helpful, and you can always chat with chef or even buy a recipe book.
People who want to have an excellent meal for a very reasonable amount of money - welcome. Lazy guys and grouchy snobs - go away :)

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Reviewed August 6, 2014

We went for a lunch buffet. It was a great buffet. Try yourself and you will love it. But you need to walk a little longer to reach the restaurant. Maybe you can go visiting some other places nearby and then go there for lunch or dinner. or you may take a bus to reach the harbour. It is worthy to go. Some local people drive and eat there.

Thank Bernie P
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Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

After a long jet lagged (and really hungry) day we were happy to find this restaurant on Old Harbour and even happier that they understood my gluten free needs.

It was an easy walk, just behind the Marine museum, and although we got there way to early for dinner (buffet didn't start until closer to 6) the waitress and staff were very friendly.

My gluten free meal was the catch of the day, which was plenty of food, they made sure to make it special without wheat which I don't believe it would have had anyway. My husband had the buffet which was an interesting experience. Being the first day in Reykjavik we wanted seafood (and it was our anniversary so we splurged on the pricey plates) it was a very traditional spread but the Icelandic stew was his favorite part and you can order it off the menu too. But all you can eat seafood buffet with salads was a great option.

It was a very good meal and the staff were so friendly. If you want mid priced and true tasty seafood fare then this is a great option.

1  Thank eeebeetravel
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Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is a bit of a trek from the downtown main shopping area. We went here thinking we would get a good variety of seafood on the buffet, but were disappointed. Almost everything they had was deep fried or covered in heavy sauces. They has some chicken and some other dishes, but they were prepared the same way as the fish. You get your money's worth for quantity, but it isn't very good. The bread and soup were both very good though.

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Thank traveler092006
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Reviewed July 4, 2014

The meal was over cooked, small dose, they pleace is dirt, time for they chef to take bath. Butter were floting over they dish, soup were to strong. Main courses arrived before we were done with the soup

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Thank Víglundur G
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