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“Seafood by the Sea”
Review of Sjavarbarinn

Sjavarbarinn
Ranked #46 of 573 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 September 10, 2015

The Sjavarbarinn Restaurant is located in the harbor area right across the street from the Aurora Northern Lights Center, and several other museums. My companion and I had what was described to us as authentic Icelandic fish soup, and it seemed to be the signature dish of the restaurant. It was loaded with prawns, mussels, cod, etc., and was very good. Even though the place wasn't crowded, the service, especially when trying to pay, was very slow.

Date of visit: September 2015
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Reviewed September 5, 2015

This restaurant lulled us in by a sign saying "Fish and Chips, nice price". Yes it is a little bit cheaper than other places, but not that much less. The food was horrible!!! I have traveled the world, eaten at many street vendors and dives, but this food was so bad we both left most of it on our plates and I wish I wouldn't have eaten any of it. I felt like I had a rock in my stomach for hours. The staff is not very friendly.

Date of visit: August 2015
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Reviewed August 17, 2015

The lunch buffet in this place is worth the price (which is pretty reasonable, for Iceland). The chef here has a huge assortment of cold and hot fish dishes plus salads - not one of them is bad, and several of them made us stop and mumble some enthusiastic exclamation over mouthfuls of tasty food. So good!

Date of visit: July 2015
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Reviewed August 10, 2015

There are more than 350 places in this city to eat, avoid this one. I got sick after eating here. Any place has got to be better than this. AWFUL!

Date of visit: August 2015
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Reviewed August 4, 2015

We had the fish pan which had 3 stuffed half langoustins, mussels, shrimps, 3 types of fish and vegetables including little potatoes. It as absolutely delicious and great value too. Even better when you know the price included the most delicious spicy seafood soup served with homemade olive bread and an all you can eat fresh salad bar. All the salads were feshly made and included whale and seafood mouse in scallop shells. It was a real find across from the Maritime Museum.

Date of visit: August 2015
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