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“Great Food, Good Value”
Review of Icelandic Bar (Islenski Barinn) - CLOSED

Icelandic Bar (Islenski Barinn)
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed October 12, 2011

Try the Jar Menu. Three are perfect for a nice meal. Staff was very helpful. Would dine here again!

Thank bfh195
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Reviewed October 10, 2011

Wandered into this place to grab a quick bite before catching the bus to the airport home. So glad we stumbled upon it. There were many locals hanging out and enjoying the fare. We had the reindeer burger and lamb sandwich (both good) and a small portion of the Icelandic fish stew (also good, though very heavy). The server was very knowledgeable and the food was reasonably priced by Icelandic standards. A very casual and laid-back place - we just grabbed a couple of stools at a high table in the bar area.

Thank Sara L
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Reviewed August 16, 2011

We tried their langoustine open sandwich and their reindeer burger and they were both delicious.

The look of the place is authentic and full of locals.

Free wi-fi, as most cafés and restaurants in Iceland.

Was disappointed to see they had minke whale on their menu when only 5% of the Icelandic population actually eats it or condones the hunting.

Thank Phoenixfire79
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Reviewed August 12, 2011

Usually we read Trip Advisor before going to any bar/resturant in an area we do not know, but just stumbled onto this one. We were very glad we did! The food was great and our son and Dad enjoyed the Icelandic beer that was recommended by our server. The server was friendly and helpful. He took his time to explain the beer and Icelandic dishes even though the place was very busy. Our son and his girlfriend ordered various Icelandic fish dishes that were recommended while we stuck with more American dishes. Everyone enjoyed their selections. Since it was a beautiful day, we decided to remain outside at one of the tables provided. The park across the street was filled with people enjoying the sunshine, and we were entertained by a number of musicians and jugglers. I did go inside to use the restroom (washroom) and appreciated the decor. We felt the price was pretty much in line with all the resturants in Iceland. It is more expensive than what we are use to spending in the United States, but our son from Copenhagen, Denmark, thought it was very inexpensive. Guess it is simply which country you are coming from and what costs are like where you live. Iceland is expensive compared to America, but in comparison to Copenhagen, Denmark, everything seemed very reasonable. We did not visit the Icelandic Bar in the evening, but I'm sure it's a great place to be for night life in Reykjavik.

2  Thank Liz S
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Reviewed July 25, 2011

The name translated means "Icelandic Bar", which describes the general theme of the decor and menu. This bar is one of the few by the parliament garden therefore it reaps the benefits of the bustling atmosphere in the summer. With outdoor seating, reindeer burgers and an extensive beer collection, this bar attracts a good gathering daily. Live music can be heard from this bar in the evenings and their wheel can be spun in hope of winning more beer. Islenski Barinn has a warm and cosy ambiance with it's wooden interior and Icelandic decorations. The seats are filled with a variety of different people but the common thread is to chat and enjoy a nice time. Weekends, as with most bars, are the busiest time for this bar.

1  Thank FoamScope
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