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“Nice atmosphere” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Islenski barinn

Islenski barinn
Ranked #20 of 455 Restaurants in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Bar, European, Pub, Scandinavian, Gastropub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Miõborg
Description: Icelandic through and through. Icelandic cuisine with a twist. Not touristy, more the place for travelers to mix with the locals. The only bar in the world that serves all Icelandic beers and spirits.
boston
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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“Nice atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2012

We stopped in here for a beer, which turned into two or three. The atmosphere is nice, though the beer selection is small (go to Micro Bar down the street in the City Center Hotel for a better selection of local beers). They have an impressive list, but only a few in stock at any time, it seems. Regardless, it was warm and comfortable and the staff was friendly and attentive.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Colorado
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181 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Nice, more casual place for dinner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2012

Seat yourself here - and you may find there are at least as many locals as tourists (there were for us). The "jars" or small dishes were a fun way to try a variety of things and we really enjoyed especially the Puffin and the fruit/cheese jars. The smoked lamb appetizer and the lamb sandwich would both also be recommended. They had a beer special (Viking) for 500kr which is pretty good for around this area. All in all, a nice and more casual change of pace. The two of us ate and drank (with appetizer and shared desert) for under 9000kr.

Visited October 2012
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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“No nonsense food at a good price”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

We ate here on our first night in Reykjavik. Our starters featured some beautiful local fish, simply presented in one case and in a wonderfully thick lobster bisque for the other. The lamb shank for the main course was moist and succulent, and accompanied by a range of braised root vegetables. Other diners were enjoying reindeer burgers and a variety of Icelandic specialities served in kilner jars. They also looked great.

Simple and tasty.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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manchester
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fantastic restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

This place was recommended to us and it did not dissapoint. I had the taster meal which was three small starters and three smal mains. It was an excellent way to get an good introduction to traditional icelandic food. they also serve fermented shark which was a rearly intersting snack! The atmospher was rearly relaxed with great service (just dont expect anyone in icelnd to rush anything).

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Westchester, New York, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Ok Prices, Fun Dinners”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

I decided to try as much out of the ordinary food I could in Iceland. At this bar, I tried the reindeer burger and I was not disappointed. Delicious! Reminded me of bison burgers.

The place had a nice, bar/ relaxed atmosphere.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nick F
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