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“Thanksgiving dinner - sleeper hit”
Review of Forrettabarinn

Forrettabarinn
Ranked #7 of 463 Restaurants in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $45
Cuisines: Seafood, International
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: We serve starters of all sizes from around the world, made out of Iceland's freshest ingredients and seasonal game. Forrettabarinn is a true gem in the oldest part of town, in the fresh sea air down by the harbor.Our wine and beer-list matches perfectly the spirit of the ever changing menu of our sometimes "experimental kitchen".We offer you exciting new angles to traditional dishes with a vibrant atmosphere and warm service.
Brooklyn, New York
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Thanksgiving dinner - sleeper hit”
Reviewed December 4, 2012

Friends and I were in Reykjavík for a few days around (US) Thanksgiving. We'd had a great day and spent part of the evening wandering around, intending to go to Icelandic Fish & Chips (which I remembered and loved from my trip last year) for dinner. Well, being New Yorkers, we just did not consider the possibility that they'd be closed at 9 PM.

So we wandered along Myrargata a bit, and found this place. Surprise! We had the most unique and delicious Thanksgiving dinner ever. (TIP: if you're staying at the nearby Reykjavík Downtown Hostel, you get an HI discount here - just remember to bring the voucher on the back of the maps they have at the hostel's front desk.) In terms of dining preferences, we ran the gamut from vegetarian to "YOLO, let's try the whole Icelandic zoo," and the menu suited us all. From beetroot salad to reindeer meatballs to horse (yes, horse), every dish we ordered was spectacular - beautifully presented, perfectly prepared, and delicious. It's a beautiful space inside, too!

Our server John was particularly helpful: he gave us extensive recommendations about going out in Reykjavík - he actually took the time to write out 2 sides of a page of notes! and his advice was all spot on. Much of the awesomeness of the rest of our stay was thanks to him!

Plenty to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. This place rules!

  • Visited November 2012
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Hidden gem: great dining concept”
Reviewed November 19, 2012

We dined here twice during our recent stay. The first evening it was quiet and we experienced super quick and friendly service from an Irish sounding waiter. We decided to go for the Christmas mystery menu where you get 4 randomly chosen starters from a list with one dessert. We got a salmon dish with lime yoghurt, reindeer meatballs with blue cheese and blueberry sauce (divine), the Christmas herring and the pork belly. Each dish was tasty and exquisite lay presented. A real treat was had and we were keen to return. When we did, it was on a Saturday evening and the place was full of hoards of locals. This time we picked out what we wanted from the menu, making a beeline for that reindeer dish again! We decided to go for the whale, mussels and cod too and once again we had a memorable experience. As the restaurant was so packed, the atmosphere was buzzing, the service was a little less attentive but the aforementioned waiter did recognise us and genuinely thanked us for returning.

  • Visited November 2012
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Lexington, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“At last, an affordable, gourmet restaurant in Reykjavik!”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

We were tourists and spent 4 nights in Reykjavik in late October. Guidebooks are not great ways to find restaurants, but they were all that we had to go on. We found several rather low-end, but tasty, fish restaurants and a lot of extremely expensive gourmet places, which we didn't want to spend the money on. We stumbled on Forretta on a Thursday night, walked in and discovered that they were fully booked for that night. That had not been our restaurant experience so far (not being able to walk in a get a table) so we were intrigued. We booked a table for the next night and were not disappointed. The food is starters, so you get small plates of very interesting food. For less than 4000 ISK I had a full meal of three really interesting plates, and a very good dessert. Service was excellent and wait staff was very friendly. I'd go there again in a flash.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Mary H
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Pretty Good Food / Friendly Staff”
Reviewed August 6, 2012

This place had great reviews on tripadvisor.com so I was really excited to try it. I was not terribly disappointed but it's not somewhere that I need to visit again. Compared to the other Tapas restaurants in Reykjavik, this one is lacking in overall quality. The service was pretty good, however.

Visited August 2012
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Thank Rocky R
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Kopavogur, Iceland
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“fun concept, good food”
Reviewed July 23, 2012

New place situated by the old marina. Fantastic interiors, good atmosphere. Interesting menu, all starters. All good, some are a bit lacking but others are incredible.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank HaukurH
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