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“Wow!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of MAR Restaurant

MAR Restaurant
Ranked #103 of 462 Restaurants in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $54
Cuisines: Seafood, European, Soups, Scandinavian, International, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Boston, Massachusetts
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112 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Wow!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013

Being from New England I know and love good sea food and this is fantastic! We had a plank served with Salmon, Monk Fish and a third type which I don't recall but it was all so delicious. Nice presentation, good food and good service!

Visited March 2013
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1 Thank CherylBoston
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EldingReykjavik, Manager at MAR Restaurant, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Dear CherylBoston,

Thank you for taking time to post your review about your dining experience at MAR restaurant. It’s always a great pleasure to achieve our guest’s satisfaction and it makes us happy that you liked our seafood.

Kind regards,
The team at MAR restaurant
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Hampshire
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46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Exceptional”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2013

We visited four times!
The first time was for coffee, and it was great. Amazingly empty for such a great location.
The service was great and the coffee was perfect.
After that, having read the menu, we decided to have dinner here, and it was outstanding. We had the taster menu - one of which was vegetarian (it was 5 courses although the menu said 7, as the menus had not yet been reprinted - but our lovely waitress explained this). We added the chef's wine selections and they were also fantastic. The aperitif (apple and vodka based) was sublime. The soups delicious, the salad and fish dishes prepared and cooked to perfection, and in fact all other courses were delicious and faultless.
The next morning we went back for coffee which was ovely and relaxed. Then in the evening we went back for dinner again and were not disappointed. We selected fish and vegetarian dished from the menu this time (as we have lighter appetites we could not manage 5 courses for 2 successive days) and all the dishes were delicious again.
The debatable question is undoubtedly on price. This is more expensive than other restaurants in the area (and they are already very expensive) so if you are on a budget then you may prefer to go elsewhere. However, if you take a trip with Elding Whale Watching (about 100 yards away) they are currently offering 15% off at this restaurant (printed on the ticket). As they are in related ownership (so I was told) this is likely to be a long term offering so in my view this makes it great value relative to other restaurants in the area. I estimated that the taster menu would have been more if chosen as separate dishes from any other restaurant, and the 15% discount makes the a al carte about the same too - so all in all not at all bad value for money in relative terms. I would always rather pay a little more for better quality.
We ate early and so the restaurant was always very quiet. On both nights it was getting busier as we left but even so I was amazed that it was not busier. I guess the fact that it’s not right in the middle of the City an issue, but it’s really only a few minutes’ walk from the lake, the square, Harpa etc. so I can’t recommend strongly enough to make the extra effort to go here. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
We always try different restaurants wherever we go so going back so many times is the biggest compliment we can pay to this restaurant.

  • Visited March 2013
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2 Thank Adam H
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EldingReykjavik, Manager at MAR Restaurant, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Dear Adam H,

We are thrilled to read you had such a nice dining experiences with us and we appreciate your time taken to share your feedback with other travellers here on TripAdvisor. It’s always a pleasure to achieve our guest’s satisfaction.

Kind regards
The team at MAR restaurant
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Gothenburg, Sweden
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“I just love their version of piadina”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2013

I went to this restaurant twice on my last visit to Reykajvik bot for lunch and dinner. I had the
Piadina with parma ham, tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, served with sweetpotos fries. The service was excellent and when I returned the other day for dinner I got Wild mushrooms risotto with pan fried lobster for starter and the Monk fish wrapped in parma ham with fennel salad, sweetcorn and pepper sauce for main course, both just great. I highly recomend this new restaurant at the old harbour in Reykavik.

  • Visited February 2013
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2 Thank Joan M
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EldingReykjavik, Manager at MAR Restaurant, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Dear Joan M,

Thank you for taking time to post your review about your dining experience at MAR restaurant. It’s always a pleasure to achieve our guest’s satisfaction and we look forward to welcoming you again if you return to Reykjavík.

Kind Regards,
The team at MAR restaurant
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Reykjavík, Gullbringusysla, Iceland
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“Stylish designs, wonderful food and great service!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

Mar Restaurant is located right by the old harbor in Reykjavik and within walking distance from all the good bars downtown.
It is designed in a modern scandinavian style, bright, spacious and open and just like the interiors the food in this restaurant is totally brilliant; Fresh, tasty and with good variety on the menu. I love the lobster piadina with the sweet potato fries and the chicken salad (with oranges, plums, pickled red onion and bacon) is a reason to come back at least once a week.
One of the best things about this place though are the relatively low prices of the wine bottles - you can get a bottle for ca 3500 kr, far under all other restaurants in the city.
I strongly reccomend Mar for those who love fresh seafood and beautiful modern interiors. It's just as good for lunch and dinner and they have some long happy hours over the day - from 14:00-18:00. Bravo Mar!

  • Visited March 2013
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2 Thank MargretHG
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EldingReykjavik, Manager at MAR Restaurant, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Dear MargretHG,

Thank you for taking time to post your kind review about your experience of MAR restaurant. We appreciate your kind comments regarding the design, and all the services. It’s always a pleasure to achieve our guest’s satisfaction.

Kind regards
The team at MAR restaurant
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England
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Amazing dining experience!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

Recently visited MAR and had the most amazing dining experience. There was a group of 10 of us and we had the taster menu and we all enjoyed each course plus the flavours of each dish were out of this world. The chef really put a lot of thought and effort into each dish, and each dish was carefully explained and left you wanting more but you knew more exciting dishes were on their way :) The service and friendliness of the staff completed our perfect dining experience.

This restaurant is by the harbour and is within easy walking distance from downtown, so after the meal we headed out to the bars to continue the night.

  • Visited March 2013
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2 Thank travel_the_world2008
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EldingReykjavik, Manager at MAR Restaurant, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Dear travel_the_world2008,

We are thrilled to read you had such a nice dining experience with us and we appreciate your time taken to share your feedback with other travellers here on TripAdvisor. It’s always a pleasure to achieve our guest’s satisfaction.

Kind regards
The team at MAR restaurant
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