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“Special occasion meal” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Istaba

Istaba
Ranked #123 of 935 Restaurants in Riga
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $19
Cuisines: European, International, Eastern European, Central European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Lausanne, Switzerland
Level Contributor
200 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Special occasion meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2014

The concept - choose a meat/bird/fish and have the entrées and sides come along to share, is great and the food was all delicious. The small dining area over the art gallery and shop is lovely. Not cheap by Latvian standards but it doesn't break the bank either.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Princeton, New Jersey
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Funky Foodie Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2014

A combination art gallery restaurant run by a local celebrity chef, portions generous, food fantastic, setting eclectic, non-matching china, set in a balcony above the store/art gallery. A great experience.

Visited July 2014
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1 Thank Grant K
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Budapest, Hungary
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64 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Fab food in a fun, funky atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2014

Visited Istaba after reading a recommendation on a recent visit to Riga. Aalthough it is a bit outside of the usual tourist area,it was well worth the trip to find it. There is onset menu here -- the waitress listed the daily options, all of which included some great tapas style starters, salad and sides to the two fish dishes that we ordered. She also recommended a nice bottle of Sauvignon Blanc to compliment it. The food, especially the starters, was all really tasty and the funky, arty atmosphere only added to the experience. And the reasonable price was the icing on the cake! I would highly recommend a visit to this restaurant.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Smagyar
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Riga, Latvia
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133 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“a special place - an arts place over an art gallery”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

You don't have a menu, the waitress/waiter will explain what is available at that moment. Mostly nice and original snack plates to share, a place to meet friends and talk. and before or after - to visit the art gallery downastairs and perhaps buy some artsy little thing.

Visited February 2014
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Norrköping
Level Contributor
28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A surprising place to experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2014

Istaba is not only a little restaurant, it also houses an exhibition area on the first floor, which you can overlook from your seating upstairs.
The food is wonderful and well prepared. Could be a little more vegetarian options to choose from!
But I love this place, it is well worth looking for. Can be a bit hard to find if you don't know it's there.

Visited April 2014
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