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Skolavoerdustigur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 562 2772
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 21:00
Sat 12:00 - 21:00
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Baltimore, Maryland
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Excellent fish as well as a delicious wild game pate. Friend got the goose, which looked amazing too!

Thank Eric G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had lunch here with friends. This was definitely one of the best meals we had in Reykjavik. The soup was out of this world and the catch of the day was beautifully prepared. Prices were surprisingly reasonable and on par with other restaurants in the city. The server was super helpful and the chef was incredibly accommodating to a variety... More 

Thank smushie
Norwich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We'd visited the adjoined shop earlier in the day so wanted to try their food more. The place is small and tables are packed close together. We decided on 2 starters; 5 cheese board and smoked duck salad. The salad was fresh and more-ish. The cheeseboard only contained 3 different types of cheese, which was disappointing, but the cheeses tasted... More 

Thank machinmad
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Limited menu choices but impeccable entrees served fresh & with all local catches. The Plaice fish was my favorite!

Thank Linda B
London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

great place and good prices (to be Reykjavik) really good food and they give you all the bread you want with the most amazing saluted butter! i had fish soup!

Thank Virsey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is a deli with a restaurant next door. We stopped in the deli the first time on a Food Walk and went back several more times during our visit to Reykjavik. We tasted several lovely local cheeses (Gouda, blue cheese, cheddar) and several local meats (lamb, horse, beef). We also tasted their gluten free chocolate cake which is... More 

Thank Cindy A
Kirkland, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a cozy find! Food, service, atmosphere made for one of our favorite dining experiences. You must have the Icelandic cheese plate. The lamb and whale were spectacular.

Thank GAWS533
Florence, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The reviews were very good but it was just ok. We were not unhappy with our meal but we were not very excited about it either. The service was good.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice. Good food. Good service. We started with the meat feest and whale. Both very good. Then we had the lamb and cod. Both superb. I defiinatly recomend to anybody. The Cheese cake... mmmm cant go wrong there

Thank NotoriusTourist
Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes it's expensive but so is every eating place in Reykjavik. We discovered Ostabudin on our first night. We tried a few other places during our week's stay but nothing compared and so went back on our last night. Highly recommended!

Thank claret59

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$30
European, Soups, Scandinavian, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Drinks, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Skolavoerdustigur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
  • Location: Europe  >  Iceland  >  Capital Region  >  Reykjavik
  • Phone Number: +354 562 2772
Food connoisseurs and other gastronomes have ever since the year 2000 slipped into our basement during lunch hour to feast on various delicacies. But of course everyone knows that because ever since the restaurant opened for business it has been the least kept secret in the area.

Ostabuðin has truly been an oasis on Skolavorðustigur because we have tried our best to offer a wide varaity of fresh and curious products which have tickled our patrons taste buds and in turn trickled salivating reflexes in the city center.

Even though we have taken some pride in the queue that has formed outside our entrance every single day during lunch break for the past 15 years we have finally expanded our premises. Thus we can now welcome our patrons from dawn til dusk and offer them a variety of fish and meat dishes which we have refined with passion. Of course there is also a lot of cheese on the menu and now we can also serve wine with our fare.

Our daily specials always include both a fish dish and a soup during lunch hour on weekdays. Do not hesitate to ask what is on offer today. Also, our seafood soup never disappoints.

Our guests might have to share tables during the lunch hour rush but who knows – maybe you will make new friends.

Bon appetit, Joi.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?