A few years ago there were really only a handful of restaurant choices in Amsterdam:
Stuffy Dutch – French-like (if only) Formal, Chinese/Thai/Indian/Indonesian blends, The boring Local Cafe’ with the famous dry Toasty, Dry Tasteless non italian Pizza, Fast Food Hamburger Joints and the automat wannabe named FEBO
These days, however, things are much more appetizing as well as interesting. Places seem to have a lot more life as owners put more money into style and atmosphere. Nowadays Amsterdam has plenty of good Restaurants offers a fantastic variety of international cuisines to choose from and the ever clever Dutch are making it fun to eat out again. So no one has to ask anyone that Where to eat in Amsterdam.
When eating out, the Dutch like to make a reservation, and then stay in the restaurant till the closing hour. While this can be quite gezellig for them it will kill a table for hours, meaning no room for your party.
It is Very smart to reserve your table in advance in the most popular places. Look for reservation guidance in the individual listings below
Restaurant La Cigale
on the corner at “Lijnbaansgracht”
Open from 5:30 PM – (17:30) Closed on Monday
With your mobile phone… Tel. dial – 020-627-9657
Just a short walk from the Rijksmuseum in the center of the Antique Quarter.
Well above the crowd with their delicious cuisine, great location, and superior personal service.
La Cigale …Always a gastronomic delight.
Experience Intimate deigning in this charming old restored canalhouse pearched up on the 1st floor overlooking the picturesque Spiegelgracht. Located in the heart of the world famous art and antiques district, near the Rijksmuseum, and convenient to the Leidseplein Entertainment center district.
FROM EXPERIENCE: Personally, La Cigale is one of our all-time favorite eatery’s. and our guests so far have all agreed **
Visit their web site: www.lacigale.nl for reservations (local) Tel. dial – 627-9657
Cafe’ Restaurant de Pponteneur
Located in the east not far from the Tropenmuseum = (on the corner by the RR trestle)
With the traditional Amsterdam flair for drama, this old school building was rescued from the government by public protest at it’s impending destruction.
This renovated “old school house” is one of our most favorite places in Amsterdam. Relax over a delicious leisurely dinner and you are never rushed out the door.
The varied menu includes a selection of vegetarian dishes and…
FROM EXPERIENCE: their soups are THE BEST!
A huge selection of beer to choose from…all are chalked up on the “blackboard”…Newspapers and magazines (Dutch) to read at the big desks…chess, and other games to play during the perpetual recess.
You’ll never forget de ponteneur.**
vertoom 31. A really sexy Irish bar with a fantastic restaurant. Quite simply the best value we’ve found. An excellent, regularly changing menu; great big breakfasts, Sunday roasts and live music.**
Vijzelgracht 63. Great food, free sunflower seeds and tasty milk shakes. Internet also available for 10 guilders an hour.**
Me Gusta Tapas Cafe
FROM EXPERIENCE: One of the friendliest places we have come across in the Central Station area and a great spot to sit back and recharge while enjoying the city. The location is a gem and the food is even better.
The food is tasty and plentiful in a super location on the canal.
located on the Leidseplein. In addition to the great dinner menu offered at their nightly shows they also have scrumptious lunch specials daily. Good value here on pitchers of beer as well.**
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 33, near Leidseplein. Wonderful South Indian food, with a large menu. Great for vegetarians. One of our Favorites **
eteringschans 199, near Frederiksplein. Japanese -Family run establishment with wonderful food and good service last time we visited **
Koningsstraat 15, near Nieuwmarkt. Basic Dutch table with cabbage, mashed potato and flavorful meaty stew. **
De Blauwe Hollander
Leidsekruisstraat 28, near Leidseplein. Dutch food in generous quantities. Great for a filling meal and no frills. *
Casa di David
Singel 426. Very Tasty Pizzas! Baked in wood-fired ovens and fresh handmade pasta. We always eat everything on our plates! **
The Super Club
A truly unique dining experience is in store for you at the supperclub ***
The Supper Club, an unbelievable (and expensive) place that should impress even the most jaded. Lying down on couch-beds, you eat whatever they prepare in their open kitchen. Meat or vegetarian is the only choice. Decor changes, things hang from the ceiling, and the strange chef-painter-owner acts crazy and spins music. I half-expected an orgy to break out at the end of the night. f120+ per person with wine. Make reservations and dress well, or the beautiful-artsy-wealthy people will laugh at you.
Trendy but really a good time will be had if you let yourself go.