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Generally speaking restaurants in Amsterdam are amongst the most expensive in Europe particularly in areas near Dam Square and the Red Light District. The upside of this fact is that food and hygiene standards are very high, In respect of main meals best value for money is often offered by hoteliers  Budget conscious visitors to Amsterdam who travel to places outside Amsterdam such as The Hague Rotterdam Utrecht etc will find restaurant prices noticeably lower in these places. However not every Amsterdam Restaurant is expensive as this guide illustrates:!


Seasons Restaurant 16, Herenstraat 1015, CA Seasons is a small eatery in the Dutch capital which offers the customer the most sumptuous cuisine. If you make an early reservation then you may be entitled to a 2 for 1 Early Bird Special, check the website out for further details. Two dishes which come highly recommended are their Pear and Blue Cheese Salad and their tender Lamb which has been hailed as the finest Lamb in the city. The Restaurant’s owner is incredibly friendly and hospitable. Season’s is ideally located in the centre of Amsterdam and the crowd there are generally a sociable and noisy bunch. Season’s can get quite packed and so making a reservation could be the only way of ensuring you get a table. You are looking at paying around 30 Euros for a Three course meal which represents good value considering the excellence of their Fare.

Coffee Connection, Nieuwezijds Kolk, 33 Coffee Connection is a chilled out Coffee shop mostly frequented by laid back locals. Their cappuccino has been described as Amsterdam’s best but you will also be delighted by their extensive range of tasty snacks and delicacies. They offer a selection of Panini’s as well as Bagel’s and the most beautifully textured Carrot Cake. It’s a very small and intimate venue and the majority of it’s clientele are extremely amiable. A huge bonus is that The shop’s owner Dave is a most charming and helpful man. 8 am-5 am Mon-Fri, 8 am-6 pm Sat and Sun.
Gartine, Taksteeg, 7,1012 Gartine is a Dutch/French Cafe which is the perfect setting for a light Lunch of 5 star quality. The House speciality is their Soda Bread Sandwiches which have left the majority of customers desperate to return here. Their homemade Tea will make you feel right at home. The venue is warm and cosy and may well end being the most enjoyable dining experience that you have in Amsterdam.PB
Broodje Bert 321 Singel, Amsterdam  tel no: 31-20-623-0382 Bert is a tiny American Style diner which offers punters great value for money. Their mouth-watering Bacon and Cheese Omelette can be suitably washed down with a glass of their refreshing Freshly Squeezed juice. The general consensus is that the customer receives a fantastic level service at Bert. Prices are very affordable as you are looking at paying just around 8 Euros.

Bussia, Reestraat 28, 1016 DN Bussia has the arguable moniker of being the best Italian Restaurant in the city. The staff are overwhelmingly polite and attentive. The majority of their traditional Pasta dishes are utterly delightful but Pizza lovers will be disgruntled to see that there are no Pizzas served here. The owner and staff have informed views on Wine and are more than willing to help you choose the appropriate bottle for your palate. Prices are decent at around 46 Euros for a Four Course meal.

Blauwaaan, De Wal, Achterburgwal 99, 1012 DD /Blauwaan is one of the City’s hidden gems located in Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District.  The decor and ambiance is rather elegant and your hosts are most hospitable. Blauwaan is most suitable for Couples as there is such a Romantic feel about it. Many have left raving about the culinary delight that is their Cheese Course. For some bizarre reason they seem to be closed on Friday evenings and there have been complaints that the restaurant is not particularly well maintained. You could pay anything from 25 to 90 Euros depending on what you order.

La Perla, 14 Tuinwarstraat, Tweede, AmsterdamLa Perla is a highly affordable Authentic Italian restaurant which specialises in Wood-fired Pizza’s. This reputable establishment offers perhaps the finest Pizza in Amsterdam. Most of their Pizza’s are likely to have a love affair with your taste buds but it’s the Pepperoni that gets Most People talking. The service is swift and friendly and the  you are looking at paying around 8 to 13 Euros per head.

Betty’s, Tinjstraat,75, Amsterdam = Betty’s is a Vegetarian restaurant located in the Pijp district of the city. According to them all their produce is organic which is probably why it’s so fantastically flavoursome. The herbs and spices used in their unique and colourful dishes will have you licking your lips. Meat eaters may be surprised at how enjoyable Betty’s cuisine is and may leave contemplating a change in  their eating habits.

De Klos, 41 Kerkstraat, Amsterdam 020-625-37-30 De Klos is one of the City’s finest and quirkiest steakhouses.  They specialise in succulent Steaks and saucy Ribs.  Klos has been described as a Carnivores Paradise. Unfortunately De Klos has no Vegetarian option and so a trip here would be a waste of your time. They offer very large and hearty portions which leave you gasping for refreshment and I would advise you to sample one of their ice Cold beers. The staff and clientele are extremely welcoming but dining at De Klos doesn’t come cheap.  A section of Customers have voiced their disapproval over a lack of privacy as all the tables are pushed very close together in this heaving venue.

VisaandeSchelde, Scheldelplein 4, 1078 GR  Visaandeschelde is a trendy  hot spot which is infamous for its huge variety of delectable seafood.  The Japanese Nobashis Shrimps are one of their most popular dishes and after tucking in to them myself it’s not hard to see why. All their cuisine is fresh and as well as seafood they have a wide range of other dishes which have received rave reviews. The Hospitality at this unassuming eatery is of an unusually high standard. Their aesthetically pleasing decor provides the perfect accompaniment to a thoroughly enjoyable and   memorable dining experience.

 Brassiere Vlaming, Prinsengracht 193 A, Amsterdam 1015 DS  The Brassiere Vlaming is one of the Amsterdam capital’s finest eateries. They serve up the very best of International cuisine and are renowned for their delicious and diverse menu. Try the mixed Grill or steak for a mouth watering main but make sure to leave room for dessert as they specialise in a range of sweet treats, most notably their heavenly sticky toffee pudding. The owner is incredibly helpful and charming and the service has often been described by customers as five star. The atmosphere and ambiance at Vlaming is second to none. You are looking at paying around £ 18-40 which is great value considering the memorable  dining experience you are likely to encounter here. Opening hours are Weds-Sun 6 to 10 pm.

Zaza’s, Daniel Stalperstraat 103hs, Amsterdam 1072 XD Tel no: 31- 0206 73 63 33 -Zaza’s is a highly recommended Restaurant which offers a range of high quality French and Mediterranean  cuisine. The Tuna starters are endorsed by many who have frequented Zaza’s and for a main course you can’t go wrong with the exquisitely cooked veal or venison. The majority of customers have nothing but praise for the waiting staff but a minority felt that the service was a bit  unhurried. If you prefer to have your own space away from others then you may feel a little claustrophobic at Zaza’s as the tables tend to very close together. Overall though you are likely to enjoy one of the finest dining affairs you have ever had. The prices are a little on the extortionate side but most who eat here, [who may be affluent themselves] say its worth every penny. Opening hours are Monday to Wednesday 6- 10.30 pm and Thursday to Saturday 6- 11 pm.

Greenwoods, Singel, 103/1012 VG, Amsterdam  – Greenwoods is a quaint English tea room opened in 1988 which offers the very best in traditional British fare. At Greenwood’s you can sample a hearty full English breakfast to nurse your hangover or you can dine on the beautifully textured scones with thick clotted cream and an old fashioned cup of English tea. The Soda Bread  at Greenwoods has been reported as being the nicest you will ever eat. The food is well priced as you are looking at spending between 4 and 13 pounds. Opening times are Mon-Thurs 9am-6pm and Fri-Sun 9.30 am -7 pm from April 1st till October 1st. 1st of October till 1st of April times are Mon-Thurs 9.30 am-5pm and Fri-Sun 9.30am-6pm.

Warmoestraat Burger Bar, Kolksteeg 2/ 1012 PT Amsterdam – The Warmoestraat Burger Bar is the best destination for burger lovers staying in the Dutch Capital. The Dutch Burgers are all made fresh whilst you are there which is why they may take a while to be served up, but believe me its well worth the wait. You should consider sampling the Kobi Beef burger with a side of tasty fries but there are many palatable options available for you. Be warned that there is not much seating inside the restaurant so you may have to end up taking your burger away or eating it outside. A few customers felt disappointed when they ordered a ”Well Done” burger which was still pink on the inside. The hospitality here is top notch and you may decide to make the bizarre and noteworthy decision of ordering the ”Shower Cap”. The food is very reasonably priced and you could arrive here after a late drinking session as the  opening times are Mon-Fri 11am- 3 am and 11am – 4 am on Weekends.

Other Restaurants In Amsterdam With Good Reports:

As Eating out in Amsterdam is expensive here are a few places which are competitively priced but do not cut corners on quality. One such establishment is Bakkerswinkel at Warmoestraat 69, Telephone 02048-9-98000. It opens from around 8am and closes late afternoon Tuesday – Sunday and is best described as a bakery that doubles up as a country tearoom. Here you can buy breakfast, lunch or tea, sandwiches cakes or quiche. Popular with locals and can get very crowded.

Another bakery slightly more expensive but probably even by Amsterdam’s high standards one of the more notable is the Pancake Bakery at Prinsengracht 191 Tele 020 625 1333. The wide choice of pancakes is complimented by dozens of toppings. Situated next to a canal this is one to note.

A daytime option fairly priced is the vegetarian Soup en Zo at Jodenbreestraat 94a, Telephone 020 422 2243. Healthy dieters will appreciate the organic soups, whole grain bread washed down with real fruit juices.

There are plenty of Indonesian restaurants to choose from in Amsterdam. One that is often mentioned is Kantjil at Spuistraat 291-293 Telephone 020 620 3074. A couple of our visitors have reported that the food is above average and the portions generous. The service is good with prices reasonable for both the food and the wine.

The Combodja City at offers Cambodian Thai and Vietnamese specialities. The note here is that the food is not over spicy and to hot to enjoy. The combination of vegetables and herbs is clever enough to give you fully flavoured food without pain!. Albert Cuypstraat 58-60. Not expensive Sorry we lost the phone no!

If you have slightly more adventurous and exotic tastes the African themed Pymga Lion at Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 5a, Tele 020 420 7022 with its fare of antelope crocodile and Zebra may appeal. These dishes are expensive but the alternative vegetarian dishes are averagely priced. Booking advisable.

Los Pilones at Kerkstraat 63, Tele 020 320 4651 is another establishment that patrons with a sense of adventure will appreciate. The jury is out on its claim to be Mexican but its cactus salad was very agreeable as were the range of margaritas and tequilas. Very fairly priced.

One exceptionally fashionable restaurant is the French La Rive within the Amstel Inter-Continental Hotel, Professor Tulpplein 1 Tele 020 520 3264. It has a reputation for sophisticated French and Mediterranean cuisines. The cooking here is of the highest standards and we found the roasted rack of lamb a rare feast – however at nearly 100 euros for a five course meal it should be. Dinner suits essential. Booking up to three weeks in advance advisable. Popular with the famous and celebrated.

One of Amsterdam’s not widely known little gems is the Aleksander at Ceintuurbaan 196 Tele 020 676 6384. Here Eastern European dishes – mainly fish and grilled meats and strong liquors are on offer at very fair prices. The food is substantial and visitors will note its popularity with locals.

Steakhouse Piet de Leeuw at Noorderstraat 11 Telr 020 623 7181. This restaurant has been established for over 50 years and proudly offers some of original menu’s choice. It has always been famous for its Beefsteak and Fried Sole but the recent addition of Fried Mussels and Sweetbread are the subject of good reports as well. Dependable and low cost.

Balthazar’s Keuken at Elandsgracht 108 Telephone 020 420 2114 in the Jordaan area is small restaurant with a varied decently priced meat and fish menu that is very popilar with locals.The three course set menu’s at €27.50 are changed every week and always accompanied by a recommended well chosen wine to compliment that weeks meal. Wine prices are around €15 – €20. The restaurant only opens Wednesday to Friday from 6pm – 11pm so you will need to book. website

Plain Old English Food

Home from Home for the English is Al’s Plaice at Nieuwendijk 10 in Amsterdam’s Old centre – Good old fish and chips – not forgetting the pies of course. Dinner or supper here will cost between €4 -€10 and the portions are good so you will leave full up. Trams 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 14, 16, 17, 25.



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