Best Amsterdam Restaurants

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    10. Bazar

    Walk into a world of food at the Bazar. The building, once a church, features high ceilings and is full of color, character and beauty. The restaurant serves North African, Iranian and Turkish food, where you can...

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    9. La Oliva Pintxos Y Vinos

    Dining at La Oliva Pintxos Y Vinos in the Jordaan will make you feel as if you've left Amsterdam and traveled to Spain. The restaurant serves the best Pintxos in town, as well as other delightful dishes from Northern...

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    8. De Italiaan

    Bring out your inner Italian at De Italiaan. Make yourself at home in the cozy environment. Enjoy a delicious, traditional pizza from the wood oven or indulge in other Italian creations, including pastas, antipasti,...

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    7. Pont 13

    Up until 1995, what is now Pont 13 used to be a ferry; now, the boat has been converted into an upscale restaurant, completely renovated. The restaurant is situated a bit out of the city centre, west of Centraal...

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    6. De Kas

    Enjoy the freshest ingredients at Restaurant de Kas, located in Frankendael Park. Every morning at sunrise, chefs and wait staff help owner and founder Gert Jan Hageman harvest herbs, vegetables and edible flowers....

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    5. Moeders

    Give your Mom a break from the cooking and the cleaning and take her to Restaurant Moeders. Moeders, which literally translates to "Mothers" in English, is the family restaurant in Amsterdam, especially for Mother's...

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    4. Ciel Bleu

    Enjoy a truly elegant evening at Ciel Bleu. The restaurant, located on the 23rd floor of the gorgeous five-star Okura Hotel, promises a top-notch dinner. Ciel Bleu boasts two Michelin stars, definitely well deserved....

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    3. D'Vijff Vlieghen

    Prepare yourself for a divine culinary experience at d'Vijff Vlieghen. With good food, great wine and a dash of history, d'Vijff Vliegen calls itself a culinary museum. Dishes are always surprising and range from...

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    2. Restaurant RED

    If you love surf and turf, Restaurant Red is one place in Amsterdam you will definitely not want to miss. Rediscover the pleasure of food; Restaurant Red definitely provides a distinct dining experience. You can...

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    1. Pannenkoekenhuis Upstairs

    There is a saying, "The best things come in small packages." In the instance of Pannenkoekenhuis Upstairs, the best pancakes are served in the smallest space. Make your way to the top of the steep, narrow stairs, and...

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About Amsterdam Restaurants

Amsterdam is a foodie’s paradise. Whether you are looking to share a casual meal with friends, celebrate something special at an upscale restaurant, crave classic comfort food or just want to try something innovative, Amsterdam has it all. From Dutch cuisine and French delights to Japanese dishes, fresh succulent seafood, spicy Indonesian, tasty tapas and almost everything in between, the city offers just about every flavor from around the world. With so much to experience, your taste buds will surely be satisfied.

In addition, many restaurants provide a memorable atmosphere. Several boast a beautiful view of the city, while others have quite the history. Not only that, you’ll find a few are housed in unconventional locations: old greenhouses, industrial warehouses and retired ferries. Plus, when the sun is shining, sit outside and enjoy one of the many terraces. In the end, each restaurant has its own character and provides a “gezellig” (best translated to “cozy” in English) experience. 

The Dutch tend to eat early, so be aware most kitchens close at 22:00. A few stay open late, while some cafes and pubs may only serve finger food. Unless otherwise specified, checks include 19 percent tax and 15 percent service.


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In more ways than one, Jessica has fallen in love with the Netherlands. She moved in 2011, seizing an opportunity to live abroad, a long-time dream. For two years, she worked for an online group travel and event planning platform. She understands the ins and outs of arranging anything travel related. Now she is working on a book. Jessica has always...  Read more »

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