10 Best French Restaurants in Amsterdam Perfect for an Elegant Evening Out

The French often say “Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup,” which translates to “Eat well, laugh often, love abundantly” in English. In Amsterdam, there are numerous French restaurants to do exactly that – eat, laugh and love. 10Best narrowed down the selection and summarized the crème de la crème - the best of the best – that the city has to offer. 

These top-notch restaurants provide fresh, high-quality ingredients, the finest wines and superb, friendly service. Whether you are looking for classic French dishes or simply want to be surprised with something new and innovative, these restaurants will exceed your expectations. Many of the meals are even works of art.

Three of the restaurants in the list have Michelin stars, Ciel Bleu in the Okura Hotel, Vinkeles in the Dylan Hotel and Le Restaurant in De Pijp. Ciel Bleu provides a beautiful panoramic view over Amsterdam, while Vinkeles allows you to dine in a historic setting. At Utrechtsedwarstafel and Restaurant La Vallade, the menus change daily, so you are truly in for a delicious surprise. De Struisvogel is known for its relaxed atmosphere and reasonable prices, and Le Petit Latin, run by a father and son, transports you to France. Whatever restaurant you decide to visit, you will truly enjoy a magnificent meal. Bon appetite!

Central Canal Ring

De Struisvogel, a small restaurant located in a cozy, intimate basement, serves a three-course menu for only 26 EUR. You will find there are many choices available. To start, choose from the soup of the day or the beef Carpaccio with basil, lime...  Read More

Western Canal Ring

Chez Georges is a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant that serves classic French cuisine. The space is a bit on the small side, but the layout of the restaurant creates an intimate and almost private dining experience. The products are always...  Read More

Central Canal Ring

Dine in a beautiful, historic setting. Vinkeles, a one Michelin star restaurant, is housed in a building that was once a bakery. The name comes from Reinier Vinkeles, a Dutch artist famous for his etches and drawings. Today, the restaurant is...  Read More

Brasserie van Baerle, situated in an old townhouse near the Museumplein, is a restaurant that serves traditional and contemporary French brasserie cuisine. In 1980, Brasserie van Baerle made its start as a breakfast and lunch spot but has...  Read More

Central Canal Ring

Chef Igor Sens and Sommelier Hans Verbeek are ready to welcome you at Utrechtsedwarstafel. Prepare your taste buds for an incredible meal. The restaurant's performance is self-described as a "ballet of wine and food." The products are always...  Read More


Venture to the Watergraafsmeer and try Restaurant La Vallade. La Vallade, a cute, cozy French restaurant with wooden tables and bright, colorful walls, is perfect for an intimate evening out. Gather your friends for some fun or spend a romantic...  Read More

Run by the dynamic father and son duo, Jacques and Julien Rouet, Le Petit Latin is a charming French restaurant that transports you from Amsterdam to France. The second you walk down the stairs and step inside, you are immersed in a beautiful...  Read More

Enjoy delicious French cuisine in a contemporary environment. Located near the Noordermarkt, Bordewijk uses regional products, fresh fish and seasonal game. Therefore, the restaurant always produces savory, tasteful dishes. Start with an...  Read More

Le Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Ro Achterberg

Brace yourself for exquisite, elegant evening at Le Restaurant in De Pijp. This cozy, relaxed restaurant serves excellent French cuisine. You can watch the chefs work their magic, as the restaurant has an open kitchen. The tasty dishes are...  Read More

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. The restaurant serves...  Read More


Meet Jessica Lipowski

Jessica has fallen in love with the Netherlands. She moved in 2011, seizing an opportunity to live abroad, a long-time dream.

In May 2016, she published a non-fiction book, "Flavors of...  More About Jessica

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