Best Seafood in Amsterdam

10 Best Seafood Restaurants in Amsterdam That Will Certainly Make a Splash

Good seafood can be hard to come by. Not in Amsterdam, though. The city’s close proximity to the sea shows you have come to the right place. Amsterdam offers a diverse selection of establishments, from casual eateries to upscale and elegant dining. If you are in the mood for fresh, sensational seafood, you are guaranteed to find whatever you are looking for – lobster, oysters, salmon, mussels and everything in between.

10Best has outlined the best seafood restaurants in town. In the broadest sense of the word, seafood is truly their specialty. Restaurants, such as Lucius and Visaandeschelde, serve a wide variety of fish, crustaceans and shellfish. Restaurant Red, on the other hand, makes it easy for their patrons: lobster or beef. Restaurant Nevy and Café Restaurant Stork, both situated on the IJ River, offer a wonderful atmosphere and beautiful view. For a more casual dining experience, try The Seafood Bar. You do not need a reservation; you can just walk in. If you are a night owl or are just looking for a bite to eat after a theater performance, head to Brasserie Bark for some late-night seafood. All of these restaurants offer nice wines, the perfect complement to your meal.


When it comes to seafood, Waves will certainly make a splash. Situated near Leidseplein, a square home to many nightclubs, bars and theatres, Waves is a great place to start your evening out. Begin your meal with one of the appetizing starters, such as the fish cakes or shrimp cocktail. Then, indulge in the fresh fish dishes, such as sea bass, sole or trout. While the main focus is seafood, the restaurant also caters to meat-lovers and vegetarians. Complement your choice with a delightful glass of wine; Waves offers a variety. Admire the chic and modern interior, especially the fish lights. When weather permits, guests are able to dine outdoors. Be sure to book in advance, as the restaurant and terrace is small.

Recommended for Seafood because: Waves is located near Leidseplein, so it's a great restaurant to begin your evening.

Local Expert tip: Make a reservation. The restaurant is small.

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Since 1967, Restaurant Sluizer has offered flavorful traditional and seasonal dishes. It is a great restaurant to have a classy evening out or enjoy a dinner before a show. Awaken your senses and order one of the tasty appetizers, such as the mussels a l'escargot or potato leek soup with Dutch shrimps. Main courses include the fresh fish stew with prawns, redfish, cod and mussels and the pan-fried cod fillet with sauerkraut hotchpot. All the fish is supplied daily. Additionally, the restaurant serves vegetarian and meat dishes. Be sure to finish the meal with a delectable dessert, perhaps the black and white chocolate or amaretto créme brûlée.

Recommended for Seafood because: The fish is supplied daily, ensuring a fresh and delicious meal.

Local Expert tip: You can help fulfill a child's basic needs. Twenty cents per person will automatically be added to the bill.

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Brace yourself for a divine meal. From salmon to sole and swordfish to deep-sea crab, Brasserie Bark offers an extensive variety of seafood. The restaurant respects the seasons, ensuring the seafood is of the highest quality. Starters include the fried scallops St. Jacques and the oyster soup. Better not fill up on appetizers. For a main course, you have a plethora of options to choose from: a half or whole lobster, prepared to your specifications; oysters by the half dozen; grilled salmon with pasta and pesto; stuffed fish soup; grilled prawns with garlic; and so much more. Located in the Museum Quarter, the restaurant is popular among concert- and theatregoers. Brasserie Bark allows visitors to enjoy a dinner before a show or stop by after a performance, as the restaurant has late night dining.

Recommended for Seafood because: Brasserie Bark offers delicious seafood dishes, as well as late night dining. Therefore, it is a popular place for concert- and theatregoers.

Local Expert tip: Request your favorite seafood dish. They can probably prepare it for you.

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Many seafood restaurants in Amsterdam are relatively upscale and require a reservation. However, The Seafood Bar provides a casual and comfortable atmosphere that invites anyone to stop by for a bite to eat, anytime. You do not need a reservation; you can just walk in. The cuisine is top-notch. You will find an assortment of appetizing options available: soups, salads, sandwiches, fish and chips, oysters, mussels, king crab, lobster and much, much more. The restaurant also adheres to sustainable seafood practices. For instance, the seafood is carefully selected, line-caught wild fish and MSC certified. When possible, the fish is organic and without additives.

Recommended for Seafood because: The Seafood Bar provides a casual atmosphere for anyone to enjoy a meal. You don't need a reservation.

Local Expert tip: There are many items to try, so mix and match. Create your own meal.

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Old City Centre/Old Side
Photo courtesy of Bridges Restaurant

Prepare your taste buds to experience fish at it's finest. By sticking to the basics – only adding a few natural ingredients – and selecting the best fish currently in season, Restaurant Bridges brings out the fish's core character and savory flavors. Watch as the chefs create the dishes; your mouth will water. As the focus of the restaurant is fish and wine, "fins en vins" in Dutch, Bridges offers it all, from tuna and oysters to lobster and salmon. Don't forget to request something from the Raw Bar. The sommelier can help choose the best wine to complement and enhance the flavors of each dish. Combined with superb service and a classy, open atmosphere, Bridges promises an exquisite experience. The restaurant is located in Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, along the oldest canal in Amsterdam.

Recommended for Seafood because: The restaurant is located in a beautiful five-star hotel, providing savory flavors, top-notch service and a sophisticated atmosphere.

Local Expert tip: Make sure to order something from the Raw Bar.

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Amsterdam - North
Café Restaurant Stork
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Dine along the IJ in an old industrial warehouse and enjoy some of the best seafood in Amsterdam. Perfect for seafood lovers, vegetarians and every palate in between, Stork boasts many mouthwatering dishes: delicious oysters, succulent lobster, juicy sirloin and every fish imaginable. Plus, Stork aims to engage in sustainable fishing practices, where the restaurant tries to serve certain fish based on its breeding season. For transportation, you can arrange for the restaurant's own renovated lifeboat to pick you up for dinner, maximum 25 persons. Toward the end of the evening, wind down with a drink and watch the ships sail by.

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At Restaurant Nevy, guests can simultaneously enjoy sensational seafood and a superb view. Nevy is located on the Westerdoksdijk, peacefully overlooking the IJ River. The restaurant is bright and airy by day. At night, the soft lighting creates a warm, elegant ambiance. If weather permits, Nevy's large terrace is quite popular to soak up some sun. The restaurant offers a diverse menu, promising the highest quality. Start with something from the raw bar, which proudly displays various fish, crustaceans and shellfish, or order the Nevy salad, featuring fried prawns and lime, drizzled with a truffle dressing. Main courses include salmon risotto with fennel and cucumber and grilled tuna with noodles, bok choy and candied red pepper. Lobster and sea bass are also available. Your taste buds are in for a treat.

Recommended for Seafood because: Guests can enjoy Restaurant Nevy's splendid view and extraordinary seafood at the same time.

Local Expert tip: Nevy hosts a Happy Hour featuring oysters and wine on Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m.

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Central Canal Ring
Restaurant RED
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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 choose from lobster or beef fillet, each prepared in one of two styles. Dishes are served with a salad and a side of fries. Complement your selection with a nice glass of wine, or close the evening by trying one of the chef's delectable desserts, such as the warm chocolate tart or tarte au citron vert. With each bite, from start to finish, you'll be craving more. To top it off, prices are quite affordable. With lobster and beef as the main stars, dining doesn't get much better than this.

Recommended for Seafood because: Restaurant Red is an easy pick for surf and turf lovers. Guests have only two choices: steak or lobster.

Local Expert tip: Close the evening with the warm chocolate tart or tarte au citron vert.

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Further Afield

Chef Michiel Deenik's motto is, "a day without good food is a day lost." You will never lose a day at Visaandeschelde. Order from the a la carte menu or select one of the three, four or five course dinners. The menu fluctuates with the seasons and changes every 10 weeks, ensuring the best selection of seafood possible. The food is delicious and the presentation colorful and creative. Pair your meal with a glass of wine. The restaurant offers an assortment of both classic and new world wines. Visaandeschelde is situated near the RAI Convention Center, making it a perfect location for dinner after a long day of work. The restaurant is sure to satisfy.

Recommended for Seafood because: The menu rotates every 10 weeks and varies with the season.

Local Expert tip: Order a three, four or five course dinner and be surprised.

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Old Center / Red Light District

Without a doubt, Lucius' specialty is seafood. The name “Lucius” is derived from Esox Lucius, the northern pike scientific name. The lifestyle of this fish also provided inspiration for the restaurant's philosophy, that fish is delicious and nutritious. Choose from the set or a la carte menu. Everything is prepared to absolute perfection. Appetizers include salmon tartar, potato soup with a garlic froth and deep-fried fish fillet and lobster bisque. Not convinced? One look at the main courses will make your mouth water: pan-fried fillet of halibut with Serrano ham and a sweet red pepper sauce; fillet of red perch prepared in pistachio oil with tomato puree and mushrooms; pan-fried dover sole; poached fish grated with a sauce rouille; King Crab Legs; and more. The fish can be cooked to your liking: pan-fried, grilled or poached. Be sure to save room for dessert.

Recommended for Seafood because: Every dish is made to perfection. Plus, the restaurant services many international guests, so the menu is available in nine languages.

Local Expert tip: The fish can be prepared to your specifications: pan-fried, grilled or poached.

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