Best tapas restaurants in Amsterdam from Middle Eastern to Spanish!

Tapas are always a good idea! It doesn't matter in what city you are whenever you see a tapas restaurant it's always nice to go to. You know what to expect: small bites, sangria, Spanish wines and beers. Amsterdam is home to many tapas restaurant. Some typical Spanish and some Middle Eastern or Asian. Almost every neighborhood has it's own local favourites. In this list you will find the 10 best restaurants that serve tapas style dishes in Amsterdam.

A tapas restaurant is great to go to to with friends. The food is served to the whole table and you can just order whatever you like. Share the food and try to taste as many different flavors as possible. But even if it's just the two of you a tapas dinner is a great way to spend an evening of food and drinks.

In Amsterdam the best tapas restaurants that focus on the Spanish style tapas are Pata Negra, A La Plancha, Mercat and Dos. The Spanish restaurants have a typical tapas menu with all the favorite dishes on it. From patatas bravas to calamares and Spanish hams. 

Another vibrant tapas scene in Amsterdam is the one with the Middle Eastern restaurants. The tapas there are called mezzes and delicious and healthy. The best places to eat mezzes in Amsterdam are: Beyrouth, Bazar and Orentes.

Discover the best tapas restaurant and try them one by one.  



If you ask a local in Amsterdam for the most famous tapas restaurant in town they will mention Pata Negra. Although this place is listed in every guide book it's still very popular with both locals and tourists. It's always crowded so don't be...  Read More



Izakaya, located in the Sir Albert boutique hotel not too far from the Albert Cuypmarkt and Museum Quarter, offers delicious Japanese dishes made for sharing, as well as carefully crafted cocktails and wine ready to compliment any meal. Izakaya,...  Read More



Do you like the Spanish markets they have in Madrid and Barcelona? Then I have good news! In Amsterdam there's a restaurant with the vibe of a Spanish market. Mercat is located between Amsterdam Central Station and Amsterdam East in a former...  Read More



Duende Dos is the Spanish tapas restaurant at the border of the Jordaan and the Marnixstraat in Amsterdam West. The restaurant at the corner of the Nieuwe Willemstraat is light, colorful and has a great Madrid like vibe. It's a perfect place for...  Read More



If you're looking for an authentic tapas restaurant in Amsterdam then A La Plancha is one of the best picks. It's located in a small street in the heart of the Jordaan and perfect to go for dinner with friends or your love. It's a small...  Read More

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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 Spain. Go with a group of...  Read More



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 choose a delicious dish from the...  Read More



Spend the afternoon at the famous Albert Cuypmarkt or peaceful Sarphatipark. Later, head over to Orontes for a wonderful meal. The restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine, specializing in Turkish dishes from Hatay and Antakya. Orontes offers...  Read More

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Arabic food is great for shared dining. This kitchen also has a high comfort food level! It's pure and gives you the feeling of a home cooked meal. Beyrouth at the Kinkerstraat in Amsterdam is one of the best Lebanese restaurants in town. It's a...  Read More



If you're looking for a cheap and cozy place to go for dinner with the whole family Boca's Park is a great pick. This cafe style restaurant is located at the foot of the Sarphatipark. This park is one of the smallest and most beautiful parks in...  Read More