Restaurants & Cafés

The best places to eat in Amsterdam – reviewed anonymously by experts



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Samhoud Places

  • Price band: 4/4
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Moshik Roth is the chef whose cheekily extravagant dishes (think foie gras à la Salvador Dalí) made his first restaurant in Overveen one of haute Amsterdam’s out-of-town favourites. His collaboration with ‘caring capitalist’ Salem Samhoud brings some rather more ‘accessible’ options, including a divine eco-friendly tomato burger.

  1. Oosterdokskade 5, Waterfront & North
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Ron Gastrobar

  • Price band: 2/4
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Set back from a culinary strip of sorts along the south edge of Vondelpark, this restaurant is named after local entrepreneurial celebrity chef Ron Blaauw who is not afraid to shake things up. In 2013 he put his two Michelin stars on the line by coming up with a simpler and more affordable concept. The menu is made of 25 no-nonsense back-to-basics mains at €15 each. But the costs add up quickly if you do wine with your dine. Michelin may very well let him keep his stars.

  1. Sophialaan 55 hs, Oud West
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Rijsel

  • Price band: 3/4
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Housed in a former huishoudschool, one of the domestic science institutions blamed for the decline of the Dutch kitchen, you’ll find frugality only in terms of the decor at Rijsel. The busy dining room is overseen by an amiable staff. Specialising in the best rotisserie chicken, like, ever, Rijsel has established itself as another delicious reason to head East.

  1. Marcusstraat 52b, Oost
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Cheap eats in Amsterdam

Peperwortel

  • Price band: 2/4
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One could survive for weeks eating nothing but takeaways from Riaz and the fabulous De Peperwortel ('Pepper Root'). After all, indulging in a wide range of dishes that embraces Dutch, Mexican, Indian and Spanish cuisines is always a pleasure, never a chore. Be aware that De Peperwortel offers a takeaway service only.

  1. Overtoom 140
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Getto

  • Price band: 2/4
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Cheap, cheerful, tasty, filling. That's what the food is like at this sparkly diner at the back of the thoroughly mixed lesbian and gay lounge. On Wednesday night all burger dinners (a house speciality) cost just €10. Combined with the weekday, two-for-the-price-of-one cocktail happy hour, this is the ideal place to take a cheap date.

  1. Warmoesstraat 51
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Nam Kee

  • Price band: 2/4
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Cheap and terrific food has earned this Chinese joint a devoted following: the oysters in black bean sauce have achieved classic status. If it's busy, try massive sister operation and dim sum maestros Nam Tin nearby (Jodenbreestraat 11-13, 428 8508) or equally stellar New King (Zeedijk 115-117, 625 2180).

  1. Zeedijk 111-113
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