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The 13 best restaurants in Amsterdam

Our pick of the best eateries, from a Neapolitan pizzeria to a restaurant in a greenhouse
By Derek Robertson |
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Amsterdam’s food scene, much like the people who call it home, is a vast melting pot of styles and influences from all over the globe. Traditionally influenced by the countryside and centred around meat, root vegetables, and calories, Dutch cuisine has evolved and absorbed an influx of foreign ideas and ingredients; for several years, a new breed of Dutch chefs have been updating classics and innovating in the kitchen. And the healthy expat community and plenty of things to do means that there’s a diverse array of local joints, hip hang outs, and smaller restaurants all over the city ready to cater to just about any culinary desire.

Best restaurants in Amsterdam

1
Jansz, Pullitzer Amsterdam
Jansz, Pullitzer Amsterdam

Jansz

Classics with a modern twist are the name of the game in this old apothecary’s shop with a canal view. Spread across a number of rooms boasting simple yet tasteful décor, there’s an understated elegance to everything here, from the food to the imported marble tabletops. Chef Jeroen Robberegt’s cooking is robust and flavourful – think Dover sole, hanger steak, and lobster risotto – and while dinner is the real star, they also do a mean lunch and happily cater for kids. 

Price: High-end

2
De Kas, Amsterdam
Mitchell van Voorbergen

De Kas

If the finest, freshest produce beautifully cooked is what you’re after, then a trip to De Kas is a must. Located in a set of greenhouses that date to 1926, they serve a fixed daily menu – you simply choose how many courses you want – prepared with vegetables and herbs grown in their own nursery. Their farm-to-table credentials are impeccable, and the cooking showcases each ingredient at its best.

Price: Blow out

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3
Sotto Pizza, Amsterdam
Sotto Pizza

Sotto Pizza

Surprisingly for a city with so many Italian restaurants, quality pizza used to be something of a rarity in Amsterdam. Not any more. Delicate dough with a perfectly charred crust, sauces made with San Marzano tomatoes, and gooey puddles of Buffalo mozzarella have led to two further branches and membership of the prestigious Verace Pizza Napoletana Association – one of only two pizzerias in the country to be accepted. Pizza doesn’t get much better than this.

Price: Budget

4
Stork
Stork, Amsterdam

Stork

There are few better places to get stuck into fresh fish and seafood than Stork, a cavernous, south-facing space on the banks of the River IJ. A free ferry shuttles you across the water to Noord and this former factory that now serves up whole lobster, oysters, Catch Of The Day specials, and a sumptuous seafood platter. If it’s sunny, order some ice-cold white wine, grab a spot on the terrace, and watch the river traffic bustle back and forward.

Price: Mid-range

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5
Wilde Zwijnen, Amsterdam
Jan Voorkant

Wilde Zwijnen

The industrial, shabby chic interior and ever-changing daily menu of modern Dutch cuisine has made the ‘Wild Boar’ a trendy, popular haunt in Oost. The idea is simple; choose either three or four courses, order some wine, and let the kitchen work their magic with fresh, seasonal produce (do try the boar though). And if something a little lighter is required, head next door to their Eetbar, where they do smaller, individual plates from just €7.

Price: Mid-range

6
Moeders, Amsterdam
Moeders

Moeders

It’s all about the Stamppot at ‘Mothers’, a quirky, city centre restaurant that’s decorated with photographs of customers’ mothers. The closest thing the Dutch have to a national dish, the combination of mashed potato, cabbage, bacon, and sausage is quite a plateful, especially when it comes with an extra meatball. There’s plenty else to choose from, but bring a hearty appetite and don’t bother with starters – portions are huge.

Price: Mid-range

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7
Cannibale Royal, Amsterdam
Cannibale Royal

Cannibale Royal

Meat lovers, rejoice! This brasserie tucked away at the bottom of De Pijp is a mecca for all things chargrilled. Impeccable burgers – try the house specialty, with added pulled pork – jerk chicken, and a rack of lamb are just some of the delights, alongside succulent ribs and a range of steaks. Their craft beer menu is pretty tasty too, with a constantly rotating range of local brews on draft.

Price: Mid-range

8
Eddy Spaghetti
Eddy Spaghetti

Eddy Spaghetti

Forget about the stuffier – and overpriced – Italian restaurants in the city centre and west of the city. Head instead to this cozy little diner in Oost. Their pasta menu is short but perfectly on point – vongole, all’arrabiata, and a meaty ragu with slow cooked lamb – while the pizzas are thin crust delights. Do leave space for the homemade tiramisu, and if you’re feeling decadent, ask the bartender for a negroni – they make one of the best in the city.

Price: Mid-range

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9
China Sichuan Restaurant, Amsterdam
China Sichuan Restaurant

China Sichuan Restaurant

Ignore the location in the middle of tourist hell – this is a proper Chinese restaurant that’s popular with Amsterdam’s Chinese ex pat community.  It’s small, but service is fast and efficient – plus it’s open until midnight. In Sichuan cooking, chilli is king, but they’ve got plenty of standard fare for those not so keen on fire-hot cuisine (they do a mean Peking duck). Also try the Royal Fish, Kunpao Chicken, and Sichuan Steamed Beef. Portions are huge and come with mountains of rice, making this a great place for groups.

Price: Mid-range

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Tujuh Maret

It would be remiss to visit Amsterdam and not experience an Indonesian rijsttafel. Translated as ‘rice table’, it’s a set menu of small, spicy dishes – usually the chef’s best – designed to showcase the flavours and styles of Indonesian cooking, and Tujuh Maret does one of the best. Simple and homely, the food here is delicious – their chicken satay is heavenly – and the service warm and welcoming. Do bring an appetite though; it’s a mountain of food.

Price: Mid-range

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11
Meatless District
Meatless District

Meatless District

Dutch cuisine isn’t particularly kind to vegetarians, and vegans even less so. Recently however, a number of places have popped up catering to their needs, and this chic, airy bar and kitchen in Old West is the best of the bunch. With a seasonal menu that’s 100% vegan – and organic where possible – they’re open every day for lunch, light bites, and dinner (and breakfast at weekends).

Price: Mid-range

12
Bridges Sofitel, Amsterdam
Michael Graste

Bridges

If you’re after the very best Amsterdam has to offer, it can currently be found at the Michelin starred Bridges. Ran by Andrès Delpeut – the youngest Dutch chef to ever gain a star – and focusing on fish, you can order à la carte or opt for a tasting menu – there’s also a Chef’s Table in the kitchen, seating six, if you really want to push the boat out. The food is spectacular, but it has wallet-busting prices to match.

Price: Blow out

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13
Restaurant de Plantage, Amsterdam
Restaurant de Plantage

Restaurant de Plantage

Located next to the zoo, this huge space takes the elegant, modern bistro concept to a new level. There’s a spacious bar area serving ace cocktails and nibbles, while the restaurant proper is housed in a cavernous nineteenth-century conservatory. Contemporary European dishes – some available in small and large sizes – sit side by side with sandwiches and lighter dishes for lunch and if the weather permits, bag a table on the terrace – it overlooks part of the zoo and is lit with fairy lights.

Price: Mid-range

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