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De Kas

International 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Among the tables, bright by day, romantic by night, stand olive and kumquat trees, and just beyond the glass walls, tomorrow's dinner still grows: rows of herbs, berries, and veg. — Condé Nast Traveler

A restaurant in a huge conservatory where market garden produce is cultivated. The single menu, changed weekly, features up-to-date dishes straight from the organic garden. — Michelin Guide

Among the tables, bright by day, romantic by night, stand olive and kumquat trees, and just beyond the glass walls, tomorrow's dinner still grows: rows of herbs, berries, and veg. — Concierge

For diners it's equally sumptuous, especially since the setting includes two very un-Dutch commodities—lots of light and a giddy sense of vertical space, thanks to the glass roof. — Fodor's

Despite its see-and-be-seen attitude, a traipse out to this hip restaurant in a converted hothouse on the edge of town is well merited. — Frommer's

Yamazato Restaurant

Sushi 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This Michelin-starred restaurant serves traditional Japanese specialities. For less adventurous palates, its sushi bar has more than 20 types of freshly prepared sushi and sashimi. — DK Eyewitness

"Exquisite" dishes and "outstanding sushi" are "delicately and originally presented" by waitresses in traditional kimonos at this "top-class" Japanese in the Pijp's high-end Okura Hotel. — Zagat

Forget boutique sushi houses and overstuffed snowballs of designer maki—Yamazato comes by its Michelin star the old-fashioned way. — Concierge

At Yamazato, expect a delicious meal: classic, Michelin-starred kaiseki cuisine, served in a traditional Japanese setting by kimono-wearing waitresses. — Travel + Leisure

If you want class, head out here and surrender to the charming kimono-clad staff, the too-neat-to-eat presentation and the restful views over a fishpond. — Time Out

La Rive

French 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Intimate ambience, sophisticated decor, wonderful wines and sublime comfort characterise this gastronomic restaurant at the Amstel Hotel. — Michelin Guide

While Hôtel de l'Europe has the Excelsior, it's actually La Rive at the Intercontinental Amstel Amsterdam that overshadows the hotel competition. — Time Out

The fittingly proper, Michelin-starred dining room of the Amstel Hotel, La Rive, is Amsterdam's most formal restaurant. — Condé Nast Traveler

La Rive restaurant offers French-Mediterranean fare at the InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam. Overseen by chef de cuisine Rogér Rassin, the menu includes langoustine, Anjou pigeon, and... — Gayot

Cradling a Michelin star, La Rive is Amsterdam's high temple of culinary art. — Frommer's

Bordewijk

French 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Fans say "you'll be seeing stars" after sampling some of the "fabulous" "creative" dishes from the daily changing menu at this expensive French-Mediterranean. — Zagat

Ideal for sampling some of the city's finest original food and palate-tingling wines in a decent designer interior. — Time Out

This unpretentious restaurant is known for its slow approach to food, meaning each ingredient is prepared to order, making dinner a sometimes longer-than-expected experience. — Travel + Leisure

Popular restaurant due to its modern menu with inventive touches and minimalist decor: bare floorboards, Formica tables and designer chairs. Noisy atmosphere when busy. — Michelin Guide

Savvy locals consistently rate this unassuming, canal-side Jordaan restaurant one of Amsterdam's pioneering modern kitchens. — Concierge

De Belhamel

French 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Swans glide by, wee boats bob along on the canals, and, as the light fades, the place becomes a dazzling radiator of cinematic perfection. — Condé Nast Traveler

Soft classical music complements a graceful Art Nouveau setting at this bi-level restaurant overlooking the photogenic junction of the Herengracht and Brouwersgracht canals. — Frommer's

Away from the crowd, this "beautiful" European-French "overlooking the canal" at the tranquil edge of the Jordaan offers "quality" cuisine including a prix fixe seasonal menu. — Zagat

Smashing restaurant where the Art Nouveau decor makes for a delightful setting and the menu is short but extremely well-chosen, mixing Dutch with French dishes. — Rough Guide

In warm weather the canal-side tables at the head of the Herengracht are an aphrodisiac, and the sumptuous art nouveau interior provides the perfect backdrop for superb French- and Italian-inspired dishes. — Lonely Planet

Tempo Doeloe

International 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Regular diners at Tempo Doeloe or 'Times Gone By' find it difficult to hide their enthusiasm when they visit this restaurant. — Michelin Guide

This cosy and rather classy Indonesian restaurant (heck, it even has white linen) is widely thought of as one of the city's best and spiciest purveyors of rice table, and not without good reason. — Time Out

Fans say the "spicy", "authentic" rijsttafel tabled in "abundant servings" is "a must" at this longtime Rembrandtplein Indonesian. — Zagat

This landmark Indonesian restaurant has managed to maintain their standards over the years as newcomers try to surpass it in the rice and rendang stakes. Don’t skip the desserts. — Insight Guides

For authentic Indonesian cuisine (the name means "The Old Days" in Javanese) from Java, Sumatra, and Bali, this place has it. — Frommer's

Blue Pepper Restaurant And Candlelight Cruises

International 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Flawless and inspired contemporary Indonesian cuisine (with Chinese and Filipino influences), with extraordinary combinations of flavours. — DK Eyewitness

Blue Pepper’s take on contemporary Indonesian cuisine is a revelation. Fine wines and excellent, multi-course menus, packed with flavour and invention, ensure the night goes smoothly. — Insight Guides

Chef Sonja Pereira elevates Indonesian cuisine to art in her dramatic blue dining room. The exquisite rijsttafel (Indonesian banquet) includes specialities from across the islands. — Lonely Planet

Expect an "inventive" "contemporary" take on traditional rijsttafel, including some "dazzling" dishes. — Zagat

An intimate modern setting and up-to-date Indonesian cuisine are featured at this establishment popular with romantic diners. Three menus. Attentive service. — Michelin Guide

Restaurant Envy

International 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Not too surprisingly, Envy has a sexy look: the dining rooms are peek-a-boo shady, with their sleek furnishings seductively lit by low-hanging spotlights. — Fodor's

The emphasis at this matte-black citadel of Zen is grazing on small plates of food, tapas-style. — Frommer's

A poshed-up designer deli-cum-restaurant serving an arsenal of delicacies from the streamlined refrigerators that line the walls, and from their able kitchen. — Time Out

Food experience without rushing. — Not For Tourists

Fans say "super-creative combinations", a "good wine list" and "great people-watching" make this "cool" Centrum International-Med "well worth a visit". — Zagat

Bazar

Middle Eastern 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This former church, now an Arabic-kitsch café, is one of the glories of Albert Cuypmarkt. Sticking to the winning formula set by its Rotterdam mothership, its menu lingers in North Africa. — Time Out

This "spacious" bi-level African–Middle Eastern combines "stunning" "kitsch" decor like hanging lanterns and colorful tapestries with "reasonably priced" "flavorful" fare. — Zagat

A terrific Eastern-style restaurant within a former church located halfway up the bustling Albert Cuyp street market. — DK Eyewitness

A golden-angel-capped church provides the singular setting for this kitsch-addled restaurant. — Fodor's

Yummie foods from afar in an old church. — Not For Tourists

Hotel de Goudfazant

85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

In a high-ceilinged former garage—still decorated with a number of classic cars—this large, modern,and convivial restaurant is worth the trek across the IJ River. — Fodor's

Goudfazant serves just-caught oysters and king crab in a vast hanger lit by a canoe-shaped chandelier with the odd vintage car parked about the place. — Condé Nast Traveler

A "perfect mix of industrial design and coziness" say fans of this "trendy" out-of-the-way Dutch-French on the Noord waterfront that serves "quality" food in a gigantic, light, high-ceilinged space. — Zagat

The fare is fresh and substantial with a focus on French cuisine and a changing seasonal menu. — Time Out

Hard to get here, but it's worth it. — Not For Tourists

Ron Blaauw Restaurant

85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The creative Dutch-meets-French dishes remain beautifully presented and full of interesting flavors, such as potato purée with king crab, kohlrabi, and shellfish sauce and barbecued green cabbage. — Fodor's

Until recently, Ron Blaauw ran his two-Michelin-star restaurant in these stunning designer premises. — Lonely Planet

The menu is made of 25 no-nonsense back-to-basics mains at €15 each. — Time Out

Ron Blaauw returns to basics here, creating cuisine that is pure and prepared with quality ingredients. This urban gastro-bar combines a hip, lively ambience with top class cuisine... — Michelin Guide

The cooking "borders on genius" at Ron Blaauw's French-International hot spot in Oud-Zuid, where the "creative" dishes are a "sensation", "carefully orchestrated for taste, texture and impact". — Zagat

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Fifteen Amsterdam

International 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has brought to Amsterdam a concept he began in London: take 15 young people from underprivileged backgrounds and train them for a year in the restaurant biz. — Lonely Planet

Jamie Oliver is behind the concept of this popular restaurant with a mission to give disadvantaged youngsters opportunities. Parking at the Piet Hein parking. — Michelin Guide

This culinary franchise of sorts belonging to Jamie Oliver seeks to transform challenged street kids into a well-oiled kitchen brigade. — Time Out

The Amsterdam branch of Jamie Oliver’s successful restaurant formula, which annually gives a bunch of youngsters the chance to work in a top-notch kitchen. — Rough Guide

Following a concept pioneered by British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, this "stylish" Centrum Italian trains underprivileged youths for a career in the restaurant industry. — Zagat

Toscanini

Italian 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The authentic and invariably excellent Italian food at this bustling spot is prepared in an open kitchen. — Time Out

In the heart of Amsterdam's most authentic neighborhood is this true-blue Florentine trattoria, one that is a perennial favorite with professionals and media types. — Fodor's

Big, bustling and very authentic Italian restaurant, with great daily specials and an extensive and delicious wine list of regional Italian wines. — Rough Guide

Despite its huge size, this Italian restaurant gets booked up quickly. Formerly a coach house, then a blacksmith’s forge, the venue retains its original 19th-century glass roof. — DK Eyewitness

This small restaurant has a warm, welcoming ambience and excellent southern Italian food. — Frommer's

Restaurant Blauw Amsterdam

International 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Located a bit off the beaten track on the other end of Vondelpark sits Blauw, reputedly—many believe—the best rice table (rijstaffel) in town. — Fodor's

Amsterdam is famed for its Indonesian restaurants, and Blauw is certainly one worth visiting. Order one of its enormous rijsttafels (selection of Indonesian dishes). — DK Eyewitness

The rijsttafel consists of an amazing 17 plates, including pickles, fried and sticky rice, pork balls, plantain, satay, and chili-laden beef, pork, chicken, and fish dishes. — Frommer's

The New York Times voted Blauw the 'best Indonesian restaurant in the Netherlands' and legions agree because the large, contemporary dining room is always packed. — Lonely Planet

"Delicious" food "with creative touches" can be found at this "modern" Oud-Zuid Indonesian that provides "consistent-quality" offerings in a great location. — Zagat

Blauw aan de Wal

French 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Despite its location down a graffiti-covered alleyway in the Red Light District, this white-clapboard restaurant draws crowds of foodies with its menu of seasonal, gourmet fare. — Travel + Leisure

The hallmarks of this culinary mainstay are tempting dishes and a wine list likely to inspire long bouts of grateful contemplation in visiting oenophiles. — Time Out

One of the Red Light District’s best-kept secrets is this stylish restaurant hidden at the end of a tiny alley. — DK Eyewitness

Definitely a rose among thorns: a long, often graffiti-covered hallway in the middle of the Red Light District leads to this Garden of Eden. — Lonely Planet

A popular restaurant at the end of a cul-de-sac in the lively red light district. Discreet decor, simple and tasty modern cuisine, good wine selection and a shady terrace. — Michelin Guide

Restaurant Le Garage

French 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Even local VIPs have to beg for a reservation here, one of the hottest restaurants in town. — Frommer's

Excellent up-to-date establishment with an original decor. The entertainment and business clientele come to see and be seen as well as to enjoy the great food. — Michelin Guide

This former garage is now a brasserie awash with red-plush seating and mirrored walls—perfect for local glitterati who like to see and be seen. — Fodor's

"Beautiful people" "love" this "pricey" Eclectic-French in Oud-Zuid that sends out "brasserie food with surprising creativity". — Zagat

This elegant restaurant, with an eclectic French and Italian menu, is popular with a media crowd, since it’s run by a well-known Dutch TV cook. — Rough Guide

Balthazar's Keuken

International 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Fans would "sell their soul" to eat ... in the heart of the Jordaan, where the prix fixes feature "exciting", "delicious" dishes. — Zagat

The open-kitchen, hand-written menus, and snug seating arrangement (in the summer months the staff sets up charming street-side tables) makes for a fun, welcoming atmosphere. — goop

It is so cosy, you will feel as though you’re eating at the home of owners Karin and Alain, not least because there is no menu. — DK Eyewitness

As the name suggests, this restaurant makes you feel like you accidentally stumbled into someone’s kitchen. — Rough Guide

In a former blacksmith's forge, with a modern-rustic look, this is consistently one of Amsterdam's top-rated restaurants. — Lonely Planet

Gartine

Cafés 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Gartine is magical, from its sly location in an alley off busy Kalverstraat to its mismatched antique tableware and its sublime breakfast pastries, sandwiches and salads. — Lonely Planet

This intimate and inexpensive breakfast, lunch, and high-tea favorite is strewn with flea market finds ... and often requires a reservation to snag one of its 10 tables. — Fodor's

Open only for breakfast, lunch and a full-blown high tea, Gartine is a testament to slow food served up by a friendly couple who grow their own veg and herbs in a greenhouse. — Time Out

Gartine may not look like much from the outside, but it’s actually something of an institution, serving traditional organic-egg-centric dishes for breakfast and high tea favorites at lunchtime. — goop

Tiny place off one of the grungier stretches of Kalverstraat. Nice breakfasts, an array of inventive sandwiches for lunch, and then – their speciality – high tea served in the afternoon. — Rough Guide

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Greetje

Delis 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Utilising market-fresh organic produce, Greetje resurrects and recreates traditional Dutch recipes like roasted Dutch rib eye with dried apricots and Frisian sausage. — Lonely Planet

If your Dutch food experiences have consisted of bland potatoes with even blander balls of fried dough, Greetje could be your religious awakening. — Fodor's

The Dutch rediscovery of the Netherlands' bulging larder climaxes at this homey restaurant near the Montelbaanse Tower. — Concierge

A cosy, busy restaurant that serves up Dutch staples with a modern twist. — Rough Guide

Have you already tried some Dutch food? At Greetje you can taste the traditional Dutch meals with a modern twist. — On the Grid

Vinkeles

French 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Located in the heart of Amsterdam, Chef Dennis Kuipers combines traditional and modern French cuisine to great effect in this stylish, Michelin-starred restaurant, featuring a unique signature menu. — Travel + Leisure

The intimate gourmet restaurant at this stunning boutique hotel offers international cuisine with an inspired choice of traditional and contemporary dishes. — DK Eyewitness

Smart restaurant set in a characterful hotel. Creative, tasty cuisine, served stylishly in the former bakery (view of the old ovens) or facing the courtyard. — Michelin Guide

Chef Dennis Kuipers presents contemporary French cuisine, featuring signature dishes such as roasted langoustines with knuckle of veal. — Gayot

After going through several incarnations, this splurge restaurant at the Dylan Hotel was renamed Vinkeles in 2008, finally settled into an assured groove, and earned a well-deserved Michelin star ... — Concierge

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