10 top rated restaurants in Amsterdam
As an international city, Amsterdam is home to cuisine of all cultures. Sure, there are restaurants featuring the typical Dutch meat-and-potatoes fare, but there is so much more to taste — French, Mediterranean, Indian and American, just to name a few — when checking out the very best restaurants in Amsterdam. Read on to discover 10 of the most popular Amsterdam restaurants according to Couverts' diners.
1. Restaurant La Rive
Professor Tulpplein 1, Oosterpark
The proud recipient of a Michelin star, La Rive is a fine dining experience to savour while overlooking the river Amstel. The restaurant, located within the exclusive InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam hotel, embraces French and Mediterranean flavours wholeheartedly with unique menus that change with the seasons. Subtle Asian influences, both in the restaurant’s design and in its cuisine, add a harmonious balance to the dishes. Each artfully-designed plate features surprising ingredients — kumquats, green tomatoes and seaberries, for example, have made their way to the table. The restaurant’s sommelier pairs the perfect wine to each course if you choose the “wine experience” to go along with your set menu. Vegetarian options are available, as is à la carte.
2. Restaurant Breitner aan de Amstel
Amstel 212, city centre
Enjoy a Mediterranean-inspired dinner on the river at Restaurant Breitner aan de Amstel, where the kitchen and cuisine is modern but the techniques are classic. The restaurant was named after Amsterdam Impressionist artist George Hendrik Breitner, whose passion for Amsterdam is reflected in the restaurant — it is a warmly lit, cosy environment with scenic views of the city to enjoy with fellow diners. A four-course menu that changes seasonally is available daily, though you can choose à la carte. Patrons on their way to the nearby Dutch National Opera & Ballet or the Royal Theatre Carré may choose the theatre menu, a three-course meal that is served precisely at 18:00 — just in time for the show.
Herengracht 413, city centre
Clean lines and a simple décor of black and white are the first signs that the focus is truly on the food at Johannes. The restaurant introduced a new chef in June 2016 in Roderik Goores, who had earlier been in the kitchen of Restaurant La Rive — with him, he brings a unique perspective to French and Southern European inspired dishes. The menu changes monthly, and you simply choose whether you’d like a four-, five-, six- or even seven-course menu (a treat for those who delight in spending an evening sampling inventive dishes). Specially selected wine pairings are available for each menu.
4. Restaurant Sinne
Ceintuurbaan 342, De Pijp
Classic French cuisine meets Asian flavours and Mediterranean spices at Restaurant Sinne, a Michelin star restaurant in De Pijp. Fine dining is at its finest in this small and contemporary restaurant, whose name means “sense,” “mood,” or “state of mind” in Swedish. And that’s how the food at Sinne is presented — you don’t just eat the food, you experience it. All dishes on the exclusive three- to eight-course menus are crafted with careful thought — and you can watch them do it with the open kitchen in the back of the restaurant. Select a dish with the impossibly perfect 63-degree eggs, or go for a seafood surprise with the catch of the day.
Albert Cuypstraat 19, De Pijp
It isn’t important how fancy fine dining is; the food is what’s important at Juuls. It’s small and unassuming, but boasts big flavours found nowhere else (well, perhaps at Johannes, Juuls’ sister restaurant). You have to put your faith in the chef at Juuls, which offers three-, four-, five- or six-course menus only — no à la carte available. The menus change monthly so there’s always a chance you will find, taste and experience something new — perhaps it is the Balkan alcoholic beverage raki in one dish or a twist on the traditional Dutch herring in another. Whatever dish you’re served, it can be accompanied by wine handpicked by the culinary team.
6. The White Room
Dam 9, city centre
Housed in the NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky right on Dam Square, The White Room is an elegant new restaurant led Jacob Jan Boerma, who has three Michelin stars under his belt for restaurant De Leest in Vaassen. The name for the White Room comes from the Dutch De Witte Zaal, the name for the former restaurant that was housed in the same space in the late 19th century. The décor is still as opulent as ever, with striking white walls, chairs and linens contrasting with gold accents. Available for lunch and dinner, the White Room offers cuisine that makes similar contrasts — sweet and sour balance each other out in dishes inspired by cuisines around the world.
7. Fashion’s Restaurant & Bar
Hendrikje Stoffelsstraat 1, Nieuw-West
Fashion and French cuisine collide at the aptly named Fashion’s Restaurant & Bar, located just across the street from Amsterdam’s World Fashion Centre. The food is as chic as the fashion-themed artwork on the walls and the marble catwalk entrance, with classics such as French onion soup and unusual creations such as tandoori tuna on the menu. Both à la carte and set menus area available, as are suggested wine pairings for each and every dish. Fashion’s Restaurant & Bar is also open for lunch, serving sandwiches and salads for those who just need to take a quick break while roaming the city.
Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 108, city centre
A departure from the typical French cuisine found at many other restaurants, Bollywood offers the true taste of India. The unassuming exterior of the restaurant hides the beauty inside Bollywood, with its modern lighting, cool colours and touches of Indian décor. Sample the cuisine of the culture through Bollywood’s truly extensive menu, which features authentic dishes from varying regions throughout India. Prawn curry from Goa, traditional butter chicken from North India and popular tandoori dishes all find a place on the menu. Vegetarians are not limited to one or two items, either — nearly 20 dishes of vegetarian options make Bollywood a place for everyone to gather.
9. New York Film Academy Café
Damrak 213, city centre
While you’re in Amsterdam, why not make a stop in New York City? At the New York Film Academy Café, you can. Feast on American comfort food such as crab cakes, hot dogs and burgers in the evening, or stop by at breakfast for a sample of New York-style bagels and American pancakes. At the bar, you can order a Manhattan cocktail or sip on one of Brooklyn’s finest beers. Of course, it’s not true New York cuisine if there isn’t a taste of the international, so there’s still Asian-style salads and traditional Dutch beer on the menu — and it’s all available until the wee hours of the morning.
10. Restaurant Vermeer
Prins Hendrikkade 59, city centre
Set inside the NH Collection Amsterdam Barbizon Palace, Restaurant Vermeer recently reopened its doors with a new look and smaller menu, but the same dedication to quality cuisine. Headed by Michelin star British chef Chris Naylor, Restaurant Vermeer now features a smaller set menu that allows the staff to truly give the proper attention to each dish that leaves the kitchen. The dishes are prepared as ordered using the freshest ingredients possible — some vegetables and herbs come straight from the garden on the roof the hotel. A sommelier pairs wine with each dish, but there is a bar serving up seasonal cocktails for an after-dinner treat.