Group dining in Amsterdam
Amsterdam boasts a diverse array of restaurants for even the biggest of groups. Of course, the city’s many eateries cater for smaller parties as well, and there's something for all tastes. And one thing’s for sure: your group will have a tasty experience that they won't soon forget.
Restaurant d'Vijff Vlieghen
Restaurant d'Vijff Vlieghen (The Five Flies) is a unique dining experience in Amsterdam. The restaurant is a maze of lavishly decorated dining rooms spread across five 15th century canal houses. It serves traditional French cuisine with a Dutch twist and the restaurant’s chef has specially designed a menu for groups of over 10 people. There is also space for up to 300 people, and the staff are experienced in serving large international groups during Amsterdam’s many congresses and conferences.
Spuistraat 294-302, www.vijffvlieghen.nl
Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam
This household name gives diners a chance to immerse themselves in rock ‘n’ roll history (as well as enjoy some excellent service and the flavours of classic American dining). Situated in the heart of Amsterdam, the energetic, modern restaurant boasts an array of options for group dining. Along with a specialised group menu, the Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam can seat up to 210 people and host 350 for a standing reception. It can even be booked as a venue for cocktail parties, corporate events, photo shoots and more.
Max Euweplein 57-61, www.hardrockcafe.com/location/amsterdam/
Café Restaurant Amsterdam
Thanks to its large size, Café Restaurant Amsterdam is an ideal restaurant for groups of up to 45 people. The hearty menu encourages diners to come together as they enjoy their food and it serves everything from lamb chops to pasta and fish and has special menus for groups of varying sizes. And naturally, there is a wide selection of wines and beers to choose from too.
Watertorenplein 6, www.caferestaurantamsterdam.nl
The IJ-Kantine is a striking brasserie on the NDSM harbour. The restaurant’s view of the IJ is absolutely breathtaking, so it’s a good thing it’s kitted out with a sprawling terrace. Expect extravagant dishes such as fresh mussels, steak tartare and crème brûlée. The restaurant is a great location for groups – there’s even a private room available for gatherings of up to 60 people. You can customise the experience with a special menu, walking dinner or buffet, and the team are happy to take any special requests.
Mt. Ondinaweg 15-17, www.ijkantine.nl
Dutch-European dishes are the forte of this stalwart restaurant, which can host groups of 10-20 people. Hemelse Modder’s simple, modern interior is nicely complimented by a leafy terrace that overlooks Amsterdam’s old centre. The seasonal menu offers delicious dishes such as cold zucchini soup and lamb rillette with red onion compote and the group menu is just as delectable. And the desserts are to die for; be sure to try the legendary chocolate mousse or the amazing cherry tart.
Oude Waal 11, www.hemelsemodder.nl
This modern European eatery is located on the iconic Herengracht, right in the centre of Amsterdam. Boasting a menu full of tasty meat and veggie options, it has something for everyone and dishes can be customised according to allergy and dietary requirements. Spingaren can serve groups from 10 to 200 people, and has meeting spaces for up to 275 attendees.
Herengracht 88, www.spingaren.nl
Délirium Café Amsterdam
With over 500 different beers to choose from, Belgian beer is the name of the game at Délirium Café. Yet, there’s also a selection of hearty food on offer, including burgers, schnitzel, salads and yummy desserts. The café has many different packages for groups of up to 150 people, including buffet options. In the summer, you can even arrange a barbecue on the restaurant terrace!
Piet Heinkade 4, www.deliriumcafeamsterdam.nl
Restaurant-Café In de Waag
Restaurant-Café In de Waag is a stylish restaurant in Amsterdam that accomodates small and large groups for lunch, dinner, drinks and meetings. Their kitchen has a touch of Dutch flare, and the menu is regularly changed to keep things new and fresh. There are multiple options for groups, including a full lunch or dinner for up to 60 people in the main section of the restaurant. You can also book an informal standing dinner or just a round of cake, coffee and drinks in the bar. The spacious terrace and history of this beautiful building are sure to impress!
Nieuwmarkt 4, www.indewaag.nl
The Harbour Club
This swanky restaurant’s décor is a fusion of Miami, Barcelona and Côte d'Azur – all in Amsterdam! The luxurious Harbour Club proudly flaunts its maritime roots and offers fresh seafood daily, including sushi (try the amazing salmon torch roll), oysters and caviar. Groups of up to 20 people can choose from two a la carte menus, groups of 21-59 people can choose from the special sales menu and groups of 60 or more will enjoy a fixed menu. The restaurant can even host up to 500 people at a neighbouring space.
Cruquiusweg 67, www.theharbourclub.com
This brasserie – located in a former Renault garage – combines contemporary and business-centric vibes with its glassy architecture and modern furnishings. The diverse menu includes everything you’d expect from a brasserie: steak and chips, grilled sea bass, plateau de fruits de mer and more. Dauphine is highly accommodating to groups, and it offers rooms for private hire: the entresol room holds a maximum of 55 people, and the auditorium can seat up to 175 diners.
Prins Bernardplein 175, www.caferestaurantdauphine.nl
From the heart of Amsterdam’s most famous park, this cosy restaurant serves lunch and dinner with a menu of Dutch favourites and light bites. Vondelpark3 caters to groups of 10 to 25 people, making it appropriate for staff parties, informal meetings or an intimate celebration with friends. For larger dinner groups and parties, the location can accommodate up to 120 people. There are two special group menus, with options including salmon marinated in gremoulata and lamb with eggplant, asparagus and peppers.
Vondelpark 3, www.vondelpark3.nl
Beautiful wood panelling and ornate tiles adorn Haesje Claes, a traditional Dutch restaurant spread across six charming houses. The interesting layout makes it a good choice for groups of 10-20 people. The authentic eatery is well-known across the city for its braised beef and pea soup with bacon. On top of that, its exquisitely decorated interior is sure to impress even the most discerning members of your group.
Spuistraat 273-275, http://m.haesjeclaes.nl/en
With its sleek modern interior and central location, I-Dock is an excellent setting for an upscale group dining experience. The restaurant has multiple options for groups of more than 10 people and the chef will create a bespoke menu inspired by their selection of pan-European fare, which includes spaghetti with prawns, bouillabaisse and chicken with black garlic. If you want to keep things social, consider a walking dinner in the bar that begins with a glass of prosecco.
IJdok 4, www.idockrestaurant.nl/en
Pasta e Basta
This high-energy restaurant couples good food with performance – the charming wait staff serenade you as they serve, singing everything from classic opera to the pop hits. The immersive cantina really is a little piece of Italy in the Dutch capital, offering up authentic pasta dishes with an inventive flair. Pasta e Basta prides itself on its service for groups, boasting private group lunches for over 30 people. Many celebrities have paid a visit to the establishment as well, including Pavarotti, Sting and Mariah Carey.
Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 8, www.pastaebasta.nl
Located in an old canal-side building, De Belhamel has a breath-taking Art Nouveau interior and a charming terrace along the water. The menu features French-inspired fare often made with a Dutch twist, and includes some excellent options for vegetarians, like risotto prepared with porcini mushrooms. For groups of nine or more people, it will create a special menu with multiple options, and there's no need to order in advance.
Brouwersgracht 60, www.belhamel.nl
Located on the Albert Cuyp market in the sought-after neighbourhood De Pijp, the bustling Bazar Amsterdam serves dishes of North African and Middle Eastern origin. With its world music, exotic touches and colourful décor, you really do feel like you’re being transported to another country. The restaurant’s first floor has a range of seating options and groups of 15 persons or less can order from the a la carte menu, and there are breakfast, lunch and dinner options available for groups of 16 people or more.
Albert Cuypstraat 182, www.hotelbazar.nl
Hotel de Goudfazant
This hip restaurant on the waterfront of Amsterdam Noord is massive, making it a great choice for larger group dinners (30-50 people). The restaurant’s raw, industrial and trendy style is certainly unique, but it still fits right in with Noord’s vibe. Hotel de Goudfazant also has some impressive decorations, including vintage cars, a chandelier made of glass bottles and linen tablecloths, and the staff are always attentive and polite. The restaurant is a go-to spot for many of Amsterdam’s creative professionals too.
Aambeeldstraat 10 H, www.hoteldegoudfazant.nl