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 groups too; plus, there's something for all tastes. And one thing’s for sure: your group will have a quality 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 across five 15th-century canal houses. They serve traditional French cuisine with a Dutch twist. The restaurant’s chef has specially designed a menu for groups of over 12 people. There is 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). From 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 350 people, and it can even be booked as a venue for cocktail parties, corporate parties, photo shoots and more.
Max Euweplein 57-61, www.hardrock.com
Thanks to its large convivial tables, which can seat up to 18 people, De Uitvreter is an ideal restaurant for groups of 8-20 people. The hearty menu – including platters and cutting boards – encourages diners to come together as they enjoy their dining experience. The three-course menu changes daily and is based on traditional Italian countryside cuisine. Naturally, there is a wide selection of wines and beer for your group to choose from.
Hazenstraat 19, www.deuitvreter.com
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 wild sea bass, half-lobster and potato cannelloni. 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 efficiently 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 Southern French fish soup and artichokes stuffed with chanterelle mushrooms. The restaurant’s group menu is just as delectable, including dishes such as stew of tame and wild rabbit. And the desserts are to die for; think warm charlotte filled with prunes and – of course – their infamous chocolate sweet courses.
Oude Waal 11, www.hemelsemodder.nl
This sleek Belgian restaurant is located in a canal house on the iconic Herengracht, right in the centre of Amsterdam. The menu has something for everyone: from the slightly peckish to the full-blown gourmand. Restaurant Lieve can serve groups from 8 to 260 people, and the restaurant has several group spaces – each with its own capacity. You can also fully customise the menu to match your preferences and price range.
Herengracht 88, www.lieve-amsterdam.nl
Délirium Café Amsterdam
With over 500 different beers to choose from, Belgian beer is the name of the game at Délirium Café – making it any beer-lover’s dream. Yet, there’s also a selection of hearty food on offer, including meatballs, pizza, steak, burgers and a range of Dutch classics. The café has many different packages for groups of up to 150 people, including Beer & Bites and Beer & Burgers. That’s a lot of beer! The café’s traditional Dutch menu is the perfect way to soak it all up.
Piet Heinkade 4-6-8, www.deliriumcafeamsterdam.nl
Restaurant-Café In de Waag
Restaurant-Café In de Waag is a stylish group restaurant in Amsterdam, accommodating small and large groups alike – for lunch, dinner, drinks and even meetings. Their Mediterranean kitchen has a touch of the Dutch, and the menu is regularly changed to keep things new and fresh. For groups of 10 or more people, there is a special group-choice menu, and the restaurant’s many rooms are equipped to provide for various group sizes (the largest room – Anatomical Theatre – can cater for 70 people). The restaurant’s monumental 15th-century building and 100-person terrace are sure to impress your group.
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 harbour-based roots, offering fresh fish and seafood daily – everything from sushi to blue-fin tuna to taste sensations such as the salmon torch roll. Groups of up to 20 people can choose from an a la carte menu, groups of 21-59 people can choose from the special sales menu and groups of 60 or more receive a fixed menu.
Cruquiusweg 67, www.theharbourclub.com
This brasserie – located in a former Renault garage – screams contemporary and business-like 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 for 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 typically Dutch favourites and light bites. Vondelpark3 typically caters for groups of 8-30 people, which is appropriate for staff parties, informal meetings or an intimate group dinner 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 duck confit, veal succade and crème brûlée.
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 meatballs with pepper-corn sauce and brown-bean soup. On top of that, its exquisitely decorated interior is sure to impress even the hardest-to-please members of your group.
Spuistraat 275, www.haesjeclaes.nl
Pasta e Basta
This high-energy restaurant couples good food with performance – the passionate wait staff serenade you as they serve, everything from classic opera to the most current chart music. 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 a paid a visit to the establishment, including Pavarotti, Sting and Mariah Carey.
Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 8, www.pastaebasta.nl
Located on the Albert Cuyp market in sought-after neighbourhood De Pijp, the bustling Bazar Amsterdam serves dishes of North African and Middle Eastern origin. With its world music, exotic lamps 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 for groups; groups of 12 persons or less can order from the a la carte menu, and there is a special menu available for groups of 13 people or more.
Albert Cuypstraat 182, www.hotelbazar.nl
Hotel de Goudfazant
This hip restaurant on the water edge of Amsterdam Noord is massive – 1,200 metres squared, in fact – 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 has some impressive decorations, such as vintage cars, a chandelier made of glass bottles and fine-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, hoteldegoudfazant.nl