Restaurant de Kas
From garden to plate
Essentially a giant greenhouse where you eat the produce grown there, de Kas is one of Amsterdam’s finest restaurants and offers diners an unforgettable culinary experience based on fresh, seasonal produce. And we mean really fresh – menus are created daily depending on what’s been picked from the garden that same day. The glass building dates back to the 1920s when it was used as the city’s municipal greenhouse, and retains its old-fashioned charm despite its conversion into a super-stylish restaurant. Restaurant de Kas, Amsterdam Oost
Pirate radio turned restaurant
At this towering sea rig in the harbour of Amsterdam you can dine 22 metres above the water in a former pirate radio station. Named, not after the American rock band, but the REM law which effectively shut down the station in 1964, the platform is now one of Amsterdam’s most unique restaurants. Cosy in the winter and glorious in the summer when guests can dine on the roof terrace, the restaurant is open for lunch and three-course evening meals. REM Eiland, Amsterdam West
Panorama Rail Restaurant
All aboard a '60s railway carriage
Take a romantic rail ride through Amsterdam’s pretty villages and sweeping landscapes while you’re treated to four courses. Climb aboard the 1960s carriage for a three-hour journey through places like Haarlem, Rotterdam and Den Haag and feast on a gourmet menu created by top chef Julius Jaspers. Bookings are essential. Panorama Rail Restaurant, departs from Amsterdam Central Station, track 2B (opposite the Royal Waiting Room)
Vuurtoreneiland's Summer Restaurant
Pop-up dining on a secret island
For a limited time during the summer, adventurous diners can take a boat to a nearby deserted island and enjoy a four-course meal in a specially constructed greenhouse. The pop-up restaurant experience on Vuurtoreneiland is a popular culinary draw, so be sure to book in advance. Vuurtoreneiland's Zommerrestaurant, Amsterdam Oost
Dining in the dark
They say that eliminating one sense heightens the others, so by turning off the lights Ctaste hopes to increase diners’ appreciation of taste and smell. Visually impaired staff will lead you to your table in the pitch black where, once seated, you can work your way through several courses of surprise dishes, all in total darkness. No need to worry about food stuck in your teeth then – until you step outside of course. Ctaste, Amsterdam Zuid
Vegetarians, cover your ears right now. Meat eaters, you’re safe to continue. Head along the Albert Cuypstraat in de Pijp and you’ll come across The Butcher. In case you’re in any doubt of whether you’ve found the right place, there’s a life-sized cow helpfully hanging upside down in the window. On its surface, The Butcher is a perfectly good, casual burger joint. However the restaurant also conceals an unusual secret, only for those in the know. You’ll need a password to unlock The Butcher’s secrets – seek and ye will find. The Butcher, Amsterdam Zuid
The Culinary Workshop
Is it a design studio? Is it a restaurant?
Design meets dining at this highly conceptual restaurant at Westerpark. Bringing their art to the table, designers Marjolein Wintjes and Eric Meursing let their imaginations run wild in the kitchen, creating novel and surprising dishes inspired by themes like ‘black’, ‘honesty’, ‘flowers’ or ‘water’. With a strong focus on fair-trade, organic and sustainable ingredients, the designer-chefs constantly search for new tastes, food pairings and even new ways of eating. At the end of your meal, you even get to decide a fair price to pay. De Culinaire Werkplaats, Amsterdam West
Canal dinner cruises
For a dining experience not available anywhere else in the world, try a culinary canal cruise on Amsterdam’s famous UNESCO protected canal belt. What could be more Amsterdam-ey than wining and dining while weaving between historic canal houses and drifting under fairy-lit bridges? See a selection of dinner boat tours in Amsterdam.
Living room restaurants
Home-cooking without the clearing up
If you’re looking for home-cooked food with a truly personal touch, then these gems of the dining scene offer a brilliant alternative to a traditional restaurant. Essentially the best dinner party you’ve ever been to, living room restaurants are a rapidly blossoming trend in Amsterdam and offer a great opportunity to meet new people, enjoy fantastic food in the chef’s home, and immerse yourself in local culture. Take a look at our selection of some of the best living room restaurants in Amsterdam.
Degrees of deliciousness
Turning dining into a sensory experience, Restaurant C has divided the menu into temperature zones, showcasing an impressive artillery of cooking techniques. With dishes such as 0-20°C gazpacho, 40-80°C slow-cooked pork, 100°C steamed lobster, 200°C tempura and -20°C granita, the contrasting temperatures are said to add an extra level of flavour. In any case, they taste sensational. Restaurant C, Amsterdam Oost.