Take a seat on the terrace and enjoy a meal of French and Italian-inspired flavours at this restaurant located just at the edge of the Jordaan district. With dim lighting, cosy seating and art nouveau décor, De Belhamel brings an intimacy to dining not often found in a bustling city.
Enter an oasis in Amsterdam Oost at De Kas, a restaurant that creates its daily-changing menu from fresh produce grown in its own greenhouse and garden. Guests can take a seat inside the beautifully lit glass conservatory or, when it’s sunny, on the patio surrounded by fragrant herbs. De Kas offer an all in Valentine's menu on February 14th.
Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3
With wooden floors, an ivy-covered entrance and plenty of outdoor seating, this charming café has all the ingredients for an intimate evening. Nosh on small snacks with a glass of wine, or sit down to enjoy a meal prepared right before your eyes in the open kitchen.
Bosboom Toussaintstraat 26
Dine beneath twinkling sycamore trees at this conservatory-turned-restaurant next to the Artis Royal Zoo. Its breathtaking atmosphere isn’t the only thing it offers: a celebrated menu of fanciful dishes such as wild boar ravioli or a roasted leg of lamb — shared between two guests — is its winning feature.
Plantage Kerklaan 36
Indulge in Spanish romance at La Oliva, a restaurant specialising in the taste of Spain. Though there are plenty of main courses such as fish stew and venison, couples may opt for pintxos, small toasts served with delicious toppings — perfect to share.
A meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant such as Vinkeles is something to remember. With an ever-changing menu featuring dishes such as Japanese Joshu Wagyu beef, a romantic and intimate décor, and an exclusivity not found in many restaurants, the experience at Vinkeles is not just culinary.
Travel to the rugged, historic Vuurtoreneiland (Lighthouse Island) located in Amsterdam-Noord for more than just a meal. Each ticket includes a romantic boat ride to the island, during which guests enjoy snacks and an aperitif, and a five-course dinner paired with wine. In the warmer months, dinner is served in the greenhouse style summer restaurant, while in the winter the action heads indoors to an atmospheric winter restaurant tucked away in a historic military fort.
Ctaste - Dining in the Dark
Take in the taste, but not your lover’s face — and that’s part of the excitement! At Ctaste, you’ll sit down in a completely darkened room to allow your other senses to take over. The experience will surely ignite conversation, and perhaps some passion.
Savour the history of Amsterdam in the City’s last 18th century estate at Huize Frankendael. In the estate’s elegant coach house is a restaurant serving up food Slow Food style — every ingredient can be traced back to its source, and the menu features produce grown right in the garden.
It may be difficult to stare lovingly into your partner’s eyes when dining in A’DAM Toren — the 360° view over Amsterdam is just too spectacular! The restaurant slowly rotates, providing a nonstop feast for the eyes. The real feast, however, is on the table.
A’DAM Toren – 19th Floor, Overhoeksplein 3
With a menu that changes daily and a focus on ethical cuisine, BAK, located in Houthavens, is a haven for eco-conscious couples. A streamlined, sustainable set menu offers a meal that will surprise you — especially as its menu now features only wild game and fish.
Van Diemenstraat 408
With two Michelin stars, this restaurant located 30 minutes by car from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is worth a visit, especially to commemorate a special occasion. Though every meal at Aan de Poel is romantic, Valentine’s Day brings a special menu and a glass of champagne.
Handweg 1, 1185 TS Amstelveen
Sip on a gin and tonic and dive into a pot of mussels in this restaurant located in the Westergasfabriek. Seafood is the specialty here, with the spotlight on mussels — though the ‘Perfect to Share’ dishes, such as fruit de mer, are ideal for couples.
After a few hours spent taking in the awe-inspiring artwork in the Rijksmuseum, sit down for an equally awe-inspiring meal at the museum’s restaurant. The art within the museum is mirrored in RIJKS’ cuisine, with exquisite dishes such as roast pheasant or Dutch trout.
With just 12 tables, Zaza’s epitomises intimacy but also a great time. The restaurant’s theme comes from British comedy series ‘Absolutely Fabulous’, which emphasises living life to the fullest. Its lively atmosphere coupled with an international menu makes Zaza’s a perfect location for a laughter-filled date night.
Daniel Stalpertstraat 103
Brick walls, wooden beams and glittering chandeliers give off a rustic, romantic vibe at this restaurant in the city centre. Located in a 17th century warehouse, the restaurant serves up seafood such as oysters and escargot as an homage to its namesake, as well as classic Dutch dishes.
Celebrate a special occasion just outside Amsterdam at this waterside restaurant. The terrace provides a magnificent view over the lake, where you can enjoy dinner by sunset; alternatively, take your date on a walking dinner to enjoy six courses as you wander the grounds.
Kudelstaartseweg 22, 1431 GA Aalsmeer
With not one but two Michelin stars, this restaurant located at the edge of a lake in the middle of expansive dunes outside Haarlem is well worth the trip, and not just for the views. Take a seat on the terrace to dine on one of the celebrated menus.
Zeeweg 53, 2051 EB Overveen
Explore the flavours of the far east applied to local, seasonal produce at the Conservatorium's sultry Asian restaurant. The dark decor and intriguing decor are enough to put anyone in the mood for love, and what's more, the restaurant offers a special Valentine's menu on 14 February created especially for couples by chef Schilo van Coevorden.
Van Baerlestraat 27
In the middle of the Zaanse Schans, a historic location just outside Amsterdam City Centre, is this just-as-historic restaurant. When enjoyed on the terrace, the French-International menu featuring local, seasonal produce is a perfect complement to the views of the countless, beautiful windmills across the river.
Kalverringdijk 15 (Zaanse Schans), 1509 BT Zaandam
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