Haute cuisine

Thijs is a local institution, renowned for classic French cuisine without the pretence. The beautiful restaurant is within walking or cycling distance from DeLaMar Theater, de Kleine Komedie, Pathé Tuschinski and De Balie. Choose from two or three indulgent courses to get your evening off to a great start.  


Thijs, Prinsengracht 438 

Bistro Baret

High-end comfort food

Bistro Baret Amsterdam

If you’re heading to Amsterdam’s Royal Theatre Carré (lucky you!), you will be greeted on the corner of the Amstel River by this upmarket bistro. The pre-theatre menu is updated weekly, with three courses and a choice of two main dishes for a very reasonable price.

Bistro BaretKorte Amstelstraat 18

Visrestaurant de Oesterbar

Catch of the day

Seafood lovers off to a show in Leidseplein should reserve a table at Visrestaurant de Oesterbar for freshly shucked oysters and other fishy delicacies. The pre-theatre option can be ordered until 18:30pm.

Visrestaurant de Oesterbar, Leidseplein 10

Café Brasserie Stanislavski

Best in show

Cafe Brasserie Stanislavski

Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam showcases a varied programme of theatre performances with English surtitles. Set the tone for the evening at the theatre’s Café Brasserie Stanislavski with a specialty menu and optional wine pairings.  

Café Brasserie Stanislavski, Leidseplein 26

Dik & Cunningham

Modern classics

Chef Johan Dik is a master of culinary classics and can prepare a three-course ‘surprise’ menu for theatre-goers. Dik & Cunningham is a hidden gem located on Utrechtstraat, just one block away from the Royal Theatre Carré.

Dik & Cunningham,  Kerkstraat 377

Restaurant Breitner

A taste of the Med

Find a feast of modern Mediterranean cuisine just a short distance from the Dutch National Opera and Ballet and the Royal Theatre Carré. Treat yourself to the three course menu at the top-rated Restaurant Breitner where the staff will take special care to get you to your show on time. 

Restaurant BreitnerAmstel 212

DeLaMar Grand Café

Make a night of it

The theatre’s own Grand Café is an opulent choice for pre-theatre dining at DeLaMar Theater in Leidesplein. Each course is swiftly delivered to the table, although the rich ambiance makes you want to linger a little longer.  

DeLaMar Grand CaféMarnixstraat 402


Riverside views

Make your reservation at Amstelhoek extra early to make the most of the breathtaking views of the Amstel River. This relaxed café next to the Dutch National Opera and Ballet is the perfect spot for enjoying a glass of wine and the chef’s special three-course menu.

Amstelhoek, Amstel 1

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