Best fish and seafood restaurants in Amsterdam
Fish and seafood lovers in Amsterdam are spoilt for choice, with restaurants for all budget levels dotted across all corners of the capital. From no-nonsense fish and chips, exquisite shellfish and locally-sourced oysters to that catch of the day grilled to perfection, we've listed some of our favorite fish and seafood hotspots in Amsterdam.
If the name sounds a bit strange to you, Sjefietshe is the Amsterdam take on the word ceviche - and that means you’ve come to the right place to try this Latin American fish dish. What started as a pop-up is now one of De Pijp’s unmissable foodie hotspots, with an elegant changing menu encompassing creative small plates, a variety of zingy ceviches, baked octopus and stand-out cocktails.
This stylish fish bar on the Bosboom Toussaintstraat looks like it belongs in Paris with its red red awning and small round tables. And whilst the menu at Le Forel showcases several French classics such as the lobster bisque and fruits de mer, the kitchen also knocks up unusual combinations like scallops with coconut hollandaise or halibut fish & chips with watercress mayo and jalapeño. Every fish served is farm fresh. That is why Le Forel is closed on Mondays, after all, there is no fishing on Sundays.
Just around the corner from Amstelveenseweg, tuck into delicious coastal catches at Simply Fish, the go-to address in Oud-Zuid for seafood. The menu is packed with locally-sourced delicacies from Zeeland and the surrounding area including Oosterschelde lobster, oysters, shellfish, shrimp and samphire. The chef’s signature dish? A rich lobster bisque.
Located in a former ship-engine factory in Noord, this stand-out seafood restaurant with industrial vibes is becoming something of a household name. Eat your fill of fish, shellfish and crustaceans from the fresh and bountiful menu (the seafood platter sporting North Sea crab, snow crab, mussels, clams, smoked salmon and mackerel rillettes is perfect for sharing). Inside, the open kitchen and linen tablecloths give the interiors a cosy and intimate vibe, or head out onto the stunning terrace jutting out over the River IJ.
Brut de Mer
Craving oysters, fish and bubbles? Brut de Mer brings a taste of the South of France to Gerard Douplein. This restaurant is truly a hotspot among fish lovers in Amsterdam, where platters of oysters and fruits de mer tear out of the kitchen. Tuck into a daily-changing menu of fresh fish from Zeeland and stand out dishes such as the lobster bisque. You’ll receive expert advice on which wine pairs best with each oyster, sourced from various regions.
Take a seat at this wonderful fish restaurant and oyster bar dreamed up by brothers Menno and Bastiaan Beijer, just a stone's throw from Vondelpark. You’ll feel like you’re on holiday as you tuck into Franco-inspired seafood and fish dishes of all shapes and sizes with classics such as scallops, sole, and tuna wellington taking centre stage on the menu. Bear in mind that the price point suits that of the chic Oud-Zuid district, but an evening of unadulterated decadence is always worth the treat.
Sparkling conversations over plateaus de fruits de mer? The Hotel Okura is masterful at the art of pampering, understanding only too well that sensational seafood is all we want for a lazy weekend lunch. Head up to the veranda at Serre for elderflower-soused cherry tomatoes paired with grey shrimp, mussels slathered in Thai flavours, and limitless rosé wine as part of their 'Seafood Sundays' lunch offering (€85 pp incl. bottomless rosé).
In addition to two branches in the heart of Amsterdam, the success story of Mr. Crab led to the opening of a third location in Zuidas, at Gelderlandplein. As the name suggests, you can eat crab to your heart's content, from homemade crab cakes and burgers to King crab legs. But the offering is much more extensive than that, with shellfish, lobster, mussels and grilled mackerel also finding a delicious home on the menu.
Vis aan de Schelde
This culinary hotspot in Zuid has been satisfying the fish-loving patrons of Amsterdam for over 20 years. The à la carte menu follows seasonal availability and showcases different types of oysters, lobster and fruits de mer alongside daily changing catches. Inside the atmosphere is both chic and informal. And, during the summer months, you can eat outside on the terrace overlooking the bustling Scheldeplein.
Mossel & Gin
Hands down one of the best spots for moules frites in Amsterdam, Mossel & Gin encourages social dining with a bunch of friends. With large tables and plenty of sharing plates on the menu tuck into exceptional seafood dishes like ceviche or a generous seafood platter for two. The gin list features not only Hendrick’s, Monkey 47, Gin Mare and friends, but also an extensive range of creative gin-based cocktails, inviting guests to linger long after the last oyster has been slurped.
This concept eatery throws out all the rules of a traditional seafood restaurant by doing away with the fixed menus and white linen table cloths. Instead, customers are invited to participate in an authentic fish market experience by choosing your fish and side dishes from the counter yourself. To avoid waste, you’ll always find a changing selection of fish depending on delivery, seasonal availability and weather conditions.
The Seafood Bar
With three locations in Amsterdam, The Seafood Bar serves up all manner of fishy dishes in bright and airy surroundings. There’s plenty to choose from including sashimi and grilled octopus, king crab legs from the plancha, fish and chips and smoked mackerel salad. The restaurant also has a big push towards sustainability, working with suppliers to choose the best available fish and seafood to maintain coastal stocks.