Best restaurants for natural wine
Crazy for natural wine, or is it all just sour grapes to you? For the enthusiasts, we’ve researched the most exciting restaurants featuring a natural wine list that’ll pair exquisitely with your meal. Here’s our roundup of the best restaurants for natural wine in Amsterdam.
FC Hyena in Noord doubles as an arthouse cinema, wine bar and restaurant all in one. Grab some delicious bites before your movie and simply take whatever you haven’t finished into the theatre with you. The changing menu revolves around delicious small plates often prepared in the wood-fired oven, all complemented by a carefully curated natural wine list. Many are available by the glass, and the natural ciders also come heartily recommended.
Choux puts the spotlight on dishes in which vegetables play the leading role. So much so that in 2022, it was awarded the title of 'best vegetable-forward restaurant of the year'. Head chef Merijn van Berlo joined forces with sommelier Figo van Onna of Zuiver Wijnen to craft the wine list, resulting in a masterful pairing of exquisite food and second-to-none natural wines.
Get ready for an fiesta of tostadas, ceviche, tequila and natural wines at Coba. In their cavernous industrial space in Noord, the owners have transformed the former warehouse into a little slice of Mexico - think cactuses, lots of colour and the staff in traditional Mexican dress. Don't be alarmed if you’re missing your cutlery. This is a casual fine-dining spot where most dishes are easier to eat with your hands.
Falling somewhere between a wine bar, restaurant or city pub, Café Binnenvisser is always the place to go for conviviality, excellent food and delicious natural wines. Tuck into the changing weekly menu, with a strong focus of seasonal vegetables, or choose individual dishes from the menu - all very attractively priced. The extensive wine and cider list, consisting exclusively of natural bottles, is worth the detour alone.
Bar Centraal | GlouGlou
Perched on a scenic corner of the lively Ten Katemarkt in Oud-West, Bar Centraal has long been a tried and tested spot for foodies and wine-fanatics alike. The lunch and dinner menu showcases a creative selection of small plates that will make your taste buds dance - imagine burrata with sichuan pepper or daikon with pecorino. Not unimportant is the extensive menu of natural wines, which are perfect for enjoying on the sunny terrace as you watch the passing market-goers.
Tip: Bar Centraal’s sister location, GlouGlou is in De Pijp and you can even buy bottles to take home with you.
Fast-becoming a go-to spot for a canal-side drink and some delicious food, Kikkie van de Prinsensluis occupies one of the most scenic corners in the Jordaan. Open for lunch and dinner, the menu here showcasing an exciting selection of natural wines - many of which are available by the glass - along with a variety of small plates and sharing dishes such as cheese and charcuterie boards or oyster platters. Their sun-soaked terrace spills over onto the canal bridge with gorgeous views.
BAK | Bambino
The stylish location of BAK is worth a visit in itself, located in the rafters of a lofty warehouse space overlooking the water in the former timber port of Amsterdam Houthavens. The daily changing menu has an environmental focus, using fish from sustainable fisheries, meat from local producers and the highest quality vegetables from non-subsidized farmers. Likewise, the drinks list champions wines that are as pure and natural as possible, all originating from local producers that intervene as little as possible.
Tip: Not super into fine-dining? Then check out BAK’s sister location, Bambino, which has more of a bistro vibe.
For an atmospheric spot in Noord where you can enjoy no-nonsense culinary delights all day long, Café Modern is well worth checking out. This airy bistro, from the same owners as Hotel de Goudfazant, serves up finger-licking dishes that take in influences from all around the world. Don’t miss the miso aubergine with sesame and pork belly or the lobster and sambal. And if that's not enough to wet your appetite, their wide choice of fine natural wines has got you covered.
With its sprawling terrace on the lively Wibautstraat, take a seat in the sun at Alba from early morning until late at night. Be surprised by the chef's 4-course menu or choose your own selection of small plates. The changing menu is not only sustainably minded, but tremendously delicious, always ensuring you eat something different with every season. Pair all this with a glass of natural bubbles or an orange wine from their wide range, and all you have to do is enjoy.
Alex + Pinard | Bar Pif
Skin-contact wine, aka orange wine or amber wine, is increasingly appearing on wine lists. And there’s no better place to try it than at wine bar Alex + Pinard, perched halfway down the Dappermarkt. Here, the menu offers a fine selection of small plates alongside an exciting selection of natural and non-natural wines. You’re in safe hands with the sommeliers and waiting staff, who will gladly help you navigate their extensive drinks list. Likewise, check out their sister location, Bar Pif in the Jordaan for a completely different selection of small plates.
Tip: If you find a bottle you love, be sure to check out one of the Rebel Wines locations, the wine shop from the owners.
For a pairing of the delicate flavours of Japanese-inspired cuisine with expertly selected natural wines, sakes and cocktails, look no further than Corner Store in Amsterdam Noord. This wonderfully vibey restaurant and cocktail bar is always packed with foodies and music lovers enjoying the vinyl sets. Highlights on the menu include the raw halibut with fennel and kosho (a chili-citrus marinade), cucumber with seaweed and dashi or spicy fried chicken.