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The 38 Essential Amsterdam Restaurants

Where to find salt-cured herring, cheesy kebab fries, and excellent craft beer in the Dutch capital

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The dining scene in Amsterdam has changed dramatically in the last decade. In the wake of the bistronomy movements that overtook Paris and London, a new generation of chefs have opened restaurants in the Dutch capital, challenging diners with creative, vegetable-forward cooking; reinventing classic Dutch specialties; and pairing dishes with natural wines.

On the latest roundup of Amsterdam’s essential restaurants, you will find timeless favorites and luxury options, but this map also reflects the ways Amsterdam’s dining scene has come of age with innovative restaurants like Choux, BAK, Daalder, De Kas, Bar Alt, and Café Modern. It features restaurants all over town, including in lesser-known parts of Amsterdam, and some great bars to explore Amsterdam’s craft beer scene. Many of the best places to eat in Amsterdam today are wonderfully casual spots where you can experience modern Dutch cuisine in relatively affordable, multicourse set menus, making this culinary revolution delightfully accessible to locals and visitors.

Editor’s Note: Eater is not updating international maps at this time given disruptions to global travel during the COVID-19 crisis.

Price Key

$ = Less than 15 euros (16 USD)

$$ = 16 - 39 euros (18 - 44 USD)

$$$ = 40 - 66 euros (45 - 73 USD)

$$$$ = 66 euros (74 USD) and up

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. BAK restaurant

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Van Diemenstraat 408
1013 CR Amsterdam, Netherlands

Seasonality, creativity, and simplicity are at the core of BAK, one of the best places to experience modern Dutch cuisine while enjoying fantastic views of the river IJ. Chef Benny Blisto carefully puts together tasting menus focused on vegetables with sustainable fish and game. The wine list is fun and varied, with a good selection of natural wines and reasonable prices. [$$$]

Triangular ravioli sit in a dark pool of onion broth dotted with oil on a bright, white plate on a stark black background.
Celeriac ravioli filled with Dutch remeker cheese, served with onion broth.
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2. Café Modern

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Meidoornweg 2
1031 GG Amsterdam, Netherlands

Back in 2012, Café Modern was one of the first big restaurant openings in Amsterdam Noord (north Amsterdam), and it still serves as a fine example of affordable modern Dutch cuisine. The daily set menu available at dinner includes fish and meat options, and comes in at just 45 euros for five courses (a veggie option is also available). Fresh bread floats out of the restaurant’s house bakery, and some of the charcuterie is made in-house as well. The wine list has a clear focus on natural, organic, and biodynamic wines (but not in a hipster way), while markups remain reasonable. [$$$]

Slices of mullet are nearly submerged in a thick green broth and topped with garnishes of green tarragon leaves and small slices of onion.
Salt and tarragon-cured mullet, dusted with onion powder, with creme fraiche and cucumber soup
Elizabeth Auerbach

3. Café Restaurant Amsterdam

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Watertorenplein 6
1051 PA Amsterdam, Netherlands

Café Restaurant Amsterdam is a convivial brasserie housed in a former (late-19th-century) water pump station. The restaurant has remained beloved among locals since opening in 1996. It offers a vast menu, with sandwiches and cakes at lunchtime and seafood (be sure to order from the fruits de mer), meat, and pasta at dinner. There’s even a great, well-priced wine list. It’s the kind of family-friendly place that is everything to everybody. [$$$]

A massive restaurant interior lit by natural light, with white tablecloth-lined tables, empty chairs and place settings awaiting guests, with a bar off to one side, industrial decorations and pendant lights hanging above.
Inside Café Restaurant Amsterdam
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4. Oedipus Brewing

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Gedempt Hamerkanaal 85
1021 KP Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Amsterdam craft beer scene is one of the most dynamic in Europe. At the Oedipus Brewery in northern Amsterdam, you can enjoy playfully named beers such as Polyamorie, Mama, or País Tropical, all decked out in psychedelic labels. From Thursday through Sunday, local food truck the Beef Chief pops up in the taproom to offer some of the city’s best burgers.  [$]

An industrial exterior with neon light pouring out of the warehouse-like space inside, and a large crowd gathered outside standing around open doorways or lounging on patio chairs.
Outside Oedipus Brewing
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5. Café-Restaurant Stork

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Gedempt Hamerkanaal 201
1021 KP Amsterdam, Netherlands

Stork is one of Amsterdam’s most-loved seafood restaurants, not least for its location on the north bank of the river IJ. Enjoy a light lunch with shrimp croquettes or oysters on the riverside terrace, or go all in with the plateau fruits de mer deluxe plate, which includes a bevy of seafood. The menu also covers grilled fish, lobster, and classic fish soup. [$$]

Dining room at Stork
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6. Daalder

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Lindengracht 90
1015 KK Amsterdam, Netherlands

After serving as the right-hand man to chef Moshik Roth for years at two-Michelin-starred &moshik, Dennis Huwaë has made a name for himself at Daalder since 2016. Daalder offers a multicourse tasting menu with luxurious ingredients at an affordable price (five courses for 69 euros). You can expect attractive dishes with interesting flavor combinations and creative Asian twists, but also look for the imaginative vegetarian tasting menu, which includes a dreamy celeriac lasagna.  [$$$$]

Large chunks of langoustine are buried in diced broccoli and onion, sitting in elegant swirls of oil and vinegar
Langoustine, broccoli, onion, and yuzu.
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7. Caffè Toscanini

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Lindengracht 75
1015 KD Amsterdam, Netherlands

Loved by locals and tourists alike for over three decades, Caffè Toscanini is renowned for its fresh and seasonal Italian cuisine. The a la carte menu follows a traditional Italian meal with antipasti, primi, secondi, and dolci. In 2019, the restaurant also began offering a compact lunch menu, including a three-course set menu for 29 euros, possibly one of the best lunch deals in Amsterdam. [$$$]

Dining room at Toscanini
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8. Café De Klepel

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Prinsenstraat 22
1015 DD Amsterdam, Netherlands

De Klepel is still the restaurant of choice for anyone looking for good bistro food and a great, well-priced wine list. The restaurant offers set menus with three or four courses, but the bar also works if you’d rather just pop by for a glass of wine and a snack. The sommeliers are more than happy to help you pick a wine by the glass and, if the urge strikes, find something from the restaurant’s charcuterie and cheese selection to pair with your drink. [$$-$$$]

A table spread with charcuterie and cheese beneath a rustic wall featuring wine bottles and candles on a shelf beside a large boar’s head for decoration.
Charcuterie and cheese spread
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9. Choux

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De Ruijterkade 128
1011 AC Amsterdam, Netherlands

Choux is part of a wave of casual restaurants redefining dining in Amsterdam, but it’s also a true ambassador for modern Dutch cuisine and vegetarian cuisine in the city. Chef Merijn van Berlo’s menu is based on seasonal produce, including vegetables, herbs, and flowers from the urban garden behind the restaurant. While fish and meat appear at Choux, the vegan and vegetarian menus highlight some of the most creative vegetable-forward cooking in Europe, and the excellent wine list by sommelier Figo van Onna includes many interesting finds. [$$$]

As seen from above, what looks to be a bundle of wild flowers and leaves atop a small pool of broth in a ceramic plate.
North Sea crab, nasturtium leaves and flowers, green apple, sorrel juice, lovage oil, and celery ice pearls
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10. Proeflokaal Arendsnest

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Herengracht 90
1015 BS Amsterdam, Netherlands

Proeflokaal Arendsnest is the place to get a taste of the ever-growing Dutch craft beer scene. It’s hard to beat its selection of 52 Dutch craft beers on tap. Plus, it offers over 100 beers by the bottle, including the sought-after Tommie Sjef Wild Ales. You’ll be spoiled for choices, but the enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff will happily guide you through the offerings. If all that drinking piques your appetite, ask for the bar snack menu, which offers excellent, traditional Dutch charcuterie and cheese. [$]

Bar at Proeflokaal Arendsnest
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11. Tales & Spirits

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Lijnbaanssteeg 5-7
1012 TE Amsterdam, Netherlands

A number of great bars have joined Amsterdam’s growing cocktail scene (the city even has its own annual cocktail week), but Tales and Spirits was one of the early darlings. Exposed brick decorates the unique drinking den, while complex mixed drinks come in playful glassware. The delicious bar bites are an added bonus. [$]

A bar lit by natural light and large ornate chandeliers hanging low overhead, with an exposed brick wall in the back, bottles lining bar shelves, and a poster of a vintage liquor advertisement.
The bar at Tales & Spirits
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12. Scheepskameel

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Gebouw 024A, Kattenburgerstraat 5
1018 JA Amsterdam, Netherlands

In 2017 the team behind the hugely popular Rotisserie Rijsel opened Scheepskameel in Amsterdam’s Eastern Docklands area. Scheepskameel is always packed, and for good reason. Just 40 euros buys you four courses of smart, neo-bistro style food with seasonal ingredients. The raw and cured meat and fish dishes are real treats. It’s also worth exploring the restaurant’s unique, all-German wine list. [$$$]

A long bright dining room with tables of guests and waiters serving, an open kitchen to one side and a row of large windows on a pale wall on the other.
Lunch at Scheepskameel
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13. Wil Graanstra Friteshuis

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Westermarkt 11
1016 DH Amsterdam, Netherlands

No trip to Amsterdam is complete without fries, and Wil Graanstra’s patatkraam (fries stall) is one of the city’s finest (and oldest, since it opened in 1956). Monday through Saturday, Graanstra fries fresh-cut potatoes to order, to be enjoyed simply with mayonnaise or ketchup. Go early. He usually sells out by mid-afternoon. [$]

A hand holds a paper cone full of french fries topped with a large dollop of mayonnaise
Fries with mayo
Elizabeth Auerbach

14. Haring & Zo

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Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 200
1012 RR Amsterdam, Netherlands

Contrary to popular belief, traditional Dutch herring is not raw but rather salt-cured — although the complex curing process does give it a raw finish on the tongue. First-of-the-season herring are called Hollandse nieuwe and are usually available starting in early June. Haring & Zo is one of the few traditional herring stalls left in Amsterdam these days where you can taste the delicacy. Order one au naturel, or opt for the traditional accompaniments of raw chopped onion and pickles. [$]

15. Gebr. Hartering

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Peperstraat 10
1011 TL Amsterdam, Netherlands

At Gebr. Hartering, brothers Paul and Niek Hartering focus on local ingredients and the best wines. Start your meal with some fresh oysters or charcuterie, followed by the Harterings’ daily changing menus that run from five to eight courses, including their signature prime rib. A fish option is available too, and the vegetable dishes are always inspired. [$$$]

Dining room at Gebr. Hartering
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16. Fromagerie Abraham Kef

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Marnixstraat 192B
1016 TJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cheesemonger Fromagerie Abraham Kef supplies many restaurants in Amsterdam with cheese. At the flagship shop, established on the Marnixstraat in 1953, you can taste Kef’s excellent raw-milk cheeses and some magnificent aged Dutch cheeses (don’t leave without trying some Remeker). In 2014, the shop opened a second location on the Czaar Peterstraat, followed by a tasting room on the Van der Pekplein in Amsterdam Noord, but it’s worth visiting the original to see where it all started. [$]

Cheese plate at Fromagerie Abraham Kef
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17. Rotisserie Amsterdam

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De Clercqstraat 81H
1053 AG Amsterdam, Netherlands

The burgers at Rotisserie are arguably the best in town. For proof, look no further than the royale with cheese, a double smash burger with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and burger sauce on a pillowy soft bun. What really makes the burgers (and everything else) at Rotisserie special, though, is that everything is made from scratch. Don’t leave without a side of turbo cheese fries, topped with cheddar, scallions, crunchy chile flakes, and peanuts.  [$-$$]

18. nNea Pizza

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Bilderdijkstraat 92
1053 KX Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Amsterdam pizza scene is small but growing, and nNea leads the way in the modern Neapolitan-style category. The restaurant adamantly opposes the notion of pizza as fast food, committing to a time-consuming (up to five days) process of fermenting, resting, and proofing its dough. Chef Vincenzo Onnembo bakes the light, chewy dough in a bright yellow Pasquale Fazzone pizza oven and tops the pies with primo seasonal ingredients. The restaurant only serves dinner, and reservations are essential. [$$]

As seen from above, a singed pizza with a thick outer crust, topped with tomato sauce, cheese and leaves of basil.
Pizza Margherita
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19. Bord'Eau Restaurant Gastronomique

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Nieuwe Doelenstraat 2-14
1012 CP Amsterdam, Netherlands

Chef Bas van Kranen had some big shoes to fill when he succeeded Richard van Oostenbrugge and Thomas Groot at Bord’Eau in 2017, but his talent and flair prove the restaurant still deserves a place among the city’s elite establishments. Cobble together your meal with dishes from sections of eau (fish), flore (vegetables), and faune (meat), but lean heavily on the flore section. The chef’s creativity and originality really shine through in his vegetables. [$$$$]

A large, star-shaped sea urchin sits in a broth in a shallow bowl with a wide rim dotted with divots.
Apricots, dill, cucumber, and sea urchin
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20. Foodhallen

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Bellamyplein 51
1053 AT Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 6 29265037
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Housed in a former tram depot, the De Foodhallen food hall collects many tastes of the Dutch street-food scene in one place. There’s something for everyone here: soft-shell crab buns and fish tacos at Le Big Fish, a tasting of bitterballen (a croquette-like snack) at De Ballenbar, burgers at the Butcher, hot dogs at Bulls & Dogs, Vietnamese street food at Viet View, barbecued pork at the Rough Kitchen, sweet tartlets at Le Petit Gateau, steak sandwiches at l’Entrecote, and lots more. [$]

A crowd gathers at various stands in the Foodhallen food hall, a large space with high ceilings, streamers hanging from above, and semi-industrial materials.
Inside Foodhallen
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21. Brouwerij 't IJ

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Funenkade 7
1018 AL Amsterdam, Netherlands

This Amsterdam brewery has a unique canal-side location, right next to an old windmill, making the outdoor terrace a popular hangout on sunny days. A handful of the brewery’s own beers are available on tap, including the classic Zatte and Natte, usually alongside a special seasonal brew. A small selection of bar snacks is on offer, including traditional Dutch ossenworst, a smoked beef sausage supplied by Amsterdam butcher De Wit. [$]

Exterior at Brouwerij 't IJ
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22. Vegan Junk Food Bar

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Reguliersdwarsstraat 57
1017 BK Amsterdam, Netherlands

If you try one thing at VJFB, make it the vegan version of the infamous Dutch creation kapsalon, a mound of fries traditionally topped with shawarma, cheese, and sauce. At the hip vegan eatery, the fries come loaded with vegan shawarma, vegan cheese, jalapenos, red onion, fried onion, and drizzles of garlic sauce and spicy VJFB sauce. The delicious rendition has won over many a carnivore. [$]

A shot from above of a messy pile of fries topped with sliced jalapeños, red onions, scallions and other bits of ingredients with a bit of a burger and graffiti-like branding visible nearby.
Kapsalon
Elizabeth Auerbach

23. Restaurant 212

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Amstel 212
1017 AH Amsterdam, Netherlands

Chefs Richard van Oostenbrugge and Thomas Groot earned their spurs at Bord’eau (when the restaurant had two Michelin stars). In 2018 the brilliant duo opened their own chef’s counter, where they offer a unique, relaxed approach to fine dining in the Dutch capital. Expect first-rate, modern cooking (visibly different from fare at Bord’eau) with top-drawer ingredients and thrilling combinations like langoustine with coffee, dashi-based Albufera sauce, and katsuobushi (bonito flakes). [$$$$]

Interior at Restaurant 212
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24. Guts

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Utrechtsestraat 6
1017 VN Amsterdam, Netherlands

Chefs Guillaume de Beer and Freek van Noortwijk opened Guts & Glory in 2015 as a lively, stripped-down restaurant just off Rembrandt Square with dishes themed around a single ingredient. Relaunched (sans theme) in early 2019 as Guts, the restaurant now offers a chef’s menu, an a la carte selection of small plates, and two specials: barbecued turbot and rib-eye. After the transformation, the cooking at Guts remains very good, with attractive, well-executed dishes served in a laid-back setting. [$$$]

As seen from above, a whole roasted fish on a decorative china plate with a foaming, bubbly sauce and large handful of herbal garnish on top.
Whole roasted turbot
Elizabeth Auerbach

25. Dignita Hoftuin

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Nieuwe Herengracht 18a
1018 DP Amsterdam, Netherlands

This all-day brunch restaurant, located in a secluded courtyard, is the perfect place to break away from the hustle and bustle of the city, especially to sit on the outdoor terrace in the summer. Order the benedict-like Benny Boy with poached eggs, bacon, hollandaise, and potato hash, or go for the zucchini and chickpea fritters with grilled haloumi, dukkah, and a poached egg. Dignita also serves an excellent bloody mary. [$]

A shot of an outdoor patio from above, with small patio tables and umbrellas, rows of hedges along one side, open green space out to another side, and an L-shaped building surrounding the rest.
The outdoor terrace at Dignita Hoftuin
Dignita Hoftuin / official

26. Febo

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Leidsestraat 94
1017 PE Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is famous for deep-fried snacks like kroket and bitterballen, both similar to croquettes, and frikandel (deep-fried, skinless sausage). At 75-year-old fast-food chain Febo, you can buy these snacks from automats. There are branches scattered all over the city, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to get your teeth into a frikandel or kaassoufflé, a pocket of deep-fried cheese. On Fridays and Saturdays some branches are open until 4 a.m., perfect for wee-hour munchies. [$]

A series of compartments hold food waiting for customers to purchase automatically from the automat machine, with large images of menu items and prices listed above in back-lit signs.
The Automat
Febo / official

27. Spectrum

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Herengracht 542-556
1017 CG Amsterdam, Netherlands

Spectrum (formerly Librije’s Zusje) is an outstanding two-Michelin-starred restaurant that consistently delivers high-quality meals and stellar service. Chef Sidney Schutte produces exceptional plates with imaginative, often highly unusual flavor combinations, like squid with coffee, periwinkles, and mango, or carabinero prawns with watermelon, xo crème, and oxtail. The attention to detail both on the plate and in the dining room is exquisite. A meal here is absolutely worth the splurge. [$$$$]

Geometrically sliced squid with a bright red crust sits beside chunks of more squid, flowers, and mango slices beneath a white foam.
Squid lacquered with coffee, periwinkles, cardamom, mango, and coriander
Spectrum / Facebook

28. Patisserie Kuyt

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Utrechtsestraat 109-111
1017 VL Amsterdam, Netherlands

Follow locals and food obsessives from near and far to this fabulous patisserie for the finest pies, cakes, chocolates, biscuits, and eclairs. Kuyt also offers a selection of delicate savory pastries, quiches, and biscuits. The choices are overwhelming, but don’t leave without an appelschnitt (a pastry stuffed with apples, raisins, and cinnamon) or one of the other beautiful baked goods in the tea room. [$]

A long, lit-up pastry counter with cakes and other sweets visible, across from shelves of prepackaged goods.
The pastry counter at Kuyt
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29. Holtkamp Patisserie

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Vijzelgracht 15
1017 HM Amsterdam, Netherlands

A family-owned pastry shop where Amsterdam locals go for their sweet treats, Patisserie Holtkamp offers a small but superb range of serious French and Dutch patisserie, cakes, chocolates, and biscuits. Holtkamp also essentially doubles as a speakeasy for kroketten (croquettes), with famous varieties like veal, shrimp, or cheese deep-fried to order. [$]

Pastries at Holtkamp's Patisserie B.V.
Holtkamp's Patisserie B.V./Facebook

30. Bouchon du Centre

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Falckstraat 3
1017 VV Amsterdam, Netherlands

In central Amsterdam, you’ll find Bouchon du Centre, a traditional Lyonnaise bistro right down to the classic red-and-white tablecloths. Hanneke Schouten has owned and run the restaurant for 20 years, serving bouchon staples such as boudin noir aux pommes (blood sausage with apples), quenelles de brochet (pike dumplings), and oeufs en meurette (poached eggs in red wine sauce). Take note of the charcuterie selection, which comes directly from Lyon. [$$$]

A homey restaurant interior with checkerboard floor tiling, red check tablecloths on small tables, an intimate little cafe bar and soft pendant lights.
Inside Bouchon du Centre
Elizabeth Auerbach

31. Rijks at the Rijksmuseum

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Museumstraat 1
1071 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands

Rijks brings a fresh approach to museum dining in the Rijksmuseum of Dutch art and history. On the menu, designed by chef Joris Bijdendijk and his team, you will find inventive small plates, often with creative uses of Dutch heritage ingredients. Don’t miss the signature duck dish, with breast, leg, heart, and tongue, all served in two courses. Rijks also regularly hosts chef collaboration dinners with household names of the international dining scene. [$$$]

A dish at Rijks
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32. 4850

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Camperstraat 48-50
1091 AH Amsterdam, Netherlands

4850 is a firm favorite of many wine lovers and wine professionals, and deservedly so. During the day, the cafe serves coffee, pastries, and sandwiches. But in the evening, 4850 transforms into a wine bar and restaurant, serving three- to five-course menus, including a vegetarian option and wine pairings. The owner and sommelier, Daniel Schein (formerly of In de Wulf), is a true lover of wine, so the wine list is a real treat, with an interesting and original selection. [$$-$$$]

A waiter sets the places at a two-top in a bright dining room with large, glass-enclosed shelves of wine bottles reaching to the ceiling behind him near the tables.
Preparing for service at 4850
Judith Dekker

33. Auberge Jean & Marie

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Albert Cuypstraat 58-60
1072 CV Amsterdam, Netherlands

Jan Grijspeere (Jean) and Marije Bremer (Marie) run this welcoming restaurant and wine bar in the trendy De Pijp neighborhood. Yet, despite the location, the cooking at Jean & Marie is anything but fad-driven, instead relying on traditional dishes made with good ingredients. French food takes center stage on the menu, which includes appealing classics like steak tartare, escargots, duck à l’orange, and baba au rhum. The carefully constructed wine list features many interesting, well-priced options as well. [$$$]

The exterior of the Auberge Jean & Marie restaurant, with the name of in large brasserie-like lettering on the window behind empty white tablecloth-covered tables and patio chairs.
Outside Auberge Jean & Marie
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34. Leeman Döner

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Van Woustraat 160
1073 LW Amsterdam, Netherlands

This tiny Turkish kebab shop is a favorite of chefs and locals alike, prized for its fully loaded veal, chicken, and mixed doner sandwiches served in house-baked pita. The shop also offers kapsalon (literally “hairdresser”), a bizarrely named yet delicious Dutch creation of fries piled high with layers of kebab and cheese, then finished under the grill and topped with lettuce, garlic, and spicy sambal sauce. Only ambitious eaters should attempt to consume it all. [$]

A pita split open into a sandwich stuffed with kebab meat and diced vegetables, covered in white sauce, all held in wax paper.
Doner kebab
Leeman Döner / official

35. Ron Gastrobar

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Sophialaan 55 hs
1075 BP Amsterdam, Netherlands

In 2013, chef Ron Blaauw “gave back” his two Michelin stars and relaunched his fine dining restaurant as the casual and wallet-friendly Ron Gastrobar. The chef hasn’t looked back since, making unfussy food in a definitively relaxed environment (although Michelin did award him a star within a year after the relaunch). Choose from the selection of starter plates, then go for one of the specials, like whole-roasted turbot or sea bass. The barbecued, dry-aged steaks are also some of the best in town. [$$$]

An elegant dining room with two tops against a long banquette, pendant lights with smoky glass shades, and rows of glassware on a serving cart against one wall.
Inside Ron Gastrobar
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36. De Kas

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Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3
1097 DE Amsterdam, Netherlands

Opened in 2001, this acclaimed restaurant is known for its farm-to-table cuisine and its unique location in a vintage greenhouse that dates back to 1926. Chefs Wim de Beer and Jos Timmer (both veterans of Rijks) took charge of the kitchen in March 2017, and they have quickly put their stamp on the menu while remaining true to the naturalistic approach for which De Kas is known. The menu relies on produce from the restaurant’s own vegetable gardens and greenhouse, but it also includes plenty of meat and fish dishes. [$$$-$$$$]

Cuts of meat lie below thin circles of onio and herbal garnishes in a dark sauce on a mellow-blue colored ceramic plate.
Veal short rib with fermented garlic puree, cabbage, and roasted onion
Elizabeth Auerbach

37. Rijsel

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Marcusstraat 52
1091 TK Amsterdam, Netherlands

Since 2012 Rijsel has been recognized as one of the pioneers of the Amsterdam bistronomy movement. Iwan Driessen helms the kitchen, putting out a menu of French and Flemish classics such as rotisserie chicken, boeuf à la mode (pot roast), huzarensalade (olivier salad), and côte de boeuf. Rijsel’s wine list is an absolute joy, with a wonderful selection of Burgundy and Bordeaux wines. [$$$]

Dining room at Rijsel
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38. Bar Alt

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Stadionplein 103
1076 CK Amsterdam, Netherlands

Bar Alt (short for altbier) is a collaboration between restaurateur Adriaan Verkerk and local brewery Two Chefs Brewing. At this relatively new player on the scene, chef Thomas Kooijman (formerly of Michelin-starred MOS) is ambitious and assured with creative ingredient combinations. The fairly priced wine list features mainly natural wines, but beer is the real star. The set menu comes with beer (or wine) pairings, while drinkers can explore further with about 20 beers on tap and a cracking bottle list, including a fantastic selection of aged geuzes and of course, beers from Two Chefs Brewing. [$$$-$$$$]

As seen from above chunks of tuna and carrot sit in a speckled broth on a small plate beside a bottle of craft beer.
Yellowtail tuna, carrot kimchi, and carrot puree with nori-eel vinaigrette
Bar Alt / official

1. BAK restaurant

Van Diemenstraat 408, 1013 CR Amsterdam, Netherlands
Triangular ravioli sit in a dark pool of onion broth dotted with oil on a bright, white plate on a stark black background.
Celeriac ravioli filled with Dutch remeker cheese, served with onion broth.
BAK / official

Seasonality, creativity, and simplicity are at the core of BAK, one of the best places to experience modern Dutch cuisine while enjoying fantastic views of the river IJ. Chef Benny Blisto carefully puts together tasting menus focused on vegetables with sustainable fish and game. The wine list is fun and varied, with a good selection of natural wines and reasonable prices. [$$$]

Van Diemenstraat 408
1013 CR Amsterdam, Netherlands

2. Café Modern

Meidoornweg 2, 1031 GG Amsterdam, Netherlands
Slices of mullet are nearly submerged in a thick green broth and topped with garnishes of green tarragon leaves and small slices of onion.
Salt and tarragon-cured mullet, dusted with onion powder, with creme fraiche and cucumber soup
Elizabeth Auerbach

Back in 2012, Café Modern was one of the first big restaurant openings in Amsterdam Noord (north Amsterdam), and it still serves as a fine example of affordable modern Dutch cuisine. The daily set menu available at dinner includes fish and meat options, and comes in at just 45 euros for five courses (a veggie option is also available). Fresh bread floats out of the restaurant’s house bakery, and some of the charcuterie is made in-house as well. The wine list has a clear focus on natural, organic, and biodynamic wines (but not in a hipster way), while markups remain reasonable. [$$$]

Meidoornweg 2
1031 GG Amsterdam, Netherlands

3. Café Restaurant Amsterdam

Watertorenplein 6, 1051 PA Amsterdam, Netherlands
A massive restaurant interior lit by natural light, with white tablecloth-lined tables, empty chairs and place settings awaiting guests, with a bar off to one side, industrial decorations and pendant lights hanging above.
Inside Café Restaurant Amsterdam
Cafe Restaurant Amsterdam / official

Café Restaurant Amsterdam is a convivial brasserie housed in a former (late-19th-century) water pump station. The restaurant has remained beloved among locals since opening in 1996. It offers a vast menu, with sandwiches and cakes at lunchtime and seafood (be sure to order from the fruits de mer), meat, and pasta at dinner. There’s even a great, well-priced wine list. It’s the kind of family-friendly place that is everything to everybody. [$$$]

Watertorenplein 6
1051 PA Amsterdam, Netherlands

4. Oedipus Brewing

Gedempt Hamerkanaal 85, 1021 KP Amsterdam, Netherlands
An industrial exterior with neon light pouring out of the warehouse-like space inside, and a large crowd gathered outside standing around open doorways or lounging on patio chairs.
Outside Oedipus Brewing
Oedipus Brewing / official

The Amsterdam craft beer scene is one of the most dynamic in Europe. At the Oedipus Brewery in northern Amsterdam, you can enjoy playfully named beers such as Polyamorie, Mama, or País Tropical, all decked out in psychedelic labels. From Thursday through Sunday, local food truck the Beef Chief pops up in the taproom to offer some of the city’s best burgers.  [$]

Gedempt Hamerkanaal 85
1021 KP Amsterdam, Netherlands

5. Café-Restaurant Stork

Gedempt Hamerkanaal 201, 1021 KP Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dining room at Stork
Stork/Facebook

Stork is one of Amsterdam’s most-loved seafood restaurants, not least for its location on the north bank of the river IJ. Enjoy a light lunch with shrimp croquettes or oysters on the riverside terrace, or go all in with the plateau fruits de mer deluxe plate, which includes a bevy of seafood. The menu also covers grilled fish, lobster, and classic fish soup. [$$]

Gedempt Hamerkanaal 201
1021 KP Amsterdam, Netherlands

6. Daalder

Lindengracht 90, 1015 KK Amsterdam, Netherlands
Large chunks of langoustine are buried in diced broccoli and onion, sitting in elegant swirls of oil and vinegar
Langoustine, broccoli, onion, and yuzu.
Daalder / official

After serving as the right-hand man to chef Moshik Roth for years at two-Michelin-starred &moshik, Dennis Huwaë has made a name for himself at Daalder since 2016. Daalder offers a multicourse tasting menu with luxurious ingredients at an affordable price (five courses for 69 euros). You can expect attractive dishes with interesting flavor combinations and creative Asian twists, but also look for the imaginative vegetarian tasting menu, which includes a dreamy celeriac lasagna.  [$$$$]

Lindengracht 90
1015 KK Amsterdam, Netherlands

7. Caffè Toscanini

Lindengracht 75, 1015 KD Amsterdam, Netherlands