Some guide books say that the Food in Holland is awful, and Dutch Food doesn't really exist. On both fronts, I disagree. Below is a list of our favourite places to eat in Amsterdam.


Most people that know me, know I love my food. I was a chef for a few years in my youth and I love to cook - however even more important than cooking for me is eating out - I love good food and good wine. After 20 years in Amsterdam - this is my pick of the best:

Fine Dining

Restaurant Fyra

This is truly a fantastic restaurant. The food is delicious, innovative, uses only the best of ingredients and the Chef's Five Course Surprise Menu is only just over 50 Euros per person! Just tell the waiter what ingredients you don't like or are allergic to and they will ensure the menu is tailored to your requirements. Not only is the food great, they have one of the best wine lists in Amsterdam with wines to suit all tastes and budgets.

Link to Website (Dutch Only)

Noorderstraat 19-21-23, 1017 TR Amsterdam, NetherlandsTel : +31 20 428 3632

Restaurant De Vijf Vliegen

A beautiful "old dutch" restaurant serves what is called in Dutch "Nieuwe Nederlandse Keuken" Or New Dutch Cuisine. Amazing variations on classic Dutch Dishes - again, an excellent wine list. This restaurant has hosted many celebrities, and you will find small plaques on some of the chairs with their names. This establishment also is rumoured to be one of Henry Kissenger's favorite restaurant and he visited here many times

Link to Website

Spuistraat 294-302, 1012 VX Amsterdam, Netherlands  Tel : +31 (0)20 53 04 060

Restaurant Johannes

Nice atmosphere, great food, good wine list, and reasonably priced for the level of quality you will experience here! A small restaurant so be sure to call and book - not to be missed

Link to website

Herengracht 413, 1017 BP Amsterdam, Netherlands Tel : +31 (0) 20 626 9503 

Mid Range

Tempo Doeloe

The Netherlands is famous for Indonesian Food, and this is probably the best Indonesian resturant in Amsterdam, if not the whole Netherlands. The concept of the "Rijstafel" or "Rice Table" is a selection of dishes each served in a small quantity. Their signature "Rijsttafel Istemewa" is amazing - 25 separate dishes separated into mild, medium and spicy - start with mild and work your way up! Reservations here are essential - it is a small resturant and fills up quickly!

Link to Website

Utrechtsestraat 75, 1017 VJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Tel : +31 (0) 20 625 6718

Take Thai

Thai food is generally excellent in The Netherlands, much better than in the UK or Germany. Infact I have only ever eaten in one bad Thai restaurant (Na Siam on Kerkstraat - REALLY awful and very close to Take Thai - don't go to Na Siam!) This is a great restaurant - they use quality ingredients, presentation is very good and the service is amazing. The wine list is average, but this should not put you off the great food here.

Link to Website

Utrechtsestraat 87, 1017 VK Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Tel : +31 (0)20 622 0577


A great eatery with a varied menu. Good Wine List - friendly staff.

Link to Website

Utrechtsestraat 41- 45, 1017 VH Amsterdam, The Netherlands Tel :  +31 (0) 20 622 6376

Het Zwantje

Great real Dutch Home Cooking - Their "Oma's Suddervlees" or "Grandma's Stew" is amazing, located near the "9 Straatjes"

Link to Website

Berenstraat 12, 1016 GH Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Tel : +31 (0) 20 623 2373


Tia Rosa

Great Tapas! MUCH better than the so called best Tapas in Amsterdam "Pata Negra". Go to Tia Rosa get better food, friendly service (not conceivable at Pata Negra!) and a wonderful atmosphere!

Link to Website

Reguliersgracht 11 1017 LJ Amsterdam, Tel : +31 20 82 03 749

Every day places

The following places are great for lunch and dinner - fantastic places - good food and good prices.


Cafe Kale

de Bakkerswinkel

Burger Bar


Akbar (The only decent Indian!)


A Decent British Breakfast