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25 x restaurants in Amsterdam where you must have dinner once

27 January 2016

Yourlbb’s favourite Restaurants in Amsterdam!

As foodies, we often eat out at the best restaurant in Amsterdam. New gems, old classics or personal favourites. There are so many great, fine dining hotspots in Amsterdam to have dinner! Are you curious at which restaurants you must have dinner at least once? Then read on! We selected no less than 32 restaurants in Amsterdam.

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Café Panache

Café Panache is located in an old market stores, around the corner of the Ten Kate market. A beautiful big hotspot, with an urban chic interior. It’s all about shared dining here and nice to know: the food is prepared with products from the market!
Read the full blog about Café Panache here >>


Asian hotspot Happyhappyjoyjoy is there to meet our needs for Dim Sum! On the menu you namely find Asian street food, YUM! In terms of decor, the colour red dominates. The Asian posters on the wall as well as the geisha umbrellas on the ceiling make you feel like you are at a Asian street market.
Read the full blog about Happyhappyjoyjoy here >>

De Luwte Amsterdam

De Luwte

Beloved spot when you have something to celebrate or when you are looking for a romantic restaurant in Amsterdam. No restaurant as cozy as De Luwte! On the menu you’ll find modern Mediterranean cuisine which we taste regularly at Yourlbb.
Read the full blog about De Luwte here >>

Kaagman & Kortekaas

Opened last year at the city centre: Kaagman & Kortekaas. A hidden gem where they serve French cuisine. A restaurant where you go if you are looking for a fine dining spot, or where you go if you’re celebrating something special. With a simple, but therefore all the more stylish interior and fantastic food.
Read the full blog about Kaagman & Kortekaas here >>


Within walking distance of the Noordermarkt, you find the Italian restaurant Koevoet. A brown cafe, furnished to the 40s style. Here you can enjoy classic Italian cuisine. No pizzas on the menu but delicious anti-pasti, fish and meat dishes.
Read the full blog about Koevoet here >>


To stay with Italian cuisine… Toscanini in the Jordaan is also a must visit. Here you go for authentic Italian food and most people order the tasting of six-courses. The interior is equally authentic with a big open kitchen. With reason a favourite spot by many!
Read the full blog about Toscanini here >>


Bord’Eaux belongs to one of the top restaurants of Amsterdam. The restaurant at Hotel L’Europe offers culinary delights from French cuisine. Recommended: the five or six-course meal for a very reasonable price.
Check the website of Bord’Eaux for more info >>

Restaurant C AmsterdamPhotocredits: Bas Geerdink

Restaurant C

At the beautifully decorated Restaurant C, they work with a very special concept. Everything here is about degrees Celsius. At this restaurant in Amsterdam you get small dishes that are prepared at different temperatures. Nice and super tasty!
Read the full blog about Restaurant C here >>


If you just can not get enough of French cuisine, Lastage is a must visit. This restaurant around the corner of the Red Light District serves dishes from classic French cuisine. The menu consists of 12 dishes and you can create your own menu. Just tell the waiter in which order you would like to receive the dishes and if you like to order them as a starter or as a main dish. They’ll do the rest.
Check the website of Lastage for more info >>

Vergulden Eenhoorn

In Amsterdam East an old farm is transformed into a restaurant and bar where it feels like you are far away from the bustle of the city. At Vergulden Eenhoorn they serve local food such as roasted chicken thigh with crayfish, spring onion and curry mayonnaise. Or fried mackerel with fennel salad, kohlrabi and anchovy mayonnaise. Yummy!
Read the full blog about Vergulden Eenhoorn here >>

The Roast Room

A great place for meat lovers! The Roast Room consists of a lower floor (with a basic card) and upper floor (for fine dining). But in both Rotisserie as The Roast Bar you order delicious steaks, fresh from the butcher shop! The butcher is located in the middle of The Roast Bar on the ground floor.
Read the full blog about The Roast Room here >>

Venus & Adonis Amsterdam

Venus & Adonis

Venus & Adonis is a steak restaurant. Favourite because they serve a very nice surf and turf menu: not with just a lobster and tournedos but with a Venus or Adonis steak with Black Tiger prawns or a grilled “Langoest” (lobster) tale. But also favourite because of how it looks. Classic with a modern touch.
Read the full blog about Venus & Adonis here >>


Both for meat and fish lovers Salmuera is a great spot to go to. This restaurant in Amsterdam with Argentine cuisine (with a modern twist) namely serves meat dishes from the grill, but here they also have a ceviche bar! Go here for a nice evening sipping cocktails at the bar and order their bar bite or ask for a table at the restaurant area.
Read the full blog about Salmuera here >>


In the lounge of &Moshik you eat street food (we like!). But, go to their restaurant area if you want to enjoy real culinary treats. At the restaurant, where Chef Moshik is your chef, you can enjoy great food. Cooked on 2-star level. Absolute must try: the tomato burger!


Restaurant Rijsel is located in an old school and serves French cuisine. Affordable and delicious! Every night they are fully booked and that’s not something that surprise us: here it’s all about pure and authentic food. Reservation required!
Read the full blog about Rijsel here >>

Hotel de Goudfazant

Hotel de Goudfazant is a favourite restaurant in Amsterdam North. Located in an old garage, this hotspot has the industrial look that you expect in the North. Here they cook French dishes and you can expect several classics. If I only lived in Amsterdam North, I would come here every day.
Read the full blog about Hotel de Goudfazant here >>

Mr Porter Amsterdam

Mr Porter

Mr Porter, thé restaurant at W Hotel, is a steak restaurant. Here they serve outstanding culinary creations and especially meat lover will go home happy. Although they also serve great veggie starters or starters with seafood. All to share. And don’t forget to drink a cocktail at the bar first.
Read the full blog about Mr Porter here >>


Let’s be honest: close to Central Station, you don’t find many good restaurant. But one that you should know is Choux! For pure flavours, local ingredients and delicious meals. The menu changes regularly, always nice, and the menu consists of menus 3, 4 or 7-course.
Read the full blog about Choux here >>

Wilde Zwijnen

Wilde Zwijnen in Amsterdam East is one of our favourites since day one. They serve great seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes. The wooden tables with old school chairs, lots of white and industrial elements gives the place a nice, cozy atmosphere. Also nice: their little brother Eetbar Wilde Zwijnen next door!
Read the full blog about Wilde Zwijnen here >>

The Duchess

Also to be found at the W Hotel: The Duchess! In terms of look and feel just a bit fancier than Mr Porter. Thanks to the original ornaments, high ceilings, gold and marble. Here you order dishes of Italian / French cuisine that you can share. Not very cheap, but very tasty!
Read the full blog about The Duchess here >>

Volt AmsterdamPhotocredits: Jasper de Waal


Great spot: gastro bar Volt on the Ferdinand Bol. A popular spot every night of the week and reservations are recommended. With good reason, because the food is very good and there are several (special) beers and G & T’s on the menu. Extra nice: the menu with organic dishes changes regularly!
Read the full blog about Volt here >>


Have dinner with a view over the IJ at Mos. This renovated spot looks beautiful: high ceilings and as many as three floors plus a large bar on the bottom floor. And fun: the interior is inspired by elements from Paris and Marrakech. That piece of Paris you can also find on the French menu. With dishes like ceviche of sea bass, anchovy paella and chicken.
Read the full blog about Mos here >>

Café Modern

Café Modern is a place where you feel at home. This restaurant in the Van der Pek neighbourhood is located in an old bank building. But the vintage design makes this a very charming spot. What they serve is a surprise, because they use the table d’hôte concept. And do not forget: Café Modern transforms during the day to lunch and brunch spot Jacques Jour!
Read the full blog about Café Modern here >>

Blauw aan de Wal

In the middle of the Red Light District you’ll find Blauw aan de Wal. A restaurant in an old warehouse. Here the cuisine is inspired by seasonal produce and favourites include Scottish razors and Zeeland flat, fresh peas, summer chanterelles, Vialone Nano risotto, sea bass, Ibérico pig, buffalo ricotta and chocolate Valrona.
Check the website of Blauw aan de Wal for more info >>


Looking for a must visit restaurant in De Pijp? Go to Sinne at the Ceintuurbaan! This one star Michelin restaurant serves classic French / Mediterranean food for a surprisingly good price. In terms of look and feel this is a neighbourhood restaurant (love it), with a star kitchen.
Read the full blog about Sinne here >>

Café de klepel

With this gem, we complete this list with must visit restaurants in Amsterdam. Not that long ago, Café de Klepel transformed from a brown bar into a restaurant. Here they work with a table d’hôte concept which means that you can expect a daily changing menu. Also a nice place to walk in for a glass of wine with a charcuterie or some cheese.
Read the full blog about Café de Klepel here >>

Have a great night at one of these restaurants in Amsterdam where you must have dinner once!

Amsterdam Bucketlist
Canal Cruise by day or in the evening
A bike tour through Amsterdam  OR Rent a bike by yourself 
The best view over Amsterdam from the A’DAM Lookout
Visit Artis Royal Zoo
Rijksmuseum with the Dutch masters
Van Gogh Museum, a staple in Amsterdam 
Stedelijk Museum for modern art lovers 
MOCO Museum for street art
Photography museum FOAM
Amsterdam Light Festival (during winter months)
Cruise like a local with your own boat (great with good weather!)
Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
Red Light District tour 
Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn

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Our favourite hotels:
Generator Hostel: the best poshtel of the city located in a park.
The Student Hotel: budget proof in trendy East.
Het Volkshotel: affordable and with a cool rooftop bar.
☾ CitizenM: all you need is that XL bed (location near Amstel is great).
☾ Motel One: budget design hotel with locations at
Hotel V: with two locations and a great restaurant, in the city center and East.
Sir Adam: with the coolest view over Amsterdam.
☾ Sweets: a unique stay in former bridge houses.
☾ Park Plaza Vondelpark: located next to Vondelpark and beautifully renovated.
Hotel Dwars: small scale around the corner of the trendy Utrechtsestraat.
Pillows Anna van den Vondel: great hotel close to Vondelpark.
Hotel Mercier: new hotel in the cosy and historic Jordaan district.
INK Hotel: lifestyle hotel in the heart of the city.
The Hoxton: favourite lifestyle hotel right on the canals.
Morgan & Mees: boutique hotel in Amsterdam West.
Conscious Hotel Westerpark: in a beautiful building at the industrial Westergas area.
QO Amsterdam: eco design hotel with a great skybar.
TOP LUXURY // €€€ 
☾ Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: if you have something to celebrate this is the one.
Pulitzer Amsterdam: on the canals at the border of the Nine Streets and the Jordaan.
☾ L’Europe: this hotel has the best spa with a view in Amsterdam.
☾ Conservatorium Hotel: located in one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
☾ W Amsterdam: with great restaurants and a rooftop bar with swimming pool.

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