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favorite restaurants in Amsterdam

Looking for suggestions! Found great ideas from fellow travelers here in the past.
Thanks!

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Any of the Indonesian Ristoffe!s are my favorite. They also have Argentine steakhouse with superior beef.
I love the roadside stands se!ling fries with mayonaise. And they have stores selling a soft serve ice cream that tastes like straight cream.

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Any favorites? I've read mixed reviews of some of what are touted to be "the best"

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There are many great restaurants in the Jordaan district.
My favorite was La Oliva (in Jordaan). It has Spanish tapas (not Dutch cuisine, but so so delicious)

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16941 posts

Loetje, right next to the tourist office across from Centraal is very good and can get pretty crowded. The Bali marinated steak is excellent and the orders of fries are so big even the servers recommend you should share.

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Make sure you hit Cafe Bern for the fondue and entrecote. Last fall I had the entrecote pistache and it was good, but hubby had the entrecote with peppercorn sauce and it was marvelous!

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If you want burgers, we ate at this place - I prob would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't been coming down with something...hubby liked it though. Burger Bar!

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g188590-d3541947-Reviews-Burger_Bar_Reguliersbreestraat-Amsterdam_North_Holland_Province.html

We also ate twice at this place - if you find yourself in the De Pijp 'hood and want some pasta...

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g188590-d4263555-Reviews-Pasta_Pasta-Amsterdam_North_Holland_Province.html

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Two restaurants I heartily recommend, both in the general area of the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum, are Zaza's, which I've visited twice, and The Seafood Bar. Both are justifiably popular and reservations are recommended.

Zaza's: zazas.nl

The Seafood Bar: theseafoodbar.nl

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We enjoyed The Pantry for traditional Dutch food. But a restaurant we particularly liked was Tulsi Indian Restaurant- lots of wonderful vegetarian optiins and great staff. And the traditional apple pie at Winkel44 is amazing.

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Sampurna for a rice table at lunch or dinner (right in the center of the Bloemenmarkt/Flower Mart)
Brasserie Keyzer (right next to Concertgebouw and across from Museumplein - serves lunch and dinner)
Bouf (just a few blocks from Concertgebouw and Museumplein)
De Duvel (DePijp neighborhood near Sarphatipark)
High tea at the Museum of Bags & Purses - don't confuse this with just getting a regular cup of tea in their other modern cafe area - these are 17th & 18th Century rooms that have been outfitted as a beautiful place to stop for a full tea service with sandwiches, scones and desserts - you need a reservation for this - and the museum itself is pretty interesting to tour and admission to it is included if you have a Museumkaart.

These are not restaurants with waitstaff, but they do have seating and are great if you want something casual and reasonably priced:

Sir Hummus (DePijp neighborhood - very filling, great if you have someone who is vegetarian or vegan, but they have a great concoction they make that is topped with slow cooked beef if you have a die hard carnivore)
Foodhallen - multiple food vendors under one roof (De Ballenbar and Bulls & Dogs were very good, but there are many other cuisines being dished up here), several bars (beer and wine) and a movie theater in the same building (if it's really rainy or cold or you are looking for something to do in the evening).

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We just got back from 2 weeks in the Netherlands, spending a total of 1 week in Amsterdam, so we ate at a lot of restaurants... The ones that stand out for me are Kitchen + Bar Van Rijn, on the Rembrandtplein - this was our splurge meal and a favorite of our daughter and son-in-law, who moved there last year. Daughter and I had venison, husband had the seafood special which was sea bream with scallops, and SIL had surf and turf. And we ate twice at Lunchcafe Studio 2, on Singel near the Bloemenmarkt; delicious scrambled eggs with cheese, bacon, and mushrooms for me, club sandwich for my husband, pancakes for daughter... They don't serve dinner but do offer breakfast and lunch, and my SIL eats there often since it's near his office.

We stayed at the Best Western just off Dam Square; if you're in that area, we had great burgers at Ellis, which just opened this month. And we dined several times at De Pilserij - I enjoyed pasta with mushrooms once and smoked eel on toast with creme fraiche on our last visit. Both of those restaurants are on Gravenstraat, very close to the Nieuwe Kerk [and the Best Western].

I'll be back in June for 5 days and look forward to trying some of the other recommendations you've gotten!

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One other recommendation - not for the food, but if you like craft beers - go to Brouwerij ‘t IJ and at least stop in for a drink and to get a photo of the windmill that is adjacent to the pub/brewery.

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hey sommer
haven't done it, you can check out reallyniceplace.com. a brunch cruise. we did a private canal cruise that was more expensive. happy travels
aloha

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Very good and inexpensive is de Jaren on Doelenstraat. Salads are great. There are tables on outside terrace that overlook the Amstel.

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Love these recommendations! Anyone with kids (ages 12 and 14) have a place that the whole family loved? My kids are not super adventurous eaters, so probably no eel lol...
I'm thinking the Foodhallen would be good. And relatively inexpensive.
Also-we are staying near Vondelpark-any good breakfast places nearby?

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okay, If you do nothing less, you must go to Winkel 43 in Jordaan for their apple pie (nothing like good ol' apple pie in the USA)
For this unbelievable taste alone I would go back to Amsterdam this minute.
Don't forget the whipped cream!

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check out veryhungrynomads.com/street-food-tour-amsterdam/ you probably have to email them to book it, and get a taste of all different types of food there. also don't forget to eat poffertjes. enjoy
aloha

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@ferrin: If you are staying near Vondelpark, try Dignita. They have several locations, but one is near Vondelpark.