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Amsterdam Restaurants

D' Vijff Vlieghen

  • Spuistraat 294–302 Map It
  • $$$
  • Dutch

Updated 08/25/2012

Fodor's Review

The "Five Flies" is a rambling dining institution that takes up five adjoining Golden Age houses. Yet the densely evocative Golden Age vibe—complete with bona fide Rembrandt etchings, wooden jenever (Dutch gin) barrels, crystal and armor collections, and an endless array of old-school bric-a-brac—came into being only in 1939. You'll find business folk clinching deals in private nooks here, but also busloads of tourists who have dibs on entire sections of the

restaurant: book accordingly. The overpriced menu of new Dutch cuisine emphasizes local, fresh, and often organic ingredients in everything from wild boar to pan-fried grey mullet. Lack of choice is not an issue here: the wine list, and the flavored jenever are—like the décor—of epic proportions.

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Restaurant Information

Address:

Spuistraat 294–302, Amsterdam, 1012VX, Netherlands

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Phone:

020-530–4060

Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • No lunch. Closed first two wks in Aug.

Updated 08/25/2012

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By Jo

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Feb 25, 2004

Go next door for better value and excellent food

Not a good experience or one i would recommend or repeat

By John

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Jan 13, 2004

Leisurely Service

I would have to agree that the service is a tad slow...but I like to think of it as leisurely. And our server seemed to truly care whethter or not we liked the food. Overall I enjoyed the place, even though it was uncomfortably warm. Try the fish gills...interesting.

By Bill

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Dec 31, 2002

Hip Amsterdam involves real Dutch culture too!

This restaurant's food is very experimental and innovative. Dutch culture and popular culture mix in this 350 year old restaurant in an even older canal house.

By Ross

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Jun 22, 2001

Service? What is that??

Service, if you could call it that, was slow. If you haven't got four hours to spend on dinner , rather try somewhere else.... When we asked the waiter how much longer we would wait for the main meal, we were met with the response that 'there are nine rooms here' - as if having a large restaurant excuses slow service. After speaking to the manager, things improved somewhat, however that should not be required in a medium/high priced restuarant. Food

was nonethless excellent.

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By Alan

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Jan 22, 2001

Safe as houses

This is a safe choice for those wanting updated Dutch food. Not too experimental, but adopts some of the safer trends. Can't beat the atmosphere - each room is different. And ask about the house liqueurs - they make their own.

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