91 Best Restaurants in Amsterdam, Netherlands


$$$ | Oud-Zuid Fodor's choice

It's become a bit of a tourist favorite, but many Amsterdammers still believe that this is the best Indonesian rijsttafel in town—so if you're looking for the ultimate Amsterdam dining experience, this is the place to go. Menu choices include fish, meat, and vegetarian rijsttafels; all are fresh, well spiced, and full of authentic flavors. You can order à la carte, but the rijsttafel is the way to go. The design is ultramodern, with lacquered red walls that set off giant vintage family photos from the era of the Dutch East Indies.

Amstelveenseweg 158–160, Amsterdam, 1075 XN, Netherlands
Known For
  • arguably the best Indonesian rijsttafel in town
  • contemporary cliché-free setting
  • great for groups and single diners
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch, Credit cards accepted, Reservations essential


$$$$ | Oud-Zuid Fodor's choice

For innovative "New Amsterdam" cuisine, head to this Michelin-starred restaurant near the Station Zuid Metro stop, in sleek Zuidas. The design is Scandinavian-inspired lacquered wood and angular chairs, but the set six-course menu is hyperlocal, and everything is beautifully presented; many of their vegetables and herbs come from the on-site kitchen garden, one of the largest in Amsterdam. Expect creative vegetable-led dishes like "risotto" of cauliflower and ricotta, topped with herring roe, or 30-day dry-aged beef with parsnip and apple.

Café Duende

$ | Jordaan Fodor's choice
Located a short walk from Noorderkerk, Duende is the oldest tapas bar in Amsterdam, dishing out tasty plates of garlic prawns, bacon-wrapped dates, and plenty more for over 25 years. The cozy yet lively setting transports visitors to Spain, an experience made complete with occasional live flamenco performances at the mini theater hidden in the back.
Lindengracht 62, Amsterdam, 1015 KJ, Netherlands
Known For
  • Basque cuisine
  • vegetarian-friendly
  • lively atmosphere
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch Mon.-Thurs.

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Carstens Brasserie

$$ | Centrum Fodor's choice

With a dizzying array of recently opened restaurants offering so-called New Dutch Cuisine, it's looking like Dutch food has finally been given the makeover it long deserved. This Centraal Station–adjacent establishment gives brasserie classics a Lowlands twist, using seasonal ingredients fresh from a local organic farm.

Bring the kids; there are kids' menus and regular family lunches with a fun educational twist on Sundays.

Damrak 1-5, Amsterdam, 1012 LG, Netherlands
Known For
  • a melt-in-the-mouth pork cheek stew
  • a Caesar salad featuring the almost emblematic Dutch vegetable, kale
  • cocktails with a local twist
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch Mon.–Thurs.


$$$$ | Oosterdok Fodor's choice
A delight for vegetarians and omnivores alike, this organic, veggie-centered eatery (albeit with meat and fish as accents, if you choose), close to the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, highlights local ingredients in its inventive tasting menus. The sparse, informal decor ensures the focus is where it should be: on the beautifully presented small plates—think fresh, seasonal ingredients in dishes, served with a variety of textures and flavors.

De Foodhallen

$ | Oud-West Fodor's choice
Modeled after Madrid's indoor San Miguel market, this always-packed food hall in a former tram-maintenance building is unfailingly popular with locals and tourists alike. Food stands run the international gamut, from Vietnamese and Indian street food to Mexican and Italian dishes, with favorites like gourmet hot dogs and hamburgers thrown in for good measure. Head to the gin bar to partake in the city's G&T craze. The food hall's hours run late for Holland: until 11:30 pm most nights and until 1 am Thursday–Sunday. It can be difficult to find seating on weekends.

De Kas

$$$$ | Amsterdam-Oost Fodor's choice

Situated in a 1926-built former municipal greenhouse is a lovely, modern, and light-filled restaurant (you're surrounded by glass) serving Mediterranean-influenced food. Wim de Beer and Jos Timmer took over the menu in 2018, changing the focus to include more freshly grown vegetables, often from the restaurant's own greenhouses and garden, though the restaurant is not strictly vegetarian because both meat and fish are served. The daily changing prix-fixe dinner menu, with dishes chosen by the chef (vegetarians can be accommodated), always consists of five or six dishes (lunch is three or four).The wine selection is delightful, and they do a wonderful job with pairings.

Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3, Amsterdam, 1097 DE, Netherlands
Known For
  • fresh ingredients "picked in the morning, served in the afternoon"
  • daily changing vegetable-forward menus
  • a beautiful and airy glass building and delightful garden terrace
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No dinner Sun., Credit cards accepted, Reservations essential


$ | Centrum Fodor's choice

This snug breakfast, lunch, and high-tea favorite is strewn with flea-market finds (such as a gorgeous Portuguese chandelier and charmingly mismatched tableware), but there are only 10 tables, so be sure to make a reservation (even for breakfast). It's worth planning in advance for comforting French toast or pancakes, lovely lunchtime soups, salads, and toast spreads with veggies picked fresh from the owners' kitchen garden, or for homemade cakes, tarts, and quiches.

Taksteeg 7, Amsterdam, 1012 PB, Netherlands
Known For
  • lovely surroundings in an always-busy area
  • cozy afternoon teas (2–5 pm)
  • home-grown organic ingredients and Slow Food–listed regional products
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.–Tues. No dinner, No credit cards, Reservations essential

Gebr. Niemeijer

$ | Centrum Fodor's choice
Fix your morning woes with some of the city’s richest croissants, butteriest brioche, and most perfect pain au chocolat at this artisan French bakery on Nieuwendijk. Or indulge in a high tea you won't easily forget.


$ | Leidseplein Fodor's choice
Famous for their full English breakfast, Bloody Marys, and Irish soda bread, Greenwoods Keizersgracht dishes out hearty brunch specials daily with plenty of vegetarian options, too. Their fun, seasonal menu includes American-style pancakes, stacked sandwiches, and cocktails with a twist. Dine inside or snag a seat on their sun-drenched terrace for a view of the canal. Still hungry? Their original location is still located at Single 103.

Hotel de Goudfazant

$$$$ | Amsterdam-Noord Fodor's choice
In a high-ceilinged former garage—still housing a number of classic cars—this large, modern, and convivial restaurant is worth the trek across the IJ River. The "Golden Pheasant" offers good value for a three-course menu of Dutch fare with a French twist: expect favorites like oysters, roast chicken, and Angus beef, along with a variety of specials.

Kaagman & Kortekaas

$$$$ | Medieval Center Fodor's choice

Fans of fabulous nose-to-tail dining have faithfully been placing themselves in the experienced hands of chef Giel Kaagman and sommelier and host Bram Kortekaas since 2015. Their namesake eatery, which has been a leading light in the local bistronomy movement, sits along a medieval alley in the heart of tourist hell, where multiple levels arranged around a slightly sunken kitchen allow some diners to feel like they’re part of the action. Regularly changing four-, five- or six-course chef’s menus keep things fresh, but there’s usually homemade charcuterie, plenty of traditional techniques and a few offal surprises - picky eaters, you’ve been warned!

Sint Nicolaasstraat 43, Amsterdam, 1012 NJ, Netherlands
Known For
  • high end dining in a no-frills, informal setting
  • creative chef’s menus, featuring foraged ingredients, venison and offal
  • a wine list with finesse
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.--Mon. No lunch.

La Perla

$ | Jordaan Fodor's choice

The folks at this restaurant, tucked away on a side street, have perfected the art of wood-fired pizza. Made from fresh ingredients imported from Italy, their thin-crust Neapolitan-style pies draw lively crowds of locals and tourists who don't complain about standing in line for the classic Margherita, quattro formaggi (four cheeses), or spicy puttanesca. Note that there are no slices, just whole pies. A roomier La Perla outpost is just across the street at No. 53, where the menu also includes sandwiches, pasta, and salads.

Tweede Tuindwarsstraat 14 & 53, Amsterdam, 1015RZ, Netherlands
Known For
  • Neopolitan-style pizza
  • whole pies, no slices
  • takeaway
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No credit cards, Reservations not accepted


$$$ | Western Islands Fodor's choice

This casual neighborhood bistro draws a relaxed local crowd with its seasonal preparations of seafood and meat served with farm-fresh vegetables. The menu changes daily—ingredients are chosen from the morning market by the chef, who trained at Berkeley's Chez Panisse—and are offered on a four-course prix-fixe menu (three courses are available for lighter appetites, weeknights only).

MOS Amsterdam

$$$ | Western Islands Fodor's choice
On the southern banks of the IJ River, in an area with few places to eat, this Asian-inflected French restaurant ups the bar by using international ingredients in creative combinations in their tasting menus. Visually MOS captures the feel of old Shanghai, with cushy jade chairs, copper accents on the walls, and an elegant bar area.
IJdok 185, Amsterdam, 1013MM, Netherlands
Known For
  • creative contemporary fusion dishes
  • delightful wine list
  • lovely water views
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.-Mon. No lunch Sat.


$$ | Amsterdam-Noord Fodor's choice
Befitting its location in the former shipyards of the newly hip NDSM area, this quirky restaurant is housed in a series of cavernous shipping containers—it attracts a young, lively crowd that appreciates the organic meat and vegetables and sustainably caught fish and seafood. In summer, the huge terrace and sandy man-made beach along the river turn into a party with DJs.

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$$$$ | Oud-Zuid Fodor's choice

A Chez Panisse–trained chef whips up frequently changing menus with local ingredients and a Mediterranean flair at this lively restaurant in a former chapel; all dishes are cooked on an open fire in an outdoor wood oven. The three-course dinner menus are a great value and make it worth venturing to Amsterdam's far southern reaches (Tram No. 5 stops a block away)—there is always a choice of meat or fish, and you can add an "in-between" course for a little bit more. (You can also order à la carte at lunch.) Most of the seating is at long communal tables, which makes for a convivial atmosphere. In the summer, dine out on the gorgeous terrace, which has views of the outdoor open kitchen and leafy Beatrixpark surroundings.

Restaurant Sinne

$$$$ | De Pijp Fodor's choice
This candlelit French-Mediterranean restaurant with exposed brick walls and whimsical cartoon paintings is a true local favorite. Choose a set menu by picking from several appetizers, mains, and desserts—the minimum order is three courses and ranges all the way up to eight. The menu changes frequently and features highly flavorful modern dishes with an international twist. There's usually a complimentary pre-dessert—which could be a deconstructed apple pie with tapioca balls and cream—poking delicious fun at the Dutch appeltaart tradition.
Ceintuurbaan 342, Amsterdam, 1072 GP, Netherlands
Known For
  • accessibly priced Michelin-starred cuisine
  • signature dish: celeriac with black truffle and celeriac foam, egg yolk, and Hollandaise sauce
  • elegant, romantic setting
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues. No lunch Wed.–Fri., Reservations essential

Restaurant Vermeer

$$$$ | Red Light District Fodor's choice

Culinary surprises are the name of the game at this stately restaurant; instead of a menu, diners are presented with a list of seasonal ingredients (pear, cauliflower, and squid, for example) from which chef Chris Naylor whips up creative and masterful four-, five-, or six-course menus. Some of the vegetables and herbs come from the roof garden of the adjoining Barbizon Palace hotel. The gray-tone walls enlivened with paintings of flowers lend a contemporary yet formal air, and an army of waitstaff are on hand to ensure that the service is always impeccable. Each summer the restaurant closes for one month while the staff go on vacation (dates change year to year).

Prins Hendrikkade 59-72, Amsterdam, 1012 AD, Netherlands
Known For
  • brilliant cocktail and wine pairings
  • vegetable-led, Michelin-starred cuisine
  • quiet, refined atmosphere
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun-Mon. No lunch, Credit cards accepted, Reservations essential


$$$ | Museum District Fodor's choice
Amsterdam's famed Rijksmuseum displays a dazzling collection of Dutch masterpieces, and the adjacent restaurant, with a warm but understated decor, shares a similar lofty goal: to create edible art using as many Dutch-produced or -influenced products as possible. This means the vegetable-heavy menu of mainly small plates may feature such delights as red cabbage gazpacho, celeriac with hazelnut miso, and the signature mille-feuille of beetroot with soy-infused beurre blanc and parsley oil. Order à la carte or go for one of the Chef's Menus (the latter is compulsory on busy Friday and Saturday nights) but well worth it.
Museumstraat 2, Amsterdam, 1077 XX, Netherlands
Known For
  • modern Michelin-starred Dutch cuisine
  • veg-led plates that always deliver on flavor
  • convenient Rijksmuseum location
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.-Tues., Reservations essential


$$ | Amsterdam-Oost Fodor's choice

With a bright, modern dining space lined with white-clothed tables and an open kitchen, this popular French-Flemish eatery is one of the liveliest in town. The food is simply prepared but delicious, and reasonably priced; the three-course menus change frequently and always include daily specials. When it's offered (nearly always), don't miss their signature poussin, a perfectly roasted chicken with rosemary, served with a side of seasonal vegetables. Although the menu is in Dutch, the personable staff are happy to translate.

Marcusstraat 52, Amsterdam, 1091 TK, Netherlands
Known For
  • French-Flemish comfort food and good wine
  • a devoted local fanbase (book early!)
  • genuinely friendly service
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch Mon. and Tues. No dinner Sun, Reservations essential

Sea Palace

$$ | Oosterdok Fodor's choice

You can't miss this over-the-top floating Chinese restaurant, moored on the Oosterdok near Centraal Station—the ornate atmosphere of red paper lanterns and red- and black-lacquered ceilings that wouldn't be out of place in Hong Kong or Vancouver could easily be a tourist trap. But it's not: the extensive Canton, Macau, and Peking duck menus and other dishes are consistently fresh and authentic.


$ | Jordaan Fodor's choice
Named for the Dutch word for lettuce this organic salad bar is a small yet popular chain bringing healthy eating on the go to Amsterdam (and beyond). Tasty salads, soups, bowls, and juices are made fresh, daily with sustainably sourced ingredients. Menu options rotate seasonally and are easily customized to fit dietary needs, including vegan.


$$$$ | Museum District Fodor's choice
This isn't your average sushi joint; in fact, sushi is just one of the choices on the sophisticated Asian fusion menu—which straddles Japanese, Chinese, and Thai flavors—at the Conservatorium Hotel's signature restaurant. Chef Schilo Van Coevorden has built a reputation for bringing exciting flavors to Amsterdam's Asian palette. The atmosphere is urban chic, with exposed brick, industrial lighting, and a glass-box kitchen, and the stylish diners are likely enjoying Gunma Wagyu chuck rib or foie gras gyoza alongside standout sushi and sashimi.


$$ | Amsterdam-Oost Fodor's choice
With the northern Dutch province of Friesland's wealth of local ingredients from fertile pastures and seafood-rich seas, this hidden bar-restaurant was a thúskomme (''homecoming'') of sorts for its young Frisian chef-owners. Stop off for a beer or indulge in New Dutch Cuisine with Frisian flair. Located in the lesser-known Indische Buurt, Thúskomme attracts creative locals with its easy vibe, living room-like looks and regular musical interludes.
Batjanstraat 1a, Amsterdam, 1094 RC, Netherlands
Known For
  • wild Wadden oysters with Frisian vodka and pickle juice
  • a wide selection of beers from Friesland and beyond
  • Frisian charcuterie and cheese
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.

Vlaams Friethuis Vleminckx

$ | Centrum Fodor's choice
The Flemish (Dutch-speaking Belgians) have a reputation for making the best fries in this part of Europe, and one of the best places to try the Lowlands' famous fries is Vlaams (Flemish) Friethuis Vleminckx, where the frietjes are freshly made and delicious. Go native and order a patatje oorlog (war-style fries), topped with mayonnaise, satay sauce, and raw onion.

1e Klas

$$$ | Centrum

This Grand Café is a storied place to wait for your train. Architect Pierre Cuypers' original 1889 Fin-de-Siècle interior, no longer restricted to first-class passengers, is the perfect backdrop against which to linger over coffee, a snack, or a full-blown meal accompanied by fine wine. There's a pub with the same name and the same atmosphere next door.


$$$$ | Amsterdam-Oost
By day, this sleek Swedish-owned establishment serves cinnamon or cardamom buns and seriously good specialty coffee from La Cabra in Copenhagen. By night, take your pick of the premium (mostly natural, mostly French) wines displayed in a ceiling-high wine chamber before indulging in a six-course set menu by chef Túbo Logier (formerly from innovative eateries such as London's The Clove Club and P Franco and Belgium's Chambre Separeé). The new chef's Asia-inflected style and love of ferments nicely contrast 48/50's Scandi-schtick. A selection from the evening menu is also available to order à la carte at lunchtime.


$ | De Pijp

While you're in Amsterdam, do try Surinamese food, a unique fusion of Amerindian, Caribbean, Chinese, Jewish, Dutch, and Indonesian cuisines that arose from this South American country's history as a Dutch colony. Albina is a local fave that serves up one of the best rotis (the Surinamese take on Indian flatbread) in the city. It comes with a choice of fillings and is real-deal comfort food. Nieuw Albina, at No. 49, has the same owner and the same kitchen, if you find the original too crowded.

Albert Cuypstraat 69, Amsterdam, 1072 CN, Netherlands
Known For
  • fast, cheap and (generally) good Surinamese food
  • Chinese-Surinamese classics like babi pangang, pom, and roti
  • basic canteenlike setting
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.


$ | Oud-Zuid
One of four Anne&Max outposts in Amsterdam, this self-described "urban living room" is a great place to rest your tired feet after a long walk in nearby Vondelpark. There's decent coffee, cake, and plenty of healthy organic and vegetarian options for breakfast and lunch.
Amstelveenseweg 196, Amsterdam, 1075 XS, Netherlands
Known For
  • homemade carrot cake
  • "energy shakes" (mango, orange, banana, ginger, apple, and linseed)
  • housemade sodas in flavors such as lemongrass and ginger or blackcurrant, rosemary, and juniper berry
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No dinner