There are so many places to eat in Amsterdam! And considering how crazy the city is, sometimes it may seem like a tough task finding some nice place to eat. But don’t stress out, because DutchReview is here to help.
Here are some of the most chill and hip restaurants in Amsterdam, that also offer delicious food and amazing cocktails! (we all know you like those cocktails too much).
Obviously, as we’re still in the corona times, you should probably think about just ordering from these amazing spots.
The Birdhouse Amsterdam
One of the most chill places to eat in Amsterdam is The Birdhouse restaurant. It is one of the few places that offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam. It’s a charming restaurant with a chill vibe, allowing you to enjoy your meal in a very pleasant atmosphere. Not to mention that the staff is absolutely amazing, and ready to answer any stupid question you may have.
Once you’re there, you get to choose from quite an impressive menu with quite a few healthy options, may I add. From the very beginning, you notice that the dishes are separated into two categories: bowl or toast. This means that you either get your meal on a toast or in a bowl.
As if the restaurant wasn’t amazing enough already, it also has a private lounge that you can book for private events. So if you’re looking for a way to impress your family/friends/colleagues/boss with a new and unique venue, then The Birdhouse Amsterdam is the place to be!
Plantage Middenlaan 46, 1018 DH, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Bardark is a Tel Aviv-themed bar in Amsterdam, located in the ever-growing hip and cool Pijp. Although it’s labelled a bar, it’s also a great place to go for dinner, perfect for those nights when you want to go for some chill drinks, but know you’re going to get hungry. You don’t often find a bar that also serves food until late. It is truly one of the best places to eat in Amsterdam!
The menu is pretty simple – each thing you order will arrive on a tray with three side-sauces, a bit like a portion of street-food. The three sides (tahini, manjo and chilli) are a nice addition because you can choose which sauce you want on your meal and how much
Ferdinand Bolstraat 12, 1072 LJ
Bar Fisk Amsterdam
Somewhere in the Eerste Sweelinckstraat is Mediterranean heaven on earth, which is also one of the best places to eat in Amsterdam. A new restaurant where lovers of fresh fish and good wine can come taste the very best that Amsterdam has to offer. Fisk is the Scandinavian word for fish and is no surprise that it is one of the specialties of Bar Fisk.
Despite the Scandinavian name, Bar Fisk’s menu is a mouthwatering combination of Mediterranean and Israeli cuisine. Inside, the decor is elegant and traditionally Scandinavian. The restaurant has a very creative and relaxing feel which helps create an atmosphere that depicts a fusion of Scandinavia and Israel. Most striking is the large bar, which for a large part is adjacent to the open kitchen.
In Amsterdam, food from the Middle East seems to be a bit of a new hype and Bar Fisk is where Amsterdam residents come to sample dishes from Tel Aviv and other popular Israeli cities. Their menu is presented in a rather unique manner: choose between The Tasty Monday, Lunch Menu and Dinner Menu and get blown away by the possibilities the Wine and Cocktail Menus present. Making a choice can be quite a difficult task. Good luck with that.
Eerste Sweelinckstraat 23, 1073 CL Amsterdam
Obviously, when you hear the name Escobar we all think of fine drinks and good food, right? Well, you should now, at least when you’re looking for places to eat in Amsterdam. Cuz this colourful joint in the pulsing neighbourhood around the Gerard Dou plein has a lot going for it.
What’s at Escobar? I present you with a fine terrace (there in the middle of October), funky vibey decor with Latin touches, good cheerful drinking and nice Mediterranean food you can share with your friends. Had a fun talk with the young owner, Roderick, how it opened up a year ago and how Escobar made a name for itself for good drinking. Now they’ve just introduced a new menu and we’re on a path to gain a reputation for serving more than fine food as well, and boy oh boy, they’re on the right path.
Eerste Sweelinckstraat 10A, 1073CM Amsterdam
Feeling fancy? If you’re looking for a slightly more sophisticated night out – it’s got to be Kluis, the final restaurant on our list. This is certainly what you call fine dining. You’ll find it located on the bustling Haalemerstraat. This brand new restaurant has everything you are looking for.
The starter was bread and selection of butters (ft unique flavours like squid ink and beetroot). Yum! You can choose if you want starters. The oysters come with lemon and a sauce of red onion and red wine vinegar.
Amuse – the one we tried was beef with a wasabi sauce on edamame beans (very amusing).
It’s a ‘tasting menu’ so you pick from 3 – 6 courses, or you can ask for their signature dishes (which also sound amazing).
We’d recommend the Coquille and king krab dish – the beurre noisette (butter sauce) was to die for and the trompet de la mort (mushroom or “death trumpets” as we like to call them) were simply exquisite!
Haarlemmerstraat 118, 1013 EX Amsterdam