There is no shortage of excellent restaurants in Amsterdam ranging from traditionally influenced Dutch dining establishments to International eateries that offer global cuisine and cater to about any culinary taste out there. To help you find your favorite place to eat and experience the diverse culinary scene here, we’ve put together a list of the best restaurants in Amsterdam.
Moeders (traditional Dutch)
Located in the city centre, Moeders is a fabulous restaurant that offers local Dutch specialities like meatballs with mashed potatoes, bacon, sausage, and cabbage. The walls of Moeders are decorated with photographs of moms and the interior consists of cool antiques. Order the delicious fathers spare ribs or go for the Dutch rice dish. In case you are still hungry, desserts like the chocolat partyand Dutch delight are extremely tasty.
Gs Jordaan (American / Brunch)
There is an abundance of seriously awesome breakfast and brunch eateries in Amsterdam and Gs Jordaan is definitely one of them. This American-style brunch restaurant offers a full range of egg options, as well as the best chicken waffle burger ever. If you get thirsty, there are 13 versions of bloody mary to choose from. Gs Jordaan also boasts a brunch boat that runs three times daily over the weekends.
La Perla (Italian / Pizzeria)
Visitors who are looking for a hipster pizza joint with a minimalistic interior design should definitely check out La Perla. Try the Neapolitan pizza which is topped with fresh ingredients imported straight from Italy or order the signature finocchiona which comes with artichokes, arugula, and salami. This is a no-frills restaurant with outdoor seating.
Haring & Zo (Street food)
Looking to try some local delicacies after a night out in the city? Head out to Haring & Zo, one of the last remaining authentic herring stalls in the city. I recommend the fabulous au naturel. It is firm, juicy, and delicious and served with pickles and onions. The staff is friendly and the food here is reasonably priced.
Thrill Grill (Burgers)
Thrill Grill is probably one of the best places in Amsterdam for burgers. A local legend, Chef Robert Kranenborg is in charge of preparing delicacies like salmon burgers, beef burgers, and pulled pork sandwiches. The meat here is sourced from local dairy cows and they cook it to medium-rare. I liked the Peruvian beef thriller which comes with avocado, tomato, spicy Aji Amarillo sauce, red onion, coriander, and wasabi mayo. The veggie Mexican thriller was also delicious.
Yamazato is an upscale Japanese restaurant that specializes in kaiseki cuisine. The restaurant earned its first Michelin star back in 2002 and boasts a traditional Japanese interior. Kaiseni dishes like shrimp sushi wrapped in a bamboo leaf and seared seabream are simply amazing. Yamazato is located in Amsterdam’s Hotel Okura and can seat up to 120 people.
Cannibale Royale (Meat)
Looking for an awesome late night dining experience? Open until 3 am on the weekends, Cannibale Royale is a true paradise for meat lovers. This brasserie has a couple of locations in the city, so you can never be far from one. Try some of their signature dishes like succulent ribs and jerk chicken. They also serve a variety of burgers and have a nice range of stakes available to order. If you wish to have a drink, their craft beer menu is excellent.
China Sichuan Restaurant (Chinese)
Popular with the Chinese expat community here in Amsterdam, China Sichuan Restaurant is a rather small restaurant that focuses on Shicuan cooking, so you should expect plenty of chili and fire-hot cuisine. The Sichuan Steamed Beef practically melts in your mouth, while Kunpao Chicken is extremely tender and juicy. The portions here are huge and most dishes come with plenty of rice.
Meatless District (Vegan)
If you are a vegan who is looking for a nice place to eat while staying in Amsterdam, I recommend having lunch or dinner at the Meatless District. This Old West restaurant offers a seasonal menu which is 100% vegan and includes dishes such as barbacoa bowl, golden goddess wrap, and golden chia pudding.
The White Room (Traditional)
Opened in 1885, the White Room is one of the oldest restaurants in the city. It is located on Dam Square inside the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky and serves nicely presented four to eight-course menus. The trout with potatoes and caviar was really tasty, while the seabass with beetroot and radish was also quite good. For dessert, make sure to try their flavorful granny smith or jasmin.
Tokyo Ramen Takeichi (Japanese)
Fancy some tasty ramen? Tokyo Ramen Takeichi is one of the most popular ramen joints in the city and their Nouko spicy chicken ramen with egg is without a doubt a spectacular dish in every way. You can choose from a variety of toppings here and my favorite one was the chicken meatball. A bowl of ramen soup without optional extras will set you back around €14.