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Bistro de 13 Balcken

Zevenhuizen 11, 1811KB Alkmaar, The Netherlands
+31 72 520 0079
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Ranked #1 of 87 restaurants in Alkmaar
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $19 - $34
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Paderborn
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We chose the restaurant because of Trip Adviser, and so glad we did! Sat outside as weather was glorious for our evening meal. Service was so good, 2 waiters who we felt really looked after us, friendly, likeable and nice. Food was different and the menu was not something you will come across elsewhere, or we haven't anyway. Innovative and... More

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New Jersey, USA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We found this restaurant accidentally while exploring Alkmaar in the evening. The owner and the waitress were very helpful and the food was very good, especially the fish. We were the only tourists there. Most of the patrons were locals that seemed quite friendly with the owner. To me that also speaks for quality and service. Thank you.

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2 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Food was superb and the bistro has a really nice feel about it. 19 euros for house wine and the waiter wouldn't leave the bottle on the table!

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Metairie, Louisiana
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Best restaurant on our trip in Europe so far. If in Holland and close by, enjoy. Only negative is that they did not have a dark draft beer. Had to drink bottled

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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

It's extremely rare for a restaurant to tick every box when it comes to cosiness, service, food and wine - usually something has to give - but Bistro de 13 Balcken somehow manages it. We ate in the excellent and highly rated Restaurant de Kas in Amsterdam just the night before, but this place blew that meal out of the... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

Honestly one of the best restaurants we've been to in a while! Great food, patient service, well chosen wines and all set in a lovely atmosphere. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Situated just outside the main streets of Alkmaar you will find this small but cosy restaurant. If you're looking for the restaurant please look at the sign "bistro' because there is no 13 Balcken logo at the outside. The staff working at this restaurant is nice and very friendly and take good care of you. The serve good food for... More

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Global
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61 reviews 61 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Very warm welcome from the waiter, this small restaurant offers a short card of traditional dishes from the area. Choices of meat and fish and "dish of the day". The chicken and beef stew were very tasty. A bit less for the "dish salad". The kids had dessert as well and like it. Avoid the 'prosecco', not the highest quality,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Located a 5 min walk from the central square and well worth walking that little bit further. This was the best meal we had in Alkmaar. Visited without a booking on a Sunday night was made to feel immediately welcome but I suspect that on another night you would need to book. The menu was short but varied and everything... More

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Bingley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Just recently returned from a cycling holiday, with a group of 6, to North Holland. We ate evening meals in several different restaurants in Alkmaar and Hoorn but this was by far the best. We returned for a second night and again were all very pleased with our meals. The menu is not extensive but all the dishes we tried... More

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