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Restaurant het Zwaantje

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Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
Dutch, European, French
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Berenstraat 12, 1016GH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
020-6232373
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food and warm atmosphere

Even though the restaurant was ful!, they found us a table. Service was warm and friendly, not fast but certainly not slow. Food was excellent. I had moules marinière, she had calf's liver. Prices were not cheap but certainly very reasonable for the quality.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 26, 2015
John A
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Cranbrook, Kent
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maryland
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51 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small, traditional style restraint that serves large portions of great food for cheap. The decor makes you feel Rembrandt might have stopped in for a bite. I had chicken in a pot, and it came with salad and fries. It was almost more food than they could put on the table. And it was lip smacking gooood.

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Thank mitchunleashed
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63 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Went there for xMas eve. Food was ok. But service was extremely friendly and we had a good experience. Could be a tat more sophisticated. My sole looked fresh but my soup tasted like "instant"

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Thank Arnaud T
Cranbrook, Kent
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

Even though the restaurant was ful!, they found us a table. Service was warm and friendly, not fast but certainly not slow. Food was excellent. I had moules marinière, she had calf's liver. Prices were not cheap but certainly very reasonable for the quality.

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Thank John A
Perth, Australia
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102 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

I came here looking for traditional Dutch food and I found it. I must admit I was a little intimidated when I first entered, as it seemed a little fancier than what I’m used to, but the staff were friendly and quickly welcomed me to a table. I ordered the stewing steak with vegetables, and from reading the other reviews... More 

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Thank Chris B
New York City
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79 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

It was pouring the night of our dinner. Heavy winds and rain swept streets with umbrellas flying in and outside and all over the place, jumping over huge pools of water, we were walking, and by the time we arrived we were soaking wet. Tucked in a side street between 2 canals is a place where no-nonsense food is served.... More 

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Milano
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40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I discovered this restaurant on the web site Iamsterdam.com. I really enjoyed the place warm and clean and the dinner. Me and my girlfriend ate a really good suddervlees. The staff is very kind and available to describe the menu. Last but not the list, after paying the check, I forgot my mobile and a very gentle girl of the... More 

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Thank Johnnybegood79
Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015 via mobile

During the 2 hours stay they managed to bring us 2 bottled beers only, however we would have at least 5. Also the pancake ordered at 09:15 was ready at 11:00 when I was just asking the waiter to cancel the order - he said unfortunately it is ready so he will bring it now doesnt matter that I do... More 

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Thank agent3451
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

Lovely restaurant. Great food. Great atmosphere. Friendly owner and even carpets on the tables. Highly recommended

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Thank alison2208
London, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

We chose this due to its decent reviews and the fact that its advertised on the I Amsterdam website as one of the city's best traditional Dutch restaurants. Horribly disappointed. We were a group of 12 people and I'd made a reservation beforehand. The service was terrible. We waited half an hour to order, and then at least an hour... More 

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Thank Beth A
Molalla, Oregon
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

I eat here quite often and have always found the food and service to be great! Excellent menu and specials!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Berenstraat 12, 1016GH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
  • Neighborhood: Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
  • Phone Number: 020-6232373

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Dutch, European, French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine

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This UNESCO World Heritage Site is as historically significant as it is perennially popular. Whether you’re a history buff, architecture enthusiast, shutterbug, or fashionista, odds are you’ll find the Amsterdam you're looking for while roaming around the Grachtengordel (Canal Ring). A brilliant place to get lost in a moody meander and a key component to any sightseeing trip to Amsterdam, this area's major draws include the Anne Frank House, the Bloemenmarkt floating flower market, an enviable assortment of independent boutiques along De Negen Straatjes, and of course all of Grachtengordel’s lovely canals and bridges.
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