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Blauw aan de Wal

Achterburgwal 99, 1012DD Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Dam Square)
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Ranked #367 of 2,281 restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $120
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Dam Square
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146 reviews from our community

83% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Mississauga, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Very nice restaurant right in the red light district. Despite being in the red light district you do not hear or see all the comotion as you go down a small alley to the restaurant. We ate outside and had a very enjoyable meal. Our soup appetized was delicious

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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We were first offered a table outside because the weather allowed it. These tables were dirty (old rainwater and flowerbuts) and the waiter didn't even clean ours when we sat down there. When asked what we want to drink I asked the waiter if they have a house apéritif. I was responded to with a rude remark and offered to... More

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

9 years ago, I visited this place for a business meeting, where we had a very good dinner. Tonight, I decided to invite my lovely wife, hoping they were able to meet my memories of a quality evening and dinner. My expectations were indeed met, and I would like to thank all of the staff for an outstanding menu and... More

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Oslo, Norway
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The restaurant is a sanctuary. From the moment we came in and were seated with a glass of gin tonic and some snacks, until we left several hours, we were served several really nice dishes from their set menu. The service can seem a bit unpersonal at first, but these are fun and informal staff once you open up yourself.

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Milano, Italia
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

As an Italian, as you might imagine, my food quality standards are remarkably high. Nevertheless having dinner at this restaurant was an interesting experience. The service was good and the food very good as well. I surely recommend it. The price is in line with the food.

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

As others have pointed out, you wouldn't guess you were about to have a fine dining night given the neighborhood--the Red Light district. But the location is only the first surprise. The food is inventive, delicious, and expertly prepared. The staff are professional, but friendly--we ended dinner with a lengthy discussion of football--the Dutch were playing Argentina that night--and some... More

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Edison, New Jersey
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95 reviews 95 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Of the three upscale restaurants we visited, this one was disappointing. The good was very mediocre. We enjoyed some if the courses, but the fish was very dry and overall the good lacked flavor. The wine list was limited but had some nice selections.

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Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Fine dining in Amsterdam. Just a little off the beaten path, which keeps it quiet. Reservations a must. The menu changes every 2 weeks. Will be heading back there in 3 months. Can't wait. Outside dining if weather permits

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San Carlos, CA
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75 reviews 75 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Blauw aan de Wal is tucked in an alley in the seedy red light district; you most probably will walk by the place if you are not paying close attention, which is hard to do with the Lupercalian revels taking place in the streets all around you. Once you enter the place it is refreshingly bright, particularly the upstairs rooms... More

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Maarssen, The Netherlands
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61 reviews 61 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Some colleagues and I ate some weeks ago in Blauw aan de Wal. I had seen some good reviews. Unfortunately, the restaurant did not distinguish itself from the most restaurants in Amsterdam. Much pretensions and only mediocre performances. All right, we had some nice food, but nothing really special. Except the price. We had a three course menu for 59... More

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