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Festina Lente

40B Looiersgracht, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Jordaan)
020 638 1412
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Ranked #1,004 of 2,318 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Neighborhood: Jordaan
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Neighborhood: Jordaan

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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

Forget the numbers, this places rocks, good food, no, its more than good, good company and so friendly. Its like your living room with all your friends, a really good chef to cook all your fav meals. Comfy sofa, soft chairs and its definitely not corporate, it over looks one of the canals with seating outside so you can watch... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Disappointing after all the good reviews. Waitress was sullen and seemingly not interested in serving customers. I had to go to the bar in the end as fed up of waiting. The menu was limited so was surprised to be told when I went to order that 3 of the dishes we'd chosen were finished (30 minutes after she'd told... More

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Khalkis, Greece
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Strongly recommended, to sit in the sun by the canal or to feel like home inside with the home-like decoration. Beautiful tapas, soups and good wine. All this in the best area of A'dam, the Jordan!

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Montreal, Canada
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102 reviews 102 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Went for drinks at Cafe Festina in the lovely Jordaan area. Excellent service; the staff was very friendly. Great dutch coffee! This place has a nice vibe and atmosphere. Worth the stop!

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Rome, Italy
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48 reviews 48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Nice service, Nice atmosphere, very "Dutch". Poor food. Menù of the day only in Dutch. So may be we made the wrong guesses! Go there for a beer and if you want to escape tourists.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

This to me is very Dutch. I´ve always come here with a Dutch friend and I´ve always thought it´s crazy to go here when Amsterdam is filled with wonderful cafées. But Festina Lente has something. I don´t really know what. Service is bad and their sandwiches are very boring. But if you get a spot on one of the small... More

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Forest Hills, New York
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

My friend and I stayed about 50 ft away from this cafe in an Air BnB rental. When we first arrived and our key had not, we took our packs and got cozy in Festinas for a local beer and snack. The staff was so welcoming and immediately made us feel at home. Well after we got the key to... More

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London, United Kingdom
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228 reviews 228 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

nice friendly 'local' for mostly the younger crowd.nothing 'exceptional' but got some good local 'advice' from the seemingly ever cahanging bar staff.inside rather similar to a myriad of other similar bars around this area.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

This is a tiny unpretentious place serving good coffee and lunch. Located in the very centre of Jordaan, great views and a small cosy outside terrace, a great spot to feel old Amsterdam. Very friendly service, time after time..

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80 reviews 80 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Festina Lente is more of a spot where to get a drink and get shelter from the rain, then to have good food. The people working there can be from ok to annoyingly useless, it very much depends on their mood, as, I have to say, it happens in many other places in Amsterdam.Quality of food is pretty bad, and... More

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