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Festina Lente

40B Looiersgracht, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Jordaan)
020 638 1412
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Ranked #1,133 of 2,287 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Neighborhood: Jordaan
Most recent review
- Jun 1, 2014
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Neighborhood: Jordaan
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77% Recommend
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
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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
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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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72 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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
23 helpful votes 23 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
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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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221 reviews 221 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
159 helpful votes 159 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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Amsterdam
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80 reviews 80 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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London, England, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

I arrived at Festina Lente in the middle of an electric storm. I was soaking wet, exhausted after a very early flight and a day walking around Amsterdam, and absolutely starving. The place was packed, and so I took a seat at the bar to wait for a table. Travelling alone really affords you the time and space to discover... More

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