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Balthazar's Keuken

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Jordaan
French, International
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Elandsgracht 108, 1016 VA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 420 2114
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Hours:
Wed - Sat 12:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Balthazars Keuken restaurant in the heart of the Jordaan district is one...
Balthazars Keuken restaurant in the heart of the Jordaan district is one of Amsterdam's most special restaurants. It is a long, narrow space set in a former smithy, with scrubbed wooden floors, an open kitchen with pans and utensils hanging in plain view. The moss-coloured banquettes, unadorned wooden seating, and plain white table linens add to the ambience of simplicity and relaxation. And it's tiny, seating just about 30 inside and a few more on the bijou terrace in fine weather. 'Romantic' must be Balthazar's middle name, in spite of the plain surroundings. Owners Karen Gaasterland and Alain Parry create internationally-inflected three-course fixed-price dinners, with a menu that changes every week. They create. You enjoy. No choice about the dishes, though. The starters are tidbits meant to appeal to all. The mains are perfectly-sourced fish or meat with sides. House wine is from the Languedoc, chosen to complement the Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Dinner and lunch from Wednesday through Saturday. Groups up to ten can dine in the restaurant then, or hire the entire venue for private events during the rest of the week. Very popular, very packed.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
small but excellent food

It's been awhile but the memory has lasted well. The food was excellent, the weekly menu worked well for our group. Service was good and the atmosphere relaxed, I warmly recommend!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2015
JoKu_matkalla
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Helsinki, Finland
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  • Romantic
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Dinner for two 28th July and we had a set menu of three courses which included tasting plate with bread as a starter, choice of swordfish or veal for main course (we had one of each), then the most delectable eclair for dessert. Rose wine on the menu was clean and perfect accompaniment to the meal. Fun staff. Would go... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Meal was as advertised... wonderful set of 5 different tasty starters followed by a scrumptious dinner! The setting is a homey, eclectic feel, with faded/barely visible scenes painted on the scrubby walls in the midst of an open kitchen. The restaurant seats only a few dozen and is barely 4 meters across. The wait staff was engaging and described the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Balthazar's is a small restaurant that gets busy, so possibly not ideal for an intimate date, but the atmosphere is relaxed and buzzy, and the food is excellent. The format is that you get a set selection of tapas style starters with bread (could be any combination on any day but we had sardines, some chorizo, an aubergine dip, something... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We have been to Balthazar's Keuken 3 years ago and we loved everything about it. But this time it was a big disappointment. Food was sub-par and service was very spotty. Starting with very un-tasty appetizers and simply awful main dishes. One of the appetizers tasted spoiled; main course fish was way too salty and main course meat was simply... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

It's been awhile but the memory has lasted well. The food was excellent, the weekly menu worked well for our group. Service was good and the atmosphere relaxed, I warmly recommend!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I was in Amsterdam with my boyfriend and this was arguably our favourite meal. It's quite a small restaurant with an open kitchen. It was a set menu with a choice of meat or fish as the main. The food basically does the talking. We had a fun sharing starter with lots of little choices, some quite different which is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We found Balthazar's Keuken through Trip Advisor, where it was listed as one of the best in Amsterdam. We booked online before our trip for a Saturday lunch, and were looking forward to going. On the day we were caught up in an unavoidable lunch-time commitment and called them to cancel. They very graciously offered us a slot that evening,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We had a wonderful dinner, exquisitely prepared and beautifully served. The experience is for the adventurous, with a new menu created each week from what is in season. Five appetizers, a choice of two main courses, and a dessert. For us, each course was a delight. The restaurant is small, so make your reservation early, then get ready to be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Small and we luckily booked a table a week or so before but could only getat 6.15, though whilst this was early it was full....We took our children aged 12 (enjoyed the quail) and aged 8 (definitely enjoyed the red mullet)..... and had a lovely evening .... whilst there is no choice for the dessert, which they told us was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Arrived a little late having called ahead and was seated near the kitchen - a great choice for me as an avid master-cheffer. Starter was a sharing platter of pickled beetroot, warm barley, cool whitebait on a spelt sauce, shaved courgette with Parmesan and sliced lettuce with an anchovy sauce. Interesting, not arresting! Mains were lamb shank with artichoke and... More 

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Address: Elandsgracht 108, 1016 VA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 420 2114
Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Jordaan
Open Hours:
Wednesday 12:00 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday 12:00 am - 11:30 pm
Friday 12:00 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 am - 11:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 35 - 35
Cuisine: French, International

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Elandsgracht 108, 1016 VA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Jordaan
  • Neighborhood: Jordaan
  • Phone Number: +31 20 420 2114

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 35 - 35
  • Cuisine: French, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic

Description

Balthazars Keuken restaurant in the heart of the Jordaan district is one of Amsterdam's most special restaurants. It is a long, narrow space set in a former smithy, with scrubbed wooden floors, an open kitchen with pans and utensils hanging in plain view. The moss-coloured banquettes, unadorned wooden seating, and plain white table linens add to the ambience of simplicity and relaxation. And it's tiny, seating just about 30 inside and a few more on the bijou terrace in fine weather. 'Romantic' must be Balthazar's middle name, in spite of the plain surroundings. Owners Karen Gaasterland and Alain Parry create internationally-inflected three-course fixed-price dinners, with a menu that changes every week. They create. You enjoy. No choice about the dishes, though. The starters are tidbits meant to appeal to all. The mains are perfectly-sourced fish or meat with sides. House wine is from the Languedoc, chosen to complement the Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Dinner and lunch from Wednesday through Saturday. Groups up to ten can dine in the restaurant then, or hire the entire venue for private events during the rest of the week. Very popular, very packed.
Open Hours
Wednesday
12:00 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
12:00 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 am - 11:30 pm

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Neighborhood Profile
Jordaan
One of Amsterdam’s most preferred outdoor markets and some of the city’s favorite watering holes are but two of the many reasons to save ample time for a stroll through this especially convivial warren of narrow streets with its unfair share of quirky shops and quality galleries. Historically a haven for the working class and emigrants, these days the Jordaan is better known as an enclave for artists and designers. As popular as the Jordaan is as a destination for locals and out-of-towners alike, the area never feels particularly touristy or overrun with outsiders. A highlight even for long-time Jordaan residents, be sure to accept any invitation to step within one of the area’s beloved courtyards or to have a sneak peek inside one of its many working studios.
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