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Balthazar's Keuken

#647 of 2,550 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Jordaan
French, International
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Elandsgracht 108, 1016 VA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 420 2114
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12:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Wed - Sat 12:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Romance

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Visitor rating
  • 74
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Food, Great Service

I really loved this place. It's a small hole in the wall with limited seating, so you definitely need a reservation. Its a small set menu with your choice of main. Everything was delicious, including the aperitif and dessert. The wait staff was very friendly and helpful. I'd definitely recommend... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
carmensoc
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usa
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Good for:
  • Romance
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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137 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
usa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

I really loved this place. It's a small hole in the wall with limited seating, so you definitely need a reservation. Its a small set menu with your choice of main. Everything was delicious, including the aperitif and dessert. The wait staff was very friendly and helpful. I'd definitely recommend eating here.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Having dinner at Balthazar is always a good experience: nice atmosphere, good service and excellent food. The menu always offers tasty surprises, inspired by very diverse european recipes. Highly recommended.

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Moorestown, New Jersey
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Went with a group last minute (no reservations) and luckily we were seated. The restaurant filled up very quickly after we arrived. Although it is small, close and loud, I liked that it felt as if you were seated in someone's house. The kitchen was open and you could see all the food being prepared. We had 5 mini plates... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The food was delicious, the house white inexpensive and tasty. Great cocktail to start and all very good value. This was my favourite restaurant visited in Amsterdam! The only think I would say is that we got very lucky in our table which wasn't next to any others and we wanted a quiet meal together but it seemed that lots... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We chose this place due to raving reviews many places, but was disappointed. This is a nice neighbourhood joint, I guess, but the food was nothing in particular. We had some boring starters more resembling amuse bouche and a duck confit that was pretty ordinary. The dessert was a grilled banana not worth mentioning at all. The vibe could have... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Wonderful food, with great service at this intimate - tiny -  restaurant with an open kitchen, in the heart of Jordaan. We booked a Saturday lunch here early in December without releasing that Balthazar had only just started a lunchtime service.  Describing the lunch as a set 2 course menu with a quarter carafe of wine really doesn't do it justice.  The... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Went on the recommendation of a friend who lives in Amsterdam and am pleased we did. It didn't rate that highly on trip advisor and we only had 3 dinner's in Amsterdam (and of course you dont want to waste one!). Really glad we came here. The food was really nice and seasonal. Service was lovely, loved the room and... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

SInce 1994 Balthasar's Keuken has served delicious food for a very decent price. Yesterday I ate a good deer steak with a date risotto. The starters, a plate full of small mezze had mussels with truffeloil which was truly divine, and an assortment of other tasty bites, like squid and a miniature quiche. The desert is hard to describe, but... More 

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Fredensborg, Denmark
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

not value for money . Poor and slow service. Sorry to say that the the very friendly staff was too busy to take proper care of the guest . The food was too rustique for our taste. Big lumps of fish and Meat, with very little or no vegetables. The concept with a fixed menu should leave options for more... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We found this eatery by word of mouth - the tattooed guy in the denim store a few blocks down was adamant that we try to get a table at Blthazar's. The menu is created each night with limited options - but that should not deter you at all. The starter came with five little plates and fresh cuts of... More 

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Restaurant Details

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: Romance

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?