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Balthazar's Keuken

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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, Late Night, 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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  • 80
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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This place is delightful. Small but comfortable with an excellent and attentive wait staff, open kitchen, and GREAT food (fresh, local, prepared with finesse). Prix fixe for me included 5 small appetizers (fish, pickled yellow beet with fennel, a tiny onion tart, etc.), swordfish steak and amazing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Romantic
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152 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Brighton, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

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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London
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We were lucky to turn up at 13.00 hrs with no reservation and get a table. Choice of menu is not an option, but then to savour the delicate flavours of the two course meal you really should not fret. 1/2 litre of wine thrown in with delicious breads in a very friendly atmosphere does it. We always like to... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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246 reviews 246 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This restaurant doesn’t have much in the way of choice, but then, it doesn’t need to. Balthazaar’s Kuechen has long enjoyed a reputation as one of Amsterdam’s finest eateries, and long may that continue. Our visit of some weeks ago, began with a prompt 7.30pm table booking, and a bottle of house red. To start, a platter of small dishes... More 

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New York City, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This place is delightful. Small but comfortable with an excellent and attentive wait staff, open kitchen, and GREAT food (fresh, local, prepared with finesse). Prix fixe for me included 5 small appetizers (fish, pickled yellow beet with fennel, a tiny onion tart, etc.), swordfish steak and amazing desert -- but it likely changes often. Highly recommend.

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Brentwood, Tennessee
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We stumbled upon this restaurant during a pre-trip internet search. What a wonderful restaurant - farm-to-table type with set menus each week. When we were there, the two entree choices were beef and swordfish. Delicious appetizers and dessert, too. Great!

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Chicago
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44 reviews 44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Our dinner at Balthazar's Keuken was one of those events where the people, the place and food all work together in concert to deliver a feast for the senses. The restaurant is located in a restored coach house, with exposed brick walls and an open kitchen. The tables are placed close together, allowing a some friendly exchanges with other guests.... More 

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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48 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Unique small restaurant. The charming lady who greeted us was the owner - and also the chef. There is a fixed menu, so you get a starter which on our visit consisted of six different portions including mussels, vegetables and meats. There is a choice of mains - meat or fish! Our choice was lamb or langoustines -we both chose... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

Amsterdam is not known at all as a culinary city, right so But this restaurant contributes to the better list, small relax atmosphere but the food was very good, and better No menu to choose from, so you must be open to try new things The starter of 5 different small dishes was good, we choosed the meet options for... More 

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31 reviews 31 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This small restaurant (about 30 seats) is located in the charming part of Amsterdam called Jordaan. You can't find the menu beforehand on the Internet; the chefs compose the night's dinner depending on what is available. All very good, well prefared in a cosy surrounding, you can get a 3 course for just € 32,50. So if you are able... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Avoid at all costs. So many better restaurants in Amsterdam. Lazy, careless, thoughtless. Non fussed staff. Boring starter platter of cold leftovers. Main courses that don't work. (Prawns with sauerkraut?!) If you only have 2 options make sure they are both good! Didn't even apologise about a rotten potatoe. Thoroughly disappointing.

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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
  • 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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