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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: Dinner, Lunch, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food, good service

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 8, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romantic
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
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8 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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Brighton, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
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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London
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15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

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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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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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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23 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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Address: Elandsgracht 108, 1016 VA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 420 2114
Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam
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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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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