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Balthazar's Keuken

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Jordaan
French, International, Spanish
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Elandsgracht 108, 1016 VA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 420 2114
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Wed - Sat 12:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic
Description: Balthazars Keuken restaurant in the heart of the Jordaan district is one of...
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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  • 95
    Excellent
  • 53
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Small; Unassuming

We had dinner at Balthazar recently. It is a small, unpretentious place with a relaxed, friendly vibe. The set meal was nicely cooked with good flavours. We had an appetizer plate with five selections, including mussels with fois gras, pâté, yogurt & cranberry, snails & a crab item. I then had the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 17, 2015
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Paris, France
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2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were two for dinner with no reservation, they ask as we enter through the door. The lady sit us in a nice table, just next to aisle where people come and go, but even with the small restaurant we did not feel any discomfort, the ambience is very quite. The server came and very friendly, explain us the menu... More 

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Thank Palomamoro
Stockholm, Sweden
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, nice atmosphere in one of the nicest areas in Amsterdam. One fixed menu, that changes every week. Three courses incl wine for two people only 83 euros! Loved this place!

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Thank Emilie L
Kyoto, Japan
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You need to book in advance for this small restaurant in the city center of Amsterdam. It is a 3 course menu with only choice for the main dish. But fit that the food is delicious ! The waiter are perfect. We enjoy it so much !

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Thank PerrineDesbois
Belfast, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have eaten here many times over a considerable number of years and have always regarded the food and dining experience with the highest regard. We visited in December for my birthday and were disappointed. The restaurant was overly noisy and though we realised that it was pre-Christmas this has never been an issue in the past. Of more concern... More 

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Thank irwin100
Vancouver
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157 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

We had dinner at Balthazar recently. It is a small, unpretentious place with a relaxed, friendly vibe. The set meal was nicely cooked with good flavours. We had an appetizer plate with five selections, including mussels with fois gras, pâté, yogurt & cranberry, snails & a crab item. I then had the venison with barley risotto, figs, & baked parsnips.... More 

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Thank htravelbug
Tel Aviv, Israel
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

I wanted to eat in a place that is small that locals eat there that the food is not pretentious - and I was so happy we found this restaurant. Menu changes every week and food is sooooooo tasty!

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Thank Daniella K
Bergen, Norway
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51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

They operate with a 3 course meal, which change weekly i think. Its a small place and easy to miss if your not looking for it. Our precourse had 5 dishes, there was fish or meat and a dessert, you can get wines to match. The winelist was short but looked good, our service was good and attentive, food was... More 

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Thank Per V
Paris, France
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40 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

I walked by many time and got a chance to find a table this evening, it looked very small and cozy from outside,and I thought it must be good,so I decided to go try without even paying attention to the menu. It is true that other reviews mentioned that the service was slow,which wasnt bothered to us,but the 5 small... More 

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Thank cici20152015
Alberta
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77 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

We tried this intimate restaurant after reading some good comments on TA. There is only a 3 course dinner menu that varies daily (about 33 EUR). You start with an appetizer tray of five items and move onto a fish or meat main course and dessert. We walked by about 4 pm and booked the last table for the 6:15... More 

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Thank Mr__LS99
Chepstow, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Unique little restaurant with a set menu. We enjoyed watching the kitchen at work. Small and intimate restaurant and the food was delicious with a good choice of wines.

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Thank Isla A

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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 36 - 36
  • Cuisine: French, International, Spanish

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

Staying in Jordaan

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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