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Balthazar's Keuken

#650 of 2,612 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
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: 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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Visitor rating
  • 77
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Positive food surprise in Amsterdam

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
Philippevdv
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Brussels, Belgium
via mobile
Good for:
  • Romantic
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English first
Brentwood, Tennessee
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

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
37 helpful votes 37 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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110 reviews 110 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 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
20 helpful votes 20 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
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

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
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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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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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