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Restaurant Envy

Prinsengracht 381, Amsterdam 1016, The Netherlands (Jordaan)
+31 20 3446407
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Ranked #349 of 2,141 restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Jordaan
Description: Fifteen restaurant in Amsterdam is an exciting offshoot of Jamie Oliver’s famous Fifteen London, a great example of one set of dynamic, generous people inspiring others to act. In this case, the ‘others’ are Sarriel Taus and Coen Alewijnse who have created this combination restaurant and chef’s school in partnership with Fifteen London to benefit the struggling young people of Amsterdam. So what’s it like at the dining end of the equation? Very cool. The arty cosmopolitan style includes vibrant graffiti-scrawled sheet metal walls contrasting nice with the smart, sleek modern lines, designer seating and white table cloths. The restaurant seats up to 200, yet can still feel right for an dinner a deux. Each night a tasting menu is on offer, inspired by Jamie Oliver incorporating only the freshest regional produce. The modern Italian menu changes weekly and includes one of Jamie’s favourite antipasti to start, a first dish of fresh pasta, gnocchi or risotto, second course of meat, fish, poultry or game, and, we’re quoting here, ‘a wicked dessert’. A wine tasting menu is available to match the food tasting menu, or choose your own from the excellent list.
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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Kent
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

we let chef choose our 4 course menu. Every course was a delight, and we matched with wines by the glass, there was a good choice. We would definitely go back. One ever so minor criticism - the low level lighting which was dimmed further as the evening got later.

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Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We got lucky to be able to reserve a table in Envy, after I read so many good things about it, and so we were very curious if it would live up to the expectations... Well, YES! the place is easy to find in Amsterdam, and the service is kind and friendly, with attention to detail. The food was GORGEOUS,... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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77 reviews 77 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We came here as part of our Restaurant Week Dining experience, even though I pass by the restaurant almost every day. It doesn't look big from outside, but it is rather spacious and lovely inside. They have a set menu, that was superb, and a variety of wines and gins! To our surprise they had a lot of gins to... More

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Oakland, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

The concierge at the Pulitzer Hotel recommended Envy for lunch. It was amazing. I like to try local cuisine so order something I had never eaten before. I was incredible! The cheese and vegetables were so fresh and the flavor full.

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

I went there with a group of friends from London and we each had three courses. The food was nice but not amazing. The sausages are a bit disappointing as being English I expected a real sausage but it is in fact salami. Most of what I ate I could have brought in a shop such as the cold meat... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Though only in Amsterdam for three nights, I ate there two. First night I did a la carte, the second night the tasting menu. Both were excellent. I sat across from the open kitchen which was a treat, like watching a ballet. The food was excellent, not over the top, and price modest by European standards. I loved it.

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Florence, Italy
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

We chose the chef's recommended menu, and from start to finish we were delighted. The service was top notch and each dish was described with enthusiasm. The down side was determining if we were in a bar or a restaurant, but it is lively. We will go again.

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Montreal, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

A lively restaurant with creative dishes, friendly service, but cannot be compared to any Michelin star restaurants, this is more like a mix between a wine bar and a restaurant since half of the restaurant sit and eat on the bar like tables, having said that, I would love to go back again and highly recommend it to others.

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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014 via mobile

We had a beautiful dinner at envy and it is a great degustation menu with really great service and loads of humour would Highly recommend envy

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Home Counties
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

This is a fabulous restaurant serving adventurous food in a relaxed setting. We went for the Monday night special - a five course tasting menu for 36 Euro a head. The food is absolutely michelin standard and amazing value for the price.

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