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Prinsengracht 252, 1016 HG Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Jordaan)
0206249791
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Ranked #1,060 of 2,435 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Cuisines: African
Neighborhood: Jordaan
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch

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Helsingborg, Sweden
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

The locals keep this little gem busy with take out, so if you're going for dinner you have to hope you'll get one of the only small three tables available (or spot in shared soffa downstairs) and get there early before they start running out of food by 21:30! If you imssed out for dinner go for lunch or just... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We kept walking by this restaurant and said how wonderful it smelt so on the 4th walk by we could see a vacant table so we went in! We were not disappointed with the Mediterranean/Algerian cuisine. We were ushered to the counter to choose our dinner as there is no menu. Small choice but what there was was great -... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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144 reviews 144 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We were intrigued by a decent place on Prinsengracht serving Algerian, which I believe is one of the few cuisines you can't really find in New York. Starting with a bed of starch (rice or couscous), you build a platter out of many fresh daily offerings at the front counter and it's then brought to you in the seating area... More 

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Ghent, Belgium
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We found this nice place alongside the Prinsengracht, close to the Jordaan and "9 straatjes", The food is precooked and one can choose ones ingredients and then the plate is heated (mine could have used a bit more heat). All in all the food was very good and we had a great view (mid-october we could sit outside with a... More 

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Switzerland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This little restaurant (self-service) with a view on the canals doesn't seem like much from the outside. I had never had Tunisian food before, but from what I've tasted at Raïnaraï, it was a positive surprise! I chose a medium plate with couscous, a meat and a vegetable dish. The lady serving on that night heaped my plate with food... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

One of the best north African restaurants i´ve been too! the food was absolutely delicious! The combination of spices, fruits, vegetables and couscous.. it all blended so perfectly!

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Brussels, Belgium
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

When you are walking around in Amsterdam and you are enjoying the Canals you can get hungry from all that beauty, but you can't seem to find a restaurant that doesn't scream tourist-trap from 100 meters afar. Well then, check out Rainarai! On a small corner just beside one of those romantic Canals you can find this cosy oriental eatery... More 

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We've walked past this restaurant several times thinking it was a food store but now actually had a meal there. Really liked it. Not that expensive, fresh ingredients, real, good food. Lovely Algerian flavors. Quite a lot of organic stuff available - especially in drinks, not sure if all ingredients of the food are. - We'd recommend the owner to... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

The employee in the restaurant was so delightful. She explained every dish to me and my friend. Definitely the best meal I had in Amsterdam and I am an avid foodie. We took the food to go because they have only a few tables in this small location (they have a larger restaurant in another Amsterdam location) and we were... More 

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california
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

it seems hard to believe that a meal here would not be well enjoyed and considered exotic, flavorful and quite interesting. the menu changes daily, and you have the opportunity to choose from multiple vegetable and meat offerings, all with the taste of north africa. totally great and central location and perfect place for a lunch. most highly recommend.

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Address: Prinsengracht 252, 1016 HG Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 0206249791
Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Jordaan
Cuisine: African

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