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Restaurant Applause

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Grote Markt 23A, 2011 RC Haarlem, The Netherlands
+31 23 531 1425
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Hours:
Wed - Sun 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer

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  • 25
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  • 13
    Very good
  • 6
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fantastic food in a prime location

Not only is the restaurant situated in a prime location with a beautiful view from the terrace, but the food is fantastic! After spending three weeks in Italy, the craving for spectacular Italian food was peaking, and this restaurant more than satisfied that craving. The chef is also incredibly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Not only is the restaurant situated in a prime location with a beautiful view from the terrace, but the food is fantastic! After spending three weeks in Italy, the craving for spectacular Italian food was peaking, and this restaurant more than satisfied that craving. The chef is also incredibly accommodating regarding special dietary needs/requests, so if you're allergic to/don't eat... More 

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We stayed in Haarlem on Grote Markt and Applause was our favorite spot for dinner. Our server made great recommendations for all of us, including our vegetarian daughter. We ate outside one night, on the plaza, and inside another night, in the cozy and atmospheric restaurant. We loved it both nights.

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Somewhat hidden between the larger surrounding restaurants and café's lies this small authentic Italian restaurant. Wide selection of antipasti and pasta's (named 'primi platti') to choose from. Opt for the 'Antipasto del chef' and you'll get a table full of simple yet delicious small dishes to share. Or pick a starter and go for a 'secondi', main course. Very friendly... More 

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

In Grot Markt Square, this unassuming restaurant provides world-class Italian food. Outside seating is preferred. Wait staff is very kind, English proficient and cheerful. Pricing is fair and our admiration only increased as we sampled food in other Haarlem, Den Haag and Brugge restaurants (which while very good, did not equal Applause).

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Baltimore, Maryland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Home made pesto, bread, seasoned olive oil, salami and cheeses - great bottle of wine, and the afternoon was complete!

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Victoria, Canada
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Whenever we come to Haarlem on business, Applause is always our first restaurant stop. The atmosphere is intimate, relaxed and warm, the servers are nice and the food is always good. We can highly recommend their antipasto and cheese platter along with the pasta stuffed with blue cheese and pear. Would recommend reservations as it is rather small, but not... More 

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We visited this restaurant with high hopes after accolades from friends. PROS: service was very good, ambience is quite nice, bread is fresh and tasty. CONS: food - all three dinners were mediocre - at best. 1) Eggplant parmesan - did not look, nor taste good. Flavourless and mushy - per our friend 2) Penne Arrabiata (my dish) no arrabiata... More 

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 via mobile

one of my favorite restaurants in Haarlem. Authentic food, great pasta's ( no pizza! ) excellent service and great atmosphere!

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

This small and charming Italian(-ish) restaurant with about 40 seats is located in the centre of Haarlem. The casareccia pasta with mint pesto and mackerel was good enough without being fantastic. The side salad was equally OK, so was the workaday tiramisu. A bit off-tune was the exceptionally bitter espresso. Service of the young female "student" was just tolerable. The... More 

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11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Great place to have lunch and people watch. Centrally located in town square. Good variety on meal options. Friendly staff.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Grote Markt 23A, 2011 RC Haarlem, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Haarlem>  > Centrum
  • Neighborhood: Centrum
  • Phone Number: +31 23 531 1425

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 28
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?