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De Lachende Javaan

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Centrum
Indonesian
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Frankestraat 27, 2011 HT Haarlem, The Netherlands
023-5328792
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5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • 37
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great authentic food from Java served with a smile

the crew of this restaurants is getting a bit old and it shows. Drinks orders are not taking in the most accurate manner. Perhaps this minor issue adds to the ambiance of this great restaurant. Visit when you have time, avoid when you are in a hurry. The kitchen crew is up to standard and beyond... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
MMBonaire
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Bonaire
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84 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Auburn, Alabama
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We got the rijsttafel, and everything in it was amazing. The waiter was wonderfully helpful in telling us what to get, because we had never had Indonesian before. Nice atmosphere and conveniently located. Highly recommended.

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Bonaire
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

the crew of this restaurants is getting a bit old and it shows. Drinks orders are not taking in the most accurate manner. Perhaps this minor issue adds to the ambiance of this great restaurant. Visit when you have time, avoid when you are in a hurry. The kitchen crew is up to standard and beyond. They serve you a... More 

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N. Idaho
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86 reviews 86 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

I visited this restaurant on the first night and first group dinner of Rick Steves tour. It was an awesome setting to get to know the folks I would be traveling with and the food was delicious and varied. I am vegan and although there were plenty of vegetarian dishes to choose from, they actually brought me out a few... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Visited this restaurant with friends from Lebanon December 2014. It is an excellent food, it is one of the best restaurant I ate in.

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Voorheesville, New York
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

We have tried Indonesian food in the past but have never had a full rijsttafel until we visited De Lachende Javaan. It was a fun and tasty way to get more acquainted with a wide variety of Indonesian dishes. The food was well prepared, attractively presented and the service was good. We could have hoped for a few more vegetable... More 

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Roswell NM
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74 reviews 74 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We were with the Rick Steve's Best of Europe tour, and we got to spend our first meal together here. The traditional rice table (rijsttafel) is an Indonesian meal brought to the Netherlands. We sampled rice and many different toppings - so many that I couldn't count them all. There is a heated tray that ran the length of the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I had dinner at this restaurant with three friends in June 2014. We had spent the day at the nearby shore, and stopped at Haarlem to have a brief look at the city and to have an early dinner. We asked a few locals to recommend an indonesian restaurant and we were directed to De Lachende Javaan. We were not... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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96 reviews 96 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Our group met for dinner at "The Laughing Javan", and we were glad we did so! First class cuisine, in more than sufficient quantity and variety. Wait staff was friendly, helpful, and highly competent. I especially liked the heated serving "rail" down the middle of our tables, which kept the many dishes warm and tasty during our long meal. Beverage... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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82 reviews 82 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Thank you Trip Advisor reviewers. We love Indonesian and having scoped out two lesser options on our walks, decided to look up Javaan before venturing in. The food is absolutely delicious: just what I was craving. We were well looked after by the owner but I can see that some reviewers could have a point about slower service on some... More 

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Lathom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Best ever chicken and lamb satay. Followed by delicous beef rendang. A very nice bottle of house white for a very reasonable price. Great service so very impressed

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Frankestraat 27, 2011 HT Haarlem, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Haarlem>  > Centrum
  • Neighborhood: Centrum
  • Phone Number: 023-5328792

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Indonesian
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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

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