We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Vaartsche Rijn

$$$$
French, International, Contemporary, Fusion
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Westerkade 27, 3511 HC Utrecht, The Netherlands
31302657910
Website
Improve this listing
Today
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Tue - Sat 6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Description: Vaartsche Rijn is a small restaurant that wants to surprise its guests...
Vaartsche Rijn is a small restaurant that wants to surprise its guests with good food, fine wines and personal attention. In our kitchen we experiment with both classic and innovative flavor combinations. We describe our cuisine as "modern western", our dishes are inspired by flavors, ideas and concepts from around the world. For our winepairings we prefer distinct wines produced by small wineries, that enhance and support the flavors of the dishes. We serve a different course surprise menu. If you have special dietary requirements we will take it into account and make adjustments to the menu.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 40 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 23
    Excellent
  • 10
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Must go, must try, must eat.

I ate with 5 friends at 'Vaartse Rijn' and we've had a experience, not just a diner. 5 courses with surprising combinations, spot-on preperations, no nonsense and honoust food. Good creativity. Handsome kooks, who you can follow from a safe distance without burning your fingers. One of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
Bart v
Add Photo Write a Review

40 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I ate with 5 friends at 'Vaartse Rijn' and we've had a experience, not just a diner. 5 courses with surprising combinations, spot-on preperations, no nonsense and honoust food. Good creativity. Handsome kooks, who you can follow from a safe distance without burning your fingers. One of the best venues i went to in Utrecht. Bart.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
75 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 via mobile

A great restaurant with a couple of flaws. - The service was awesome. - The wine matching ok, but not brilliant. - The non-alcoholic drink pairing was fantastic (many michelin starred restaurants could learn a trick here!) - The food was delicious and creative, especially the pudding which was truly divine (a combination of rhubarb and fennel). - The vegetarian... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
Level Contributor
12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

My favorite restaurant in Utrecht, the city where I live. I lost count on the times I've eaten at Vaartsche Rijn. Always great food and wines with exciting combinations. Always have good options for vegetarians and flexible with diets.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Utrecht, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Restaurant Vaartsche Rijn has a great concept: you choose to have either a 4 or 5 course menu without knowing what the dishes are, let the staff know if you are allergic to certain foods or definitely don't want to eat this or that, perhaps opt for the wine menu which, of course, is aligned with the dishes, and then... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

VR is one of the unknown gems in Utrecht. Styn Knaepen the chef does a wonderful job with vegetables and plate presentation. The food was fresh and flavorful. Our waitresses Sacha and Annemarie made us feel very welcomed. We are foodies... I would highly recommend eating at VR!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014 via mobile

I know fusion food means new proposals in gastronomy, but in the dinner I just had nothing matched! Cold soup, pistache everywhere... But attention was great

Was this review helpful? Yes
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
102 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

Ate last night in Vaartsche Rijn and in one word it was DELICIOUS. Each course was very different with surprising taste combinations, but never over the top or show-offy. The wines were great too. The service was truly excellent, friendly, informal and knowledgable. My only mini complaint is the interior - it's a little bland (but that's a detail). Treat... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mieke M, Public Relations Manager at Vaartsche Rijn, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your experience at restaurant Vaartsche Rijn and we will happily take all your thoughts into consideration. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed the food-wine combinations. We will be happy to serve you again. The Vaartsche Rijn team. More 

Paris, France
Level Contributor
13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Vaartse Rijn is a very nice restaurant. It's not the cheapest (I went several times and paid an average of 50€ pp), but it's definitely the best price/quality restaurant. The concept is that there is no menu, you indicate what you don't like and the entire meal is a surprise. Every time special, nicely done and absolutely delicious. Nice thing... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
75 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

With other restaurants you write about the view, the decoration, the location etc. But with this place, there is just one thing you can’t stop talking about: THE FOOD. It is an amazing place, tiny and cozy and unpretentious. But when they start serving the food…. then you realize this place is BIG. Smart concept to serve one menu for... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hilversum, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
139 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Getting a table at Vaartsche Rijn can be hard, the place is usually booked days in advance, especially in weekends. That says something about the food but maybe more about the few tables they can facilitate. It's an intimate place with a surprise four course menu each month. The service is very friendly and homely. The kitchen has the aura... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Vaartsche Rijn also viewed

Utrecht, Utrecht Province
Utrecht, Utrecht Province
 
Utrecht, Utrecht Province
Utrecht, Utrecht Province
 

Been to Vaartsche Rijn? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Westerkade 27, 3511 HC Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  Utrecht Province  >  Utrecht
  • Phone Number: 31302657910

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 47 - 47
  • Cuisine: French, International, Contemporary, Fusion

Description

Vaartsche Rijn is a small restaurant that wants to surprise its guests with good food, fine wines and personal attention. In our kitchen we experiment with both classic and innovative flavor combinations. We describe our cuisine as "modern western", our dishes are inspired by flavors, ideas and concepts from around the world. For our winepairings we prefer distinct wines produced by small wineries, that enhance and support the flavors of the dishes. We serve a different course surprise menu. If you have special dietary requirements we will take it into account and make adjustments to the menu.
Open Hours
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
6:00 pm - 12:00 am

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Vaartsche Rijn staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?