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Vaartsche Rijn

Westerkade 27, 3511 HC Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Ranked #15 of 342 Restaurants in Utrecht
Price range: $52 - $52
Tue - Sat 6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Cuisines: French, Contemporary, International, Fusion
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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 set 4-course menu, which changes once in 4 weeks. If you have special dietary requirements we will take it into account and make adjustments to the menu.
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English first
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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!

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

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

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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91 reviews 91 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 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 

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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
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 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 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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64 reviews 64 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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 

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Hilversum, The Netherlands
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124 reviews 124 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 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 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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76 reviews 76 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Over the past year I've eaten here about 4 times, with friends or with my wife. I can think of only one small improvement point and that's the acoustics - other than that this is absolutely one of my favorite restaurants, ever. Period. These guys cook like you wouldn't believe (in this price bracket, at least). Pleasing, welcoming asmuses like... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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81 reviews 81 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

This is a great restaurant. You eat what they serve. Last night it was mainly fish and vegetarian. Although I usually don't take fish, I really liked what I got. The accompanying wines were pretty good too. Friendly and efficient serves, who kept serving us until the end.

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Lombok, Utrecht, Netherlands
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

I've lived in Utrecht for most of my life and only recently discovered Vaartsche Rijn. They change their menu each month, and there is only one menu to choose from. But for (semi) vegetarians it's no problem to make a reservation and tell you either want the veggie or fish version. I opted for the veggie, and my husband for... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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67 reviews 67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

They offer a "seasonal" menu every 4 weeks. The menu is certainly very special, as it includes non traditional ingredients like octopus gelatin and veal heart. For cheese, you get a full menu with 16 varieties that you can choose. This was the part of the menu i liked the most Service was great, very friendly and knowledgeable

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Additional Information about Vaartsche Rijn

Address: Westerkade 27, 3511 HC Utrecht, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 030-2657910
Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  Utrecht Province  >  Utrecht
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
Average Prices: USD 52 - 52
Cuisine: French, Contemporary, International, Fusion

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