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“They can cook” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Cook

Cafe Cook
James Cookstraat 2, 1056 RZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
020 6120547020 6120547
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Ranked #935 of 2,317 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Price range: $8 - $16
Cuisines: French
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“They can cook”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Cute neighbourhood café/restaurant just a few blocks away from my house. Very nice terras at a quite residential square with a view of a beautiful church. Once there you should try to enter if it is open. Off centre, tourism, etc. Waiters are usely students, but they are welcoming and friendly. And to be honest, the food never disappointed me. Had an amazing lamb last night! Will certainly come back!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
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English first
Ottawa, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014 via mobile

We have been in Amsterdam 4 days and have eaten here twice. The service was very friendly and helpful (we do not speak a word of Dutch so they translated the menu for us). We had the steak, salmon, guinea hen and a veal special. Everything was delicious and reasonably priced. We enjoyed the wine although the choices are limited. The atmosphere is cosy and the background music was enjoyable. If you are in this part of the city, I would highly recommend Cafe Cook.

Visited April 2014
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“Enjoyed ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013 via mobile

Enjoed a really good meal at a good price , would go back for a visit when next in Amsterdam. Good service and no rush to move on b

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Nice food, good atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Cook has recently had a renovation and has expanded. The kitchen is still as good as it was before, but there's much more space inside now. The terrace is great in the summer time. It's huge and has a lot of sun until late. There's a nic selection of beers and I always like the choice of music (usually soul, jazz and indie). All in all a great place in Amsterdam West. The last two times I was here the service was excellent.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Great place to get a beer”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We live in de Baarsjes in Van Galenbuurt. Lately there have been a number of new cafes opening in the area, and we are very happy to see something new coming to the neighborhood. Happy because even though we love living in Holland - we don't love Dutch restaurant service. It usually means hiring very young people (under 23, the owner can pay them less) who have no idea what is happening in the restaurant where they work and run by management that has no vision and no idea what service means. So when Cook expanded in their wonderful location we had high hopes for them and wished them best of success.
Unfortunately you can paint brown cafe - but it will still stay brown underneath.
We had dinner in Cook a few weeks ago and thought it was what you would call a work in progress, but we were eager to support them. We called to reserve a table and the phone was answered by a young girl who wanted to help but just didn't know what what going on. After a long back and forth she ended up not being able to take a reservation because "it was to busy".
We went by anyway and were lucky to get a table. The entire huge terrace, was served by 3 girls who probably never have done it before, and a young man who was pretty capable.
Finding out what was the soup of the day was rather challenging, may be because most people were just drinking. But eventually, we ordered and got our food. The dishes were inspired, even if uneven, but it was the case where the effort counted for much.
The problem was the wine list. It was clearly composed by someone who feels that if you aren't able to drink beer (perhaps due to an yeast allergy) then you should be happy with wine being available, no matter how boring and unsuitable to the food it might be. We had a Verduro which tasted as anything but.
The terass however is wonderful, and the food showed some promise so we tried to come back. We stopped by and managed to talk to the manager. We said that we wanted to come for a full three course diner, but had a bottle of wine we wanted to bring, offering to pay a corkage of course. And that's when that old Dutch attitude came right up. He made a face and said that they don't do that. His whole attitude implied that the whole idea of bringing your own wine to the restaurant was somewhat delinquent and utterly pretentious. We felt he thought that wine should be cheap, cold and require as little consideration as possible. And any special effort on the part of the service staff was the kind of crazy thing foreigners do in their restaurants. Being normal was weird enough, as some Dutch say, and having wine that was special was extra weird. So no thanks, you can go somewhere else.
We will, and spread the word among our neighbors.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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