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“Remarkable food in Amsterdam” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rijsel

Rijsel
Marcusstraat 52B, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
020 463 2142
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Ranked #84 of 2,482 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Geneva, Switzerland
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82 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
“Remarkable food in Amsterdam”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This could easily become one of my favorite restaurants because they found an almost perfect balance between atmosphere, cuisine, service and prices. This is rare anywhere, and almost impossible to imagine in Amsterdam where service is usually not up to standard.
It is difficult to describe, but i will give it a try. The restaurant itself is very informal as a setting; something approaching a large bistro. The wine list is very well balanced with an interesting choice. I needed help here and the advice was knowledgeable and friendly. Prices very reasonable as well. The service had the same balance of informality and efficiency. There was also a good team spirit (nothing like "this is not my table" type of behavior). Finally, the most important, i.e. the food. Excellent old-fashioned food; first class ingredients cooked to perfection. Presentation is simple and it is the food that stands out in all its simplicity. Really amazing tastes. They appear to change quite often the menu. A good reason to go back soon. It seems to be difficult to get a reservation; better book well in advance.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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86 restaurant reviews
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“Great food at sensible prices”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

The small but delightful menu at Rijsel provides delicious food at sensible prices. The wine list is also very good and sensibly priced. The atmosphere is very informal and has been mentioned elsewhere on TA the acoustics do provide a fairly noisy environment. Nevertheless a visit is well worth while, the chicken, for which they are justifiably famous, is quite superb. The service is very friendly and efficient. Do book as early in advance as you are able.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“A Near-perfect Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Why only " near-perfect " ? Because the tables are VERY close together , and the acoustics make conversation something of a struggle at times .
The food was sensationally good , unpretentious , local and proud of it .
The wine list on its own will ensure my return - plenty of good " Old World " wines , sensibly priced .
The service was unfussy but left nothing to chance - there was always a friendly waitress on hand to answer any question .
Do not allow its distance from a tram route to deter you - it can be reached by a pleasant stroll along the side of the River Amstel , or by Metro .

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Fantasic Wines / Great Foods”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

In Oost, this is definetly one of the best restaurants. The winelist is simply fantastic, the waiters friendly and the food very original. If you're up for great reds and some quality flemish-style meats. This is the place to be. Do reserve like a month in advance if you want a seat.

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“Great service, great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

When you are greeted at the door you know you are in for a good one. Impecable service from knowledgeable staff, great wine menu and simple but well prepared food. Despite its popularity Rijsel keeps being unpretentious and cosy.
And yes, the chicken is delicious, but the side dishes are even better!
The only negative point is that due to the space, it gets really noisy!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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