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“Worth seeking out” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Blauw aan de Wal

Blauw aan de Wal
Achterburgwal 99, 1012DD Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)
020-330-2257
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Ranked #400 of 2,435 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Price range: $30 - $120
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Red Light District
Droitwich, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Worth seeking out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

This is a gem of a restaurant, tiny and tucked away down a long alley in the red light district, you must make reservations well in advance but it is so worth it. Three course fixed menu, but they will make something different for you if you ask. I had a vegetarian and seafood meal which was memorable. The owner was very charming and actually pulled up a chair and discussed each course, plus recommended wonderful and not too expensive wines to go with the food, and dispensed lots of gossip about the area at the same time. Very entertaining evening!

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Brussels
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Excellent in every way”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012 via mobile

This was recommended by a Dutch friend of mine when I asked her if she knew any romantic restaurants. The restaurant is tucked away down an alley in the central (not terribly salubrious) part of town. Once inside, though, you are essentially in an old town house, with dining on several levels and lots of stripped wooden flooring and understated decor. The menu is very short (two options per course) but with food this good, who cares? The service is friendly and knowledgeable and the wines suggested with the courses were excellent. The pace of service is also good - unhurried without being slow. It's not cheap but my girlfriend and I had a truly lovely evening and would definitely go back.

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Santa Barbara, California
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50 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Quality dinning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

Nice dinning experience; more high end, 3 dinning rooms to choose from inside on different levels; 3 courses offered at 55 Euros with two options per course; nice, not real serious wines with decent stemware; service by the friendly owner/ operator., Bert. Will return at least once more on this same trip of 3 weeks.

Visited September 2012
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Arlington, Virginia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Blauw aan de Waal: Highly recommended”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

This restaurant's maitre d' is so in love with what he does that his enthusiasm for the menu and his knowledge of wines carries the evening. The concise, small menu is not overwhelming, and the chef accommodates all dietary restrictions without short-charging the quality of the meal. The choice of plates changes often, the number of tables is small therefore the service is quite personal and attentive, and the wine list contains some real gems without being extremely expensive.
despite the fact that there is a set 3-course price, if you choose not to have dessert, the price is deducted. Coupled to the fresh ingredients, the wonderful taste pairings, the appropriate size portions, and the atmosphere of the place, such attentiveness to detail makes the experience even pleasanter. It is perfectly understandable why a reservation is mandatory and usually requires a month's notice.

Visited August 2012
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Suffolk
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71 reviews 71 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Great place. Good food. Curious building. Helpful staff.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Read the title. What more can I say. There were six of us, and nothing seemed too much trouble for the staff ... Including making a vegan version of a meal. Well presented, hot and tasty food. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. A very lovely night out. Would definitely go back.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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