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“Well worth a visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurant Vermeer

Restaurant Vermeer
Prins Hendrikkade 59-72 (NH Barbizon Palace Hotel), 1012 Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)
020-556-4885
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Ranked #17 of 2,287 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Price range: $33 - $39
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Red Light District
London
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65 reviews 65 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Superb food, excellent atmosphere, attentive service, thoroughly enjoyable. Surprisingly large portions, especially after all the delicious little treats from the chef. Really enjoyed that the main course was brought out by the chef and 'explained' to you, nice touch. One very, very minor fault was when our fizzy water was given to the table next to us - probably irritated them more than us as they were drinking something different! But the water was taken off the bill. The waiters and staff were delightful, perfect English and charming with it. They dressed in a delightfully unstuffy fashion, making you feel more relaxed in their very pretty dining room. The attached hotel looked pretty nice as well, we stopped off in the hotel bar for a quick drink beforehand and really liked it.

Visited September 2013
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Leeds, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Superb Food with Matching Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

This restaurant based in the NH Barbizon Palace Hotel near Central Sq is absolutely fabulous. The food is perfectly cooked and presented and the wine chosen expertly to compliment it. The restaurant is expensive but it has a quality to match, with extremely good service and friendly, attentive staff. If you want to spoil yourself with some great food and wine then this is for you. Enjoy !

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cosby, Tennessee
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214 reviews 214 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 59 cities Reviews in 59 cities
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
“Top service with interesting food...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

We just arrived in Amsterdam after a three hour high speed train ride from Paris. We checked into our hotel, the NH Barbizon Palace, and found ourselves too tired to head out to find a quick bite. Our meal at the hotel Restaurant Vermeer took over two hours so I defeated the purpose of a quick meal followed by a good night's rest.

To answer your possible query as to now many courses we ordered, the answer was only two. We ended up with six by the time the chef favored us with his "amuses". All courses were of the high caliber you would expect from a Michelin Star restaurant. And all were avant guard created with foams and cooking techniques that were beyond my analysis. This was the last night of service before the restaurant closed for a six week vacation so maybe the chef was cleaning out the fridge.

Since the menu changes each night based of seasonally available ingredients I will not attempt to remember what we had in this review. Let's just say you can't go wrong if you pick this excellent spot when they reopen in September.

Service was handled by a great staff of four working our table. They were attentive to our inquiries about the city and the ubiquitous bicycles zooming by outside. Perfect English changed to Asian and Italian for the other two tables at our early dining hour(s).

Bill with wine came to 151.00€. Not cheap, but real good.

We will be back next year.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great food and excellent service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013 via mobile

We opened the entrance foor and the staff were immediately attentive. This continued throughout the dinner without being intrusive. Yet the waiters were engaging when we asked questions. The sommelier was particularly responsive. One of my usual subtle trick is to get up, roll up the napkin and leave it on the table see the response. I returned a few moments later to have a new one neatly placed on my setting. If only more restaurants in our home town were like this. The food was excellent. We chose a four course meal which really turned out to be 7 with all additional small additions - mainly froths thoughs. The reataurants change the menu according to the seasonal produce so white asparagus featured menu is approaching the end of the season. The accompanying wines match nicely. We're off to La Rive in a few nights so it will be nice to compare. Nonetheless, Vermeer is worth a visit in Amsterdam especially if you enjoy French influenced fine dinning

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Memphis, TN
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107 reviews 107 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 59 cities Reviews in 59 cities
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
“High quality food and service, but at a price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Just returned from Amsterdam where we had a business dinner for 5 at Vermeer. The restaurant is in a older building very close to the central station. There is one large window with a view of the station, but unless you are at the front table, you will only have an interior view. The options for dinner are either a 4 course preset menu, 7 course preset menu or the al a carte menu. I chose the al a carte, whereas the rest of the group chose the 4 course.

The food is definitely French inspired and unique, with many flavors mixed together. The garden salad contained many marinated and raw vegetables along with Morocco spiced tartar meat. The 2nd course was nice filet of salmon whereas I had the halibut. Everyone said they enjoyed it, but my mixed vegetables that were served with the halibut were out of this world! The 3rd course for the others was pigeon which they said was excellent. For dessert I had a coffee souflee with lemon tart ice cream, whereas they had a strawberry beet dessert. Once again very nice. Each course had a paired wine with it.

Although we only had 3-4 "official" courses, there were another 5-6 small courses provided. Many of these courses used asparagus foam, pea foam or mushrooms in their base. Very flavorable and light. Bread was also availalbe throughtout the meal.

Total cost was 140 euros/person. Several at the table thought it was the best meal they have ever eaten. They also enjoyed the wine sommelier's extravegant stories.

Overall - great food and great service, but over priced for what you get.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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