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“Trying to impress” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurant Vermeer

Restaurant Vermeer
Prins Hendrikkade 59-72 (NH Barbizon Palace Hotel), 1012 Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District (De Wallen))
020-556-4885
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Ranked #59 of 2,508 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $28 - $33
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Red Light District (De Wallen)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Trying to impress”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

The Vermeer Restaurant (Prins Hendrikkade 59) looks very, very pretty: candles, long white tablecloths, thick dark ceiling beams, framed pictures, chandeliers... because, although it's a part of the Barbizon Palace bought by the Spanish NH Hotels and not particularly 'vermeerish', the name 'Vermeer' conjures beauty. In small doses: the restaurant is very small (what tries to mean 'exclusive') and it you want to experience it you'd better make reservations.
I recommend Scallops (not as good as in Monterey Bay, Ca.), Lamb (not as young and good as in the UK) and Cheesecake (not as good as in NYC). Therefore everything is good in a second-place sort of way. When you try to impress bare in mind you'll be compared to others that really impressed you.
I don't know if there was a restaurant at the Barbizon before it being bought by the NH Hotels, and if there was one I don't know what it was like. But the Spanish chain cannot avoid being Spanish and, of course, trying to impress: part of the national character. So it's up to the guest to give it a try and decide by himself. That's what we did.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
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Groningen
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56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Good - at a price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Restaurant Vermeer undoubtedly deserves its star - the cooking is outstanding. The price is on the high side - but that is true of Amsterdam generally, where the mark ups on the wine are often stratospheric - but it is in this case not unjustified. The atmosphere is reasonably formal without being oppressive, and the staff certainly are skilled imn making people feel ay home. The wine list is very good, and the sommelier is well-informed. It's a good place to go for a business meal or for an occasion. The cuisine is modern, the portions are realistic and they do not fob you off with mere taster size portions. The amuses are good. All in all, a creative meal with good wines. And good company ....

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Milano
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“we liked it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

me and my girlfriend liked this restaurant. it's very nice and the staff is great.
the food is very good and the prices are fair.
thank you.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“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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