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“A most enjoyable meal” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurant Vermeer

Restaurant Vermeer
Prins Hendrikkade 59-72 (NH Barbizon Palace Hotel), 1012 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
020-556-4885
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Ranked #29 of 2,463 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $28 - $33
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Port Macquarie, Australia
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“A most enjoyable meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

Had a business dinner at Vermeer near the end of a Europe trip - the service was excellent and very interesting, the food innovative but more than ample and very tasty, and the wines excellent (wonderful that they had a stunning Grosset Riesling for about 50 euros). There are certainly other restaurants around the world that bring the whole experience together a little better, but Vermeer does a wonderful job and deserves their star.

Visited October 2013
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
25 helpful votes 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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Groningen
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56 reviews 56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
14 helpful votes 14 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
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
46 helpful votes 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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