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“Hi end restaurant that fancies itself” 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)
020-556-4885
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Ranked #20 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
Paris, France
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123 reviews 123 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Hi end restaurant that fancies itself”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

The Vermeer is centrally located just across from Central Station, It is fitted out like a stylish house from the last century. Clearly they think they are great and most reviewers agree with them. I found the experience OK but not fantastic. Some things are incongruous - fancy restaurant with all the clients dressed to impress, but the maitre D wears jeans and sneekers. I had a hashed pumpkin starter (very interesting texture, nice taste), then their signature dish of mixed vegetables (ouff) and then reindeer (good but tiny portions). Dessert was all (intense) choclate. Not somewhere I would go back to.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
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  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
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Zurich, Switzerland
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

A group of us dined here and our experience was quite nice.
We were offered either a four or seven course menu or a la carte. We chose the four course menu with the wine paring.
I had venison which was exquisite!
Service was wonderful and attentive. A very good evening out.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Port Macquarie, Australia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 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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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
22 helpful votes 22 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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28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
13 helpful votes 13 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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