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“A diamond surrounded by Rhinestones” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Barbeque Castell

Barbeque Castell
Lijnbaansgracht 252-254, 1017 RK Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Stadsdeel Zuid)
020-6228606
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Ranked #170 of 2,522 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Barbecue, Belgian, Dutch
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Stadsdeel Zuid
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“A diamond surrounded by Rhinestones”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

To find a good restaurant in the city center of Amsterdam you need a magnifier. Before there was trip advisor, I made some bad choices. Not anymore. On this sunny and warm saturdaynight we were looking for a place where they serve top quality steaks. And if you don't know the city you will easily step into one of the bad bad BAD tourist trap steakhouses you see everywhere. Thru Tripadvisor we founf three places. This one was our 2nd choice ( distance) and they had space at 8.30 pm. We arrived on time and the cute and friendly host placed us at a outside table with canal view. A 5 star seating! Our waiter was friendly too. She suggested the Lobster with Filet steak. And so we did. My goodness, this is just perfect! Don't get me wrong, the price is high; € 60 for this surf and turf dish, but both were so tender and full of taste! Will I go back? Oh yes. Will try to find a group of friends to join us so we can use the restaurants boat in the canal in the front. The waiter explained that they use the boat for groups of around10 people. How cute would that be!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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York, United Kingdom
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158 reviews 158 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 58 cities Reviews in 58 cities
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
“Top quality steaks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

Big, juicy, chargrilled steak - delicious. Not cheap but worth it for the quality.

We ate at one of the outside tables on a warm evening. Glad we did as indoors it appears you eat on the bar or with your plate on your lap on the sofas.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“One of the Best Steaks Ever!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

This restaurant was recommended by our hotel. What a great recommendation! My wife and I both had steak and it was easily one of the best we have ever had. The meat was flavorful and tender. The menu is a bit confusing, only showing prices for full bottles of wine, even though they have wines by the glass available. The seating setup is strange, and it is a little pricey, as others have mentioned, but overall it was a good experience worth recommending.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Newquay, United Kingdom
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“Very good ambience ... be aware you'll eat without a table”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Lovely location on the banks of the Canal very close to Leizplein. As you walk in the lighting is low and the atmosphere is cosy. We were seated around a large square chimney (I think) which had long seats around 3 sides. We were a party of 5 but had to squeeze into the corner of two of the seats meaning that conversation was difficult amongst the group. The lighting here was very low and was actually difficult to see all people we were with. Wine list was good but the service was slow. As we were in the corner it was difficult for the waiter to get to us without disrupting our neighboring bench dwellers or shouting. The food is good but all drinks plates etc either rest on the herth of the chimney when not being use or eaten from laps. As the bbq is good the meat lets out a lot of juices which a colleague ended up having all over her. As it was so dark she didn't realise it was spilling until she felt it. Overall nice idea but needs more thinking through. Great place for pre-dinner drinks but perhaps not for a work dinner.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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“Defining Cool 1 rack of ribs at a time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Castell's is a place that Shaft , or maybe even Don Cornelius from Soul Train would eat in every night of the week. Smoot 70s disco and R&B, leather couches, and a wood fire BBQ in the center of the restaurant. If you aren't ready to go there just from reading that then you are crazy. The place is the coolest restaurant around.

The food is absolutely out of control. Dutch FAT [--] Steak and a Rack of Ribs required me to ask the waitress for an air mattress. The steak was cooked perfectly, had great flavor, and you could taste the smokyness from the grill. The ribs were top 3 ribs I have had in my life, the other two were in Nashville and Charleston, SC, so you can imagine that Castell's does ribs right.

To quote a friend "this is the ultimate man's restaurant", however I know plenty of women who would live to dine as Castell!

  • Visited July 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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