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“So hard to decide...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Place Cafe

La Place Cafe
Kalverstraat 203, 1012 XC Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Dam Square)
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Ranked #616 of 2,328 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Chinese, Contemporary
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Neighborhood: Dam Square
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6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“So hard to decide...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Amazing selection of food. So hard to decide what to eat. We got several things and shared them. Everything was fresh, well prepared and tasty. Prices were reasonable.

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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
San Diego, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
“Frites can be better than the overrated Vlaams Friteshuis Vleminckx”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

La Place is a stand out simply because it is unique
In New York City it would be below average. In Amsterdam it rules
Ok I'm an ex New Yorker and a food snob.La Place is dysfunctional
It can get busy and lets not forget its a cafeteria at the end of the day
albeit a nice enough one.there is no table service
That means try balancing your glass plates, silverware napkins desserts and glass beverages on a tray standing on a long tedious line to pay at a register and then and walking down or steps without tripping or dropping something.One must be careful
our Good Dutch friends are used to the balancing act we found it obnoxious
The food you ask?
comes in all varieties and conditions. One day the rotisserie chicken is dry tired, room temperature, overcooked and sitting around to long.
On a busy day it may be magnificent
The same goes for most items here inconsistent at best
Nobody seems to friendly or happy to be working here or inspired. Oh well

One day the frites are extraordinary one day they aren't. For years they had fab honey mustard sauce to dip them in now they have none. Everything always looks nice here and it can get so busy you cant find a table. It may seem reasonable by local standards however not really none the less. I always have an urge to go there but remain frustrated by their inconsistency
its my hope Ill go back and get a moist fresh off the fire chicken some delicious fries and the honey mustard will reappear or I may just be dreaming

You never know what you meal will turn out like. I've had as many good experiences here as bad
At the end of the day love it or hate it everyone should go at least once and try it!
When they don't mess the fries up for my taste they are better than the good but very over rated
Vlaams Friteshuis Vleminckx down the road where folks wait forever for their frites
I'm convinced if people see a line they are convinced it must be good :)

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Good food ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013 via mobile

We've eaten here many times over the years and standards have remained good in terms of food, but service is generally poor from surly and reluctant staff.

La Place could hugely improve their operation if only they trained their staff in better customer relations.

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Dublin, Ireland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great food and value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

i would regard La Place as a regular lunch and dinner spot. Yes, the selection of the food can be a bit confusing as to how it works, but you can always ask! A great range of freshly prepared food, I love the stir fried chicken or gambas. The pea soup at lunchtime is like a whole meal and when combined with the cheese bread, make a really big meal. Large glasses of fresh orange juice to wash it all down.

The salad bar downstairs at street level is terrific for a lunch snack, you load up a plastic box with what you want and it gets weighed at checkout, great to take away and eat in the office.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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80 reviews 80 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“kept coming back...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

We visited `'la place' 3 times during our stay. we accidentally stumbled upon it while meandering through the area and enjoyed the smoothies, coffee drinks and baked goods on several occasions. `it reminded us of whole foods as it is all organic products, etc. A good find for sure!! And of course, a great value!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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