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“Very nice food in a good atmosphere” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Vis & Ko

Vis & Ko
Spaarne 96, Haarlem, The Netherlands
00315127990
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Ranked #2 of 185 Restaurants in Haarlem
Price range: $55 - $81
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Vis en Ko is a top-class fish restaurant set in a grand French-style building. The great expertise of the sommelier make you want to taste the wines even more.
Tilburg, The Netherlands
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23 restaurant reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Very nice food in a good atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We choose for a 4 course menu + desert. Added to this we had a matching wine menu, two drinks as an aperitive, two bottles of water and two coffees. The total bill amounted to 218 Euro's.
Vis & Ko serve very good food (8/10) based - fish cuisine. The meals were sufficiently large to more than satisfy our needs - we are normal-moderate eaters. The accompanying wines were fine but not very good (7/10). Here Vis & Ko could really do themselves a favour and some real room for improvement. All in all we found the price a bit steep. Nevertheless we really enjoyed the dinner in a very nice atmosphere - excellent service and very friendly staff.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Santpoort-Noord, The Netherlands
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62 reviews 62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Disapointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012 via mobile

This should be the best pace in Haarlem, but we had a very bad experience. It started that our resevation did not come through, we had to wait. The staff is not professional, look they arrived directlyfrom school. The chef did not look interested, and behaved angry to his employees, and the food was so, so. Nothing special, haarlem has much better places!

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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10 restaurant reviews
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“Maybe too subtle for me”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Never been there, so came with high expectations. Everything well prepared and well cooked, but did lack the 'wow'-factor (4 courses with wine accomplishment, apperetive and coffee €105 per person). Had hoped for more pronounced flavors, but maybe it was all too subtle for me. The wine was nice, but not more than that. Not competing in flavors with the food.
Young staff provided good service, after a slow start, but still looking for the right balance between formal and informal.
Overall, all good food (a lot can go wrong with fish) and service but not exciting with upper market prices.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Very friendly staff, reasonable tasting menu with excellent wine pairing.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

The restaurant is along the road the winds through the Spaarne River. So I can imagine that this must be a nice restaurant to visit in spring or summer.

The staff was very friendly although a bit stiff when informing us of what was being served and the wine associated with the dish. I took it as a language issue so I did not really mind. They did try to give out their best in trying to please us by asking us whether everything was okay.

Very well presented, the dishes were very good The restaurant specialises in seafood. The complimentary smoked salmon mousse was excellent! The main courses were a tad short of being excellent but maybe it was just the fact that we were very tired that evening. Whatever the dishes lacked though, the wines kicked in the punch needed to bring one to a meal nirvana. The place knows its dishes and it definitely knows its dish as well.

For those of you driving in the rain, take the Appelaar underground parking about 100 meters from the restaurant. It's not easy to get kerb parking in this area.

Visited November 2012
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“Excellent restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

We had an excellent 5-course diner at Vis en Ko.
The service was great (although a bit formal as you often see at more expensive restaurants) and the quality of the food was excellent.
Every dish was a work of art with well combined different flavours.
Vis en Ko also offers a wine arrangement which presents a different wine for every course. I recommend this unless you have to drive home afterwards (-;.
Downsides: there really aren't. Or it must be that we cannot afford to eat here to ofter due to the high prices.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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