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“Wow. Just wow.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of De Harmonie

De Harmonie
Westersingel 95, 3015 LC Rotterdam, The Netherlands
010 436 36 10
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Ranked #1 of 471 restaurants in Rotterdam
Cuisines: French, International
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Bern, Switzerland
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Wow. Just wow.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Give this place a Michelin Star! Exquisite food - we had the surprise menu, and what a pleasant surprise it was! Each course was an amazing balance of flavor and pleasing to the eye as well. It was quite reasonably priced, especially getting the wines to match each course. Friendly and knowledgeable staff and peaceful decor. We will go again next time we are in R'dam!

Visited April 2013
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Somerset West
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
“Harmonious lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

I recently had lunch here with a good friend.

We were greeted by a lady, who wasn’t overly friendly. The same can be said about all waiting staff: correct but a bit of 'automatic pilot' friendliness. It was nice weather and we were escorted to our table in a beautiful garden, with loads of shady places provided by big old trees. The furniture however was not very comfortable and one would expect better and more comfortable chairs while spending some time here.

The menu was handed over and is very exciting. Choice from the menu is around 15 dishes, which are all presented with three words: really something different, which makes one very curious of what is about to come out of the kitchen.

The wine menu offers a nice range but wines here are not cheap. I opted for a Bourgogne Chardonnay but with a price tag of € 37,00, is quite steep for a, with all due respect, entry level wine from the Burgundy. Fortunately, it tasted good.

The highlight of this place is without any doubt the kitchen. We didn’t have much time so for a starter I chose the combination of Goose liver – Granny Smith – Seedcake (Dutch speciality called kruidkoek, which is difficult to translate). The presentation was stylish and the taste was stunning. My main course was the combination of Sea Bass – Turnip – Basil. Again an absolute winner with looks and great taste. My only criticism is that the portion size was a bit small for a main course, but a the same time this is a place to have more time to explore more of their fantastic menu combinations.

The lovely garden and the food are too good assets to give this restaurant a four star rating, but when taking the whole experience into account, a smile or two more and better chairs would make it a real five star experience.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Aachen, Germany
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

The restaurant is excellent. My wife and I had a good time there and certainly good food. The atmosphere is nice. The waiters are also nice. The dessert is superb. Everything is perfect! Better to reserve a table in advanced on Saturdays. The restaurant is located at good place which is easy to reach by public transportation.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Perfect harmony at Harmonie”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

Eating at Harmonie was a really positive experience. The food was excellent and the price is very reasonable for what you get. We had a tasting-menu consisting (at our request) of fish and vegetarian dishes, and especially the vegetarian dishes were wonderful. The food is a nice mix between modern and inventive dishes, and then a few more classic ones. The service was helpful, friendly, relaxed, knowledgable and even wore attractive uniforms (staff at high-end restaurants in Holland do have a tendency to be dressed like dowdy bank managers from the 1970s, never a plus for the overall ambience!). The interior is very nicely done in a clean and sober way that befits the old town house. There is plenty of space for the tables, so you are not rubbing your elbows against the other tables. My only complaint is that the lights were very bright, but probably they forgot to dim it on the evening we were there. All in all, a great experience. We will definitely be coming back.

  • Visited May 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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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Fantastic Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

Haven't been to this resaturant in a couple of years and wow, what a surprise coming back. It used to be a bit oldfashioned but, they have been reborn as a modern/classic restaruant. It is located in an old townhouse with a modern/classic interiour in the centre of Rotterdam so the atmosphere is superb. They also have a great garden whihc i believe is very nice in the summertime. The food is a mix of different styles, good quality produce and this makes the food very interesting on a high level. Service is relaxed but, still formeel and knowledge is high. I will definetly come back more often, this is a great place.

Visited May 2013
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