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“Good for business meetings” 2 of 5 stars
Review of De Machinist

De Machinist
Willem Buytewechstraat 45, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Ranked #255 of 555 Restaurants in Rotterdam
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Noordeloos, The Netherlands
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“Good for business meetings”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Good place for straightforward business meetings. Architecturally an interesting site, reasonable lunches, but otherwise not very special. Not worth the "détour", as De Machinist, though in the centre of Rotterdam, is outside the standard tourists' trail.

Visited May 2013
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
leeuwarden
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“unique restaurant in rotterdam”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Yesterday our son invited us to have dinner at The Machinist. Our evening was a big success in every respect. For a start the building and interior are unique.....in the previous century it used to be a school for engineers (trains, boats....I'm not quite sure) so the place has this industrial feel that we love so much. Then the food...we had Rotterdamse tafel vol, starters, main course and dessert....wow!!!!! It was so good and opulent! Good Belgian draught beer, excellent house wine and very nice waitresses...all in all we spent more than 3 hours at the Machinist and had a lovely evening out.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Yorkshire
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“Excellent Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Had a table with 8 of us. Everyone agreed the meal was excellent. The service was good, and the price not too expensive. I had the fish soup and the sole. Would recommend both. Just around the corner from the Port hotel, which has no restaurant, so a good combination.

Visited May 2013
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Wassenaar, The Netherlands
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“Lobster!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We had a family reunion at 'De Machinist' and as we took 3 younger guests dining with us. It turned out to be an excellent choice. Not only were we lucky enough to eat fresh lobster for a reasonable price, the children amused themselves in he restaurant as there was plenty of space (in the basement) for them to explore. De Machinist is located in a former school. The atmosphere is friendly and I found service fast and professional. The food was very good and not overly expensive.
Plenty of parking space on the Willem Buytewegstraat. Be careful parking in Rotterdam you can only pay for parking by Chip- and not always with cash.....

Visited June 2012
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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“Nice place, average kitchen”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

I have been to De Machinist several times in the last couple of years and they started out with a very good kitchen for a grand cafe but, this time I don't know if it the kitchen had a bad day or if this has become their standard, the food was not good. The menu is quite ok but, i think there are too many courses and therefore the food can not be fresh and sadly this you can taste. It is sad because the atmosphere is very good and the service is great. I will be trying it again though as i live nearby to see if it was a one time incident only. Maybe they do lunch better than dinner.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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