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“Cafe Batavia -- historic Dutch colonial restaurant with great 1930s "Hollywood-colonial" ambience” 4 of 5 stars
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Cafe Batavia
Jl Pintu Besar Utara 14, Kota, Jakarta, Indonesia
(021) 6915531
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Ranked #42 of 5,054 restaurants in Jakarta
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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“Cafe Batavia -- historic Dutch colonial restaurant with great 1930s "Hollywood-colonial" ambience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

This restaurant meticulously recreates a Hollywood vision of a Rick's Cafe Americain-type bistro and bar (from Casablanca the movie fame), using lots of old wood, wonderful plantation shutters, ceiling fans, atmospheric bell lighting, and vintage photos of mostly Hollywood luminaries from its 1930s Golden Age. "Batavia" was the colonial Dutch word for the Netherlands nation, so the colonial ambience of this cafe is apt. The food is eclectic -- with both local Indonesian specialties, as well as multinationally-appealing burgers, fish and chips, and such. I personally had a delicious grilled salmon with fresh asparagus spears and a baked potato (instead of rice). The staff is friendly and speaks good English. All in all, this is an atmospheric spot for those who want to feel they're enjoying Dutch colonial high style. I'm delighted my friends and I went!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
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Canberra, Australia
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“Charmer evocative of the colonial era”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

There isn't much left of the old original Jakarta, or Batavia as the Dutch called it, but most of what there is is in the Kota district near the docks. Many of the buildings which were part of an effort to create an Amsterdam in the tropics are dilapidated, so the charming Cafe Batavia comes as a particularly pleasant surprise.

Occupying a large building on Kota's lively central square, the Batavia has a delightful between-the-wars feel. Downstairs is a cosy bar but upstairs is especially nice - a large airy room, beautifully furnished, with high ceilings and fans overlooking the square outside. Both floors have beautiful wooden fittings, original furniture and lots of interesting old pictures on the walls including, appropriately, a large portrait of the last Queen of the Dutch East Indies, Juliana.

Excellent draft beer. I can't vouch for the food, but the menu looked interesting, with a wide range of Indonesian, other oriental and Western offerings.

While the building is early-nineteenth century, the Batavia isn't in fact an original survival - it opened in 1993 in what was previously a warehouse. Still, it's brilliantly done and is one of the most pleasant places to spend time in Indonesia's otherwise teeming, chaotic and fairly unlovely capital.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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“Great for Jakarta”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

a really lovely place among all dirt and bad smell in the old town. Old batavia isn't worth to see at all but Café Batavia is it's gem.

drinks and meal (Sate) was good and service very helpful

Visited October 2012
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bali
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“elegant and sophisticated”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

first of all they have the very awesome building.once you're inside,it looks magnificent (not to mention a superb-look rest room). this place have a tall and big windows for you to just glare the outside from a very comfy wooden seat. the food is okay but they do have good coffee. the price is okay,just carry good amount of cash.

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“beautiful restaurant overlooking a square”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Spacious, clean, good food (portions are copious), fun retro décor. Servers were attentive. It was quiet in October. Se ate on first floor. Downstairs there was a piano bar.

Visited October 2012
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