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“Gorgeous, delicious, and getting there was half the fun!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of De Oude Smidse

De Oude Smidse
Achterdijk 2-4, 1191 JK Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, Amstelveen, The Netherlands
020-4961262
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Price range: $41 - $41
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
New York, NY
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Gorgeous, delicious, and getting there was half the fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

My husband and I rode bikes from Amsterdam, following the Amstel to get to the restaurant, and had a wonderful time just getting there -- beautiful scenery on a lovely day! The meal we had was the best of our trip, and it's worth noting that the seafood starter with crab, shrimp, eel and more was spectacular, and the lamb was cooked to perfection. Sitting in the sun along the canal at this beautiful spot added to our fun as well, and the staff was very friendly and helpful (the manager was kind enough to lend me his iPhone charger, running out to his car to get it especially). I highly recommend a visit, and if you can get there by bike, so much the better!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
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English first
Leigh-on-Sea, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Beautiful food! Lovely atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Lovely taster-menu style starter followed by gorgeous main course. We had a lovely family dinner made even better by the staff, the atmosphere and the surroundings.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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215 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 78 cities Reviews in 78 cities
234 helpful votes 234 helpful votes
“Charming by the water restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

I like this traditional Dutch restaurant. It's informal, has a charming, nice and cozy environment, meaning exactly what the Dutch expression "gezellig" is about.

My sister-in-low and her family where visiting the Netherlands and we went there for dinner. The service was friendly and effective, although a bit slow (but that is the standard in NL). The dishes were good and we were all satisfied. I saw a change from last time we went there, which is a movement in doing more sophisticated dishes regarding the mix of flavours and presentation.

The view is wonderful if you are reserving a table that has view to the canal, with boats passing by and lights going on at night in the bridge right at the entrance of the restaurant.

Ouderkerk is this beautiful little town very cozy, specially at night. So a walk after dinner in the neighbourhood of the restaurant is a must. If it's not raining, of course!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“White44”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013 via mobile

A lovely restaurant, lovely welcoming staff, knew I spoke English and out came the English menu and they didn't hesitate to talk English. The setting in the restaurant was beautiful real old Dutch. The food was excellent, made my last meal in holland most enjoyable. Would recommend this restaurant. Also looking over the canal, and watch the canal boats go by, so beautiful.

Visited September 2013
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Excellent food, beautiful location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

I had dinner with some business associates here this week. It was a gorgeous evening and we sat right by the water watching little boats go by, what a treat. Everyone loved their food, the seafood appetizer with a taste of king prawn, small Dutch shrimp, crab meat etc was great. Several of us had the sea wolf (even though we were not familiar with that fish), I can highly recommend it. They brought us various small plates of salad, something that tasted like marinated watermelon and fries. We all left the restaurant happy.

  • Visited September 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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