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The Hielander

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
European, British, Scottish
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Ridderstraat 15, 1811 EX Alkmaar, The Netherlands
Wed - Sun 6:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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95 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a restaurant we have visited several times and will continue to do so. Authentic Scottish with many bottles of whisky and trinkets on display, along with your always kilt wearing host. The food is good hearty stuff as you would expect, the menu always making the most out of seasonal ingredients. You wont leave this place hungry I... More 

Thank 39teresa
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

great food, atmosphere and service! you can feel great and wlecome in this restaurant. very clean. many choises if you like meat.

Thank Anna Ś
São Paulo, SP
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

The place already caused a good impression by its ambience, which makes you feel for real in Scotland. With just traditional Scottish beverages and food in the menu, we were informed that everything were made carefully in the restaurant, including their own bread and we saw the amazing result when arrived the starters and main dishes we ordered. I would... More 

Thank marjoriefrl
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121 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2016

On my own during a cycling trip, I planned in advance to have dinner at the Hielander. I was not disappointed. The place was very busy, good evidence of popularity and quality of service. During the welcome I was given the Hielander's list of available whiskies - actually this is more a book than a list. Very impressive, and they... More 

Thank vsop-50
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178 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016

This remains one of the best restaurants at which I have ever eaten. The food is top-notch and the pairings with various fine Scotch are superb. A unique and tantalizing experience.

Thank tclwtr
Dundee, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

The meal at the Heilander was excellent with the owners Wullie and his wife superb hosts. The atmosphere was like being back home in Scotland with a fascinating collection of Scotch whisky. I would recommend this restaurant to any visitor to Alkmaar.

Thank alanclark1
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

The taste of the Hielander, it's an exquisite taste in a positive way! My mum and I will go out for dinner every now and then. This time we did it differently, we wanted something else! Well that's what we got, the owner Wullie and his wife Gerie are amazing. They are very hospitable and the food that is served... More 

Thank Fabian T
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2016

I take dear friends to this restaurant on special occasions. The food is great, varied and innovative. But when Wullie advises the whiskey to complete the dish, that is when the real magic happens: together they transform to something brilliant. Highly advised!

Thank justtgisguy
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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608 reviews
348 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 306 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2016

Thanks Wullie for a great evening in Alkmaar that we shall remember for a long time! As a world traveller, I usually do a body swerve on Celtic pubs / restaurants, but this one is really different. In Scotland this would be an exceptional restaurant with the quality of the food and service, but transpose it into The Netherlands, and... More 

Thank crawfie
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2016

Wullie and his family have been taking care of people in and around Alkmaar for over 25 years now. He has the best whisky bar in the Netherlands, I believe he was recently ranked in the top 5 of the whole world. The food is always great, the atmosphere is unique and you always have a laugh when you come... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
European, British, Scottish
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ridderstraat 15, 1811 EX Alkmaar, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Alkmaar
  • Phone Number: 072-5120015

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?