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Reviewed August 13, 2020 via mobile

Your vuurtoreneiland experience starts off with an hour long boat ride along the Ij. In our case this was gorgeous because the weather was amazing and we were able to sit up on deck enjoying the sunshine and seeing Amsterdam pass by. During the trip...a little picnic, consisting of crackers, cheese, radishes, smoked tomatoes and pickles is served which you can enjoy alongside drinks. After an hour you docm at Vuurtoreneiland, a tiny island with a lighthouse, one house and no running water or electricity. On the island is a greenhouse which served as the restaurant, but because it was very warm we were able to sit anywhere we liked, as long as the waiters could see us. We ended up sitting on a bench alongside the greenhouse, which had wonderful views, however was sub-optimal for eating, so I would suggest setting up proper tables outside. Apart from a small handful of other guests the only inhabitants of the island are a flock of geese and some sheep which roam freely, as you are able to do throughout the meal. Fairy lights and a bonfire give the place a magical, midsummer night’s dream kind of atmosphere. Dinner consisted of 9 small dishes, with all ingredients local and some foraged from the island itself. Expect interesting, organic and earthy flavours representative of the surrounding nature. Dishes that really stood out were the goat butter served with bread, smoked cod served on crackers made of fish bones and a venison carpaccio accompanied by a variety of home grown herbs and flowers. Other dishes were a little less memorable, such as a very mild, creamy cheese served with two dehydrated carrots or some chewy mushroom skewers. Overall, however each dish is an interesting sensory experience and is enriched by the stunning setting. An extensive wine list is also available. The service is very casual, friendly and attentive. Following the meal you depart the island at 10:30 and can enjoy coffee and some sweet treats on the boat trip back to Amsterdam. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone living in or visiting Amsterdam, as it is so much more than going to a fantastic restaurant.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed July 2, 2020

We loved it. Staff were so attentive, kind and giving. Great humour. Beautiful food was full of new experiences that we loved. Additional treats on the boat both going to the island and returning. What a great day.

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed December 17, 2019 via mobile

This is a wonderful experience. There is a lovely boat ride to the Island where there are generous snacks and the chance to drink island produced ale. This time from berries. It was a bit weird, but ok. The boat is met by staff with...kerosene lanterns to light your way to the restaurant, which is in a bunker and is a lovely and romantic space. The staff are very professional and attentive, and more than happy to provide menu explanations in English. The food, however is mostly disappointing. There are 7 courses, all of which use interesting ingredients - celeriac, Jerusalem artichokes, samphire, deer; but the combinations of flavours and the presentation of the food was ordinary. The dish of various shellfish (all nice tasting), looked like they were leftovers, as did the deer dish. The pear dessert was fabulous. We had several wines by the glass, the wine pairing was too many glasses for us, and the staff were very helpful in assisting us to choose wines. Overall a lovely experience, it's too bad the food isn't elegant to match the environment.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed November 17, 2019

We were looking for something a little off the beaten path on our third visit to Amsterdam and Vuurtoreneiland fit the bill and then some! First, the classic ferry to the island set the tone for the whole evening with it's vintage vibe, simple but...delicious snacks and cider. And then the island...it was stunning from the minute we set foot on it and were handed our cute lanterns to see with as we made our way to the bunker in the pitch black. From the minute you approach the bunker and see the small bonfires and a warm glow from the window to being seated in one of the many warm and comfortable nooks, the whole thing felt super cozy and charming. And the food! It was great! My favorite dish of the night was a whole onion encased in salt and roasted in the fire. It sounds so simple and was so unusual and yummy. We also loved that everything was in Dutch, including most of the guests. It felt like we had found a more authentic experience than usual. (Of course, like everyone in Amsterdam, the servers spoke English to accommodate our terrible Dutch). The service was exceptionally nice and personable, but we did have a few missteps. - They forgot to serve us one of the courses. We finally asked about it and they brought it. - They forgot to serve us one of the wine pourings (we had the pairing) and the somm was nowhere to be found. After inquiring about it with our neighboring tables, we finally got up and served ourselves. She never came back to offer it, so I'm glad we did. - My husband had a knee injury that required he use braces and canes. We asked about the walk from the boat to the island and the staffmember told us "not to follow him on the tour" when we disembarked. However, there was no one there to ask and we had no choice but to follow the group (it was pitch black). We didn't realize until it was too late that we were on the island tour. It's a very short tour but treacherous for someone with bum knees. It nearly did my husband in to be honest!More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 17, 2019

My husband and I went to Amsterdam for the first leg of our honeymoon. We were recommended to try Zomerrestaurant Vuurtoreneiland and man, are we glad we did!! We almost missed the boat that leaves the dock at 6:30pm because we took an Uber and...didn't realize it was during rush hour. NOTE: take public transportation to get here! The tram is easy! When we got on the boat we were welcomed with apple cider and a cheese/meat board. We then took the 45-60 minute journey to the island where we would be eating dinner. The weather wasn't the best (rain/cold) but that didn't ruin our experience at all! We got on the island and were shown into the bunker.. SO COOL! We then started our 5 course dining experience and we ended up going with the wine pairing as well. They allow you to walk the grounds, but because of the weather we didn't get a chance to do that. They also have a wine cellar which is pretty cool. After the meal, we went back on the boat for some cookies and coffee. Overall, I highly recommend this experience, especially if you are into food! It is such a fun dining experience, so unique! I think the one during the summer is WAY better just because of the weather and you get to eat in a greenhouse with the views.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed September 5, 2019

It is not easy to make a reservation, exactly 2 months in advance, but you will be amply rewarded with a vintage boat trip starting 18.30 hrs (with aperitif and snacks) to the island where a 4 course biological dinner will be served, accompanied by...matching biological wines (extra), with stunning views over the IJsselmeer. Coffee and cake on the return.Back at 23.30 hrs.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed September 3, 2019

We had eaten at De Kas (another once in a lifetime meal) in Amsterdam, and heard about this trip/meal so reserved 2 seats two months prior to the day we wanted to eat--you need to figure out how to go online right when it is...1pm in Netherlands, because they sell out rather quickly. We were picked up at the dock in front of the Lloyd Hotel and taken on a one hour trip to Vuurtoren Island where you can wander for a bit before dinner starts---some highlights of the meal include anchovy pizza, herb salad, fresh foccaccio with fresh butter, bone marrow, wagyu beef, sweetbreads, and more. 3-4 hours is a long time and we were quite tired at the end, dozing on the boat back to the Lloyd Hotel. Very much worth the time and money.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed June 16, 2019 via mobile

This is not a difficult review to leave... this is a MUST for anyone visiting Amsterdam either in a group or as a couple. The staff are fantastic, can’t do enough for you and so well organised. As for the food, drink and experience generally...it’s just amazing, stunning views, fantastic venue and a very relaxed atmosphere. Can’t recommend this enough.More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed June 7, 2019 via mobile

Don’t get me wrong, amazing experience, beautiful island, amazing service (rare in Amsterdam), amazing wines... BUT, food a true let down. For €85, you get tomato, bread, some vegetables and potato. Small portions and we definitely did not feel full at the end. The staff...was amazing so I feel sorry to leave a ‘bad’ review and understand you pay for experience and location. Nonetheless, the food was really soso. Too bad!More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed February 8, 2019 via mobile

We were really lucky to get a table as I called up in the week and added my name to a waiting list incase of any drop outs. When we arrived in Amsterdam on the Friday afternoon we had a call to say a table...had come up and we were so excited! Food is amazing and loved the wine pairings, we sat at the chefs table which made it so much more special. Really unique experience and couldn’t recommend it enough. Great value for 100EUR. Worth going to Amsterdam just for this experience 😍 couldn’t recommend enough.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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June 19, 2019|
Response from ferencel | Reviewed this property |
As far as I know they only have dinners. Having been there in the winter and summer season I wouldn’t recommend taking the kids unless they are teenagers. It’s a long evening with the boat trip taking roughly 1 hour each way... More
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Its 100€ per person, it includes drinks and snacks in the boat
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    • Food: 4
    • Service: 4.5
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