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In 2002, Yamazato became the first traditional Kaiseki restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star outside of Japan, thanks to chef Masanori Tomikawa’s su...
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One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
Very comfortable restaurant
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Yamazato at Hotel Okura Amsterdam serves authentic Japanese haute cuisine, Kaiseki Ryori. It is the first traditional Japanese restaurant in Europe to be awarded a Michelin star. The acclaimed multi-course experience is led by Executive Chef Masanori Tomikawa and the cuisine focuses on the purity of traditional Japanese ingredients, in a minimalistic, balanced style. The restaurant is enveloped in Japanese wood, with floor to ceiling views onto the serene Japanese garden. Traditional kimono-clad waitresses serve delicately-crafted Kaiseki dishes, while at the sushi counter decades of expertise are on show as chefs prepare sushi and sashimi. Through the sliding screen doors lies the traditional
PRICE RANGE
$6 - $159
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Healthy
FEATURES
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Dear Yamazato team! We had a wonderful evening in your restaurant. We never experienced a Japanese meal like your 7-course AOI menu that was served to us. A bit to much, for which we apologized several times, but nonetheless delicious and very special! Thanks for...the wine/sake-pairing. Unfortunately we missed the final wine due to new lockdown rules, but that was compensated by the sparkling Yuzu! Thanks for a great evening!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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HotelOkuraAmsterdam, General Manager at Yamazato Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Femke, Thank you very much for your visit to Yamazato Restaurant for such a special occasion, and for taking the time in leaving a positive review. We appreciate your kind words. It makes us proud when we read that you have enjoyed our food...More

Reviewed October 11, 2020 via mobile

I’ve visited this restaurant on a few occasions and it’s been memorable each time. Unfortunately last night it just wasn’t good enough. They have a set menu and we really wanted to go A la Carte but they were unable to accommodate us. The atmosphere...was non existent and it wasn’t what I hoped it would be. The price didn’t reflect the experience we had as I left underwhelmed and much lighter in the pocket than I would have liked for the experience I had....Not sure I’d return...More

Date of visit: October 2020
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HotelOkuraAmsterdam, General Manager at Yamazato Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2020

Dear Warren H, First of all, I would like to thank you for visiting Yamazato Restaurant. It is very unfortunate to read that your experience did not meet your expectations. Please accept my sincere apologies. I understand that our Restaurant Manager was in contact with...More

Reviewed October 2, 2020

On the 30th of September 2020 we had an amazing dinner at Yamazato restaurant in Okura hotel Amsterdam. We had the Icho Kaiseki menu and everything on it was fantastic. It is hard to choose a dish we liked the most. The staff was aware...of the upcoming marriage proposal and offered their help where they could. It was an amazing evening thanks to the food, restaurant and the whole staff. We would like to thank in special: Nanase for her happiness, kindness and amazing waitress skills. Also we would like to thank Menno for his great social skills, knowledge of drinks (sommelier) and his attentiveness to us on many occasions (waiting on moments we were busy or coming to me when my fiancé was going to the bathroom, or when he spoke Portuguese with us).More

Date of visit: September 2020
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HotelOkuraAmsterdam, Other at Yamazato Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2020

Dear Mijndert B, Thank you very much for your visit to Yamazato Restaurant for such a special occasion, and for taking the time in leaving a positive review. We appreciate your kind words. It makes us proud when we read that you have enjoyed our...More

Reviewed September 11, 2020 via mobile

Unfortunately, after a great dinner with great service, worth about € 1,000 including sumptuous tip and valet parking, we were still obliged to pay € 20 for parking. Serious ? Never experienced this in any of the Michelin restaurants I had dinner at ... and...honestly a bummer to the rest of the experience. Very unfortunately reason not to go back ... sad !More

Date of visit: September 2020
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HotelOkuraAmsterdam, Other at Yamazato Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2020

Dear fjve1968, Thank you for visiting Yamazato Restaurant and for taking the time to share your feedback with us and we are sorry to hear that your overall experience was affected by the valet parking. I would like to take this opportunity to explain our...More

Reviewed September 6, 2020 via mobile

True japanese food and sake experience. Sp. Thanks to Menno, Ai, Isabel for the outstanding service.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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HotelOkuraAmsterdam, Owner at Yamazato Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2020

Dear Marthijn, Thank you very much for your visit to Yamazato Restaurant for such a special occasion, and for taking the time in leaving a positive review. We appreciate your kind words. It makes us proud when we read that you have enjoyed our food...More

Reviewed August 27, 2020

This is my favourite restaurant in Amsterdam. The food is amazing, but the remarkable facts are that not only it has a Micheline star, but the chef is the Knight of the Orange order. He was Knighted by the Dutch Queen they say for the...achievements in the haute cuisine.!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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HotelOkuraAmsterdam, Owner at Yamazato Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2020

Dear Igor S, Thank you for your visit to Yamazato Restaurant, and for taking the time to share your experience. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback, and for our team to hear that you have enjoyed our food. Moreover, I would like...More

Reviewed July 22, 2020

You don't go to Yamazato just for the food you go for the full experience and it is the best sushi experience you can get in Amsterdam without competition.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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HotelOkuraAmsterdam, Manager at Yamazato Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2020

Dear Milan, Thank you for your visit to Yamazato Restaurant, and for taking the time to share your experience. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback, and for our team to hear that you have enjoyed our service, we will share your comments...More

Reviewed July 12, 2020

We had a very nice dinner at Yamazato. We opted for the Icho Kaiseki menu with a twist. We requested to try out the beef hot pot and had the Wagyu beef replaced for one of the two menus. It was great to be able...to taste those two very different main dishes. We also took the wine and sake pairing. The selection was very interesting. I have been very positively surprised by a Dutch Riesling which was very fragrant and well balanced. Our waiter also proposed two very different half glasses to accompany our two main dishes. The beef hot pot was served with a very opulent full bodied Californian Zinfandel, slightly off-dry, with a lot of fruit, caramel, vanilla and coconut. The alcohol level was high but well balanced by the intense aromas. A perfect pairing for the richly aromatic and rather sweet stock of the hot pot. The Wagyu beef was served with a Priorat. This wine was also high in alcohol with a fresh acidity and strong tannins. It had already well evolved aromas (forest floor) combined with interesting gamey and almost animal aromas and intense aromas of ripe red fruit (red cherry) and black fruit (black plum). Another full-bodied wine whose acidity and tannic structure were well paired with the deliciously rich meat. A very special note as well for the extremely fresh sashimi served with a sake whose neutral subtlety was well suited to the delicate fish. The staff were very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. A memorable experience!More

Date of visit: July 2020
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HotelOkuraAmsterdam, General Manager at Yamazato Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2020

Dear Herve, Thank you for your visit to Yamazato Restaurant, and for taking the time to share your experience. It is always a pleasure to receive extent positive feedback, and for our team to hear that you have enjoyed our service. We will share your...More

Reviewed July 11, 2020 via mobile

Has not lost its charm. Still one of the best places for the Japanese kitchen in Amsterdam. Not cheap at all, but really worth a visit.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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HotelOkuraAmsterdam, General Manager at Yamazato Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2020

Dear Wolffman1973, Thank you for your visit to Yamazato Restaurant, and for taking the time to share your experience. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback, and for our team to hear that you have enjoyed our service. We will share your comments...More

Reviewed July 3, 2020 via mobile

Nice food and extremely good service. Will definitely visit again! It heals my home sickness......miss Japan too much.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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HotelOkuraAmsterdam, General Manager at Yamazato Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2020

Dear Jenny H, Thank you for your visit to Yamazato Restaurant, and for taking the time to share your experience. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback, and for our team to hear that you have enjoyed our service. We will share your...More

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