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Blauw aan de Wal

#280 of 2,838 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Red Light District (De Wallen)
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Achterburgwal 99, 1012DD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tue - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Huntington Station, New York
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99 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everything I ordered was beautifully presented, perfectly executed, and absolutely delicious. The only thing better than the fantastic food was the phenomenal service. Like the other waiters there, the waiter who had primary responsibility for my table was courteous, efficient and professional. But, he was also extremely warm and helpful and delightfully personable. Just stellar. So excellent. So welcoming. Very... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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76 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have eaten here about 5 times over the last 10 years and I would reccommend it to everyone looking for a special place to eat. The location may seem off the beaten track but once you enter the small alley leading to the spacious garden and restaurant you will encounter an oasis like experience. A little bit like when... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't let the area scare you off. The restaurant is located in the middle of the Red Light district but it is so worth a visit. We were a party of 6, one person has several food allergies but everything was great. We were seated immediatley on the second floor, if you have difficulties walking ask for a table on... More 

Thank Elisabeth J
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164 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great excuse to visit the RLD and enjoy an excellent meal. A modest premises with good food and drink.

Thank marekw
Canberra, Australia
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125 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

A very quiet and beautiful little restaurant. Enter via an ally way off the red light district and into a quiet oasis with dining in the garden courtyard. Great food, nothing over the top but well worth it.

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Fairfax Station, Virginia
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83 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

Located in Red Light District but down a little sidewalk through a garden into a beautiful little restaurant. What a surprise! Set up stairs and where by ourselves most of the evening. Chef prepared our meals exactly like we requested and personally delivered the meal to our table. Tables had candles and flowers. Like most small restaurants the menu is... More 

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San Diego
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48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

The two of us had 4 days in Amsterdam and after agonizing over restaurants made this one of our choices. We've traveled a good part of the world and we're fairly adventurous foodies. We were seated promptly in an empty area of the restaurant (found out later that the main dining area which sounded much livelier was elsewhere). Interesting appetizers,... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

Stopped here by accident and were lucky to get a table without reservation. Clean, small, quiet, decent prix fixe... good food but not amazed by anything. service was a bit cold and slow.

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McLean, Virginia
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016 via mobile

What a charming restaurant with a creative menu and warm and engaging service. Loved the razor clams with chorizo and the chocolate soufflé was delicious. My husband loved the salmon tartare. We chose wine pairings which were unique and well matched. Prices less than a comparable restaurant in Washington, DC. What a gem.

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Melbourne, Australia
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016 via mobile

I have been to Amsterdam a few times but never found this place until a local colleague suggested we go there. It's hidden away in a lane but the food and service was fabulous. The menu is small and to my liking as it allows the chef to do these dishes well. The front restaurant staff was very knowledgeable including... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $120
European, Gluten Free
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Achterburgwal 99, 1012DD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Red Light District (De Wallen)
  • Neighborhood: Red Light District (De Wallen)
  • Phone Number: 020-330-2257

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Staying in Red Light District (De Wallen)

Neighborhood Profile
Red Light District (De Wallen)
To visit Amsterdam and not explore De Wallen (the Dutch name for this area) or to go only to gawk at its saucier aspects would mean missing the opportunity to view some of the city’s most picturesque canals, historic landmarks, and impeccably presented examples of traditional local architecture – not to mention Amsterdam’s own Chinatown, Europe’s largest Buddhist temple and more local treasures. Sure, there are some less salubrious activities drawing the curious to this age-old part of time. Nevertheless, the Red Light District is still a very safe and incredibly fascinating area where at the turn of a corner you can be transported from the dingy glow of modern day neon red to a glorious 16th century Delft blue dreamscape.
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