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Festina Lente

#771 of 2,865 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Bar, Cafe, European, Dutch, Pub
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Looiersgracht 40B, 1016 VS Amsterdam, The Netherlands
020 638 1412
10:30 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Mon 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tue - Thu 10:30 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 3:00 am
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's 1.30pm and i'm hungry. I found this Lovely "eetcafe" with the waterway for the background. I took the homemade pasta with ricotta and beans/green peas, it was very good, enough for my hunger and affordable (8€) and my girlfriend took the thai chiken sandwich (served on a big slide of Brown bread, be carfull it's spicy) (7.5€) The crew... More 

Thank Corentin C
Deventer, The Netherlands
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been to Festina Lente several times. In summer and late Autumn. For late midday meal, for dinner and for drinks. Each time the service was excellent, staff friendly and helpful and the ambience unique. They suffered with my adequate Dutch which I appreciated as I needed all the practice I could get. However most do speak English. It... More 

Thank vanguard20104u
St Petersburg
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113 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

We went there by a recommendation from a friend. It was almost full when we went there and sit at the bar first. The waiter proposed a table on the left side of the bar where you climb a few stairs. We waited about 5 minutes to get the menu, and another 5 to order. After that we went back... More 

Thank Eyrice
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

Very friendly staff and decent food. High quality bar snacks for under 10 euros. The place is cozy and looks fantastic!

Thank Janne M
Mondragon, Spain
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82 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

Stopped in for lunch based on Lonely Planet recommendation. Nice laid back vibe, good location and a good selection of food. My club sandwich was great, the gnocchi my partner ordered was a little strange, seemed to be pan-fried. Stick to the sandwiches!

Thank Sharon B
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

Pretyt standard neighbourhood bar. I was put off by not having my sticky/icky table cleaned before I had a beer and snack.

Thank Alexander L
Portstewart, United Kingdom
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

Me and my friends really visited this cafe on a mini break to Amsterdam. I decided on the steak sandwich with truffle mayonnaise. Often, I have found food in Europe can be expensive yet bland, so it was nice and refreshing to have lunch that was bursting full of flavour. Both the exterior and interior of the restaurant are quaint,... More 

Thank Kristian R
Sandnes, Norway
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155 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

The place is recommended in Lonely Planet and I was so disapointed after my visit. Its a cute and adorable place with the perfect amount of wear and tear. But, the service was slow and when they came to take my order at the table they only brushed away some crumbles. There was big and sticky marks on the table... More 

Thank AfromN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016

We were in search of some winter sun to enjoy a coffee before diving in to the Nine Streets district. There's a little line of tables outside and we had a perfect coffee outside. Inside is just as nice. All felt very chilled and bohemian. Recommend as an off the main street place to park up for an hour or... More 

Thank CambridgeBen
Osprey, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

We stopped here after dinner hoping to find Chartreuse, our digestif of choice. The friendly bartender didn't have any, but he suggested 48, a sweet Spanish liqueur. Many of the patrons seemed to know each other, but we felt very welcome.


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Bar, Cafe, European, Dutch, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Dining on a budget
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
10:30 am - 1:00 am
10:30 am - 1:00 am
10:30 am - 1:00 am
10:30 am - 3:00 am
10:30 am - 3:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Looiersgracht 40B, 1016 VS Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Jordaan
  • Neighborhood: Jordaan
  • Phone Number: 020 638 1412

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

Staying in Jordaan

Neighborhood Profile
One of Amsterdam’s most preferred outdoor markets and some of the city’s favorite watering holes are but two of the many reasons to save ample time for a stroll through this especially convivial warren of narrow streets with its unfair share of quirky shops and quality galleries. Historically a haven for the working class and emigrants, these days the Jordaan is better known as an enclave for artists and designers. As popular as the Jordaan is as a destination for locals and out-of-towners alike, the area never feels particularly touristy or overrun with outsiders. A highlight even for long-time Jordaan residents, be sure to accept any invitation to step within one of the area’s beloved courtyards or to have a sneak peek inside one of its many working studios.
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