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Cafe Tabac

#851 of 2,836 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
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Brouwersgracht 101, 1015 GC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
020 622 4413
4:00 pm - 3:00 am
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Sun - Mon 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Tue - Thu 4:00 pm - 1:00 am
Fri 4:00 pm - 3:00 am
Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 am
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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62 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is a good choice when it is not very busy. Great staff, and fast service. Noise level gets quite high when it is busy. There are one set of comfy lounge seats that are nearly always taken. But the other chairs outside serve as a goof people watching spot. It is a bar, certainly not the best bar. But... More 

Thank globalnlp
Bristol, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Staff were lovely and tell us about the local area, including the time Bill Clinton visited. Can even sit on a side buildings roof and order you next drink or meal through the window. We didn't eat here but the food looked good

Thank shcambridge
Laredo, Texas
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109 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had just finshed lunch but were walking the Canal Ring and wanted to hit a Brown Cafe. Although all of the customers were sitting out at street tables on a beautiful day, we went into the bar to see the facility. We experienced one of the nicest people we met while in Amsterdam in meeting the bartender at Tabac.... More 

Thank James S
Paris, France
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181 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

We stopped there for a cafe with our guide while visiting the Jordaans area. This is one the oldest brown cafes of the city and the inside is really worth seeing. Glasses suspended on the ceiling, wooden walls, cosy tables with banks, nice staff. We did not try the apple pies, but they looked delicious, and I'm sure they are.... More 

Thank Knar-NP
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227 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016 via mobile

Not the most inspiring name and doesn't look up to much. Small restaurant on a corner with a bar down one side. Small menu with mostly Asian food. Chef looks Indonesian and there are certainly some Indonesian dishes on the menu. Had the chicken satay and really enjoyed it perhaps because it was a generous portion and the chicken pieces... More 

Thank Steve C
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016

I live in the neighbourhood and this is my favourite bar. It's cosy, friendly, in a lovely spot with great views of the canals and the Noordermarkt. The food is nice (great Dim Sum!) and there is a nice choice of beers. The interior is modest and has an old fashioned charm with its wooden floors and big windows. I... More 

2 Thank KattyVDP
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

When you enter Tabac you will enter a nice real Amsterdam "brown" café. After a few drinks the nice lady behind the bar told us that is was also possible to have diner. The Indonesian kitchen with soto ajam an indonesian soup, gado gado a very nice vergetarian meal. We had a lovely afternoon and evening.

1 Thank jacqov
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

Went here last night after a long day and it is the perfect cost place to grab some late night fried snacks and a beer. Decent bar that is close to city centre but would not go here for lunch or dinner.

1 Thank Chris K
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

This is a really nice place in a great location. It has a laid back atmosphere and the food was awesome. I would definitely recommend a visit.

1 Thank Matt A
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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201 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

It's a pretty standard issue Dutch bar, they serve Indonesian food, which is cool, but the real attraction is the location intersecting two canals. You can usually bank on some attractive Dutchies hanging around! Definitely NOT a cocktail place, simple beer and wine is really what it's about.

Thank adricornell

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Bar, Cafe, Asian, Fusion, Indonesian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Open Hours
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
4:00 pm - 1:00 am
4:00 pm - 1:00 am
4:00 pm - 1:00 am
4:00 pm - 3:00 am
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Brouwersgracht 101, 1015 GC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
  • Neighborhood: Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
  • Phone Number: 020 622 4413

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is as historically significant as it is perennially popular. Whether you’re a history buff, architecture enthusiast, shutterbug, or fashionista, odds are you’ll find the Amsterdam you're looking for while roaming around the Grachtengordel (Canal Ring). A brilliant place to get lost in a moody meander and a key component to any sightseeing trip to Amsterdam, this area's major draws include the Anne Frank House, the Bloemenmarkt floating flower market, an enviable assortment of independent boutiques along De Negen Straatjes, and of course all of Grachtengordel’s lovely canals and bridges.
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