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Balthazar's Keuken

#590 of 2,860 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Jordaan
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Elandsgracht 108, 1016 VA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 420 2114
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12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Wed - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Louisville, Kentucky
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

we came here on a recommendation and were not disappointed. There's not a lot of choice, and to be honest, the descriptions didn't sound that good. But when everything came, it was absolutely divine, and truly exceeded all of my expectations. Truly a great value for an unforgettable meal. We've been telling everyone we can about this place. I'll never... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Made a reservation here on the recommendation of a Dutch friend the week before a romantic vacation in Amsterdam....he was right!!! A tiny restaurant you could easily miss walking down the street with only a few tables, but a very hospitable and friendly staff. You must make reservations ahead of time; people were being turned away at the door in... More 

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1 Thank Ray L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Relax atmosphere with good service and food of great quality. I haven't visited in a couple years and found it even better then before. Price a quality was great for Amsterdam.

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Thank Kyra M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came highly recommended and was disappointed. Great idea - poor execution. food quality was just ok. Lamb was gamely snd chewy, fish was ok. I love dessert but the tart was barely edible. So many other restaurants in Amsterdam - definitely not worth the time.

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Thank Jodi F
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

The staff are very pleasant and the food is fantastic, unpretentious and well presented. Each dish was explained and wine to match. Brilliant night and ideal way to celebrate our last night in the city.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

When we asked for a fully description of the appetizers, we got a lot more to the entire story of the restaurant. Karin, the co-owner, filled us in on why they choose her grandfathers name and even what his nickname was that his kids didn't even know. The fixed priced menu was perfect for two of us. Each appetizer was... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

Menu is fixed at fish or beef. An array of starters and dessert round things out. Only about 12 tables and can be tough to get a res. The food is interesting but not fussy. Same as the service. Loved the old mural. Highly rec if you're looking for a nice night out in Amsterdam.

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

This is a hidden gem that, while small, was an excellent meal and overall experience. A very congenial staff and warm environment. Must have reservations. I have a gluten allergy and they accommodated me with substituting rice for the pasta that came with the dish. Their menu is somewhat fixed so be aware of that if you like to have... More 

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Nashville
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78 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

We just finished dinner and had an amazing meal. Service was really good and accommodating to our dietary restrictions The starters were good and a bit unusual which was a nice way to try some new pairings. I had veal ribeye for my main course and my husband had the tuna steak..both were delicious. You need to eat here, it... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Delicious food - we did the chef's tasting - and delicious wine. It's a charming little spot with innovative food.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$36 - $36
Cuisine
European, French, International
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic
Open Hours
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Elandsgracht 108, 1016 VA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Jordaan
  • Neighborhood: Jordaan
  • Phone Number: +31 20 420 2114
Description
Balthazars Keuken restaurant in the heart of the Jordaan district is one of Amsterdam's most special restaurants. It is a long, narrow space set in a former smithy, with scrubbed wooden floors, an open kitchen with pans and utensils hanging in plain view. The moss-coloured banquettes, unadorned wooden seating, and plain white table linens add to the ambience of simplicity and relaxation. And it's tiny, seating just about 30 inside and a few more on the bijou terrace in fine weather. 'Romantic' must be Balthazar's middle name, in spite of the plain surroundings. Owners Karen Gaasterland and Alain Parry create internationally-inflected three-course fixed-price dinners, with a menu that changes every week. They create. You enjoy. No choice about the dishes, though. The starters are tidbits meant to appeal to all. The mains are perfectly-sourced fish or meat with sides. House wine is from the Languedoc, chosen to complement the Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Dinner and lunch from Wednesday through Saturday. Groups up to ten can dine in the restaurant then, or hire the entire venue for private events during the rest of the week. Very popular, very packed.

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Staying in Jordaan

Neighborhood Profile
Jordaan
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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