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Balthazar's Keuken

Elandsgracht 108, 1016 VA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 420 2114
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good27%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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$$ - $$$
Elandsgracht 108, 1016 VA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed March 14, 2016

For quite some time I have red very positive reviews about this restaurant, so expectations were quite high. We visited the restaurant on a Wednesday, it was quite busy. They serve a changing menu. To be honest, we were not positive about any of the...More

Thank MrBarryK
Reviewed March 2, 2016

Our expectations were high for this place, but the food really didn't live up to it. At all. The atmosphere was great, and the staff really friendly and helpful, but even considering the low price the food was a bad experience. The starters consisted of...More

Thank Kenneth C
Reviewed February 28, 2016 via mobile

Excellent set menu in this small restaurant. Staff can be quite aggressive, and the turnover is high so lingering is not appreciated. If you can see past this, this is an excellent place to eat

Thank Indy L
Reviewed January 30, 2016

We were two for dinner with no reservation, they ask as we enter through the door. The lady sit us in a nice table, just next to aisle where people come and go, but even with the small restaurant we did not feel any discomfort,...More

1  Thank Palomamoro
Reviewed January 10, 2016 via mobile

Great food, nice atmosphere in one of the nicest areas in Amsterdam. One fixed menu, that changes every week. Three courses incl wine for two people only 83 euros! Loved this place!

Thank Emilie L
Reviewed January 9, 2016 via mobile

You need to book in advance for this small restaurant in the city center of Amsterdam. It is a 3 course menu with only choice for the main dish. But fit that the food is delicious ! The waiter are perfect. We enjoy it so...More

Thank PerrineDesbois
Reviewed January 8, 2016

I have eaten here many times over a considerable number of years and have always regarded the food and dining experience with the highest regard. We visited in December for my birthday and were disappointed. The restaurant was overly noisy and though we realised that...More

Thank irwin100
Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

We had dinner at Balthazar recently. It is a small, unpretentious place with a relaxed, friendly vibe. The set meal was nicely cooked with good flavours. We had an appetizer plate with five selections, including mussels with fois gras, pâté, yogurt & cranberry, snails &...More

Thank htravelbug
Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

I wanted to eat in a place that is small that locals eat there that the food is not pretentious - and I was so happy we found this restaurant. Menu changes every week and food is sooooooo tasty!

Thank Daniella K
Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

They operate with a 3 course meal, which change weekly i think. Its a small place and easy to miss if your not looking for it. Our precourse had 5 dishes, there was fish or meat and a dessert, you can get wines to match....More

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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.
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Response from Jon B | Reviewed this property |
Agree, all sorts, mainly 20-30 somethings, lots of fashionable same sex couples. Really buzzy and busy.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$40 - $40
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 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
  • E-mail
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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