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“Decent food let down by service”
Review of Loetje Overveen

Loetje Overveen
Ranked #4 of 20 Restaurants in Overveen
Price range: $0 - $39
Cuisines: Dutch, Gastropub
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Open since januari 2011. Hotel Restaurant. Outside à big terrace with heaters. Inside plenty of room for groops. speciality: all kind of beefsteaks.
Reviewed December 1, 2012

So my experience with Dutch service hasn't exactly been the best, but my waitress at Loetje was the worst I had in Amsterdam. The pub was packed and with no reservations permitted we knew we might have a bit of a wait. And we did. But the bar staff were great at keeping us happy.

Finally when we got seated, we asked for the menu. "Only steak here," the waitress replied. Which was not true. The menu (which we saw when we asked for dessert) had a number of other options. But it was steak we were going to have. While tasty, the steak was definitely on the rare Sid of rare instead of medium rare. The waitress forgot a salad - even after asking again for it. The sticky toffee pudding was alright but would have benefitted from more sauce. And then the waitress ignored us as we tried to get the bill.

So while the food was pleasant, there won't be a return visit.

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Thank GrantMc1973
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

Loetje started a pub in Amsterdam and had too many customers complaining that there was nothing to eat during the wee hours. OK Steak was the answer, served in a mirror of delicious gravy made from the famous brand of "croma". Simple, tasty and the best quality of steak. After Loetje died some other restaurants opened, one of them is this one with a VERY nice terrace.

The menu is simple Steak original (as above), Steak Bali (sambal, Indonesian chilli sauce, is added), and a Dutch version with kidney and unions. Not on the menu is the garlic version, you can just order it. Two sizes, normal and XL, the normal is around 280 grams I think.

You do not like steak, no worries, there is Tuna steak, Chicken sate and vegetarian also. Prices are low. Euro 16.50 for a steak! But you have to order the side dishes separate, which, I think is nice because now you can decide to have bread instead of fries or salad.

In Amsterdam the service is lousy of course but in Overveen you cannot get away with that, so the service is REALLY good, friendly, fast and there is always time for a joke if you are that kind of customer.

If you are a foreigner and you would like to try the Dutch Cuisine (yes there is one!) you are eating in the right restaurant. Try "bitterballen", sate, "Noordzeetong" or "capuzijners" and there is more.

The desserts are to die for but there is rarely enough room for them since the portions are generous. Wine is simple but is powerful enough to pair well with the steak.

For Dutch people this is the kind of place were you can unwind (it is very "gezellig"), for foreigners it is a must when visiting Haarlem. Reservations only with 6 people or more.

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1  Thank Remco M
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

A good restaurant. Good atmosphere, but a little moicy for good conversations. Good value for money.

Thank Guts43
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Loetje, nicely situated close to the dunes and beaches of Bloemendaal aan Zee offers a straight forward evening menu with excellent plates for both the spoiled carnivor as well as fish lovers. Quick service, affordable prices, nice terrace. Reservations only as of 6 persons. Note: lunch menu is very simple.

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1  Thank Herman P
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

If you have lunch or dinner. Great place and absolute fantastic steaks. Absolutely recommend. In summer time you got a nice terrace to sit outside. Only downside maybe is that you can only book a table from 6 guests upwards

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Thank MiKuZandvoort
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