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Libanees Restaurant Cedars
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Ranked #668 of 4,136 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $65
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Bij restaurant Cedars waant u zich in authentieke Libanese sferen! Net binnen de Ring West te Amsterdam vlakbij het World Fashion Centre, staat een opvallend glazen gebouw met een groot terras aan het water. Een restaurant waar u bij uitstek kunt genieten van typisch traditionele spijzen tijdens een avond lang tafelen van een diversiteit aan wat de Libanese keuken te bieden heeft.Restaurant Cedars staat ondertussen bekend als 'de Libanese locatie'.Eten bij restaurant Cedars is een beleving waar je de tijd voor moet nemen. Vooral de versheid van ingredienten en hoeveelheid sfeer aan tafel staan garant voor een paar uur culinair genieten.Restaurant Cedars heeft tevens twee stijlvolle terrassen die uitzien over het water. Gratis parkeren op het eigen terrein is voor al onze gasten vanzelfsprekend. Waar vindt u dat immers nog in Amsterdam!
Reviewed July 25, 2013

We came to this restaurant more than a year ago with a much older Jordanian business acquaintance. We had struggled to find halal cuisine and something that would suit his palate until we chanced upon Cedars.

The food then was excellent, to the point that it stood out as one of the most memorable meals we have ever eaten, although we didn't have a lot of mazza to start with and just went directly to a main course.

We've been looking forward to going back for the food and last night's experience, although pleasant, did not come close to the first time.

We were greeted cordially, seated at the table of our request, outside overlooking the water and brought pita with za'atar and olives. The wait staff was very attentive and pleasant, engaging us in conversation where necessary without being over-intrusive.

We had two cold (Chankleesh and Tarator Djej) and two hot mazzas (batatas harra and lamb pastries) which we chose from the a la carte menu, at a cost of 6.50 each and went for a main course of the mixed grill and a Lebanese dish of spicy meatballs in a yoghurt sauce (kibbeh libanese). The mixed grill was tasty but not exceptional, the pastries were nice, the potatoes exceptional, and the other mazza were ok. The kibbeh were good.The kibbeh cost 19.50 and the mixed grill 22.50. Bear in mind that the menu on the website has changed.

Previously we had found that one of the best points of the restaurant was that their portion sizes were exquisitely tailored so that you left without feeling you had eaten too much. I fear that they now feel that the portions should be bigger as the menu is pricey and we left feeling uncomfortably full. The menu has been changed to reflect four different set menu options where you are surprised by the chef, and I expect that the portions on those menus may be smaller as the menus are cheaper.

The tempo of the meal was good, we were at our table for almost two hours, but I imagine in the Lebanese fashion we could have spent longer without any issues. The chairs were just slightly uncomfortable on the terrace which did not encourage lingering.

The jallab (a cordial drink with raisins and pinenuts) that I had as an aperitif is recommended and I enjoyed the house wine, a Cinsault rosé.

In all, our bill came to around 85 euros including water, one glass of wine, and two soft drinks (including the jallab).

Altogether I would go again, although I would choose only one mazza and go directly to a main course especially so that I could enjoy dessert and coffee.

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Reviewed May 28, 2013

was very pleasant experience lebanese food. Nice and clean environment, gentle waiters and excellent food. We order a " medium" menù per person and it was more then enough. Everything was delicious and dessert was the top.

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Reviewed May 22, 2013

I went there for a late lunch or let's say an early dinner with a colleague after a long business day at the Hague. The location of the restaurant is kinda far from the central station, but tram number 2 takes you right there in about 15 to 20 minutes time.
The restaurant is well located right facing a beautiful canal (was bigger than usual canals..u may call it a mini lake!).
The services is very good and tentative..and the design & atmosphere of the place was very nice!
We enjoyed the appetizers very much as we had Hommos, Spicy Potato, Fatoush Salad and Meat Arrayes; the arrayes in particular was really delicious, while the Spicy Potato was really different than what you would expect in a Lebanese restaurant as it wasn't mixed with the traditional garlic & lemon sauce.
My colleague had the mixed grill for the main course and I had the shish taouk plate..it was average to tell you the truth…and I believe the have what it takes to make it perfect…
The appetizers and the atmosphere of the place make up for the average main courses. That is my thought!

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Reviewed March 31, 2013

Since we stepped in the service was fantastic, always ready to make us feel comfortable and help us with any issue we had with the menu because this was being our first night at a lebanese restaurant.
We went for a variety of dishes a menu for two people that consited of very different small dishes with different types of food. We asked for advice to choose the wine which ended being really good.
Our service was brilliant, and we leave the place with the feeling of going back again.

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Thank Xile1982
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

We have been coming here for over 5 years and can say that Cedars is our favorite Lebanese restaurant in Amsterdam and we have searched high and low for a comparable experience elsewhere. None compare. The food is always very fresh, well prepared and above all delicious. We suggest ordering numerous hot and cold mazza's to try as many dishes as possible. You will not be disappointed.

The service is very good the wine was exeptional and regulars are welcomed as if you are entering someones home. Treated with the same friendly and dignified service as the many Lebanese and Middle Eastern families that frequent here. We could not recommend a restaurant more highly.

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Thank Milan0031
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