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“Hard to find but well worth it”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of De Compagnon

De Compagnon
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Ranked #571 of 3,767 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: French, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Scenic view, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Red Light District (De Wallen)
Description: Arriving by train? De Compagnon restaurant in the very heart of Amsterdam’s old city is five strolling minutes from Centraal Station – and it’s worth finding. Down a side alley, De Compagnon seats just 35 diners over three floors with windows and doors that open onto the water of Damrak. Small it may be, but the effect is light and airy, comfortable and cosy. Bert van Buschbach is in the kitchen, creating traditionally-styled French/Burgundian cuisine while Sara van Buschbach’s domain is the front of house and the superb and celebrated French wine list. Meeting facilities are terrific: a private room seating up to 12 and a wine cellar that can accommodate parties up to 20. Private dining here means your own waiter and chef too. Dishes include starter of salad of sautéed scallops crumbed in dried ceps, main course of whole fried guinea fowl with creamy truffle sauce and sliced fresh truffled (for two) and red fruit with curds and red fruit sorbet for dessert. Of the 300 wines, about 200 are listed at under euros 50, with a very nice selection of half bottles.
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“Hard to find but well worth it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2012

What a fantastic find located down a small side street fronting the water close to Central Station.A gourmets delight.Very intimate and excellent knowledgeable service.Highly recommended

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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“Probably the best meal experience I've had”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2011

Great ambiance, in old building overlooking canal. Warm and friendly. We went for the Chef's recommendation, four course meal, including recommended wine for each course. Simply stunning presentation and quality of food. I have eaten in a lot of good restaurants including a number of international celebrity chef establishments. This was better than any I have eaten in to date. Loved evry minute and every mouthful. Cost excluding wine and tip was around 90 Euros a head.

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Krakow, Poland
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“Superb location, delicious food and terrible service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2010

I can not understand, how the owner can tollerate behaviour of the waiters in this stylish restaurant. They really do not care about their guests. We came for business dinner (a group of 9 people) and I had a feeling, that our presence disturbs their peace. The restaurant does not miss much to be a gem of Amsterdam - its location, interior decor, view over the canal and the food are realy superb. The owner should just fire the existing waiters and hire the new ones.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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“One of Amsterdam's best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2010

A restaurant on at least three levels overlooking the Damrak and serving some of the best food this city has to offer: That's De Compagnon in a nutshell. As the place is tiny and very popular with the locals a reservation is strongly advised. Excellent wine list with the best (and most expensive) from all over the world.

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Fair Lawn, NJ
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“Wonderful French Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2009

If you like French food, especially foir gras, you will love this place. We had a very delicious four-course meal. The restaurant is not spacious, but the food makes up for it.

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