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“What a great place - go hungry!”

Restaurant 't Zwaantje
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Ranked #274 of 4,096 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $27
Cuisines: Dutch
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
Description: Cosy traditionel Dutch restaurant in the Nine Streets in the heart of Amsterdam. From stamppot and stewing steak till steamed mussels tand spare ribs and so much more..
Reviewed December 17, 2012

We went here on our last evening (a Sunday) having walked past on our way back the previous evening and seeing it absolutely packed. The feel of the place is great with charming staff (genuinely welcoming & eager to please). We shared the mushrooms on toast starter (simple but very tasty), with my partner then having the chicken in the pot, me the rack of ribs. So, as everyone says, the portions are big but the quality is great. We then made the error of each ordering a dessert (the crepe) - which were also huge so tragically we had to leave most of them. Total cost was 61 Euros which included a glass of house white and 2 Amstels. Lovely and felt very local. Thoroughly recommend.

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Thank Giles C
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

I was initially skeptical about Dutch cuisine, but was keen to try. However, all the top restaurants were fully booked. As our apartment was in the "9 Streets" area, we found this restaurant by sheer chance, and turned out to be the best of Dutch cuisine.

The menu is varied, but we tried the smoked eel, snails and the beef stew. Fantastic food. The service was friendly and fast, very impressed, especially since it was a hectic busy evening for them.

We were lucky to get in, so I would recommend booking in advance.

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Thank Etienne B
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

And you can get stuffed too - Just go here. Mammoth portions, taking on the Americans at their own game. It's a draw!

Softly lit, bathed in memorabilia, bits and pieces, posters and well, just 'stuff'. Lots of families, lovely food and on a truly epic scale. My son and I had the 'Chicken in a pot' and it was...Most of a chicken in a pot, and another dish to accompany, and another and...Oh stop it now. But what I could manage was fab, I just couldn't devour it all, and I am a plate clearer by nature. Adam Richman has his work cut out.

But quantity is as nothing if the quality is lacking. It's not and it's all good. The atmosphere is first class, cosy, friendly warm and comforting. Our waiter had Black Cab Driver memory abilities, taking lengthy complex orders from all of us, not writing anything down and getting it spot on. It could have been disastrous, but it was perfect.

I don't know if you should ever complain about getting 'too much food' when some restaurants go out of their way to underfeed you due to keeping too close an eye on their profit margins. You are overwhelmed by the sense that this is another (In Amsterdam there are a lot like this) restaurant that likes you, wants you to enjoy your meal, isn't worried about charging you a tenner for a bottle of water and a bread roll and wants you to have a drink, a laugh and come back again. If we could have, we would have - All too soon we had to return home.

Oh, and as mentioned there 'are' carpets on the tables. "That's different' said my wife - And as always (said the diplomatic expert in matrimonial harmony) she was right. It was very different.

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1  Thank Martin B
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

Great food, very nice dutch cousy restaurant, topservice! Not overpriced! Reservetion adviced. In the centre of Amsterdam, between the Prinsen and Keizerscanal. Carpets on the table, old amsterdam sphere.

Thank EgbertBroers
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

We found this an excellent cosy, traditional restaurant on the edge of the Jordaan district, a short walk from the Singel Canal. Friendly, hard-working staff and a great menu which catered for the very hungry in terms of portions! You will do well to make it to the puddings. A good wine-list, too, with a quirk of having a display bottle of selected wines on each table. The persian rugs on the tabletops come as a surprise to foreigners, but a nice one.

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Thank Mark B
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