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“Worth a de-tour. Best spareribs to be found!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of De Nachtwacht

De Nachtwacht
Ranked #113 of 3,767 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $40
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Dutch, Bar, Barbecue, European
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
Description: Restaurant De Nachtwacht is situated on the corner of Thorbecke square and Rembrandt square. From our closed veranda you have a fantastic view on one of Amsterdam’s most lively squares: the Rembrandt square. It is also possible to taste the 70´s and 80´s retro atmosphere at one of the lounge tables or at the bar, both figuratively (the atmosphere of our restaurant) as literally the scent and taste of our steaks on the charcoal grill. For the best steaks you are at the right place. Our butcher from the eastside of the country preserves the high quality of the meat he delivers and our cooks prepare your steak the way you prefer.
Sæby, Nordjylland, Denmark
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“Worth a de-tour. Best spareribs to be found!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

I've been to this place countless times before. Both while on business and with friends. Situated in the heart of the city, it's easy to get to, right next to alot of average cafe's and bars at Rembrandts Plein. Their most popular item on the menu is their ribs. For a good reason!

This place has a very compact kitchen, plus a cramped bar. It is not the biggest of places at all, so be sure to order a table in advance. It's size also give it it's charm. Very cozy with nice sofa arrangements near the bar.

The kitchen size can sometimes at peakhours mean a bit of a wait, but it is all worth it! Americans are known for ribs, and they say they have the best very often. In my opinion they don't. A guy from Virginia and one from NYC, once told me I should never have ribs anywhere else; coming from two americans, I gave it at try. Now I never miss it when i'm in Amsterdam.

The tendency with ribs are, that no one can agree on how sweet & smoked the BBQ sauce on it should be. Their sauce doesn't get nausea-sweet, and not too smokey either. The taste and texture of the meat itself, is as good as I've ever had it for ribs.

Their whole menu is a delight of various types of meat and very guy-like foods. Their Ribeye ain't bad either! Served on wooden "plates", it only enhances the experience further. Having said the menu is mostly for guys, they do have stuff that women will love as well. Great salads among the items as well. Good selection of wines and beer. Usually calm music ranging mostly in jazz, softrock, soul and a bit of disco. No annoying top 40 hits here. Much appreciated!

I had a de-tour this weekend where I went from Schipol Airport to Ams Centraal to go eat the ribs, and after that to Den Bosch. As always, worth the detour! Prices are very fair for the atmosphere and service provided. Not to be avoided!

  • Visited April 2013
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Malahide, Ireland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Best restaurant around this area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

This was a great experience from start to finish. Friendly, efficient staff and really good food. The spare ribs are just wow, the fillet excellent, indeed all the steaks are good but the ribs just did it for me! Highly recommended. Ribs were €19.50, Fillet around €26, they come with nothing you pay €2.50 for a baked potato and €3.50 for chips.

  • Visited April 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Great experience in Rembrandt Square”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

During our first night in Amsterdam, I ate dinner at this restaurant with two friends, and we had a great experience. We arrived on a Friday night at about 8:30, and though there were unfortunately no tables available, we had a great meal sitting at the bar. We each ordered delicious soup to start, and lamb-chops, mixed grill, and chicken wings, as the main meals. Everything was delicious, and the bartender was very nice. The place had a fun atmosphere, and I would definitely recommend for a night out in Rembrandt Square!

Visited March 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Miss it, miss out!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

Absolutely love this place. It's pricey but worth every penny (or cent). The atmosphere is laid back with candles and soul music, the staff friendly and welcoming and above all the food is second to none. An absolute must for the hardcore carnivores visiting Amsterdam!

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Bergen, Norway
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“Delicious dinner!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

Thank you for delicious dinner and service! The best dinner and the best cheesecake in Amsterdam! Love from Anita and Hans Kristian, Norway.

  • Visited March 2013
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