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“Great food at sensible prices” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rijsel

Rijsel
Ranked #243 of 3,557 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Crete
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228 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
“Great food at sensible prices”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

The small but delightful menu at Rijsel provides delicious food at sensible prices. The wine list is also very good and sensibly priced. The atmosphere is very informal and has been mentioned elsewhere on TA the acoustics do provide a fairly noisy environment. Nevertheless a visit is well worth while, the chicken, for which they are justifiably famous, is quite superb. The service is very friendly and efficient. Do book as early in advance as you are able.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Beltayne
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“A Near-perfect Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2014

Why only " near-perfect " ? Because the tables are VERY close together , and the acoustics make conversation something of a struggle at times .
The food was sensationally good , unpretentious , local and proud of it .
The wine list on its own will ensure my return - plenty of good " Old World " wines , sensibly priced .
The service was unfussy but left nothing to chance - there was always a friendly waitress on hand to answer any question .
Do not allow its distance from a tram route to deter you - it can be reached by a pleasant stroll along the side of the River Amstel , or by Metro .

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank cdean111
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Fantasic Wines / Great Foods”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2014 via mobile

In Oost, this is definetly one of the best restaurants. The winelist is simply fantastic, the waiters friendly and the food very original. If you're up for great reds and some quality flemish-style meats. This is the place to be. Do reserve like a month in advance if you want a seat.

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1 Thank Nikola C
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Amsterdam
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great service, great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2014

When you are greeted at the door you know you are in for a good one. Impecable service from knowledgeable staff, great wine menu and simple but well prepared food. Despite its popularity Rijsel keeps being unpretentious and cosy.
And yes, the chicken is delicious, but the side dishes are even better!
The only negative point is that due to the space, it gets really noisy!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank lauripi
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london
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57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great service, simple menu”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2013

I loved it here, once through the door of the girls school, being slightly confused as where to go from the lobby I made my way through the curtains into a nice bright buzzy bright room and were welcomed by the owner. Our waitress was lovely, attentive, just the right amount of chattiness and helped us out by explaining the menu in English in full. There are 3 mains, rotisserie chicken, meat, fish and a usually a special or two on the night. The fish soup starter was excellent as was the chicken main which comes accompanied with dressed leaves and potatoes with a really nice mayo! I think 3 courses were 31 euro which is amazing value but obviously service, good wine and a tip will bump that up. Our bill was 82 euro with 2 glasses of wine, 2 soft drinks and an after dinner liquer excl. tip - still great value. I will definitely come here again. One of my best dining experiences in Amsterdam and I have lived here for 3.5 years. Well done!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank tijjers
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