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“Stylish but relaxed”
Review of Restaurant Simpel

Restaurant Simpel
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Ranked #1,101 of 3,955 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Price range: $18 - $41
Cuisines: French, Mediterranean
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: De Pijp
Description: Simpel is situated in the heart of 'de Pijp' neighbourhood, known for its diversity of colourful shops, trendy bars and good restaurants. Our motto is less is more. We offer pure, basic food in a simple but stylish setting. Also important to know is that our food is fresh and our menu affordable, so Simpel is good value for money as well! The tasteful inviting interior attracts a wide variety of people and is ideally suited for lunches, dinners, presentations, parties or any other celebration! Visit our website to see our special group brochure. A visit to our restaurant is easy to combine with some great city sightseeing because Amsterdam's most popular tourist attractions like Albert Cuyp market, Heineken Experience, Rijksmuseum,Stedelijk museum and Van Goghmuseum are all located withing walking distance from Simpel. The tasteful inviting interior attracts a wide variety of people and is ideally suited for lunches, dinners, presentations, parties or any other celebration!
New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Stylish but relaxed”
Reviewed July 21, 2012 via mobile

Visited "Simpel" based on our hotel's recommendation. Cosy but stylish place, the design being skillfully on the edge of modern cold, but not quite. Location conveniently close to the main art museums. The small staff was friendly but, as the restaurant became crowded towards the evening, made a slightly overworked impression. The food was good average. Our starter, the chopped mackrel, came across somewhat tasteless, but the chicken as the main course was a solid performance. Asked the baked potatoes in my portion to be replaced by french fries, but got them instead as an extra side dish, which, of course, was also charged. Minor mishap.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“One of My Favourites”
Reviewed July 15, 2012

I've been here more than half a dozen times, it's a brilliant mid-range restaurant; the menu is not extensive, but everything they do, they do it well; reasonably priced, great for dinner with family of friends.

  • Visited June 2012
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Madison, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
214 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Nice little bar”
Reviewed May 15, 2012

While visiting on a Saturday night, the place was very crowded and very noisy but still. it's a nice little place - not necessarily cosy but fun.

Visited May 2012
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France
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38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Lucky Find”
Reviewed April 7, 2012

We visited this restaurant on a very busy friday night. The lesson being is to book as it was the only restaurant that could fit 4 of us in, but luckily proved to be a good choice with an excellent menu and would thoroughly reccomend it. Styly is fairly french influenced and the Maigret superbly cooked.

  • Visited April 2012
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West Byfleet, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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“The name says it all... not very inspiring!”
Reviewed February 21, 2012

Visited August 2010 with a MyCityDeal (now Groupon) voucher, for 5 courses for EUR 20.

The food was 'fine'... but much of it looked and tasted like it had come out of a packet - no skill or imagination required, and unacceptably small portions (given the lack of taste/ beauty to compensate!) I don't know if this was due to the reduced price we paid, but the whole experience was quite disappointing.

We did also have an issue with a very fatty rack of lamb (we both had the dish, mine was fine, my boyfriend's was almost 100% fat.) Upon complaining, we were met with the standard response to escalation of an issue in a Dutch restaurant 'uh... ok.' Full stop, no offer of compensation, uncomfortable silence. (We lived in this city long enough to know when it's not worth trying to pursue any further!! For EUR 20, this was one of those times.)

The restaurant has a nice ambiance and the service wasn't bad... nor was the food... we just expected more (and indeed had to grab a snack on the way home - that's a bad sign!)

  • Visited March 2011
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