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“Traditional Dutch Food & Atmosphere- w/ Excellent Gluten Free Options”

Restaurant Haesje Claes
Ranked #164 of 3,953 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $33 - $53
Cuisines: Dutch, International
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Centrum
Description: “Haesje Claes” is a restaurant situated in the historical center of Amsterdam, between the Spui and the Dam square, across from the Amsterdam Museum. The restaurant occupies six, epic buildings, in which the original architectural features such as little steps, corridors and hallways all have been preserved. Likewise, the exterior of the building is a beautiful example of traditional Dutch architecture. All chambers are breathing a century old ambiance, perfectly suited for a comfortable and casual lunch or dinner. The name Haesje Claes originates from the Lady Haesje Claes, who was born in 1520, and was a daughter of a rich salesman. She was also the founder of the “Burgerweeshuis” (orphanage) formerly located in the Amsterdam Museum. The interior is comprised of paintings depicting scenes from the orphanage and many paintings and tiles in the restaurant date back to this time period. Our kitchen is open daily from 12:00 till 22:00
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
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“Traditional Dutch Food & Atmosphere- w/ Excellent Gluten Free Options”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

The restaurant has a very charming and warm ambiance- and food to match the atmosphere. The menu is primarily traditional Dutch fare, with lots of meat/fish paired with mashed potatoes. This means the meals are quite heavy and filling, but quite delicious!

The servers were all extremely friendly and spoke English very well. The place had a warm, yet casual atmosphere, as children and adults alike were dining there. All at a reasonable price. We also saw quite a few large parties being seated, so they seem very accommodating for large groups.

In terms of gluten free: Most of my family members are gluten free, so we specifically came here after researching that they had gluten free options. They have a whole designated gluten free menu, which is always a great sign. Many of the meals were composed of meat and potatoes anyway, but it was good to be assured that they were gluten free. They also serve a delicious gluten free roll to gf patrons at the beginning of the meal. For gf drinkers, they serve the gluten free Belgian beer, Mongozo, as well as Strongbow cider.

It was really wonderful to be understood as a gluten free patron in a foreign city. We were able to eat traditional Dutch food without worrying about being contaminated.

  • Visited December 2013
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“Can you say, "Dover Sole?"”
Reviewed January 19, 2014

For huge portions of Dover Sole and other delicious dishes, make a beeline for this quaint restaurant.

Visited January 2014
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“Good experience at Haesje claes”
Reviewed January 13, 2014

Food was reasonably priced, interiors were great and the menu options were authentic and tasty. The local dutch beer here is highly recommended too

  • Visited September 2013
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Mexico City, Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Traditional Dutch fare in old time surroundings”
Reviewed January 10, 2014

We were recommended this restaurant by our hotel's concierge, we wanted traditional Dutch fare and we got it, the surroundings were European old style, menus in every language, good selection of beers, we ordered the herring with onions and pickles, old Amsterdam cheese cubes, pea soup with sausage and the Hotchpotch with meatball sausage and bacon which is a kind of purée of potatoes onions and carrots, with a meatball and sausages on top. It was surprisingly good. The food was good, the servings were generous and the service was fast. I recommend it as a first time visitor to Amsterdam

Visited January 2014
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Morristown, NJ
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great Local Food”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

Located near several major hotels, this restaurant serves delicious local food. Fish, meat, stews and desserts are all wonderful. Very fairly priced. Definitely worth a visit. Reservations helpful/.

  • Visited December 2013
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