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“Great food and excellent service”
Review of Restaurant Vermeer

Restaurant Vermeer
Ranked #309 of 3,909 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $29 - $34
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Red Light District (De Wallen)
Description: Restaurant Vermeer just opposite Amsterdam’s Central Station in the Barbizon Palace Hotel is one of the finest restaurants in the city. The luxurious Old Dutch décor – marble tiled floors, monumental fireplaces, Delft tiles and plates, austere chandeliers – does suggest something of the master painter’s interiors. But it would take more than a servant-girl’s pearl earring wages to properly enjoy a meal at Vermeer. This is Michelin-starred, high-end, complex, refined European cuisine under the deft hand and watchful eye of Chris Naylor. The menu includes various irresistible multi-course and tasting options, and, while it changes with the season, offers dishes like starter of caviar and Colchester oysters served with veal tongue, truffle, red beet and seaweed chutney, main course of penne pasta with pheasant, walnuts, acorn bread and oloroso crème, and dessert of custard tart with figs, muscovado sugar and raisins. The wine list includes more than 300 labels, and you’ll want to avail yourself of the excellent sommelier’s opinions. Two private rooms can accommodate up to 20 or 30 respectively for memorable celebrations and events.
Melbourne, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great food and excellent service”
Reviewed July 2, 2013 via mobile

We opened the entrance foor and the staff were immediately attentive. This continued throughout the dinner without being intrusive. Yet the waiters were engaging when we asked questions. The sommelier was particularly responsive. One of my usual subtle trick is to get up, roll up the napkin and leave it on the table see the response. I returned a few moments later to have a new one neatly placed on my setting. If only more restaurants in our home town were like this. The food was excellent. We chose a four course meal which really turned out to be 7 with all additional small additions - mainly froths thoughs. The reataurants change the menu according to the seasonal produce so white asparagus featured menu is approaching the end of the season. The accompanying wines match nicely. We're off to La Rive in a few nights so it will be nice to compare. Nonetheless, Vermeer is worth a visit in Amsterdam especially if you enjoy French influenced fine dinning

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Memphis, TN
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105 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“High quality food and service, but at a price”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

Just returned from Amsterdam where we had a business dinner for 5 at Vermeer. The restaurant is in a older building very close to the central station. There is one large window with a view of the station, but unless you are at the front table, you will only have an interior view. The options for dinner are either a 4 course preset menu, 7 course preset menu or the al a carte menu. I chose the al a carte, whereas the rest of the group chose the 4 course.

The food is definitely French inspired and unique, with many flavors mixed together. The garden salad contained many marinated and raw vegetables along with Morocco spiced tartar meat. The 2nd course was nice filet of salmon whereas I had the halibut. Everyone said they enjoyed it, but my mixed vegetables that were served with the halibut were out of this world! The 3rd course for the others was pigeon which they said was excellent. For dessert I had a coffee souflee with lemon tart ice cream, whereas they had a strawberry beet dessert. Once again very nice. Each course had a paired wine with it.

Although we only had 3-4 "official" courses, there were another 5-6 small courses provided. Many of these courses used asparagus foam, pea foam or mushrooms in their base. Very flavorable and light. Bread was also availalbe throughtout the meal.

Total cost was 140 euros/person. Several at the table thought it was the best meal they have ever eaten. They also enjoyed the wine sommelier's extravegant stories.

Overall - great food and great service, but over priced for what you get.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Vol_World_Traveler
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Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Half the stars it deserves”
Reviewed June 14, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant delivers at least two star cuisine, and compares more than favourably to the three star establishments I've enjoyed. Nothing could be faulted, and every course brought both surprise and delight. If you're looking for a memorable experience, and you're happy to pay for it, this is it. Do the full seven courses, with the wine accompaniment, and you'll remember it with joy forever.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank CMCReading
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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Almost everything at least very good; some stunning”
Reviewed June 8, 2013 via mobile

We had the 7 courses menu. As someone said, by the time you add everything else in, it gets to 14. The amuse bouches were great, the rhubarb macerated with sugar and pepper is probably the perfect appetiser. The langoustine and fennel dish with wild garlic is probably one of the nicest things I have ever eaten, and not a combination I had had before. The wine matching was interesting, and creative (eg perry for one course. Possibly too many foams - seemed to have a fixation with these

  • Visited June 2013
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New York
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed June 4, 2013

Multi course dinner accompanied by excellent wines. I especially enjoyed the asparagus soup, the fish

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank JackTheTravellerb
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