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“A most enjoyable meal”
Review of Restaurant Vermeer

Restaurant Vermeer
Ranked #310 of 3,900 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $29 - $34
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
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.
Port Macquarie, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A most enjoyable meal”
Reviewed November 15, 2013

Had a business dinner at Vermeer near the end of a Europe trip - the service was excellent and very interesting, the food innovative but more than ample and very tasty, and the wines excellent (wonderful that they had a stunning Grosset Riesling for about 50 euros). There are certainly other restaurants around the world that bring the whole experience together a little better, but Vermeer does a wonderful job and deserves their star.

Visited October 2013
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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87 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Trying to impress”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

The Vermeer Restaurant (Prins Hendrikkade 59) looks very, very pretty: candles, long white tablecloths, thick dark ceiling beams, framed pictures, chandeliers... because, although it's a part of the Barbizon Palace bought by the Spanish NH Hotels and not particularly 'vermeerish', the name 'Vermeer' conjures beauty. In small doses: the restaurant is very small (what tries to mean 'exclusive') and it you want to experience it you'd better make reservations.
I recommend Scallops (not as good as in Monterey Bay, Ca.), Lamb (not as young and good as in the UK) and Cheesecake (not as good as in NYC). Therefore everything is good in a second-place sort of way. When you try to impress bare in mind you'll be compared to others that really impressed you.
I don't know if there was a restaurant at the Barbizon before it being bought by the NH Hotels, and if there was one I don't know what it was like. But the Spanish chain cannot avoid being Spanish and, of course, trying to impress: part of the national character. So it's up to the guest to give it a try and decide by himself. That's what we did.

  • Visited September 2013
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Groningen
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77 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Good - at a price”
Reviewed October 23, 2013

Restaurant Vermeer undoubtedly deserves its star - the cooking is outstanding. The price is on the high side - but that is true of Amsterdam generally, where the mark ups on the wine are often stratospheric - but it is in this case not unjustified. The atmosphere is reasonably formal without being oppressive, and the staff certainly are skilled imn making people feel ay home. The wine list is very good, and the sommelier is well-informed. It's a good place to go for a business meal or for an occasion. The cuisine is modern, the portions are realistic and they do not fob you off with mere taster size portions. The amuses are good. All in all, a creative meal with good wines. And good company ....

  • Visited March 2013
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Milano
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“we liked it”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

me and my girlfriend liked this restaurant. it's very nice and the staff is great.
the food is very good and the prices are fair.
thank you.

  • Visited July 2013
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London
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

Superb food, excellent atmosphere, attentive service, thoroughly enjoyable. Surprisingly large portions, especially after all the delicious little treats from the chef. Really enjoyed that the main course was brought out by the chef and 'explained' to you, nice touch. One very, very minor fault was when our fizzy water was given to the table next to us - probably irritated them more than us as they were drinking something different! But the water was taken off the bill. The waiters and staff were delightful, perfect English and charming with it. They dressed in a delightfully unstuffy fashion, making you feel more relaxed in their very pretty dining room. The attached hotel looked pretty nice as well, we stopped off in the hotel bar for a quick drink beforehand and really liked it.

Visited September 2013
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