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“Excellent Local Food” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Balthazar's Keuken

Balthazar's Keuken
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Ranked #486 of 3,727 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $35 - $35
Cuisines: European, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Jordaan
Description: Balthazars Keuken restaurant in the heart of the Jordaan district is one of Amsterdam's most special restaurants. It is a long, narrow space set in a former smithy, with scrubbed wooden floors, an open kitchen with pans and utensils hanging in plain view. The moss-coloured banquettes, unadorned wooden seating, and plain white table linens add to the ambience of simplicity and relaxation. And it's tiny, seating just about 30 inside and a few more on the bijou terrace in fine weather. 'Romantic' must be Balthazar's middle name, in spite of the plain surroundings. Owners Karen Gaasterland and Alain Parry create internationally-inflected three-course fixed-price dinners, with a menu that changes every week. They create. You enjoy. No choice about the dishes, though. The starters are tidbits meant to appeal to all. The mains are perfectly-sourced fish or meat with sides. House wine is from the Languedoc, chosen to complement the Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Dinner and lunch from Wednesday through Saturday. Groups up to ten can dine in the restaurant then, or hire the entire venue for private events during the rest of the week. Very popular, very packed.
Kota Bharu, Malaysia
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178 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Excellent Local Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2013

We found this place after reading a review online. However, we did not believe in reservations and was quite surprised that we were allowed to have dinner here. It was only 6pm on a weekday but the place was already packed! There was some elbow squeezing to make room for the two of us but that was just the start of the surprise.

Price is fixed for a three-course menu, including starters and dessert. Although if you order wine, the total would be different from the rest. What made it surprising was that there was no menu card, you just have to choose between 2 main course, which was prepared by the cook on that day itself.

A word of advice: Reservations required. There was never an empty seat during our 2 hours there, those leaving were immediately being replaced by the newcomers.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Delicious unique food and dining experience every time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

Favourite place to eat in Amsterdam! Such flavour in every dish and refreshingly good, fast service for Amsterdam!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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133 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Charming”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2013

Small, crowded, friendly, relaxed and good, tasty food. You must book ahead. A super place for a relaxed evening out.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Whidbey Island, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“great food no decisions required”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

We saw this small restaurant on a walk; returned to make a reservation and thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and food. Our hostess went out of her way to make us feel welcome and answered all our questions about the food, and the history of the restaurant. It is prix fixe, with only the main course decision to make. I had the fish which was a mixed seafood with sauce and was excellent. My husband had the steak, and thought it was the best steak he's had anywhere in ages. We highly recommend going there.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Great little place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

I like the home atmosphere, its little size and the few table available. The food is fresh, excellent and prepared in front of you. Its like being at home with friends. A place to go!

Visited December 2012
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