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“Don't come if you're not prepared to spend enough money”
Review of Cafe Loetje

Cafe Loetje
Ranked #159 of 3,900 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Museum Quarter (Museumkwartier)
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level 5 Contributor
33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Don't come if you're not prepared to spend enough money”
Reviewed February 21, 2013 via mobile

Pro:
* decent steak for reasonable price

Con:
* waitress terribly slow, unfriendly
* you're asked to leave if you don't generate enough money per hour per table
* arrogant attitude, waitress assumes the place is popular and guests 'will come anyway'

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  • English first
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English first
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Yes, the steaks here are great!”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

I've been many times, and often take foreign friends to Loetje. I can honestly say, that without exception, they all agree that this steak is amazing.

When you come in, walk to the end of the bar, give your name and get enlisted. Expect an hour or so waiting in the weekend, but try to kill your time drinking something at the bar. Do not expect a romantic setting, it is noisy, I would say the Dutch equivalent to a busy Spanish tapas bar. What you can expect is quick service, a decent salad and good french fries (chips), but then the steaks: I prefer the Bali, which is more spicy. The gravy is very tasteful and you will find the steaks amazing.

Oh, and they do not ask how you want your steak. It is supposed to be medium - rare. It's not bloody, but it is pinkish in the centre, but then again, this is how you should enjoy a good piece of beef. If you prefer medium, well-done, please stick to the French fries, and do not waste a good part of that animal. ;-)

In summer time it's nice to sit outside....

Enjoy!

  • Visited February 2013
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Ballymena, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“just ok”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

if these is the best steak in Amsterdam than it don't say much for Amsterdam.
first of all they don't ask how you would like it which means it come's rare to medium so if blood in the middle is for then your ok and as for the sauce its more like a coloured water not a lot of flavour so I say just ok

  • Visited February 2013
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Dallas, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Not for everyone but it was perfect for me!”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

Has the small Bali with all its buttery goodness. Thankfully we early and were seated promptly which would have not been the case an hour later. I can't wait for the weather to warm up and visit the location in Ouderkerk A/D Amstel!

Visited July 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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275 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 310 helpful votes
“Best Steaks in The Netherlands”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

I always eat here when in town - great atmosphere and the best steaks in the Netherlands. Good value for what you get, always busy and so central, just across the street from where i was staying and a great enjoyable evening.

Its a must and you will not regret your visit

Visited January 2013
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Thank John D
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