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“Very good restaurant nicely located along the waterside” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Merlot - Wijnbar & Restaurant

Merlot - Wijnbar & Restaurant
Ranked #6 of 219 Restaurants in Amersfoort
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $37 - $148
Cuisines: French, Dutch, Seafood, European, Wine Bar, Central European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Doorn, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Very good restaurant nicely located along the waterside”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2014

I had diner with 5 study mates 2 weeks ago in Merlot, we ordered the 6-course menu with wines.
Not all of the guys were accustomed to have diner at the better restaurants but they loved the place very much.
The atmosphere is modern / trendy, staff is welcoming you at the door and through the evening very friendly and professional. Because we were catching up good times they kept more to the background which was exactly the right thing without forgetting to make sure that we knew what kind of course and wine we would get.
The food was very good, presented in a perfect way. I did not give this restaurant an excellent rating because in my opinion the food is missing some times the specific finishing touch of a michelin star restaurant. But without doubt I can recommend this restaurant to everybody.
The wines were very good to even excellent.

To summarize a great place to have dinner, we had a great evening which ended after midnight.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 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
      Food
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  • Dutch first
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English first
Soest, Utrecht, Netherlands
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56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Every time I visit this restaurant, I tend to get poetic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2014

This restaurant at the banks of the river Eem - the only river that springs in the Netherlands - is a haven for wining and dining. It is located in a recent extension to the centre of Amersfoort - a lovely small, ancient city in the center of the Netherlands.
Our 6-course surprise menu was again a revelation. Unbelievable how this cook can paint with ingredients, shaping dishes as a symphony of colours, tastes, mouth feel and aftertaste. And then the incredible wines that accompany the dishes. Original, tasteful and from all over the world. It all harmonises so well together.
The surprising dishes were served well paced - plan for three hours of culinary joy. The service is of a high standard - correct yet not too formal. These people clearly love their trade.
You might want to consider ordering a "Bob-arrangement", i.e. all the wines, but only half the volume.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tr0ttr
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Amersfoort, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Very nice winebar/ restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

Top restaurant with great wines and excellent food. We have been here several time and each time we enjoyed this restaurant very much.

  • Visited November 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Petra A
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Enfield, United Kingdom
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165 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“good experience lots of dishes to choose from”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

for sure it is modern cuisine, with a little bit too much happening some times in your plate at once
the service was very good and pleasant
but in all good experience and a nice evening. the food was looking fresh and in good quantities
i liked it and would go back
it is not cheap maybe a little over priced

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank nick3317
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Antwerp, Belgium
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Very nice restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

Top restaurant. Value for money, nice wines. Been there twice and I loved the outside terrace. Never been inside the restaurant.

Visited September 2013
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Thank peterv200013
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