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“Very well done high-end dining” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Restaurant Calla's

Restaurant Calla's
Ranked #21 of 1,224 Restaurants in The Hague
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $22 - $43
Cuisines: Dutch, Seafood, European, French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: Calla's is named after the flower 'Calla', the Greek word for beautiful. With its serene loveliness and unassuming character, the Calla is the perfect emblem for the restaurant.The flower's serene beauty also inspired the interior design. Against a background of white, ivory and cream, only the carpeting is a shade of orange coral. Materials used include linen and organza, slate, wood, chrome and glass.FG Stijl of Amsterdam did the interior design. Calla's is housed in what used to be a 19th-century commercial building somewhat reminiscent of a coach- house. On the ground floor is the chef's table, that affords a good view of the kitchen. A long brown table surrounded by high chairs, it accommodates up to eight guests for full meals or alternatively simply an aperitif.On the first floor is the restaurant in which one wall is lined with mirrors. Contact with the ground floor is created by recesses in the large square balustrade surrounding the stairs. Here too, much attention has been paid to detail: the bottles of mineral water are kept in a specially designed plexiglass cooler containing crushed ice.The result is an unassuming, chic interior with white and organic colour accents.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Very well done high-end dining”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

Business dinner with colleagues. Service was friendly with that odd mixture of deference and slight over-reverence for the whole dining experience that you get in top end restaurants. We had five courses and the food really was excellent, with the cheese selection the highlight for me. 600 wines on the list, and we sampled several very good bottles - our waiter was helpful in his recommendations.

The atmosphere won't be for everyone, and it's not a place to dine if you're in a hurry, but this is a special experience.

  • Visited September 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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Thank Andrew S
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English first
The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
1 review
“great experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2013

Last week I went to Calla's with my girlfriend in the "restaurantweek". We were offered to sit near the open kitchen. Obviously we said yes! Besides the fact that the food was great and beyond expectation, we had an amazing time. The cooks were very relaxed while cooking for the large groups upstairs and at the same time they took the time to communicate with us, talking about the food and the restaurant. The host also took good care of us and she was available for anything we needed or asked. Moreover, we even got some extras and had the oppurtunity to taste 2 extra wines for free. A must-go!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bally B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Disappointing but not the worst”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

We went to Calla's as part of restuarant week (Sept 4 2013) and found it wanting. I would have been upset if we had paid full prices and received the same service and food. It is a very nice restaurant, much better ambiance than average for what we found in the Netherlands. However shortly after being seated, the lights went out from time to time.

We had the restaurant week menu, 3 courses, a small amuse and small appetizer. The amuse of cheeses was good and interesting however the appetizer of the tofu was a horrible experience, more in appearance and texture of flem and no discernable taste. The cirst course was cod, which actually felt raw and undercooked, apparently this was due to it being slow cooked. It had way too much white pepper that made me start coughing. The presentation was very bland and unappetizing. The main of veal was nice, nothing spectaular but nice. and a dessert of a rose foam / jelly was probably the most interesting dish. I might not be able to describe the courses in more detail but that is due to our server actually not telling us much about them.

Service was generally horrible for us. My wife did not like the first course and hardly ate any so the server actually asked if she did nt like it and why. But that was it, no apology no substitute just a look of disdain as to say how could we dare not liek something there. From then on, she did not speak to us other than to say in a short, curt manner what the second course was and so on. We had a bottle of sparkling water and then our glasses started being filled with flat water, not a big deal but I wound have expected better attention to detail. More than once, my plate was cleared before I had even finished my last bit, even with food still in my hand.

I can see how this place was once nice, again it still has a nice feel, but the service was a big let down and the food only average. We will not be going back.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Berkel en Rodenrijs, The Netherlands
1 review
“Excellent service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

Exellent and personal service. Very refined and light food.
Good and solid wine and food combinations. Fair pricing

  • Visited August 2013
    • 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 Remon B
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2 reviews
“Not just dinner, but an experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

An evening we will never forget. The wines were all outstanding matches with the foods. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and as enthusiastic as we were about the food. Wow, how special, how carefully prepared and how tasteful. It all looks beautiful, and every dish is a little treasure. We were most impressed with the soy dish, sea bass, carrots and 'vin naturelle', but really there was no downside to this fantastic evening. We will definitely come here again!

  • Visited July 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank rigeha
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