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Balthazar's Keuken

Elandsgracht 108, 1016 VA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 420 2114
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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$$ - $$$
Elandsgracht 108, 1016 VA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So happy we booked in advance to eat here. It was full when we arrived and we were lucky enough to have a table close to the kitchen so we could see exactly what was going on! The starters were innovative and extremely tasty; particularly...More

Thank JoC1969
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In a city of diamonds this is the real gem. Amazing food and great service. All the dishes were clearly explained and to watch the chef creating them added to a great experience.

Thank katyruggles
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I booked this restaurant after reading about it on a fashion blog and I am so glad I did. The location was wonderfully located near our hotel but on a street which felt a little more like it was frequented by locals rather than tourists....More

Thank hay13y
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A fixed price bistro with 2 seatings. Middle Eastern food, 3 courses. Five appetizers to share,two entree choices, dessert. Many locals plus a few tourists. Reasonable wine prices.

Thank mcquilter
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

My second time in Amsterdam and second time at Balthazar's. I wanted to treat my parents to this wonderful experience after a lovely Christmas Eve dinner in December. I love that you have only two options - makes ordering so easy! I thoroughly enjoyed the...More

Thank Catherine S
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Excellent recommendation. Food was delightful but more importantly was staff were extremely friendly and explained the delicious 3 course menu and their recommendation of wines was superb. Need to book as very busy but definitely worth it.

Thank Deborah B
Reviewed 28 March 2017

My wife and I are here on a recommendation and it didn't disappoint. The food is lovely - set course but each course was absolutely delicious. We have eaten all over the world, but this was one of my favourites. A small, cosy, warm restaurant...More

Thank Ushthelush1964
Reviewed 8 March 2017

My husband and I have dined twice at BK - both had the same interesting starters and stunning dessert - a poached blood orange in cream sauce, We both had the steak and vegetables one evening, the fish the second. Nicely flavored and fine quality...More

Thank Marilyn K
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

We were visiting Amsterdam and came here on a friend's recommendation. She wasn't wrong. This is a lovely place which is friendly, unpretentious and they really seem to care about food. We had a warm welcome despite being dressed as scruffy tourists with kids in...More

Thank Peter W
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

Yummylicious food. Small cosy setup. Service is good. Rather pricey. Fixed 3 course dinner. Reservation highly recommended.

Thank maybellicious
One of Amsterdam’s most preferred outdoor markets and
some of the city’s favorite watering holes are but two
of the many reasons to save ample time for a stroll
through this especially convivial warren of narrow
streets with its unfair share of quirky shops and
quality galleries. Historically a haven for the
working class and emigrants, these days the Jordaan is
better known as an enclave for artists and designers.
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Greg R
What is the dress code?
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Response from Jon B | Reviewed this property |
Agree, all sorts, mainly 20-30 somethings, lots of fashionable same sex couples. Really buzzy and busy.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$36 - US$36
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Elandsgracht 108, 1016 VA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Jordaan
  • Neighbourhood: Jordaan
  • Phone Number: +31 20 420 2114
  • E-mail
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.
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