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Balthazar's Keuken

#444 of 3,123 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Elandsgracht 108, 1016 VA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 420 2114
18:00 - 23:00
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London, England, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2015

There are restaurants that have you staring at the menu for whole minutes wondering what appeals, and what to eat. This is not one of those establishments. But it's wonderful. Here, you are told that you will receive a platter containing 5 sharing starters, and what those will be. You are then given a choice of either meat or fish... More 

Thank Kate G
Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2015 via mobile

Dinner for two 28th July and we had a set menu of three courses which included tasting plate with bread as a starter, choice of swordfish or veal for main course (we had one of each), then the most delectable eclair for dessert. Rose wine on the menu was clean and perfect accompaniment to the meal. Fun staff. Would go... More 

1 Thank TanyaPar
Washington Dc, District Of Columbia, Usa
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2015

Meal was as advertised... wonderful set of 5 different tasty starters followed by a scrumptious dinner! The setting is a homey, eclectic feel, with faded/barely visible scenes painted on the scrubby walls in the midst of an open kitchen. The restaurant seats only a few dozen and is barely 4 meters across. The wait staff was engaging and described the... More 

Thank Jeff H
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81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015

Balthazar's is a small restaurant that gets busy, so possibly not ideal for an intimate date, but the atmosphere is relaxed and buzzy, and the food is excellent. The format is that you get a set selection of tapas style starters with bread (could be any combination on any day but we had sardines, some chorizo, an aubergine dip, something... More 

1 Thank robertsrobson
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2015

We have been to Balthazar's Keuken 3 years ago and we loved everything about it. But this time it was a big disappointment. Food was sub-par and service was very spotty. Starting with very un-tasty appetizers and simply awful main dishes. One of the appetizers tasted spoiled; main course fish was way too salty and main course meat was simply... More 

Thank Marina K
Helsinki, Finland
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2015

It's been awhile but the memory has lasted well. The food was excellent, the weekly menu worked well for our group. Service was good and the atmosphere relaxed, I warmly recommend!

Thank JoKu_matkalla
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2015

I was in Amsterdam with my boyfriend and this was arguably our favourite meal. It's quite a small restaurant with an open kitchen. It was a set menu with a choice of meat or fish as the main. The food basically does the talking. We had a fun sharing starter with lots of little choices, some quite different which is... More 

1 Thank Keri F
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2015

We found Balthazar's Keuken through Trip Advisor, where it was listed as one of the best in Amsterdam. We booked online before our trip for a Saturday lunch, and were looking forward to going. On the day we were caught up in an unavoidable lunch-time commitment and called them to cancel. They very graciously offered us a slot that evening,... More 

Thank 590robinp
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2015

We had a wonderful dinner, exquisitely prepared and beautifully served. The experience is for the adventurous, with a new menu created each week from what is in season. Five appetizers, a choice of two main courses, and a dessert. For us, each course was a delight. The restaurant is small, so make your reservation early, then get ready to be... More 

Thank poppybubby
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2015

Small and we luckily booked a table a week or so before but could only getat 6.15, though whilst this was early it was full....We took our children aged 12 (enjoyed the quail) and aged 8 (definitely enjoyed the red mullet)..... and had a lovely evening .... whilst there is no choice for the dessert, which they told us was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$35 - US$35
European, International, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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
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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Staying in Jordaan

Neighbourhood Profile
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. As popular as the Jordaan is as a destination for locals and out-of-towners alike, the area never feels particularly touristy or overrun with outsiders. A highlight even for long-time Jordaan residents, be sure to accept any invitation to step within one of the area’s beloved courtyards or to have a sneak peek inside one of its many working studios.
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