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De Balie

) #38 of 108 Coffee & Tea in Amsterdam #1,144 of 3,492 Places to Eat in Amsterdam $$ - $$$ , , Cafe
Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10, 1017 RR Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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  • Excellent14%
  • Very good63%
  • Average18%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (2 reviews)
“meet friends” (2 reviews)
“texel beer” (2 reviews)
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Bar, Dutch, Cafe, European, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10, 1017 RR Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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1 - 10 of 35 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

I have been to the Balie many times and go there for breakfast or lunch at least once every time I am in Amsterdam. It can be crowded and hard to find a place but I prefer this to ending up in one of the...More

Thank scvgr
Reviewed 17 June 2017

We arrived for dinner and perhaps this is not they usual target. We managed to have two salmon dishes (on the GOOD side) and a vegetable soup ( just PSSING). The baked potatoes were tasy and well cooked. Apparently a place for a quick "refill"....More

Thank umeghu
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

Booked on line, it was very efficient. It was a good rendezvous place to meet friends coming from different directions. I was late but the staff were helpful and reassuring. The wall scrawls made everyone smile. The drat Texel beer was lovely and the food...More

Thank Chris D
Reviewed 30 March 2017

De Balie is one of the (few) places on the Leidseplein where you do not get the feeling they are oriented on tourists only. It is a nice place but do not expect anything personal or special here. The quality of things is just good...More

Thank Alex V
Reviewed 10 March 2017

If you visit ten City of Amsterdam or live in this town and likek to meet friends go De Balie. If you gather before a concert in the Paradiso go De Balie for your glass of wine or a dinner. If you are on your...More

Thank cameranny44
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Visited for lunch. Our toasted sandwiches were served quickly and were tasty. A good choice for a quick lunch.

Thank MFC17
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Nice location and not so popular for typical touristic routes. A traditional selection of beers plus a special one which I would recommend to taste it. I was there for drinks and chat with friends and found this place ideal for this purpose with the...More

Thank Alessandra F
Reviewed 10 February 2017

The food here is good but not very special. They have great staff though, a gallery with local art that is changed around very often, and fantastic drinks. Lots of different types of beer on the menu, good tea, amazing fresh juices and lemonades in...More

Thank Coddiwompling
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Hade the tuna melt, my friend hade the tomato cheese Tosti. Nothing special.. just ok. Would go back for the spot.. not for the food.

Thank V E
Reviewed 24 November 2016

This cafe is hidden well, just off Leidseplein. the building itself is gorgeous. They have a very limited menu, but the dishes are tasty. I like coming here for tea and cake or a nice glass of wine. The table service is in general slow...More

Thank CharleneAC
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$21
Bar, Dutch, Cafe, European, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Open Hours
10:00 - 01:00
09:00 - 01:00
09:00 - 01:00
09:00 - 01:00
09:00 - 01:00
09:00 - 03:00
10:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10, 1017 RR Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Stadsdeel Zuid
  • Neighbourhood: Stadsdeel Zuid
  • Phone Number: +31205535151
  • E-mail
The Grand Café restaurant at De Balie is a friendly and accesible meetingspace, located near the lively Leidse square in the centre of Amsterdam. De Balie is the right place to work on your laptop in the morning while having an espresso and breakfast, to enjoy an appetizing dinner before going to one of our programs or concerts or to drink a beer with your friends. Our menu offers nice, homemade dishes for an affordable price. The meat we serve comes exclusively from animals that have had a good life, and we try to use seasonal vegetables as much as possible. We also always offer a vegetarian choice on our menu. On thursday, friday and saturday night you can have a dance at De Balie Draait, with different DJ's each week. We also serve mixed drinks for friendly pricing. De Balie also likes to help you think about organizing private dinners, drinks and other enjoyable occasions for large and small groups. Good to know: the proceeds from our restaurant and bar help fund the cultural programming at De Balie.
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