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Dutch, Bar, European
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
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Reviewed 1 March 2020 via mobile

This restaurant, also known as a 'bruin cafe' is a typical Dutch place where you can enjoy a drink and /or have a nice, not too expensive, lunch or dinner.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 19 October 2019 via mobile

I visit the 12 Balcken already more than 30 years. This time ordered ‘stokbrood filet americain’. Received a bun: is not what I ordered. Then they offeted to bake one and... brought me an old pistolet. Not even an apology... I will think twice to...go there next timeMore

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 29 August 2019

This restaurant is an absolute gem. They definitely serve the best lamb cutlets I have ever tasted anywhere in the world. The service is amazing, the ambience terrific and of course the food was delicious. I cannot wait to go back.

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 23 May 2019 via mobile

We had the sweet potato and leek soup and asparagus with lamb shank and potatoes. Also tried the local texel gin but didn’t find it as per our palette as it was on the sweeter side. The other two dishes were really good and the...ambience of the place too was quite lively, it’s also one of the few places open and serving food till late. A must go to place for sure.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed 7 April 2019 via mobile

Really enjoyed the food and atmosphere, so we ate here twice during our 5 day stay. I am a coeliac and was told that they cook all food in the same kitchen so don't guarantee food will be 100% gluten free...where does? But I had...absolutely no issues after eating here. Highly recommended!More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed 28 August 2018

This restaurant is well known by people of the town and is very crowded for meals, as well as a bar after dinner. Menu is not too large but nice for a simple meal with friends or family.

Date of visit: August 2018
Reviewed 25 August 2018

I came here on my own and ate at the bar. The food is amazing! I had the fish hotpot which was wonderful. Staff are super friendly. Very good value too.

Date of visit: August 2018
Reviewed 22 August 2018

We dined twice here, the meat they serve is perfectly cooked and very tasty. Decent prices, friendly staff.

Date of visit: August 2018
Reviewed 1 August 2018

Service was excellent and prompt. I had tomato soup and (local Texel) lamb goulash, both of which were delicious. It was the tastiest meal I had during a week in Holland. The bar has a superb range of draft and bottled beers. Prices were typical...for this type of pub/restaurant.More

Date of visit: July 2018
Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

Pub food may not be the best description for their varied menu ranging from Ribs,(local) lamb to grilled fish and veggie dishes. Great place with friendly staff. Some nice (local) beers on tap and wide range of interesting bottled beers. Make sure to make a...reservation as the place is popular.More

Date of visit: May 2018
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5