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“Traditional Dutch food”
Review of De Ballentent

De Ballentent
Ranked #27 of 1,121 Restaurants in Rotterdam
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 20 November 2017

If you want to really try Dutch food in Rotterdam, this is the place. Now, if you are not from the Netherlands, do a bit of research before on what Dutch food is, because it's not really one of the most interesting or great cuisines out there. Nevertheless, the menu is pretty broad and you will still find something you like in most cases (I guess everyone likes schnitzel, right? that might be a saver).

The prices here are good considering it's a sit-down type of place with waiters and a (informal) restaurant atmosphere rather than an eetcafe/pub one. The meatballs are 4-7 euros, the sandwiches quite the same and the "non-meatball" main courses 10-15 euros.There is a wide variety of snacks, omelettes, sandwiches and, of course, meatballs. Meatballs here are said to be very good, but I don't eat meatballs, so I can't say from my own experience. When I was at Ballentent recently I had the stew and it was tasty and only 9.5 euros. The service was good.

Overall, good place to have a decently priced hot meal!

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1  Thank Vladimir1998
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

This no-nonsense place is iconic in Rotterdam, the only authentic harbour cafe-restaurant and its been around for more than 40 years! Famour for their meatballs, which are huge and delicious. They serve typical Dutch food, and its great value for money! Try the Captain's Dinner!

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Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

A delicous Dutch meat ball, with an excellent value for money! Service is done by locals with a typical Rotterdam accent. The cafe has an interesting history and is always busy during lunch and dinner time, so reservations are advised.

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

The Ballentent was rewarded the price of best 'ballen' (meatballs) of Rotterdam and I must say, variation on the menucard looks impressive as well the ball on the plate of the other restaurant guests. However I choose 'veal liver' as it was already I long time I had eaten this delicious dish. I was rewarded with a very nice piece of liver fried just as it has to be. So no regrets although I still would like to know how the best 'balls' of Rotterdam are tasting.The waitress Kelly was friendly, efficient and very professional.

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Thank Leon W
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Reviewed 15 October 2017

Authentic Dutch food. So don't expect anything fancy or gourmet, but rather something tasty. Do you like meatballs? What about french fries? If the answer is yes, then you should come here since it's pretty much what they have. But many say they are THE best meatballs in Rotterdam. They were pretty good as a matter of fact. But the fries were amazing. Service was rather slow, but we weren't in a rush. So not a problem for us.

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Thank Ricardo A
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