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Balthazar's Keuken

Elandsgracht 108, 1016 VA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 420 2114
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good25%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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All hours
CUISINES
European, International
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Elandsgracht 108, 1016 VA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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1 - 10 of 214 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

Fixed menu which changes every fortnight. You get some delicious starters, choose a main course and then a dessert. We didn't like the dessert much but everything else was delicious! You should reserve a place in advance. Also, order the sparkling water, it comes in...More

Thank DrorSh86
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was sublime. So wonderful to see a rotational menu that makes the most of local produce. Very funky, cool quirky vibe. Wait staff were excellent, really added to the enjoyment of the meal, polite and paitent. Really seem to enjoy their jobs. Thank you...More

Thank Ruth J
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Living room style restaurant. The chef's menu was great, lots of good flavor combinations. As there are many restaurants like this in Amsterdam (living room style, chef's menu), this is highly recommendable.

Thank Mark V
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Didn't have high expectations because I booked in a hurry and didn't have sufficient time to research. Came here early and they accommodated us. MAKE SURE YOU MAKE RESERVATIONS. It's a small space. The food exceeded my expectations. They give us four different kinds of...More

Thank peg c
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

What can you say about a restaurant that served up undercooked rack of lamb to all 6 of us. On the positive side, the venue is very cute, and the waiter staff excellent. If you are going note it is a seasonal menu, and there...More

Thank maurieh
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

Balthazar was delightful. It's a tiny place and we were the only English speakers among the patrons at the early seating (6:15). We had a nice conversation with the owner who named the place for his grandfather. They serve a set menu that changes weekly...More

Thank KC R
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

This little place served amazing dishes, in a very cosy environment. The staff was very friendly and explained the set menu in detail. The set menu changes every 2 weeks. There was a meat and fish option for the main dish of the 3-course meal....More

Thank Y P
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Believe the good reviews you read about this restaurant - it's absolutely worth the hype. The restaurant is small and very intimate. The open plan kitchen gives it homely feeling and though there were few tables crammed close together, we liked this. We struck conversation...More

Thank msbobshe
Reviewed 27 June 2017

This is our second time at Balthazar's Keuken. Unfortunately, this time it did not live up to our last experience. The mixed set of starters had too much raw fish/herring etc. to my taste (luckily for my husband). The main meals were really good, perfectly...More

Thank Bruno20092013
Reviewed 12 June 2017

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
Nearby
Jordaan
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.
...More
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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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 38 - USD 38
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
18:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
18:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
18:00 - 23:00
Thursday
18:00 - 23:00
Friday
18:00 - 23:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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