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Balthazar's Keuken

#463 of 3,097 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Jordaan
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Elandsgracht 108, 1016 VA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 420 2114
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18:00 - 23:00
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Tue - Sun 18:00 - 23:00
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Washington Dc, District Of Columbia, Usa
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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 

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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 

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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 

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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!

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London, United Kingdom
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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 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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 

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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 

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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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2015 via mobile

Arrived a little late having called ahead and was seated near the kitchen - a great choice for me as an avid master-cheffer. Starter was a sharing platter of pickled beetroot, warm barley, cool whitebait on a spelt sauce, shaved courgette with Parmesan and sliced lettuce with an anchovy sauce. Interesting, not arresting! Mains were lamb shank with artichoke and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2015

We were lucky to turn up at 13.00 hrs with no reservation and get a table. Choice of menu is not an option, but then to savour the delicate flavours of the two course meal you really should not fret. 1/2 litre of wine thrown in with delicious breads in a very friendly atmosphere does it. We always like to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 34 - USD 34
Cuisine
European, International, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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
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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Staying in Jordaan

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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. 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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