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“Warm, friendly, and work your way through the menu!”
Review of Het Wachtlokaal

Het Wachtlokaal
Ranked #79 of 391 Restaurants in Haarlem
Cuisines: Dutch
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Reviewed 14 September 2017

I arrived in Haarlem after a 11 hours travel by train and the Lion D'Or recommended this for a tired and hungry traveller just 25m away. It was a wet and cool and I was given a warm welcome and the calves liver, bacon and onions was just what I wanted. An excellent range of local beers and a menu of simple but very satisfying meals which made a good way to end days of sight seeing. If I find a good place to eat I work through the menu! Had salmon and cod dishes, satay chicken, excellent lamb and steaks. Not only were the staff friendly and helpful but so were the welcoming and good humoured Haarlem folk. It made a seven night stay very contented!

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Thank Ian B
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Reviewed 3 May 2017

We ate here three times during our visit to Haarlem. Food is straight forward and very tasty. Friendly relaxed atmosphere. Note - they don't take credit or debit cards. outside eating places but may be noisy as it's v near the station/bus station

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Thank elveston
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Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Small local cafe which makes you feel very warm, welcome and cosy immediately when you enter. Absolutely great food, including perfectly juicy steak grilled exactly as ordered, yet warm ciabatta accompanying a salad, crispy fresh veggies, mouth-watering mustard soup and much more choice. Friendly and quick service, good wine, very reasonable prices. Would definitely come back.

2  Thank Natalia S
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Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

Het Wacht Lokaal, or 'the waiting room' is a charming, very dutch 'eet-cafe', or eating cafe, within yards of the trainstation in the wonderful city of Haarlem. Haarlem is like Amsterdam without the tourists, so gives you a true insight into dutch culture, past and present, as wel as being astonishingly beautiful. Many buildings date from the 1600's.
We had a sandwich at the cafe which was huge, presentation and quality were excellent, and the staff very friendly and caring. Not a tourist insight (I'm from that area originally). We only had the sandwiches, but the evening menu also looked very good. I can certainly recommend this cafe for a very dutch experience. The 'bitterballen' make a nice, very dutch starter or snack. (An english friend of mine used to refer to them as 'deep fried soup') If you're in the area, well worth a visit.

1  Thank Yvonne H
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Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

By coincidence I ended up in this cosy little lunchroom. The food was excellent and for a good price. Also the service was very well. Situated close by central station this place is the perfect place to quickly reload from your travels. Also they offer free wifi.

Thank Lennart M
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