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Blauw aan de Wal

Oudezijds Achterburgwal 99, 1012 DD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 330 2257
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 99, 1012 DD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

I went here having been highly recommended by friends. The menu is set so no choice other than 3-5 courses. Food is ok but nothing special. Portions are small so you need to eat the bread. The wine list is also poor but that is...More

Thank 248adrian
Reviewed 3 January 2018

The restaurant is hidden in the red light district of Amsterdam - but it is worth finding. Our party of four had an excellent 5-course meal in a very civilized restaurant with great service. Highly recommend.

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Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

Went for the four dishes surprise menu, all excellent, maybe a bit pricey. Surprising room in former warehouse, cosy and elegant, with entry located between two sex shops

Thank F B
Reviewed 29 December 2017

Absolutely lovely food. Delicious meat, good combinations of flavours. We took the 4 course menu (surprise) which was sufficient. As other reviews point out it is indeed hidden away in the red lights districts - quite a contrast with the atmosphere of the restaurant. Would...More

Thank Vanessa L
Reviewed 27 December 2017

I love this place year round. In the winter, the door is dark, the curtain is pulled and you have to walk down and alley to get there...if you feel lost..then you are almost there. If it looks closed, try the door. If you open...More

Thank Chris M
Reviewed 3 December 2017

Difficult to find in the middle of the Red Lights. Looks strange, when you enter it. DOES have surprisingly great food. I was told about this place by my friends, who are very picky with the places to eat. Took me 3 years to finally...More

Thank V15DKalexanderl
Reviewed 27 November 2017

Very upscale spot on a narrow, charming alley -- located in the red light district but felt a world away. Gorgeous plating and presentation, sweet and unpretentious service given how fancy the place was, small jewel-like courses with lush, complex and interesting flavors. I agree...More

Thank snarliest1
Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

Came here on a Saturday night. The food was fantastic, we went for the surprise menu which was really good. Nice relaxed service. If you go be sure to plan how you'll get there as it's a bit hidden!

Thank Jimmyjazz
Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

Modern buzzing Indonesian restaurant. Interesting internal layout with some double height and mezzanine spaces. All the usual eats and good tasty food. Quick friendly service. Cafe style seating.

Thank TheTonyTraveller
Reviewed 28 October 2017

This is a surprising restaurant. First of all it is hidden away down a narrow alley in the Red Light district. The server was fantastic. There was no menu. Each course is a lovely surprise. She made sure the chef knew of my shrimp allergy...More

Thank AFoolForTravel
Red Light District (De Wallen)
To visit Amsterdam and not explore De Wallen (the
Dutch name for this area) or to go only to gawk at its
saucier aspects would mean missing the opportunity to
view some of the city’s most picturesque canals,
historic landmarks, and impeccably presented examples
of traditional local architecture – not to mention
Amsterdam’s own Chinatown, Europe’s largest Buddhist
temple and more local treasures. Sure, there are some
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15 December 2016|
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Response from marekw | Reviewed this property |
Not a vegetarian restaurant. Go somewhere else
27 May 2015|
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Response from Chester222 | Reviewed this property |
No, but they have a great selection. Their menu and wine list change very frequently, so they usually present options at the table. Great wine btw.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$120
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Oudezijds Achterburgwal 99, 1012 DD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Red Light District (De Wallen)
  • Neighbourhood: Red Light District (De Wallen)
  • Phone Number: +31 20 330 2257
  • E-mail
You can find Restaurant Blauw aan de Wal In the middle of the Red Light District of Amsterdam. Surrounded by the red lights, the swaying glances and the rich history. Through the clamour of the streets a small alley leads to an attractive courtyard with an old warehouse. This is where chef and owner Daan Olthuis and his team cook changing menu with a modest passion and inspiring seasonal products. The extensive wine list is carefully attuned to the menu.
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