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Balthazar's Keuken

Elandsgracht 108, 1016 VA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 420 2114
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good27%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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European, International
$$ - $$$
Elandsgracht 108, 1016 VA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant is so unique, and somewhere I had never had an experience like it before (in a good way). The waiter was absolutely lovely and very attentive! The food was very good and of a high standard. The place is small but, very busy...More

Thank charlottesimonsdukes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Judging by its cover, There is Nothing wrong with this place. It looks nice. And has a nice location. Reservation is absolutely necessairy. So when we finally went here, we had some expectations. Unfortunately they did not live up to those. We had a feeling...More

Thank Jorinde V
Reviewed 22 December 2017

This little place offers a Set Menu, 35 pp with Starts, mains, + dessert. Starters were very interesting, some very good, some with room for improvement, but quite small portions to share. This is follow by a main dish, in our case, Hare with mashed...More

Thank Boris I
Reviewed 13 December 2017 via mobile

The restaurant was recommended by a friend however all that I can recommend is the butter and the Rioja. The food is below average and the service is unimpressive. Fortunately the set menu is not expensive otherwise my review may have been a lower rating....More

1  Thank Andrew R
Reviewed 4 December 2017

We ate at Balthazars Keuken as a group of 6. We expected a quirky place, and that's what we got! There is no menu - the waiter tells you what's on offer that day. You get to choose between meat and fish for your main...More

Thank Nina D
Reviewed 27 November 2017

We booked for 3 persons and were seated a a table the size of a napkin so small the knees were touching and no place for more the bottle of wine and water. Fully booked they said although 75% was still empty. Sunday evening offers...More

Thank mvisser008
Reviewed 26 November 2017

This is not Amsterdam's most pretentious restaurant, but they have been taking their food very seriously very many years, without getting complacent. The menu is limited, and after a while you sort of know what you'll get, but it never fails to add up to...More

Thank PieterHilversum
Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

It seems like most of the best food in Amsterdam is ethnic - especially Indonesian - but Balthasar made me a believer in Dutch fusion. Everything was superb. Fixed menu with choice of fish or duck tonight. Inventive and fun. Great service. My favorite Amsterdam...More

Thank Andy A
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Nice cozy restaurant in the heart of Amsterdam. They have a regularly changing fixed menu so u only have to choose fish or meat for the main. First you get an array of first courses, one tastier than the other. But all in all it...More

Thank Raoul_Olanda
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Lovely waiters and a fabulous food with a set menu. Be prepared to be sat quite cosy with the table next to you and book in advance as there are not many tables.

Thank EmmaT58
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.
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Greg R
10 May 2017|
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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
  • Value
Average prices
US$40 - US$40
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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: 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
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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