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Grand Cafe Central

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Dutch, Bar, Cafe, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly
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Markt 22-23 Zeugstraat 9, 2801 JB Gouda, The Netherlands
+31 182 512 576
09:00 - 23:00
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Tue - Thu 09:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 00:30
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Lima, Lima, Peru
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

After reading some reviews about where to have lunch in Gouda, I bet for this place... and I'm happy with the decision I made. Amazing kaassoep (cheese's soup) and a good appeltaart (the latter for me was just OK, not incredible). On the other hand, the attention is very friendly and the prices are very reasonable. Overall, I do recommend... More 

Thank Bruno W
Bucharest, Romania
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196 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016

I sat outside the front window in the row of tables and chairs in the covered area in front of the restaurant. It's a shame the heater wasn't working because it was a cold and rainy day and the inside of the restaurant was full of reserved tables. We had beers and food. I ordered a hamburger. It was overcooked... More 

Thank Sam L
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Went to Gouda for a visit during the weekend. Looked up this place on TripAdvisor and decided to have a try. I wasn't that hungry so I ordered a smoked fish salad and a cup of cheese soup to share. The salad portion was generous and it comes with freshly made bread. Loved it! The apple pies looked so good... More 

Thank Lily K
1 review
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

We waiting for ages for a menu and drinks, when we finally got served he forgot the starter and said what we had was enough ... food was lovely but again they took for ever to give us the bill even when we asked for it. Had to go up for it in the end ...

Thank Deirdre H
Adelaide, Australia
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50 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

We travelled by train from Amsterdam to catch up with some friends we had met on a Mediterranean Cruise some 3 years earlier. After experiencing the Cheese Festival celebrations in Gouda's central square, we had lunch in this restaurant which is situated right on the square. Inside the Art Deco furnishings were amazing and the atmosphere was warm and cosy.... More 

Thank Maralyn C
Gouda, The Netherlands
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

In almost every cafe in Holland you can get 'Appel gebak' (apple cake). Like spaghetti - everyone has their own way of doing it and you can definitely taste the different between homemade and factory baked. you can get the real deal here in this cafe. They bake the apple pie on the premises and you can see (and smell)... More 

Thank mmourits
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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41 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016

it is very well located in the center of Gouda, in front of the stadhuis. Both inside and outside tables offer a nice atmosphere to spend some time in the evening. The food is delicious. We ordered cheese soup and salad and both meals where excellent. Service is gentle and quick.

Thank Mario d
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333 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 734 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Sunday lunch. The terrace was packed, so we took a table inside, near the open front window. Nice cooling breeze. Friendly and pleasant service. We were disappointed to learn that the hamburger was no longer available (we had seen them being delivered to other tables earlier when we were having a drink). We opted for the chicken burger instead and... More 

2 Thank pgbDublin
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

Top food. Top service. Top location. You can drink very good beers wile eating good food in the central square of Gouda 😊😊

1 Thank Daniele T
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

Nice bright tasty food. It was that good we went twice. The pulled pork, burgers and chicken skewers we all fabulous. Served with salad, sauces and chips, no need for side dishes. The menu is only in Dutch, but the waiting staff were all able to help if required. Excellent service and food.

2 Thank Pam-and-Tam

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$25
Dutch, Bar, Cafe, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 00:30
09:00 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Markt 22-23 Zeugstraat 9, 2801 JB Gouda, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  South Holland Province  >  Gouda
  • Phone Number: +31 182 512 576
The Grand Cafe was founded in 1916 by the grand parents of the current owner. The expertise of almost 100 years hospitality makes this a unique place. The drive for best service and quality is the motivator to serve our guests. At a fair price we will welcome you and provide you with all the good things Gouda has to offer! For lunch, dinner, drinks and of course our world famous applepie we are opened 7 days a week. Looking foreward pampering you!

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