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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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Closes in 22 min
All hours
European, International
$$ - $$$
Elandsgracht 108, 1016 VA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 30 October 2017

we got this recommendation from GOOP ... it was right on! This small restaurant is an easy walk from central Amsterdam in a quiet neighborhood. the wait staff and chef are all part of the experience and we let then take us on a foodie...More

Thank Walter H
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Recommended by our hotel, this tiny restaurant offers a new 3 course meal every two weeks. The tables are small and put together, meaning you will likely talk to your neighbors (we met the most wonderful people next to us!) and the kitchen staff cooks...More

Thank Helen S
Reviewed 1 October 2017

Small friendly neighbourhood restaurant down a quiet stretch, serving up a reasonably-priced set menu daily with three choices for mains. The starter platter was a little mixed and hit-and-miss for me, but we loved our roasted veal with a herb risotto - the herby flavours...More

Thank Juicy73Kl
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Balthazar is a very cool and quite tiny restaurant in one of central Amsterdam's smarter neighbourhoods. We had a stunning meal, with fantastic services and a delicious wine list. Excellent value too at €35 a head. Couldn't recommend this highly enough.

Thank CatGreenski
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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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$38 - US$38
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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: 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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