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De Lachende Javaan

Frankestraat 27, 2011 HT Haarlem, The Netherlands
+31 23 532 8792
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good36%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“rijsttafel” (27 reviews)
“rice” (7 reviews)
“spekkoek” (2 reviews)
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Asian, Indonesian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Frankestraat 27, 2011 HT Haarlem, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We came here in a large group for a rehearsal dinner. The service was very friendly. They did ask often if we wanted our drink refilled, however there were sometimes times where we had to wait a bit. It was better when the food was...More

Thank Sarah W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have dined here on many occasions during our visits to Haarlem. The rijsttafel variety delivered for even two people is well worth ordering. The owners and family, as well as the wait staff, are friendly and the restaurant decor is eclectic and colorful. Most...More

Thank VirginiaRick
Reviewed 1 week ago

With a friend, we are both from Haarlem originally, we visited Indonesian restaurant 'De Lachende Javaan'. This has become a tradition. We took the extended rice table and a palette of dishes was put on the table. It was medium spicy - they should have...More

Thank dirk542
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great Indonesian meal with more food than we could eat and we didn't even get the traditional Rijs tafel. Food had terrific flavor and prices were very reasonable. Highly recommended for anyone visiting Haarlem.

Thank Jeff Y
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

In the Lachende Javaan (smiling Javanese) is my opinion the best Indonesian restaurant in the Netherlands in the centre of the old city of Haarlem. The owners are A friendly Indonesian Dutch family and the food is traditional and superb. The service is perfect and...More

Thank pilotton
Reviewed June 28, 2018 via mobile

Best Indonesian Food. Some even tasted better than what I ever tasted in Indonesia. I can also tell they use fresh ingridients and authentic recipes. Great hospitality and service also. Unforgettable!

Thank John C
Reviewed June 19, 2018

We were doing a day trip to Haarlem and found this wonderful restaurant. We have been to 3 rice tables in the past 2 years and this was by far the best. The waiter, Coon, provided great commentary on what was included and the spiciness...More

Thank RJWhiteSoxfan
Reviewed June 19, 2018 via mobile

Very nice place. Food is so delicious and tasty. Staff warm and smily. Prices are a bit expensive. But will recommend it if you want to have a great time and authentic indonesian dishes.

Thank sabsim
Reviewed May 30, 2018

I have eaten here many times and can't believe I have not reviewed previously. We always order the "Rice Bowl" which is a smorgasbord of Indonesian dishes placed on warming trays. You can take as you wish and repeat as you wish. Order for one...More

Thank John W
Reviewed May 25, 2018

I've had several rice tables (rickestafel) from Amsterdam to Indonesia and this evening of dinning rated perfect. When you order a rice table...they are fixing LOTS of different foods and flavors; it takes time. If you are starving, order a starter! We order the Biasa...More

Thank AnnArborMHT
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October 26, 2016|
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Response from lazy105 | Reviewed this property |
It's pretty pricey but worth it if you want the "experience". The food is really good. It's pretty close to all the action in town center along the walkways
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
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5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Frankestraat 27, 2011 HT Haarlem, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Haarlem>  > Centrum
  • Neighbourhood: Centrum
  • Phone Number: +31 23 532 8792
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