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Balthazar's Keuken

#513 of 2,998 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Neighbourhood:
Jordaan
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Elandsgracht 108, 1016 VA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 420 2114
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Today
18:00 - 23:00
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Tue - Sun 18:00 - 23:00
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Amsterdam
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My friends and I were very excited to eat here. Old school friends coming together after 15 years: it was a special night! We planned to go to the movies and go to BK afterwards. I reserved a table and called them if it would be ok to arrive at 21.20. That was no problem. They sent me a SMS... More 

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Thank AtmaJoyce
Macau, China
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90 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the travel book I knew that it could be hard to get a table without reservation but we were very lucky. The restaurant only has a bit more than 10 tables and it feels like you are sitting in someone's house. It has an open kitchen where the delicious food is prepared. There is no real menu but there... More 

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San Francisco
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53 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

During my visit in Amsterdam, I went to quite a number of very elegant and large restaurants with spectacular foods. Baltazhar's Keuken "grabbed" me to the extent that I returned for a 2nd time within 3 weeks with another set of relatives. Although I lived in my European youth in 18th century houses, and as a student in Madrid in... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

If you like simple dining - indeed there isn't really a menu - they just cook what's fresh and change the offerings regularly, this place is for you! There is limited seating in a cozy space that makes for good food, fun conversations and memorable dining! We would return!

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

No one should come to Amsterdam and not try and eat here. It is fabulous. It's a small place with about 15 tables and a tiny open kitchen at the back of the room. It's beautifully decorated and feels really intimate - like you are eating in someone's kitchen. But it is not intimidating at all. The staff are all... More 

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Paradise
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We really enjoyed our dinner at Balthazar's. We both opted for their fish of the month, and found it to be exceptionally delicious. The appetizers were also fantastic, and the dessert was a perfect ending. I will be back next month for their new menu.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is fun. Really friendly staff, open plan restaurant where you can see everything happening in the kitchen. Simple menu - meat or fish is the only choice you need to make. The starter - five + dishes were fantastic and a feast for the palate! Wine list available but we went with the recommended white wine which was... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Cracking dinner at this little place in Amsterdam. Excellent food, very good value and and highly recommended.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We had dinner at Balthazar's. We like the "no BS" approach: sit down, we'll serve you dinner. Don't expect to get a menu, a waiter will tell you what the chef is cooking tonight. If you're having allergies, sure they'll get you something else, but if you don't just pick the wave and surf right on it because the food... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

You will need to book as this is the place everyone is trying to get in to and for very good reason. The menu is limited but very interesting, portion sizes are on the generous side. Set menu with choices for the main. Incredible value for money at 35 euros. Open plan kitchen which I love, the friendliest waiters that... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$34 - US$34
Cuisine
European, International
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
18:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
18:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
18:00 - 23:00
Thursday
18:00 - 23:00
Friday
18:00 - 23:00
Saturday
18:00 - 23:00
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
Description
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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Staying in Jordaan

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Jordaan
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. As popular as the Jordaan is as a destination for locals and out-of-towners alike, the area never feels particularly touristy or overrun with outsiders. A highlight even for long-time Jordaan residents, be sure to accept any invitation to step within one of the area’s beloved courtyards or to have a sneak peek inside one of its many working studios.
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