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Het Wachtlokaal

Dutch, Cafe, European, Bar, Pub
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Kruisweg 28, 2011 LC Haarlem, The Netherlands
+31 23 551 2177
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Small local cafe which makes you feel very warm, welcome and cosy immediately when you enter. Absolutely great food, including perfectly juicy steak grilled exactly as ordered, yet warm ciabatta accompanying a salad, crispy fresh veggies, mouth-watering mustard soup and much more choice. Friendly and quick service, good wine, very reasonable prices. Would definitely come back.

1 Thank Natalia S
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

Het Wacht Lokaal, or 'the waiting room' is a charming, very dutch 'eet-cafe', or eating cafe, within yards of the trainstation in the wonderful city of Haarlem. Haarlem is like Amsterdam without the tourists, so gives you a true insight into dutch culture, past and present, as wel as being astonishingly beautiful. Many buildings date from the 1600's. We had... More 

1 Thank Yvonne H
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

By coincidence I ended up in this cosy little lunchroom. The food was excellent and for a good price. Also the service was very well. Situated close by central station this place is the perfect place to quickly reload from your travels. Also they offer free wifi.

Thank Lennart M
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144 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

We ate at this restaurant during a day trip during a vacation in the Netherlands. We enjoyed our salads, the beer and the service.

Thank Moreno_chicago
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

This diner/cafe is situated near the railway station. We arrived around midday. The place has charm and is clean. Not fine dining but good tasty food. We were offered a British Menu and when the good we chose was apparently taken from the evening menu the female chef said she would cook it anyway. Nice touch. Good food. Helpful staff.... More 

Thank Marion C
San Diego, California
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40 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

This restaurant is directly adjacent to the train station and directly across from the bus terminal. The food is delicious and so reasonable. Be aware that the do not take credit cards. The signage in the window says Eetcafe. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Thank Lynn J
Ware, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2015

I have been working in the Haarlem area for 3 months now and eat here 2 to 3 times a week and every meal has been excellent. The liver is to die for. The staff are so helpful and friendly, the place is a gem. Located near to both the train and bus station, don’t get off the train/bus without... More 

Thank Keith H
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121 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2015

I only had lunch at The wachtlokaal, but that is good quality. But you can dine there as well. A fine choice of smaller items or more extensive menus. But it mainly feels like a good pub, you feel welcome there. Have a drink inside, or take a seat on the terrace outside, with a view of the Haarlem station... More 

Thank RobertNo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2015 via mobile

Me and my boyfriend had lunch here in August 2013 and came back again in 2015 only for their Oriental Chicken Ciabatta. I've been longing to have this sandwich again after I tried it here for the 1st time! Friendly stuff and reasonable prices! Definitely must visit!

Thank Inga S
Salem, Oregon
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

Conveniently located to our nice hotel, Golden Tulip Lion D'or (that's a different review), the HET WACHTLOKAAL turned into a really nice experience. We arrived rather late on a Sunday evening … so we asked for Good but Fast. We split two dishes FISH STEW and STEAK. The fish stew was creamy & chunky like a perfect New England chowder.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Dutch, Cafe, European, Bar, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Kruisweg 28, 2011 LC Haarlem, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Haarlem
  • Phone Number: +31 23 551 2177

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?