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French, Dutch, European
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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Housed in a former prison, this restaurant has an inner courtyard with a lounge - style dining room crowned by a glass roof. The chef focuses on high q...
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Three MICHELIN Stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey!
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’ve seen and visited several Michelin star rated restaurants in my life, but De Liberije (together with El Bulli, unfortunately closed for business) is by far thé best restaurant I’ve ever had the privilege to visit. It’s sounds cliche but De Liberije really is of...the best, if not, thé best culinary journey I’ve ever experienced.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 16 March 2024

European cuisine at its finest. De Librije food is innovative and unique. Each dish is spectacular. The meal was delicious.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 16 March 2024

De Librije is a wonderful restaurant. Beautiful fine dining. The meal was delicious. The wines were great too. Amazing Michelin star restaurant.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 5 June 2023 via mobile

Everything is 3 star Michelin worthy. The food, staff, wines…not one complaint to find. Maybe one thing. The kitchen is a bit too sour for me. Everything has something sour in it. The rooms need an update to my opinion. But for the rest… it’s...an incredible achievement to run this place for years in the the top in Europe. Chapeau!More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 1 March 2023

Top top top you are the real guest with excellent food and service the entrance was superb, real warm welcome we had a small issue , which was solved promptly the food was the way it should be in a 3 star restaurant the wines...was payable and excellent , a compliment to the sommelierMore

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 18 February 2023 via mobile

This is the best food I have eaten in my life. Great service, lovely atmosphere and well chosen wines, but the perfection is in the food. We celebrated my birthday here with two vegetarian menu’s and were amazed. We loved the pumpkin that tasted like...salmon, the magic of watermelon tartare and an amazing gado gado dessert. Magic!More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 30 July 2022

Lovely setting, friendly staff, all dishes (close to) perfect and yet. We had perhaps in total 20 little dishes with all at least 5 ingredients prepared 3 different ways in 3 hours time (lunch). It's all just too much so there's not 1 dish that...stood out, not 1 experience that we can remember. What we will remember is the hostess in a way too tight outfit who we haven't seen smiling one time. The staff kept walking around, we liked the seating which is informal and facing the center of the courtyard (we sat next to each other which was very cozy and pleasant) , service was great, but cutlery was not always clean. An experience definitely and we wouldn't want to have missed it (not even for 250 euro pp without drinks) but there's no 1 dish we will remember and we probably won't go back... oh and parking an electric car in the vicinity... the car park with 400 lotz in total has only 2 for electric cars...More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 27 November 2021

We had issues with hygiene. Both in the restaurant (dirty dishes/glasses) and in the restrooms. Definitely not what you would expect in a 3 star restaurant. If you are dining as a couple at the Librije you are seated next to each other but the...tables are more or less in a circle so you all end up staring at each other. Food was good but not always warm by the time it gets to the table. Again, not a 3 Michelin star experience.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 14 March 2021 via mobile

Exceptional even for takeaway. Highest quality ingredients, very tasty dishes and very reasonable value for the money

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 27 September 2020 via mobile

Business lunch should always be like this... This is probably the worlds most accessible three star Michelin restaurant. Very casual, very down to earth accessible with mind-blowing dishes with lots of thought, techniques and presentation both very old school and quite new school. Skill is...not used for the sake of skill but to deliver the sensation, the experience and the emotion. Most memorable are the ‘ Broodje Paling’ and the ‘ Hunnebedden’. About the former: Based on local cuisine, the chefs personal taste, old technique, some table-side cooking and a very original cocktail this is a unique amalgation of both haute cuisine , Dutch Cucina Povere and originality. A very thought provoking take on eal sandwich. For me, this is Dutch culture at it’s best: Bravo! Concerning ‘ Hunnebedden’: The young chef responsible for this dish deserves praise; this dish is a reimagination of ‘Desert’. Describing it does not do any justice to the experience. Surprise, wonder, reward comes to mind. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 19 July 2020 via mobile

Without doubt great food, inventive, beautifully presented, tasty and where possible local. After so many years it is still true 3 star quality. Service good but not exceptional, no soul. Wine list is good but by no way the best in the Netherlands. What is...absolutely horrible is the interior of the restaurant, expensive for sure but a boudoir has usually better taste.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 15 February 2020

You know that you're going to a 3 Michelin star restaurant, so what to expect? we've been to 1 and 2 star restaurants and there are differences but these are not spectacular. And than you visit the Librije....Wow, what an experience! From the welcome when...you check in. till the check out next day, you are pampered and there is nothing to worry about. The dinner is simply the best we ever had. All plates, beautifully set and accompanied with great wines, a feast for the eye and the mouth. We'll be back!!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 12 January 2020 via mobile

We booked a lunch and hotel stay (the only way to enjoy book a table in the weeks we were in country). The reception at the hotel was already extraordinary and we got amazed further every hour after. The food was not surprisingly amazing, but...the service was outstanding as well. Breakfast was even of such a quality and had so much attention to it, that we fear the disappointment at any hotel we will stay at next.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 29 December 2019 via mobile

We were looking forward to eating at Librije and would give the food 5 stars, it was amazing. We especially enjoyed the fish dishes and the duck, but the best dish for me was the steak tartare from watermelon, mindblowing how much flavour watermelon can...have. The reason we only give a 3 star rating is that the service was sometimes poor service. A few things happened that did not match our expectations of a three star restaurant and the price level. First, our water was not refilled automatically and after we notified the staff that we would like a refill of our water, we saw a waiter walking around with water and refilling the water at all tables except for our table. When our next course was served the staff saw that we still hadn’t got any water and then waiter came up to our table and said that there was a miscommunication and he asked if we want sparkling or still water. They should have asked directly and not waiting so long. Secondly, my girlfriends wine was served promptly, while I had to wait a while for my beer that matched the dish to be served. Finally, there was a mix up in the tea and coffee order. I got my girlfriends order and she got mine. Again, this wouldnt have bothered us at a “regular” restaurant, but it matters at this price point. Positive regarding the service; Sommelier served me my favoriete beer that matched our desert and did not put on the bill. We had discussed craft beers during the evening and he had figured out that I would really like the Boon Kriek Mariage Parfait.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 22 December 2019 via mobile

One of the best in the Netherlands. We had the Librije menu which has 10 courses and on top de amuses. Every course was special and we really enjoyed. The service was perfect as to be expected. The tour de cuisine was very nice and...the eel we had there was a highlight. Great place with a great team.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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They have winepairings by the glass with each course. I do not know if these are included.
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5