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Bistro Karel 5

Geertebolwerk 1, 3511 XA Utrecht, The Netherlands
+31 30 233 7595
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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Dutch, Seafood, International, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Geertebolwerk 1, 3511 XA Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I arrived early in Utrecht for a day trip from Amsterdam. I hadn't eaten breakfast before leaving and wanted a high-quality, filling meal. Gault-Millau recommended all aspects of Karel 5, so I decided to have breakfast there. The breakfast buffet was fine and included the...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Greg W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My son, husband and I had a delicious meal in the Bistro this evening. It was very enjoyable watching the chef prepare our meal next to our table. The service was fantastic....up to the end. While there were only three of us dining, we got...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank WallingfordEl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we had a nice lunch here at the first day of our stay in the hotel, chose from the set menu as well as some alterations in one dish, accompanied by a nice glass of white wine

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank gerardaVeldhoven
Reviewed 28 July 2018

In this bistro you eat very well, but it is not cheap, you don't get a lot and you have to wait quite a while. Meanwhile they are a bit pushy to sell drinks. Nice terras.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank karin s
Reviewed 19 July 2018

Karel 5 is a very nice bistro located in the Karel V Hotel, in Utrecht. As a hotel guest, one night I decided to go down and just have something to eat before continuing with my work. What a nice surprise! Such a beautiful and...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Anatereza
Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

I would describe Dutch service as very laidback and Karel 5 is no exception. Location is lovely in the middle of town but service brings it down a grade.

Date of visit: July 2018
2  Thank 155jjv
Reviewed 29 May 2018

Made a reservation online, perfect. Arrived on a hot day, had a nice table in the garden, friendly service. Chose the 4-course monthly set menu, which was focused on asparagus. Only for the desert, we asked to change from asparagus ice-cream to any alternative. This...More

Date of visit: May 2018
1  Thank 8jo
Reviewed 25 May 2018 via mobile

We reserved a table online and were surprised today with that table being set romantically in the garden under a sun screen amongst the trees. Wonderful setting, excellent service and quality food. We enjoyed our meeting and i will return here. Tip: i reserved my...More

Date of visit: May 2018
1  Thank JohnSt_2
Reviewed 29 December 2017

The menu, although very limited in choices, is of outstanding quality. Same thing goes for the accompanying wines. Staff is professional and kind. Downsides however: very crowded, noisy and low stool ergonomics. Awfully long wiating times (both for dinner as well as afternoon tea)

Date of visit: December 2017
1  Thank DnA38
Reviewed 11 December 2017

The various offerings are creative, beautifully presented, and great! Service is excellent. You can't miss.

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank 929mntraveler
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$46
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Private Dining
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
08:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Geertebolwerk 1, 3511 XA Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  Utrecht Province  >  Utrecht
  • Phone Number: +31 30 233 7595
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Bistro Karel 5: enjoying the classics in our monastery kitchen Lounge in the spacious terrace, sheltered by the apple and pear tree orchard, at Bistro Karel 5. Or, in colder weather, warmly tucked inside in our sociable bistro in Utrecht city, enjoying lunch or dinner next to our open-plan monastery kitchen or chatting over drinks in the Bar & Lounge. Bistro Karel 5 in Utrecht: a delightful experience of our monastery kitchen with a creative twist. Chef-de-Cuisine Rutger van de Pol uses seasonal products, often regionally grown, for preparing his classics. Classic, but always with a modern, creative twist. For a cappuccino with pie or a lovely glass of wine, you’re just as welcome in our brasserie. Bistro Karel 5: popular with locals, business folk and tourists alike For good reasons, Bistro Karel 5 in Utrecht is a favourite with locals, tourists and business folk alike. Everyone feels at home in our informal, ‘casual classic’ atmosphere. And, our creative kitchen gets top marks for price/quality excellence. That’s not even mentioning our international wine list! Our wine stock is carefully matched to the daily menus and à la carte-dishes. And, all wines can be ordered by the glass.
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