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“It has only the name”

Ron Blaauw Restaurant
Ranked #160 of 3,813 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Dutch, European, Delicatessen
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighbourhood: Vondelpark
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“It has only the name”
Reviewed 1 May 2013

No value for money! This place just has a name, the food and atmosphere are nothing special. Portions are also quite small, so you go back home and need a sandwich....

Visited May 2013
1 Thank M_R_A_AMS
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  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
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English first
New York City, New York
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90 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2013

Excellent overall - great weather helped and we sat outside. The uniform of the waitstaff was very interesting. Cuisine was superb and chef is obviously talented. Enjoyed the experience.

  • Visited August 2012
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1 Thank Ran_Mad
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Paarl, South Africa
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fantastic food”
Reviewed 19 April 2013

Food was a delightful taste sensation. Staff professional and friendly 5 different Amuse bouches where presented combined with champagne. choice of menu or a la cart the 3 of us each chose 2 different items from the menu. Each dish was beautifully presented and each bite exploded in the mouth with sublte tastes and aromas. Well worth a visit

Visited March 2013
Thank Jos100
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“i like the new concept!”
Reviewed 11 April 2013

First visit to this place since they changed the name and concept. It's called Ron's Gastrobar now and the michelin stars are gone (this happens instantly once you change the name of a restaurant). But the great food stayed! The menu has changed into +/- 25 small dishes (no starters no mains) all priced 15 eu which you combine to your own taste and likings. We had 3 dishes each and a nice desert which all tasted very good. Like the amotsphere of the place and it was completely packed. had a great meal and great wine enjoyed the whole evening.
only downside was that is seamed that the personnel is not used to a completely full restaurant so there where some little details they have to work on (keep my wineglass filled etc.)
will visit again! The bill was around 170 euro for the two of us but included appetizer, bottle wine , bottle water, coffee, 6 dishes 2 desers

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank alexbdv
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Singapore, Singapore
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162 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 309 helpful votes
“Try their special set-lunches”
Reviewed 9 March 2013

We had a 4-course set lunch menu here @ €55 per person somewhere in the middle of February this year. The restaurant offers 3/4/7- course set lunch menus @ €47.50/55/75 respectively and dishes served changes with the season.

The set lunch we had was mostly of excellent quality and priced reasonably (as compared to its Michelin Starred counterparts elsewhere). When each course was served, the chef personally came out to us to explain what the course was, and what went into it. Unlimited fresh bread was provided with butter and olive oil (the bread AND butter were top-notch!). We had Mackerel Tartare which I really enjoyed, then a dish with Jerusalem artichokes (can't remember the name of the dish), and then some supposed medium-rare beef which was a bit too rare for me at some parts- for an otherwise decent dish. The dessert, however was a let-down - it was a caramel cream dessert that I felt was certainly too sweet for me.

Atmosphere and service was nice- waiters were well trained and were always attentive and yet not too intrusive. There was a cloakroom at the door where the service personnel will help you remove your coats and keep them. The toilets had baskets of clean rolled towels with quality toiletries - befitting that of a fine dining restaurant.

A couple of very minor issues:

(1) plain water was charged @ €6.50 per 750ml and it was not made known to us at the start. That's okay, being "Tuscany water bottled at source", I can accept that. However, when the water was finished, the waiter very quickly came along with another bottle without me asking and filled up again, and there went another €6.50 :-(

I wouldn't fault them for this - as they probably cater mainly to a high-income clientele and rarely get customers who are as plebeian as me ;-) in fact I understand that even a light reminder of the price to customers might be slightly insulting to other diners. So this point is just for information's sake only - and is not a complaint about the service.

(2) The food was well explained to us by the chef, however, it would be nice if it was in print on a small card as well - as the verbal explanation of what went into the dishes was lengthy and it couldn't be recalled just 5 minutes later - we liked the complex flavours of what we were eating, but had forgotten what it was!

Conclusion: While I consider this restaurant a bit too costly for plebs like myself to dine here on a regular basis, its set-lunch offerings are still affordable for that few-times-a-year special occasions - it was certainly a worthy and wonderful experience!

  • Visited February 2013
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1 Thank cowfart
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