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“Horrible meal and service...just go for the pizza.”

Five Bells Bar and BBQ
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Ranked #3,102 of 3,767 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Cuisines: Bar, European
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Good for: Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighbourhood: Centrum
Ottawa, Canada
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143 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Horrible meal and service...just go for the pizza.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2013

This had to be (for the whole group) one of the worst meals ever. Should have known when I saw there menu had everything under the sun in it. Burgers shouldn't even be called that. It's more of a squashed sausage on a bun than a hamburger. Servers looked like they wanted to be anywhere but here (I had the same feeling when I received and tasted the food). The bathrooms were sketchy (it this was lunch time!). The pizza was quite decent, but not enough to off-set the rest.

  • Visited August 2013
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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150 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“less than impressive”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2013

This "restaurant" was right outside our hotel, so after a long day sightseeing we decided to give it a go, more down to convenience than anything else.
It was a lovely evening in Amsterdam, perfect for eating dinner outside, unfortunately the weather was the only good thing about our experience of Five Bells.
I won't bore you with the poor service and unprofessional attitude of the staff, instead I'll cut to the chase and mention my fillet steak that was quite clearly the rump, yes it was seasoned well and only slightly overcooked, but it wasn't a 20euro fillet steak it was their 9.95 rump! I mentioned it to our server, who strugged his shoulders and wandered off.
We quickly finished our meal and headed to Betty Boops 20 yards away to try and take the bad taste (not literally) out of my mouth.
Not a good experience, and I should know better than to eat somewhere that needs to print pictures of the food on the menu!!
On the plus side my friend enjoyed his ribs, the beer was cold and the chips were good, although finding bad chips in Holland is almost impossible.
If you want something quick and easy, or live off ready meals at home then you'll find this place ok, if however when dining out you like to be treated well and served good food go elsewhere. If you'd like some recommendations please read some of my other reviews.

  • Visited August 2013
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glasgow
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“great restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2013

liked the food and drink andit wasn't too expensive.staff were very nice and we sat outside in the open area.

Visited July 2013
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Oradea
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“It's ok, but just once during your stay...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2013

The place was right next to my hotel.
The food is ok, the service is very slow, the guys are speaking bad English, the toilets are HORRIFIC (just don't go there is possible), beer is great.
Just make sure that you ask at the beginning about a receipt (if you need one), since the cashier just stopped functioning now...

  • Visited May 2013
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Almere, The Netherlands
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“Good location, bad service”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

We were walking around and decided to eat somewhere close, in that same street. The waiter sat us at an outside table. The seats were old and didn't match (that's ok) but one of the seats was wet. (It didn't rain that day). but, okay... we changed that ourselves. At that moment we also noticed big shattered pieces of glass under the table.

A waitress came to us, didn't speak Dutch, so we spoke to her in English. What first made us doubt if we really wanted to eat there, was the fact that the young waitress had a white blouse with several obvious spots of grease on it. (even the children noticed this).

When ordering drinks, she asked if we wanted small or large, we took large (she never mentioned that it was about 4.50 per drink), when the drinks arrived the ice was melted and the drinks were getting warm. She put everything just at the end of the table where she was standing and walked away, not even bothering to put the plates in front of each person. We had to pick our plates ourselves (which I didn't mind doing, but this is basic stuff when waiting tables).

The burgers were average, the pizzas were pretty greasy. We did not even bother to see what for desserts they had. We paid and went somewhere else.

  • Visited July 2013
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