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“Good solid meal in quaint restaurant.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Willems

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Ranked #460 of 3,750 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Dutch, European, French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Museum Quarter (Museumkwartier)
Boston, Massachusetts
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94 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Good solid meal in quaint restaurant.”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

Within walking distance from the museums and the Conservatorium hotel, we were at first dismayed. The trolley tracks are being dug up right outside of this corner place, with the plaza in front looking like a construction site. Between the rain and the mud we did not enter with the highest of expectations...but then the first course came..then the second and we left with big smiles on our faces...The veal carpaccio and the white asparagus were special and the main course of ravioli mouth-watering..we would recommend.

Visited May 2014
Thank jbsalee
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Westport, Connecticut
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“I cannot believe this restaurant is rated so highly - do not eat here!”
Reviewed 19 July 2014 via mobile

I've loved in Amsterdam for 5 months and this is by far the worst dining experience. Do not order the charcuterie appetizer - it's a few slices of dried sausage, some type of ham (Serrano?) and a pot of rare meat. Totally overpriced. For entree avoid the steak - I sent it back twice as it was overcooked. Also, they didn't mention on the menu that it was a minute/kids portion - probably 5/6 ounces for €22. Avoid at all costs.

  • Visited July 2014
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3 Thank lmnfamily
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2 reviews
“Disappointed; a waste of our last evening in Amsterdam”
Reviewed 16 July 2014 via mobile

We went after seing excellent ratings at tripadvisor. The rabbit dish was incoherent; some rabbit, two boiled potatos and half a boiled fennel, served in a saucer halfway submerged in a thin sauce that I had no way of
retrieving from the saucer. The fish of the day was slightly better. All of the food was bland (under-seasoned). Service was fine, as were the oisters, cheese and wine. Before going, we saw on the restaurant's web site that they're looking to hire a new chef and apprentice, so our experience is probably the result of staff turnover

Thank Povl555
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New York
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95 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Best Meal of the Trip”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

In the 20 days of travel that included Amsterdam, Lyon, Bordeaux, and London, Willems was by far the best and most memorable restaurant.

We called for a reservation only to be told that they were fully booked, but if we came at 9:00 or later they then could accommodate us at the bar. When we arrived, we found that it really was not a bar at all, but stools at the pass-thru table where the plates that were ready to go to the dining room were staged for the servers. We sat a few feet away from the compact cooking area where as we were to find out later, chef Nick Holter and sous chef Ruben Bos were going mile a minute cooking for the capacity crowd. It didn't take long before we found ourselves engaged in conversation with the chefs, getting a run down on what and how they were making the plates.

While the pace in the kitche was quick, once in a while the chefs still found the time to do a mid air juggling of tools to break the tension and inject a bit of fun. As we showed interest in what was being prepared, a few times a small plate of that particular ingredient would appear in front of us to do a taste. In the 2 1/2 hours there, we bought two dinners, but, managed to sample a good fraction of the menu. Other thing we could see from our vantage point by the kitchen was the very supportive way the chefs worked with the staff. So, besides first class food, they also have their act together on how to run a restaurant.

We got the story of the restaurant of which Nick is the owner and that he founded it 2 years ago at the age of 25. He had attended culinary school and worked for some big name chefs, but he said, it was not until he got out on his own that could find his groove. And that groove is a fusion of modern French with influences from the rest of the continent and just about everywhere else as well. To keep evolution going, he introduces a new main plate every week which in a couple of months resuslts in a complete menu redo. And good it all is. The combinations of flavors is always a bit unusual making for interesting plates. You know what it is, but are always asking what's that extra unexpected thing. Makes for good conversation when we try out each others plate.

After the first night, it was a no brainer to return the following night. This time when we arrived, Nick came out from the kitchen to greet us at the door and get us settled in. We put ourselves in his hands asking him to compose the dinner and wine per the chefs choice. Never looked at the menu and just sat back and enjoyed the suprise of every plate that arrived.

As the title of this review says it all -- without doubt the best meal of our trip. This is a chef on the rise, not to be missed should your travels bring you to Amsterdam.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank NYorkAl
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent Restaurant”
Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

This place was steps from our hotel The Neighbors Magnolia and as previous reviewers noted, it's an excellent restaurant in this upscale neighborhood just outside the city center. It's reasonably priced for such finely crafted food. It was a quiet evening, with a few other couples, some tourist some locals. Excellent service, charming setting, excellent food.

1 Thank tioBoston
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