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“Pretentious rubbish”

Ciel Bleu Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 3,964 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$82 - US$106
Cuisines: International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Neighbourhood: De Pijp
Description: One of Amsterdam's most remarkable restaurants, situated on the 23rd floor of Hotel Okura Amsterdam, the Ciel Bleu Restaurant has been awarded two Michelin stars and, much like the adjacent Twenty Third Bar, offers a stunning panoramic view of Amsterdam's city centre. This breathtaking vista and the luxurious design, together with the personal hospitality, all combine to create a unique atmosphere. The Ciel Bleu Restaurant's ambitious kitchen staff serve an international cuisine, prepared with seasonal products and characterised by its innovation. The Sommelier's professionalism and close cooperation with Executive Chef and Manager Onno Kokmeijer results in a perfect harmony between wine and food. The Ciel Bleu Restaurant also offers three luxurious private areas: the Starlight Room, the Salon Panoramique, and the Chef's Table in the restaurant's kitchen.
London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
188 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
“Pretentious rubbish”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

It is said (though it is probably a myth) that when Europeans arrived in Asia with firearms the locals were impressed and quickly built their own - made of wood.
The impression you have in Ciel Bleu is that they visited a lot of Michelin starred restaurants and came away with the idea that all that was required was to create very complicated dishes with lots of ingredients and extremely verbose descriptions to go with them - taste, imagination, service etc were all unnecessary. I suffered through an enormously long meal made up of boring and pretentious dishes with no taste until I could take it no more and left - there were still more dishes to come on the menu degustation I had chosen (and I had to pay for them) but at least I did not have to eat them. There are better restaurants in Amsterdam and, if you want a true Michelin star experience there are plenty of places to go elsewhere - just do not go here.

  • Visited June 2014
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Hotel_OkuraAmsterdam, Manager at Ciel Bleu Restaurant, responded to this review, 20 June 2014
Dear JamesXXI,

We truly regret that the visit did not meet your expectations. Ciel Bleu Restaurant has been awarded by two Michelin stars for over 6 years and on a daily basis the team of Ciel Bleu Restaurant does its utmost to provide an excellent culinary experience and works in accordance to high standards, however unfortunately this feedback has not been addressed to us on the evening itself.
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Rio De Janeiro-brazil
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“A star Michelin restaurant, beautiful view”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

One of the best restaurants of Amsterdam , very expensive, a great experience, you should make reservation,
If it is a special date and you want a special place, that is it.

Visited May 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“wonderful experience”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

Greeted with the most incredible views, and food to match, this is a culinary delight. It was Heston Dutch style. Lots of theatre but backed up with the most delicious tasting food. A wonderful experience. Not too pretentious and beautifully done.

Visited June 2014
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Oslo, Norway
Level 6 Contributor
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“Superb”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

Definitively the best restaurant experience ever. Located on the top floor of the Okura hotel you get a spectacular view of Amsterdam. We went for the full 6 dish tasting menu with wine pairing. The menu includes the chef's signature dish ...wow fantastic. Be sure to reserve the whole evening for this experience.

Special thanks to the sommelier mr Vanwittenbergh for making this evening memorable.

Staff is very attentive and helpful, one in our party had a birthday at midnight and they managed to pull off a surprise min-cake at the end.

  • Visited May 2014
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“Best Meal of my Life”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

Cannot explain how great this meal was. We arrived at our booking time of 7 o'clock, to an applause of Happy Birthday from the most delightful staff, I still haven't managed to discover how the knew it was my birthday! We then sat down to the most amaing aperitifs followed by out of this world menu. Everything was melt in your mouth and the staff put in a great amount of effort in. A MUST!

  • Visited May 2014
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