|blauw aan de wal
the dylan / vinkeles
van de markt
Ferdinand Bolstraat 333 (678 74 50).
The top as far as haute cuisine and views go, le Ciel Bleu on the 23rd floor of the Okura Hotel is Amsterdam's only two-star restaurant. Elegant interior worthy of a restaurant of this stature and impeccable service to match; it all makes for a slightly formal ambiance, but would you expect anything else? The views are phenomenal up here so try to get a window table. You might want to dress up a little, and reservations are definitely in order.
Open daily 6pm-11pm.
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The Dylan / Vinkeles
Keizersgracht 384 (530 20 10).
Restaurant of the 'fashionable small' Dylan hotel, created by british designer Anouska Hempel, in an exceptional 17th century landmark on one of Amsterdam's most beautiful canals. A maze of small corridors and stairs leads to the restaurant, which is located in the former bakery of the old Roman Catholic almshouse. 'Fusion' cuisine combining Asian and Mediterenean ingredients.
Open 6.30pm-11pm, lunch Mon-Fri 2pm-4pm. Closed Sun.
[9 reviews, avg 6/10]
Ruysdaelstraat 54 (679 71 76).
'See and be seen' is the motto in this trendy restaurant with its mirrored walls. The media type crowd is hosted by a famous Dutch TV cook. On the menu authentic French regional food and an occasional Dutch dish all cooked with taste. Le Garage offers valet parking, still somewhat of a novelty in Amsterdam. Reservations are in order and you might want to dress up a little. For something different you might also try the annex next door, 'Le Garage En Pluche', which serves 'street food'; mostly Asian style snacks.
Open daily 6pm-11pm, lunch Mon-Fri noon-2pm.
[7 reviews, avg 7/10]
| De Kas
Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3 (462 45 62) [tram 9, stop Kamerlingh Onneslaan] Situated slightly out of city center in Frankendael park in the former city nursery. Chef Gert-Jan Hageman rebuild the greenhouse complex into his own dream restaurant, with a kitchen based on organic ingredients, where possible taken from the greenhouses surrounding his restaurant. The menu is best characterised by the unique preparation of ordinary vegetables, like roast carrots and basil marinated endive. Wonderful spacious and airy interior, as you might expect from a full-size greenhouse, with sturdy but elegant furniture.
Open 6pm-11pm, lunch Mon-Fri 12am-2pm. Closed Sun.
[7 reviews, avg 8/10]
Reguliersdwarsstraat 32 (624 31 21).
Upscale seafood restaurant in a classic formal setting, with a marble floor and a muraled ceiling. Le Pecheur serves high quality seafood at reasonable prices. Good service, and there is a lovely courtyard garden for summer dining.
Open lunch 12am-2.30pm, dinner 6pm-12pm. Sat no lunch, closed Sun. Reservations recommended.
[10 reviews, avg 7/10]
Tweede Jan Steenstraat 3 (379 22 07).
Small and intimate restaurant run by Michelin acclaimed chef Jan de Wit in Amsterdam's Quartier Latin, the Pijp neighborhood. Exquisite cooking largely based on what is available on the nearby Albert Cuyp day-market. Le Restaurant offers a fixed 5-course menu and a refreshing choice of wines, with lots of young up-and-coming wine makers, and if you ask de Wit will set you up with a nice wine arrangement of his own choice. Highly acclaimed by the local critics so try to make reservations well in advance.
Open Tue-Sat 9pm-23pm.
[2 reviews, avg 10/10]
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