Fine dining in Amsterdam
With ten Michelin-starred eateries, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to fine dining in Amsterdam.
Many of the city’s best restaurants are found in its most luxurious hotels, like Librije’s Zusje at the Waldorf Astoria. The restaurant has two Michelin stars, and takes the best ingredients from around the Netherlands, adding an Asian influence. Their tasting menu is a seven course adventure of new tastes, and there’s a large choice of wines to go along with it.
One-star Vinkeles on Keizersgracht specialises in French cuisine in a beautiful historic setting. Traditional French dishes are given a twist with molecular gastronomy, using Dutch ingredients like tender Texel lamb. The restaurant’s part of the boutique luxury Dylan Hotel next to the Keizersgracht canal, and the dining room was originally an 18th century bakery that looks out over the hotel’s lovely gardens.
Another favourite for French cuisine is Bord’Eau on Nieuwe Doelenstraat, which also has two Michelin stars and a spectacular setting on the Amstel River. You can have beautifully presented dishes, like a sorbet shaped like an apple core that’s surrounded with an apple made from spun sugar.
For a change from European cuisine, Yazamoto is Amsterdam’s original and best fine dining Japanese restaurant. It’s part of the Okura Hotel and the dining room looks out on cherry trees and ponds of koi carp for an authentic Japanese feel. The restaurant earned a Michelin star for its fresh sushi and kaiseki, which is a complicated cooking style that comes from Kyoto.
The same hotel’s also home to another one-star Japanese restaurant, the Teppanyaki Restaurant Sazanka, as well as the two-star Ciel Bleu. Ciel Bleu translates as blue sky, and has its name because it’s high up on the 23rd floor, which will give you panoramic city views. The creative menu uses local produce and adds a touch of luxury with ingredients like caviar and black truffle.