While Amsterdam may be predominantly known for its café culture, the city’s food scene is going from strength to strength and there’s an impressive selection of top Michelin-starred restaurants here. In this guide we highlight some of the best Michelin-starred restaurants in Amsterdam, ideal for those wanting to explore the fine dining scene. From modern Dutch cuisine at Bolenius to upscale Japanese food at Yamazato, these are the top restaurants in Amsterdam not to miss
With its marble table tops, high ceilings, chandeliers and stained-glass windows, the Duchess channels the splendour of the belle époque era. The elegant interior makes the perfect backdrop to the food, and the Duchess cites southern France and Italy as its inspirations. The menu is described by the restaurant as one of ‘intricate simplicity’, offering classic dishes such as seafood pasta and grilled entrecote. The cocktails here are another big draw, with plenty of accolades having been awarded to the Duchess bar, which has revived the historic cocktail era with top tipples such as Pinot Noir Old Fashioned, Apricot Sour and Truffle Cobble made with wine, truffle honey and soda.
The Duchess, Spuistraat 172, 1012 VT Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 811 3322
Located on the 23rd floor of Hotel Okura Amsterdam, Ciel Bleu holds two Michelin stars. Its prestigious accolades and its spectacular setting (complete with amazing views) make this one of the best restaurants for fine dining in the city. Ciel Bleu changes its extensive menu four times annually to ensure the best seasonal ingredients are used. The restaurant takes enormous pride in its fish and shellfish, with Japan a great inspiration. Its Experience menu includes highlights such as langoustine with carrot and kumquat, red mullet with roasted bell peppers and pigeon in a salt crust. Guests looking for a truly extraordinary culinary experience should book the Chef’s Table adjacent to the kitchen.
Ciel Bleu, Ferdinand Bolstraat 333, 1072 LH Amsterdam +31 (0)20 678 7111
For incredible dining in a unique setting, be sure to book a table at Vinkeles. It is housed in an 18th-century bakery, and its many original design details make a surprisingly effective backdrop for the Michelin-starred cooking. The restaurant was awarded its star in 2009 and continues to make a name for itself creating a combination of traditional and modern French cuisine. It chefs ensure the menu changes frequently to incorporate the best of the season. Highlights might include glazed turbot with garlic and artichoke, and Dutch venison with fresh walnuts and purslane. The toffee soufflé with caramel, vanilla and Earl Grey sorbet is a great example of the restaurant’s innovative twist on classics.
Vinkeles, Keizersgracht 384, 1016 GB Amsterdam +31 (0)20 530 2010
For the finest Japanese food in Amsterdam head to De Pijip district and the ground floor of Hotel Okura Amsterdam. Here you will find Yamazato, the first traditional Japanese restaurant in Europe to be awarded a Michelin star. Excelling in kaiseki cuisine, based on traditional Japanese meals, the menu focuses on the purity of Japanese cuisine, and the chefs use a perfect balance of flavours and colours in the dishes. There is also a sushi menu for which guests can watch dishes being prepared at the sushi counter. The restaurant’s highly rated offerings include shokado bento boxes with grilled fillet of beef with teriyaki sauce and deep-fried shrimps.
Yamazato, Ferdinand Bolstraat 333, 1072 LH Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 678 7450
Those wanting to enjoy Dutch cuisine while in Amsterdam should head to Bolenius restaurant. Chef Luc Kusters and front of house host Xavier Giesen celebrate Dutch gastronomy based on locally-grown, quality ingredients, with dishes changing during each season – the restaurant even cultivates its own vegetable garden. Cutting-edge cooking techniques are employed to produce dishes that are healthy and flavourful and, most importantly, show off Dutch flavours. Located in the business sector of Amsterdam, the restaurant is fittingly modern and minimalist, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a chic white interior.
Bolenius, George Gershwinlaan 30, 1082 MT Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 404 4411