Café Loetje

Price guide: Mid-range

Johannes Vermeerstraat 52, Amsterdam, 1071 DT

Price guide: Mid-range

Loetje through its window

By Fred Mawer, your Amsterdam expert

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#19 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.2
4.2
Ambience:
3.9
3.9
Service:
3.5
3.5
Location:
3.5
3.5
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Couples, First-time travellers, Seasoned travellers, Singles, No fuss, Relaxation

Expert review of Café Loetje

A no-nonsense pubby restaurant that is justly famous for its steaks.

Ask an Amsterdammer where's the best place in town for an affordable steak, and he or she is likely to say Café Loetje - a long-established eetcafé (equivalent to a food-oriented pub in the UK) down on the edge of the Museum Quarter. The place is usually packed, and no reservations are accepted (except for groups of six or more): avoid a wait for a table by coming early.

Food and drink: 

The short menu posted up on blackboards is in Dutch only. But worry not: just order a thick and juicy steak, plus chips (which will be served Dutch style with a dollop of mayo) and a salad on the side, and you should end up very contented. Puddings include apple pie and chocolate mousse. There's a good selection of Belgian beers.

Ambience: 

Noisy, bustling, with closely packed, bare-wood tables. It's very much a locals' haunt - last time I went, I couldn't spot a single tourist. You can eat out on a terrace in the summer months.

Service: 

Noisy, bustling, with closely packed, bare-wood tables. It's very much a locals' haunt - last time I went, I couldn't spot a single tourist. You can eat out on a terrace in the summer months.

Location: 

Off the beaten tourist track in a residential area, a ten-minute walk from the big museums on Museumplein.

Price advice: 

Steak 16 euros; chips 2.25 euros, and side salad 3.75 euros extra. Apple pie 3.75 euros.

More information on Café Loetje:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Café, Restaurant
Food:
Dutch, International
Address:
Johannes Vermeerstraat 52, Amsterdam, 1071 DT
Telephone:
020 662 8173
Website:
http://www.cafeloetje.nl
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri 11am-midnight, Sat 5.30pm-midnight - kitchen closes 10pm. Closed Sundays.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not possible
Free tags / Keywords:
Al fresco

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