Café de Reiger

Price guide: Mid-range

Nieuwe Liliestraat 34, Amsterdam, 1015 ST

Price guide: Mid-range

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By Fred Mawer, your Amsterdam expert

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#12 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.2
4.2
Ambience:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4
4.0
Location:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
3.8
3.8
Recommended for:
Singles, Relaxation, Romance

Expert review of Café de Reiger

Jordaan eetcafé recommended for cosy atmosphere and satisfying French/Dutch food.

The Dutch use the word "gezellig" to sum up a place with a laid-back, cosy vibe - and gezellig perfectly describes the de Reiger. It's probably my favourite Amsterdam eetcafé (an eetcafé is a Dutch version of a food-oriented pub). It's always packed with locals, and no reservations are accepted - so be prepared to wait a bit at the bar for a table to become free.

Food and drink: 

Choose from robust, no-nonsense dishes such as thick steaks served with good chips and mayo and simply grilled fish, as well as some more creative offerings - perhaps goat's cheese soufflé or risotto with leg of lamb - posted up on blackboards. Sparkling and dessert wines are offered by the glass. Puddings might include a lemon cheesecake, or parfait of sweet chestnuts.

Ambience: 

The main dining area is a simple but attractive room, with bare wood floors and tables, and mustard-coloured walls. You reach it through a narrow bar area, where drinkers hang out round a beautiful long, low-slung, candlelit bar. Most diners are regular locals.

Service: 

Informal but solicitous. The last time I ate here, when I asked to have the blackboard specials translated, the waitress pulled up a stool at my table to run through them.

Location: 

On a backstreet in the Jordaan.

Price advice: 

 Around 35 euros a head for a full three-course meal, excluding drinks. Main courses are around 17-21 euros. 

More information on Café de Reiger:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Café, Restaurant
Food:
Dutch, French
Address:
Nieuwe Liliestraat 34, Amsterdam, 1015 ST
Telephone:
020 624 7426
Serves:
Dinner
Opening times:
Open daily for dinner 6pm-10.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
No
Reservations:
Not possible

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