La Oliva Pintxos y Vinos

Price guide: Mid-range

Egelantiersstraat 122-124, Amsterdam, 1015 PR

Price guide: Mid-range

La Oliva Pintxos y Vinos

By Fred Mawer, your Amsterdam expert

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#4 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.5
4.5
Ambience:
4.2
4.2
Service:
4.3
4.3
Location:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
3.8
3.8
Recommended for:
Couples, Foodies, Relaxation

Expert review of La Oliva Pintxos y Vinos

Classy, upmarket Spanish restaurant-cum-tapas-bar, on a Jordaan backstreet.

I can highly recommend La Oliva's light lunches, and its mouth-watering spread of early evening snacks. I haven't had a full dinner here yet, but I can't wait to do so.

Food and drink: 

I was more than satisfied by a large and well-made slice of asparagus flavoured tortilla for my lunch. At 5pm, a superb, moreish array of pintxos appears - these open sandwiches topped with all sorts of delicious things are northern Spain's version of tapas. You can wash the pintxos down in traditional Iberian style with a glass or two of cava: La Oliva has an excellent Spanish wine list. Dinner can be raciones (shared plates) of top-quality, traditional Spanish food, such as Pata Negra ham or razor clams. There are also (rather pricey) main course dishes on offer, such as fish stew, oven-baked sea bass, or duck breast with figs.

Ambience: 

The stylish bar area, with hams hanging in one corner, communal and private tables, and candles lit in the evening, can be noisy at peak times, but there is a quieter dining room to the side.

Service: 

The Spanish staff are knowledgeable and very on the ball.

Location: 

In the heart of the quaint Jordaan district.

Price advice: 

Tortilla at lunchtime 5 euros; pintxos 4 euros a piece; raciones from 8.5 euros; main courses from 21 euros; glass of cava 5.5 euros.

More information on La Oliva Pintxos y Vinos:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant, Tapas bar
Food:
Spanish, Tapas
Address:
Egelantiersstraat 122-124, Amsterdam, 1015 PR
Telephone:
020 320 4316
Website:
http://www.laoliva.nl
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Kitchen open Sun-Wed noon-10pm, Thu-Sat noon 11pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

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