Westerdoksplein 20, Amsterdam, 1013 AZ
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Foodies, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Great views / scenery, Relaxation, Trendiness
Expert review of Open
The name of this small-scale, glass-sided rectangular restaurant is do to with the fact that bridge across the waterway within which it is contained is fixed open - it's not open to the elements. While the highly peculiar setting is the initial attraction, Open's creative, affordable Dutch/Mediterranean cuisine is also a major draw.
On a recent dinner here, I had a delicious bouillon of squid, followed by an even better fricassée of broad beans, morels, asparagus and polenta - the restaurant makes a point of doing interesting things with veg - and home-made ice-cream. Lunches can be as simple as a bowl of soup or sausage sandwich, while for both lunch and dinner many dishes are available in half-size, half-price portions.
Quiet and civilised - when I ate here, most fellow diners were middle-aged locals. Distractions come from boats chugging past on the canal below, the work going on in the open-plan kitchen.
They're passionate about what they do here, and staff exude enthusiasm.
Though by a waterway, not exactly scenic - the setting, a 10 minute walk north-west from the Centraal Station, is modern urban.
Two-course lunches 15.5 euros; three-course à la carte dinners around 25-35 euros.
More information on Open:
- Price guide:
- Dutch, Mediterranean
- Westerdoksplein 20, Amsterdam, 1013 AZ
- 020 620 1010
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Kitchen open daily noon-5pm, 6pm-10.30pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards: