Open

Price guide: Mid-range

Westerdoksplein 20, Amsterdam, 1013 AZ

Price guide: Mid-range

Exterior of Open

By Fred Mawer, your Amsterdam expert

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#9 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.3
4.3
Ambience:
4.1
4.1
Service:
4.1
4.1
Location:
3.8
3.8
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Couples, Foodies, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Great views / scenery, Relaxation, Trendiness

Expert review of Open

Good-value, unusual restaurant - it occupies a former railway bridge.

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.

Food and drink: 

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.

Ambience: 

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.

Service: 

They're passionate about what they do here, and staff exude enthusiasm. 

Location: 

Though by a waterway, not exactly scenic - the setting, a 10 minute walk north-west from the Centraal Station, is modern urban. 

Price advice: 

Two-course lunches 15.5 euros; three-course à la carte dinners around 25-35 euros.

More information on Open:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Dutch, Mediterranean
Address:
Westerdoksplein 20, Amsterdam, 1013 AZ
Telephone:
020 620 1010
Website:
http://www.open.nl
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Kitchen open daily noon-5pm, 6pm-10.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

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