Open

Address: Westerdoksplein 20, Amsterdam, 1013 AZ, The Netherlands
Telephone: 020 620 1010

- Mid-range

4.3

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
4.3
90%
Service
4.1
90%
Food and drink
4.3
90%
Value for money
4.4
90%
Ambience
4.1
90%
Location
3.8
90%

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.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • Trendiness

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