19 great wine bars and wine restaurants in Amsterdam
Amsterdam, the beautiful city with all its canals and bicycles – and wine venues! The last few years, Amsterdam has grown to a major wine city with a lot of interesting, fun and well-curated lists.
Address: Camperstraat 48-50, Amsterdam
Occupying a double-fronted, airy and rather a minimalist unit in Amsterdam East, 4850 is a hybrid venue that operates as a coffee and wine bar – and morphs into a more full-blown restaurant in the evenings. What’s great is that you can decide to drink a glass of grower Champagne at 11 in the morning, or a single-origin pour-over coffee at 11 at night. Anything is possible. The cuisine has a decidedly Nordic slant (reflecting its Swedish owner), with clean, fresh flavours and a lot of fairly adventurous ingredients and seasonings. The interior is dominated by the glass-fronted cellar, allowing...
Phone: +31 20 737 2553
Address: Van Diemenstraat 408, Amsterdam
One of Amsterdam’s first “bistronomy” restaurants, BAK started life as a pop-up in a squatted space in 2013 and breathed new life into the Netherlands’ then stuffy dining scene. They now co-own the warehouse space, with its wonderful wooden-beamed ceiling and views over the water at Houthavens. You’re in for a highly creative seven-course tasting menu – except at lunch or weekday nights when there’s also a cut-down option. The cooking goes all out for seasonality and provenance and concentrates on foraged ingredients, vegetables, game and wild-caught fish. Flavour combinations are adventurous...
Phone: +31 20 626 4939
Address: Vijzelgracht 5h, Amsterdam
The smart team at BAK are behind this entirely different offspring. Housed in a double-fronted canal-house, the space is broken up by stairs, mezzanines and walls, which works rather well to create a feeling of intimacy. Where BAK is all about the tasting menu, Bambino is about having fun. Sharing plates come in various sizes, but all are extraordinarily delicious, with a modern European, seasonal focus. Arroz with rabbit, or clams in white wine have been recent hits. You can sit here all night, happily grazing with friends.
Address: Bilderdijkstraat 36, Amsterdam
Binnenvisser took over the site of an old ”stamkroeg” (pub) in 2018 and transformed it into one of Amsterdam’s most buzzing locations. The space still has wonderful period touches such as the stained glass quarter-lights and a proper room-length bar. The concept here is very much “bar” and not “wine bar”. The owners are serious natural wine fans, but there are also excellent craft beers and cocktails on offer. Food also takes centre stage for the earlier part of the evening. The five-course set menu is amazing value for money, and focuses a lot on creative treatments of vegetables – but the...
Phone: +31 20 679 1532
Address: Van Baerlestraat 158, Amsterdam
Brasserie van Baerle is a modern-classical restaurant with an international profile in Amsterdam Zuid (south part), close to the famous shopping area. An institution for lunch and dinner, and a true classic in Amsterdam for more than 40 years. The setting is far from old-fashioned, with a festive, buzzing atmosphere. This is a typical restaurant where everybody is welcome. The dishes are honest French cuisine as a basis, but they also flirt with the Mediterranean cuisine and is at the same time faithful to the pure Dutch products. Classic dishes, like black pudding and crépinette of veal, ar...
Phone: +31 20 422 3318
Address: Nes 37, Amsterdam
This is a small and cosy wine and champagne bar just around the corner from Dam Square. Here, you'll be right in the heart of historic Amsterdam, in one of the city's oldest streets. When it opened in July 2005, it was one of the first wine bars in Amsterdam, and when you enter, you can immediately feel the lively atmosphere and the love for great wines. Soft lighting, modern but not too clinical, and usually packed with wine lovers.
Phone: +31 20 623 8244
Address: Prinsenstraat 22, Amsterdam
Right in the middle of the picture-perfect Jordaan district, Cafe de Klepel defines the Dutch concept of “gezelligheid” (cosiness, to translate approximately) with its welcoming, intimate interior. You have to reserve well ahead to score one of the precious tables, but there’s also a prominent bar with seating for couples or latecomers in search of a glass or two of the good stuff. Klepel is really all about the wine – the food is classic French bistro fare, well-executed but designed not to take centre-stage. The cheese selection is one of Amsterdam’s best. The staff here can recite lists of...
Phone: +31 20 210 3090
Address: De Ruijterkade 128, Amsterdam
Choux had its gestation in two hugely successful pop-up restaurants before the team settled on its current location in a spacious, airy converted warehouse looking out onto the Ij waterfront. It’s been one of the pioneers in bistronomy-style cooking – serious cuisine that nonetheless breaks the formal, fine-dining mould, and in natural wine. The menu invites you to choose a number of courses, all cryptically identified only by their main ingredient. When the dishes arrive at the table, they’re often beautiful in their conception and appearance. There’s a definite Nordic slant in the use of f...
Phone: +31 20 678 7450
Address: Ferdinand Bolstraat 333, Amsterdam
Everything in Ciel Bleu (Blue Sky) is high: You dine in a luxurious setting on the 23rd floor of the Okura Hotel in Amsterdam South (the best restaurant view in Amsterdam, by the way). The level of the kitchen is also high, and it is not a surprise that they have gained two Michelin stars. Bring a well-filled wallet, because the prices are not exactly low either, but then you'll also get a truly unforgettable evening with impeccable service without stiffness; loose and friendly, Amsterdam-style. The parade of dishes is a feast both for the eyes and the tongue. For the foodies: If you wan...
Phone: +31 20 233 8642
Address: Tweede van der Helststraat 3, Amsterdam
This “bar à vins naturelles”, modelled on Parisian establishments such as Aux Des Amis or Café de la Nouvelle Mairie, kickstarted a natural wine revolution in Amsterdam when it opened in April 2015 – before then, there was absolutely nothing like it. The cosy shabby-chic interior has been packed almost constantly since opening, and the generous back-street terrace also gets mobbed in the summer months. There are, of course, no airs and graces here – basic glassware, a crumpled paper wine list and service that can sometimes struggle to keep up with the hoards that pour in. That said, it’s wond...
Phone: +31 20 636 5170
Address: Aambeeldstraat 10, Amsterdam
It’s not a hotel, and there’s no golden pheasant. But it is one of Amsterdam’s truly unique dining experiences. Housed in a vast warehouse (partly filled with vintage cars), in a gritty industrial part of Amsterdam North, Goudfazant regularly serves 300 customers on a Saturday night. If that sounds crazy, it is – but what’s even crazier is the excellent quality of the food and the efficiency of the service, given this massive scale. The cuisine is based around French bistro classics, with a daily changing menu that can be configured as a set or a la carte. The team who run Goudfazant are unc...
Phone: +31 20 626 1912
Address: Beulingstraat 7, Amsterdam
This smart and intimate two-story dining room is hidden on a back-street just minutes away from the central station. It offers Italian fine dining which manages to achieve a rare combo – authenticity and innovation. The team have a strong commitment to slow food ethics and organics, and their use of as much local produce as possible leads to fascinating mash-ups of seasonal Dutch ingredients reinvented into Italian dishes. It’s possible to choose a surprise tasting menu – but if you don’t like surprises (I don’t!), then the staff will reveal all.
Phone: +31 20 422 7880
Address: Barentszstraat 173, Amsterdam
Situated on a quiet street near the Houthavens, Restaurant Marius is actually two establishments in one: the restaurant forms half the building, and right next to it (linked by a common kitchen) is Worst Wijncafe, a more informal wine bar and cafe. Perhaps because it’s a few minutes cycle out of the centre, Marius remains a bit of an insider tip. The cooking here takes local, seasonal produce and elevates it to something seriously tasty and fine. If you eat in Worst, homemade sausages (some made with fish or lobster!) are the staple. Service can really go the extra mile here. I’ll never for...
Phone: +31 20 463 2142
Address: Marcusstraat 52, Amsterdam
Rijsel is a lovely bistro with the typical cosy Dutch atmosphere in a 60’s environment. Plastered and half painted walls, natural stone, steel, with old-fashioned furniture from the sixties makes this an honest and easy-going establishment. The dishes are authentic in a style typical for the Netherlands, with a touch of Belgium. Real comfort food, no-nonsense for everyone. This is a popular bistro, always packed with people, so please book a table.
Phone: +31 20 337 9680
Address: Gebouw 024A, Kattenburgerstraat 5, Amsterdam
Scheepskameel is a bright and spacious restaurant with an open kitchen. It is housed in an old building overlooking the water, on the former Navy premises in the centre of Amsterdam. Great hospitality and good produce are the core elements at Scheepskameel, and the dishes are simple and pure. I love to come here because this is an informal, no-nonsense restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere and a huge German wine selection.
Phone: +31 20 778 6313
Address: Lijnbaansgracht 267 HS, Amsterdam
Shiraz Jardin des Vins has been voted the best wine bar in the Netherlands and the best wine bar in Amsterdam. This is a great spot to drop by for a glass of your favourite wine. There are two different Shiraz bars: one in the historical centre of Amsterdam, and one in The College Hotel in Oud Zuid district of Amsterdam. Everything is right at this wine bar: There’s the enthusiastic reception of trained sommeliers, a clear explanation of the wine list, and peace of mind to choose from the extensive wine selection. The interior is very atmospheric, with high tables interspersed with low seats...
Phone: +31 20 758 5275
Address: Fizeaustraat 2, Amsterdam
Hotel V & The Lobby are run by a bunch of ‘Amsterdammers’ in the 12th generation; true Amsterdam lovers. This neighbourhood restaurant has a casual atmosphere in an urban Amsterdam eclectic 70's style. Do not expect artistic, complicated dishes here, but simply pure, honest food from all over the world. Don’t miss the ceviche of Corvina, veal cheek with beetroot pearl barley or oyster with cucumber granita and green apple. They also have a lovely bar just at the entrance, where you can sit down and choose from the menu and where I also like to walk in for a nice glass of wine. In the bu...
Phone: +31 20 623 2813
Address: Lindengracht 75, Amsterdam
When a restaurant opens in 1985 and is still at the top of its game more than 30 years later, it must be doing something right. Toscanini aims for authentic Italian food by focusing on super-high quality ingredients. The restaurant works extensively with slow food suppliers and uses an organic butcher for all its meats. The cooking doesn’t mess with classic concepts but just executes them sympathetically. The pasta here is particularly divine. The space is a converted workshop, exuding rustic charm and showing off some wonderful period features. It’s right in the middle of the Jordann’s bust...
Phone: +31 20 765 1212
Address: Utrechtsestraat 141H, Amsterdam
Zoldering is a new wine hotspot in Amsterdam, open since 2019 and a real treat for wine lovers. It occupies a beautifully converted Amsterdam building, which makes the most of its high ceilings, space and light. Although it is foremost a restaurant, you can always drop by early or late evening for just a glass of wine by the bar. The menu is concise and often exceptional. There’s a lightness of touch to the modern European cooking, and a refreshing lack of pretension or unnecessary complexity. There are no huge tasting menus or filigree presentations – just top-class ingredients treated wit...