The French often say “Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup”, which in English means “eat well, laugh often, love much”. There are plenty of French restaurants in Amsterdam to do just that – eat, laugh and love. 10Best has narrowed down the selection and rounded up the crème de la crème – the best of the best – that the city has to offer.
These high-end restaurants offer fresh, high-quality ingredients, the finest wines, and excellent, friendly service. Whether you’re looking for classic French cuisine or want to be surprised by something new and innovative, these restaurants will exceed your expectations. Many of the dishes are even works of art.
Three of the restaurants on the list have Michelin stars, Ciel Bleu at Hotel Okura, Vinkeles at Hotel Dylan and Le Restaurant at De Pijp. Ciel Bleu offers a beautiful panoramic view of Amsterdam, while Vinkeles allows you to dine in a historic setting. The menus at Utrechtsedwarstafel and Restaurant La Vallade change daily, so you’re in for a truly tasty surprise. De Struisvogel is known for its relaxed atmosphere and reasonable prices, and Le Petit Latin, run by father and son, transports you to France. No matter which restaurant you decide to go to, you are sure to enjoy a great meal. Bon Appetit!
De Struisvogel, a small restaurant in a cozy, intimate basement, offers a three-course menu for just €26. You will see that there are many options. To start, choose the soup of the day or the Beef Carpaccio with basil, lime oil, salad, roasted pumpkin seeds and Parmesan cheese. Perhaps you prefer to order the veal in red wine and garlic. As an entree, baked cod fillet or wild Scottish venison steak are just two of your options. The restaurant uses only organic meats. Some of the dishes also come with roasted potatoes and mixed vegetables. End the evening with a warm apple crumble, cheese plate, or organic Raw chocolate vegan pie. De Struisvogel is a great find: delicious food, delightful atmosphere and great prices.
is recommended for French language because: Using only organic meat, De Struisvogel offers an appetizing three-course menu for just €26.
Jessica’s expert advice: Try pairing a passion fruit yogurt parfait with a glass of dessert wine
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Chez Georges is a small restaurant serving classic French cuisine. The space is a little on the small side, but the layout of the restaurant makes for an intimate and almost personal dining experience. The products are always fresh and of high quality, resulting in delicious meals worth enjoying with your family or friends. Appetizers include smoked salmon; shrimp in escargot oil; Grilled Scallops with Sweet Potato Cream and Hollandaise Sauce. If you want to try several dishes, order the “Comme chez George”, “Gastronome”, “Gourmand” or “Cuisine De Marche” menu. For example, “Gourmand” consists of seven fish and meat dishes. Reservations are highly recommended.
is recommended for French language because: Chez Georges, an intimate restaurant serving classic French cuisine, offers guests a menu that allows guests to sample a variety of flavors and dishes.
Jessica’s expert advice: Weekdays are best for walking without reservation
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Dine in a beautiful, historic setting. Vinkeles, a one-Michelin-starred restaurant, is located in a building that was once a bakery. The name comes from Reinier Vinkeles, a Dutch artist famous for his etchings and paintings. Today, the restaurant is part of the five-star boutique hotel The Dylan. Chef Dennis Kuipers and his team create delicious traditional French dishes with modern and contemporary flare. It is loved for its “Pommes Tsarine”, Anjou pigeons and chocolates. If you wish to secure your reservation by email, you must send the request at least three days in advance.
is recommended for French language because: Vinkeles, an elegant restaurant located in The Dylan Hotel, has one Michelin star. It offers a mix of both classic and modern French cuisine.
Jessica’s expert advice: Try one of the chef’s specialties: “Pommes Tsarine”, Anjou pigeon or chocolate
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Located in the old town near Museumplein, Brasserie van Baerle is a restaurant serving traditional and modern French brasserie cuisine. In 1980, Brasserie van Baerle started as a breakfast and lunch place, but over the years it has become one of the best French restaurants in Amsterdam. “A restaurant should have a soul. Ours is quality, consistency and focus,” said owner and manager Floor van Ede. Enjoy a delicious Sunday brunch with family and friends or come for dinner before a Concertgebouw performance. Steak tartare and poached eggs with salmon are two favorites. Seasonal options include delicious oysters, tender white asparagus and succulent lobster. In summer, you can even relax in the peaceful garden. Brasserie van Baerle offers an all-round, fine dining experience.
is recommended for French language because: Brasserie van Baerle is located in the old town near the Museumplein and serves delicious French brasserie cuisine.
Jessica’s expert advice: If the ingredients are in season, order oysters, white asparagus or lobster.
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Chef Igor Sens and Sommelier Hans Verbeek are ready to welcome you at Utrechtsedvarstafel. Prepare your taste buds for an incredible meal. The restaurant’s performance is self-described as a “wine and food ballet.” The produce is always fresh and often regional, resulting in delicious, creative dishes. The menu can change every day, so you will always have a tasty surprise. All you need to do is tell your server how many courses you want, and Chef Igor will take care of the rest. Sommelier Hans will then pair your meal with a matching wine. You will be amazed at all the beautiful, beautifully finished flavors. The restaurant is located near the Carré Theater, making it the perfect place for a pre-show dinner. Advise any dietary restrictions. Please note that the restaurant only serves a full vegetarian menu for groups or private dining.
is recommended for French language because: At Utrechtsedvarstafel, the menu is determined by the chef, so you’re always in for a tasty surprise.
Jessica’s expert advice: Please advise of any dietary restrictions when you book.
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Go to Watergraafsmeer and try Restaurant La Vallade. La Vallade, a lovely, cozy French restaurant with wooden tables and bright, colorful walls, is ideal for an intimate evening. Gather your friends for some fun or have a romantic one-on-one meal with your loved one; whatever you decide, the warm atmosphere and delicious food will delight you. The menu changes daily, so the ingredients are always fresh and the food is made with love. The end result is a delicious, authentic five-course meal for just €35.50. For the vegetarians out there, the chef creates a full vegetarian menu every Monday. Reservations are recommended as the restaurant is small.
is recommended for French language because: The menu at Restaurant La Vallade changes daily and is served in an intimate, relaxed, colorful atmosphere.
Jessica’s expert advice: The chef prepares a full vegetarian menu every Monday.
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Run by the dynamic father and son duo, Jacques and Julien Rouet, Le Petit Latin is a charming French restaurant that transports you from Amsterdam to France. As you descend the stairs and enter, you are immersed in a beautiful Mediterranean atmosphere surrounded by vibrant colors and objects such as posters and paintings. A few steps from the Spui, this romantic restaurant serves classic French cuisine. Most of the recipes are passed down from generation to generation. The service is also very personal, as Jacques explains the menu – nothing is printed on paper – and likes to chat with guests. The restaurant has been in business for 20 years and has become a local Amsterdam favorite.
is recommended for French language because: The restaurant, which has been operating for 20 years, serves classic French cuisine in a colorful, romantic Mediterranean atmosphere.
Jessica’s expert advice: Reservations are recommended as the restaurant is only open four days a week.
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Enjoy delicious French cuisine in a modern setting. Located near the Noordermarkt, Bordewijk uses regional produce, fresh fish and seasonal game. That’s why the restaurant always prepares delicious, tasty food. Start with a snack. When it comes time to order an entrée, all the options will make your mouth water. You can also choose from the chef’s three-, four- or five-course daily menu. Be sure to finish with something sweet, such as asking about their seasonal sorbet or their cheese selection. Be sure to pair your meal with a glass of wine. Add the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the restaurant and you will find that all aspects come together to create a perfect evening.
is recommended for French language because: Located near the Noordermarkt, Bordewijk uses regional produce, fresh fish and seasonal game.
Jessica’s expert advice: For dessert, try the sorbet of the season
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Prepare yourself for an elegant, elegant evening at Le Restaurant in De Pijp. This cozy, comfortable restaurant serves excellent French cuisine. The restaurant has an open kitchen so you can watch the chefs work their magic. Delicious dishes are prepared in a classic way, but completed with the chef’s personal touch. Be sure to ask for a wine recommendation. The restaurant has one Michelin star and 16 points from the Gault-Millau guide. The restaurant only seats 20 people, so reservations are recommended. For vegetarians, please note that the restaurant does not offer 100 percent vegetarian menus.
is recommended for French language because: One Michelin star Le Restaurant serves exquisite French cuisine in an intimate, romantic atmosphere.
Jessica’s expert advice: Reservations are highly recommended as the restaurant is small
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Enjoy a truly elegant evening at Ciel Bleu. Located on the 23rd floor of the magnificent five-star Okura Hotel, the restaurant promises high-class dining. Ciel Bleu boasts two Michelin stars, well deserved. The restaurant serves classic French cuisine with a creative twist. The chefs always choose the best of the best ingredients and often use local produce. The menu, which rotates four times a year, always features the best flavors of the season. In addition, numerous wines are just waiting to complement your meal. The whole experience is completed by a beautiful panoramic view of Amsterdam. Make a reservation at Ciel Bleu for an evening of culinary arts.
is recommended for French language because: Ciel Bleu, a two-Michelin-starred restaurant, serves exquisite culinary delights and boasts a beautiful view of Amsterdam.
Jessica’s expert advice: Try to reserve a table by the window so you can see the city of Amsterdam
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