Tapas are always a good idea! It doesn’t matter what city you’re in when you see a tapas restaurant, it’s always nice to go. You know what to expect: small bites, sangria, Spanish wines and beers. Amsterdam is home to many tapas restaurants. Some typical Spanish and some Middle Eastern or Asian. Almost every neighborhood has its local favorites. In this list, you’ll find the 10 best restaurants in Amsterdam serving tapas-style food.
The tapas restaurant is great to go with friends. Food is served to the whole table and you can order whatever you want. Share a meal and try as many different flavors as possible. But even if it’s just the two of you, a tapas dinner is a great way to spend an evening of food and drinks.
The best tapas restaurants in Amsterdam that focus on Spanish-style tapas are Pata Negra, A La Plancha, Mercat and Dos. Spanish restaurants have a typical tapas menu that includes all the favorite dishes. From patatas bravas to calamari and Spanish ham.
Another vibrant tapas scene in Amsterdam is the Middle Eastern restaurants. There, tapas are called mezz and are tasty and healthy. The best places to eat mezz in Amsterdam are: Beirut, Bazar and Orentes.
Discover the best tapas restaurant and try them one by one.
If you ask a local in Amsterdam about the most famous tapas restaurant in the city, they will mention Pata Negra. Although this place is mentioned in every guide book, it is still very popular among locals and tourists alike. It’s always crowded, so don’t be surprised if you have to wait a little while until your table is ready. The menu at Pata Negra is a typical tapas list. Great dishes are bacon relish, blue cheese salad, albondigas (meatballs) and calamari. The dishes are served to the table when they are ready, and Pata Negra is perfect to go with a group of friends or as a couple. It is located on one of Amsterdam’s best shopping streets, the Utrechtsestraat.
is recommended for Tapas because: Pata Negra is undoubtedly the most popular tapas bar in Amsterdam. It’s always busy and the food is cheap and delicious.
Anne’s expert advice: Try dades with pork. Very tasty!
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Located in the boutique hotel Sir Albert, not far from the Albert Cuypmarkt and the Museum Quarter, Izakaya offers delicious Japanese food for sharing, as well as carefully crafted cocktails and on-the-go wine to complement any meal. Izakaya, whose name is best translated as “pub” from Japanese, provides a simple, authentic and welcoming environment; it is the perfect place to relax on the terrace or spend an elegant evening. At Izakaya, you will experience Japanese food at its best. The menu at the izakaya is excellent. The dish is perfect for sharing with the whole table, like Asian tapas. Gyosa is very good and a must try!
is recommended for Tapas because: If you want Asian-style tapas, Izaka in Amsterdam is the place to go.
Anne’s expert advice: Japanese style tapas perfect for sharing! Be sure to try the crab with wasabi.
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Do you like the Spanish markets in Madrid and Barcelona? Then I have good news! There is a restaurant in Amsterdam with the air of a Spanish market. The Mercat is located in a former factory building between Amsterdam Central Station and Amsterdam East. The industrial look of the restaurant gives it a real market feel. The centerpiece of the restaurant is a large square bar where you can eat pintxos and other small plates. It’s fun to go there with friends and have a drink at the bar before going to the table. Ask the staff for special offers and enjoy Spanish wines!
is recommended for Tapas because: Located on the east side of Amsterdam, this hip restaurant has only been open for a few years.
Anne’s expert advice: Mercat is super trendy! Ask the staff for special offers.
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Duende Dos is a Spanish tapas restaurant located on the border of Jordaan and Marnixstraat in West Amsterdam. The restaurant on the corner of the Nieuwe Willemstraat is light, colorful and has a great Madrid atmosphere. This is the perfect place to go for a group dinner or just a couple. At Duende Dos, you can just drink a beer at the bar while watching Spanish movies or listening to Flamenco music. The menu at Duende Dos is extensive. Very tasty food! Must try classics like patatas bravas, chorizo and calamaris. Order a plate of Spanish meat to enjoy the succulent Pata Negra hams.
is recommended for Tapas because: Dos is a traditional tapas restaurant located near the beautiful Jordaan and Amsterdam West.
Anne’s expert advice: A great neighborhood tapas gem in West Amsterdam!
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If you are looking for an authentic tapas restaurant in Amsterdam, A La Plancha is one of the best options. It is located in a small street in the center of Jordan and is perfect to go for dinner with friends or your love. It’s a small restaurant with a huge bar and only a few seats in the back. The best place to enjoy tapas is at the bar. The Spanish hosts will make sure you have the best evening. Ask them for their recommendations of the day or choose one of the delicious dishes on display at the bar.
is recommended for Tapas because: At A La Plancha you will experience a real Spanish evening. You are almost in Madrid! The food is excellent and very authentic.
Anne’s expert advice: A hidden gem and the best kept tapas restaurant secret in Amsterdam!
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Dining at La Oliva Pintxos Y Vinos in Jordan will make you feel like you’ve left Amsterdam and traveled to Spain. The restaurant serves the best Pintxos in town as well as other delicious dishes from Northern Spain. Go with a group of people and share a few plates of Pintxos – that way you can taste a little bit of everything. Every bite you take is perfectly complimented by a carefully selected Spanish wine. Enjoy lunch or dinner in a relaxed atmosphere combined with excellent food and friendly service. Call ahead for reservations as the restaurant fills up quickly.
is recommended for Tapas because: One of the only and best pintxos restaurants in Amsterdam is the cozy La Oliva in the beautiful Jordaan district.
Jessica’s expert advice: Go with a group of people and share a few plates of Pintxos – that way you can taste a little bit of everything.
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Enter the world of market food. Once a church, the building has high ceilings and is full of colour, character and beauty. The restaurant serves North African, Iranian and Turkish cuisine, where you can choose from a delicious menu or daily specials; you can’t go wrong anyway. Since the establishment is located on the Albert Cuypstraat, it’s a great place to start your morning before wandering the market, or pop in during the day to enjoy Middle Eastern tapas. Try to get a table on the upper level; looks at the bar. Most food at the market is served tapas-style for sharing. Great if you want to enjoy multiple flavors!
is recommended for Tapas because: The Market is an institution in Amsterdam when it comes to Middle Eastern food and Oriental tapas!
Anne’s expert advice: Abduhl’s starter has been my favorite for 10 years now!
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Spend the afternoon at the famous Albert Cuypmarkt or the peaceful Sarphatipark. Afterwards, head to Orontes for a nice meal. The restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine, specializing in Turkish dishes from Hatay and Antakya. Orontes offers both hot and cold starters. Cold starters include octopus salad and arugula, while mussels, cigar fritters and oruk are just a few of the hot appetizers. If it all looks good and you can’t decide, order the meze table of five cold and three hot starters. If your mouth isn’t already watering, the main dishes will do the trick: fish varieties such as sea bass, salmon and mackerel, as well as meat dishes such as lamb chops, roast beef and carnieri. Be sure to finish on a sweet note, such as baklava or honey and walnut Greek yogurt.
is recommended for Tapas because: Orontes is a great restaurant located on Amsterdam’s busy Albert Cuypstraat. One of the best addresses in Amsterdam for Mezz!
Anne’s expert advice: Book a mezza table and discover the best Middle Eastern tapas!
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Arabic food is great for general dining. This kitchen also has a high level of comfort cooking! It is pure and gives you the feeling of home cooked food. Beyrouth on Kinkerstraat in Amsterdam is one of the best Lebanese restaurants in the city. It is a family restaurant run by two brothers. There are grandparents cooking in the kitchen. Beirut is known for its great food to share. You can choose from 10-15 tapas dishes served to the entire table. From vegetables to meat and fish, fresh bread, hummus and eggplant are sprinkled.
is recommended for Tapas because: On the west side of Amsterdam, Beirut is the place to go for mezze and other Middle Eastern tapas to share with the whole table.
Anne’s expert advice: Order the combo plate to share!
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If you’re looking for a cheap and convenient place to go for dinner with the whole family, Boca Park is a great choice. This cafe style restaurant is located at the foot of Sarphatipark. This park is one of the smallest and most beautiful parks in Amsterdam. Boca’s Park is also located near the famous Albert Cuyp Market. The crowd is younger and you see a lot of students, hipsters, friends and families dining here. The menu is full of tapas and bocas, which are small breads with something delicious on top. Plates are also great for sharing with the table. You can choose from meat to vegetables and cheese to fish. Or ask for a mix of all of the above!
is recommended for Tapas because: Anyone who thinks tapas is only Spanish is wrong! In Amsterdam you will find many modern tapas restaurants, Boca being the best choice.
Anne’s expert advice: Boca’s Park is great for going with a group of friends to celebrate a birthday.
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