Amsterdam is full of romantic restaurants. Of course, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to head to one of these romantic spots. And for every special moment or date night, this list of the 10 best romantic restaurants in Amsterdam will make sure you have a great evening!
Many restaurants in Amsterdam are located in very old canal houses and have these beautiful romantic and old details in the interior. But does that make them romantic? Any restaurant can be romantic if you’re with the right person and it’s the right moment. To give the elements a little helping hand, we’ve picked our top romantic restaurants in various Amsterdam neighborhoods.
If you are looking for a romantic restaurant in the city center, Samhoud Places is great. For a very special night, you can book the chef’s table at the Michelin-starred restaurant to enjoy a modern and multi-culinary menu. For a more traditional French evening restaurant, Christophe and Chez Georges are excellent.
Some of the most romantic restaurants in Amsterdam are located outside the city center. So if you want to find hidden gems in Amsterdam, head to East Amsterdam, where you can find De Kas restaurant in a former green house or Riva restaurant floating on the water of the Amstel river.
If you are looking for a special restaurant in Amsterdam, &Samhoud Places is a must try. This is Chef Moshik Roth’s restaurant and is divided into two parts. One is a high class 2 Michelin star restaurant where you will taste the most special food you can think of. Another is the salon, which is very affordable and equally special. The staff at &Samhoud Places will pamper you and make sure you have the best evening imaginable. On the menu, you will find very special dishes by Chef Moshik – the best veggie burger you can imagine, like a tomato burger. On weekends &Samhoud Places has a €1,- oyster happy hour!
is recommended for Romantic Dining because: &Samhoud Places is a great restaurant with 2 concepts under one roof! 2 star Michelin restaurant upstairs and very affordable street food restaurant downstairs.
Anne’s expert advice: Book the Chef’s Table!
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What could be more romantic than eating on the beach? There are several places in Amsterdam that have seats directly on the water. Riva restaurant is definitely one of the best! Riva is located in the east of Amsterdam, near the Amstel train and metro station. You can easily walk from Rivaya metro station. Riva is a restaurant located on the water. It’s floating! In warm weather, you can sit near the water and watch the locals sail their boats. The menu at Riva is classic and has something for everyone. The place is super romantic and perfect for a date.
is recommended for Romantic Dining because: Riva is a hidden gem on the Amstel river east of Amsterdam with great food and a great view.
Anne’s expert advice: Book a window table or a table on the beach in summer.
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The most special restaurants in Amsterdam are often not located in the city center. So head to one of the more residential areas and discover the neighborhood gems there! Hugo’s Bar & Kitchen is the latest addition to Amsterdam’s vibrant neighborhood restaurant scene. This cozy ‘Paris meets New York’ style bistro is located on Hugo de Grootplein in West Amsterdam. The menu has a general dining concept, which is perfect if you want to try as many delicious dishes as possible. Recommendations are crab salad and veal. And be sure to try one of the cocktails.
is recommended for Romantic Dining because: Hugo’s Bar & Kitchen is one of Amsterdam’s newest hotspots and is super romantic with little bistro tables.
Anne’s expert advice: Go for Sunday brunch and try a Bloody Mary!
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If you want to share a delicious meal with your lover in a romantic setting, look no further than Proeverij 274. Located near the Westerkerk and the Anne Frank House, this cozy restaurant overlooks the scenic Prinsengracht. Proeverij, which means taste in English, accurately describes the menu. You can enjoy and taste the delicious creations of the chef. Many of the ingredients are even seasonal and organic, often locally sourced. Pair your meal with a glass of wine as you dine by candlelight. When you’re done and fully charged, sit back and relax in the comfortable chairs.
is recommended for Romantic Dining because: A small-scale fine dining restaurant that guarantees a romantic night in Amsterdam.
Anne’s expert advice: Chef’s menu with wine pairings!
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Prepare your taste buds to taste the fish at its best. By sticking to the basics – adding only a few natural ingredients – and choosing the best fish currently in season, Restaurant Bridges brings out the essential character and delicious taste of the fish. Watch Chef Joris Bijdendijk create dishes; your mouth will water. As the restaurant’s focus is fish and wine, “fins en vins” in Dutch, Bridges offers everything from tuna and oysters to lobster and salmon. Don’t forget to ask for something from the Raw Bar. A sommelier can help you choose the best wine to complement and enhance the flavor of each dish. Combined with excellent service and a classy, open atmosphere, Bridges promises a refined experience. The restaurant is located at the Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, along Amsterdam’s oldest canal.
is recommended for Romantic Dining because: Bridges is a Michelin star restaurant ideal for a romantic night out!
Anne’s expert advice: Be sure to order something from the Raw Bar.
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Restaurant De Kas is located east of Amsterdam, in the beautiful recreation park Frankendael. Built from a circa 1926 greenhouse, this delightful establishment promises airy, romantic dining. Surrounded by its own gardens, De Cas grows many of its ingredients on its doorstep. Complemented by local meats and seafood, the organic menu is a daily, prix-fixe event featuring several appetizers, entrees and desserts. Everything is farm-to-table and great attention is paid to presentation. Lunch consists of two courses and chef’s tables can be arranged for those who want to see the kitchen at work first hand. Patio dining is great during the warmer months.
is recommended for Romantic Dining because: Dining under the stars in this historic greenhouse is something you’ll never forget.
Anne’s expert advice: Surprise your love with a message written in chocolate letters in the desert.
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If you love surf and turf, Red Restaurant is a place you definitely don’t want to miss in Amsterdam. Rediscover the taste of food; Restaurant Red definitely offers a different dining experience. You can choose between lobster or beef tenderloin, each prepared in one of two styles. Meals are served with salad and fries. Complement your selection with a nice glass of wine or round off the evening with one of the chef’s delicious desserts, such as warm chocolate cake or tarte au citron verte. With every bite, from start to finish, you’ll be craving more. Moreover, the prices are quite reasonable. With lobster and beef as the main stars, it doesn’t get any better than this.
is recommended for Romantic Dining because: Restaurant Red is a great lobster restaurant in Amsterdam, located on the romantic Spiegelstraat.
Anne’s expert advice: If you can’t choose, order the Surf ‘n Turf.
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Chef Michiel Deenik’s motto is “a day without good food is a day lost”. You will never lose a day in Visaandeschelde. Order from the à la carte menu or choose from three, four or five courses. The menu changes seasonally and changes every 10 weeks, providing the best selection of seafood. The food is delicious and the presentation is colorful and creative. Pair your meal with a glass of wine. The restaurant offers a range of both classic and new world wines. Visaandeschelde is located near the RAI Congress Center, making it the perfect place to have lunch after a long day at work. The restaurant will surely satisfy you.
is recommended for Romantic Dining because: Impress your date with dinner at Amsterdam’s best seafood restaurant in Amsterdam Oud Zuid.
Anne’s expert advice: Order Highland fruits!
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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 taste 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 Romantic Dining because: Chez Georges only has room for up to 30 guests and you can stay all night if you want.
Anne’s expert advice: Try one of up to 7 special menus for just over €50!
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Toscanini is conveniently located in the heart of the Jordaan district. Tis Italian restaurant features a spacious dining room with skylights and an open kitchen, adding character to this perennially popular restaurant. Frequented by locals and always crowded, Toscanini specializes in southern Italian cuisine and is known for its home-cooked meals. Fresh breads and pastas, Italian wines, and authentic meat and seafood dishes keep patrons coming back again and again. Fixed menus add to the selection along with daily specials. As you can see, reservations are required. You can make a reservation for the chef’s table for a romantic dinner at Toscanini.
is recommended for Romantic Dining because: Toscanini is one of the best, best Italian restaurants in Amsterdam. Going to Toscanini is classic history!
Anne’s expert advice: Make a reservation for the Chef’s Table!
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