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Amsterdam Good Value Restaurants

Our recommendations for some good, honest food - inexpensive Amsterdam eateries which shouldn't leave you hungry, disappointed or broke!


We hope there's something for everyone, but let us know if we've missed anything - or you find something worth recommending and we'll check it out!



(Mexican – Centrum)
Open 17.30 to 22.00 – Friday & Saturday till 23:00
The food and the atmosphere are great and they serve the most delicious Margarita in the City. The decoration is “old Mexican Style” Try the prawn / beef / chicken or vegetarian Fajitas (or ask for a combination)
Warmoestraat 31, Amsterdam, Tel. (020) 624 2911


Teppan Yaki Kobe House,

(Japanese – Centrum)
17:00 till midnight
One of the best Japanese places in town. The atmosphere is nice, the decoration modern and you get to enjoy a “Teppan Yaki” knife-show from the chefs as they prepare dinner at the restaurant tables in front of your noses!
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 77-85, Amsterdam, Tel (020) 622 6458


(International Food – Centrum)
Open 17:30 – 22:00
Very nice restaurant downtown, ideal for large gatherings. International food, great value, large portions, friendly atmosphere with quick service.
Nieuwezijds Kolk, Amsterdam, Tel. 0900-486747397


(Chinese - Nieuwmarkt)
Kitchen opens noon-11.00
An excellent place to get some lunch or dinner. They serve quality food, quickly and cheaply. The service is fast and friendly. The Dutch film ‘Oysters of NamKee’ has made their speciality oysters a must! (*Cash Customers Only)
Geldersekade 117, Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam
Phone (020) 639 28 48

Rose’s Cantina

(Mexican – near the flower market)
A very lively and often very busy Mexican theme bar, popular for its food atmosphere and cocktails. Particularly good for dining with friends!
Open 5pm – 11pm
Reguliersdwarsstraat 38/40, Rembrandtplein,
Tel. (020) 625 9797


(Argentinean Steakhouses – Various Locations)
A chain of steakhouses with restaurants across Amsterdam. Not really a place to take a vegetarian, the meat is fresh and juicy. They are very proud of their own Argentinian beef!
locations around the city for the meat lovers:
*Damstraat 5, Dam, Amsterdam Tel. (020) 623 9632
Kitchen opens noon till midnight
*Spuistraat 3, Dam, Amsterdam Tel (020) 625 7272
Kitchen opens 17.00 – 23.00
*Beethovenstraat 55, Amsterdam South Tel (020) 675 46 77
Kitchen opens 17.00 – 22.00
*Reguliersbreestraat 18, Rembrandtplein, Amsterdam Tel (020) 626 35 00
Kitchen opens noon – 23.00
*Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 69, Leidseplein, Amsterdam Tel (020) 627 05 80
Kitchen opens 17.00 – midnight


(Italian - Jordaan)
Open 18.00 – 23.30 (Closed Sundays)
Real quality traditional Italian food with a view through to the open kitchen. Well worth checking for the ‘specials menu’ which offers seasonal varieties, and the tasty pastas. Warm friendly atmosphere. Usually busy.
Lindengracht 75, Jordaan, Amsterdam Tel (020) 623 28 13


(Fish restaurant – behind the Dam)
Open 17.00 – midnight
This place is for fish lovers. A large variety of fish and seafood are served quickly and efficiently - the service is really good! (Nice place for an intimate dinner...)
Spuistraat 247, Dam, Amsterdam Tel. (020) 624 18 31

Kantjil en de Tijger ,

(Indonesian – Spui)
Open 16.30 – 23.00
A large light and bustling restaurant serving a variety of Indonesian dishes. The atmosphere is vibrant and suited to groups. They recently added a small takeaway ‘Kantijl to Go’ – for less than 5 euros you can get a box containing rice / noodles and a sauce (or two) – to go!
Spuistraat 291-293, Dam, Amsterdam Tel. (020) 620 09 94


Garlic Queen

(Garlic! – Rembrandtplein)
Open 18.00 – 23.00 (Closed Mondays & Tuesdays)
Garlic is the name of the game here. Starters, main courses and desserts all contain the magic ingredient, luckily however, if you do not like garlic they can prepare your dinner without. But then why bother? Try the garlic ice-cream!
Reguliersdwarsstraat 27, Rembrandtplein, Amsterdam Tel. (020) 422 64 26


(Japanese – Rembrandtplein)
Open midday – 23.00
Trendy Sushi bar, good food and a nice atmosphere.
Amstel 20, Rembrandtplein, Amsterdam Tel (020) 330 68 82


The Balti House

(Indian – Pijp)
This Indian restaurant close to the Albert Cuyp market serves consistently excellent food. The menu is ‘traditional’ – but ask if you don’t see something you would like. Friendly service. Tables out side in good weather.
Albert Cuypstraat 41, De Pijp, Amsterdam
Phone (020) 470 89 17


(Indian - Leidseplein)
Open 17.00 – 23.00
A traditional Indian restaurant, with nice tables in a small square shared with other terraces.
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 203, Leidseplein, Amsterdam Tel. (020) 623 21 42


Green Planet

(Vegetarian – Dam)
Open 11.00 - 22.00 (closed on Sunday)
This little place behind the Palace is a paradise for vegetarians. All products are biological and there is a large variety of taste combinations to choose from the menu. Seats outside too! (Cash customers only)
Spuistraat 122, Dam, Amsterdam Tel. (020) 625 82 80


(Portuguese - Leidseplein)
Opens 14.00 – Midnight
Authentic Portuguese food with friendly and attentive service. This well respected family restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes, and does them well. Nice for a quiet relaxing dinner.
Kerkstraat 35, Leidseplein, Amsterdam Tel. (020) 625 64 90

El Huaso

(Chilean / Spanish - Nieuwmarkt)
Tasty South American food meets Spanish Tapas
Open 15.00 – 23.00 (closed on Monday)
Chilean / Spanish tapas and other meals. Very good service, accessible by boat and with some live music at the weekend.
Geldersekade 5, Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam Tel: (020) 622 48 83


(Balkan – Pijp)
Open 17.00 – 22.00
For real Balkan speciality cooking and service with a smile, this is the place to go. Large groups are welcome in this restaurant, which is family friendly, there is wheelchair access and even a few seats outside!
Ceintuurbaan 196, De Pijp, Tel: 020 676 6384

De Griek,

(Greek – Leidseplein)
Open 17.00 - 22.00
The terrace of this restaurant looks out into an open space shared with other bars and cafes. In the summer there are plenty of street entertainers, and it’s a nice place to eat ‘mezedes’ – Greek snacks all sold for the same price – just check the board!
Lijnbaansgracht 274, Leidseplein, Amsterdam Tel. (020) 422 11 45


Sea Palace

(Chinese Floating Restaurant - Centrum)
Open 12.00 – 23.00
This impressive, red multi-storeyed pagoda-style Chinese restaurant has huge views across the Ij River. The whole restaurant is super-decorated – an experience to eat in – book a window seat for a night to remember in Amsterdam. Perhaps not the best Chinese food in Amsterdam – but a view you will definitely remember!
‘Dim Sum’ lunch served (small streamed dishes and dumplings!) from 12.00- 16.00
Full Evening Menu from 16.00 – 23.00
Oosterdokskade 8, Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam Tel. (020) 626 47 77


(Fish Specialist – Nieuwmarkt)
Friendly, fun, and fishy - with a specials menu that changes regularly. The menu is biological and fish-lover orientated.
Schippersgracht 6, Amsterdam Tel: (020) 623 2894

Oriental City

(Chinese Restaurant – Dam)
Open Noon - 22.30
Deservedly popular canal side Chinese restaurant set over three floors - the view is impressive, as is the range, variety and value of the meals. The service always brisk, friendly and helpful! Dim sum is a popular speciality at lunchtimes
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 177/179, Dam, Amsterdam Tel. (020) 626 83 52


(Turkish – Jordaan)
A warm, family hosted dining experience – then menu offers a nice selection mezze (small snack dishes – try them) and a decent range of main meals. If the weather is good sit on the terrace.. A very relaxing evening out.
Lunch: 12.00 – 17.00
Dinner: 18.00 - 23.00
Elandsgracht 14, Jordaan, Amsterdam Tel. (020) 626 82 39


(Ethiopian - West)
5pm – 11pm
This small family restaurant is out of the centrum, but provides authentically cooked and presented Ethiopian food. The dishes are served onto a large platter which was been layered with a doughy breads so the whole table eats from the same bowl. Go on use your hands! Very cheap & great value & fun.
1e Helmersstraat 249, Oud West Tel: (020) 683 8332

Rakang Thai

(Thai – Spui)
Open 6pm – 10pm
This tiny Thai restaurant is well worth a visit. The service is excellent, the food glorious and even the plates have been individually hand painted… differently! Beat that! Very popular – I recommend you reserve!
Elandsgracht 29 Tel: (020) 620 95 51

Bird (Thai)

Kitchen opens 17.00-22.00
Busy, fast and fantastic – great food and a great place to drop into if you’re on the go in town.
Average price for 3 course meals: Euro- 20 (Groups max 30)
Zeedijk 72/74, Dam, Amsterdam Tel. (020) 620 14 42


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