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De Balie

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Stadsdeel Zuid
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Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10, 1017 RR Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 624 3821
09:00 - 01:00
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Sun 10:00 - 01:00
Mon - Thu 09:00 - 01:00
Fri 09:00 - 03:00
Sat 10:00 - 03:00
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97 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This cafe is hidden well, just off Leidseplein. the building itself is gorgeous. They have a very limited menu, but the dishes are tasty. I like coming here for tea and cake or a nice glass of wine. The table service is in general slow so dont go here if you're in a hurry. They also have a housecat you'll... More 

Thank CharleneAC
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47 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Our party thoroughly enjoyed our meals. There are just a few entrees, but they didn't disappoint. We didn't have reservations but they worked to find a space for us. Some of us ordered hamburgers, and being Americans the bar is pretty high for burgers, and they were excellent. The other dishes were also very good. Price is reasonable and service... More 

Thank inthevalley
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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30 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

The place a is a cafeteria. It tries to give good food, by the complicated plates that are in their menu but the burger is the best that they've got.

Thank ElTataNL
Lelystad, Flevoland, Netherlands
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560 reviews
309 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Nice place with good service, fair prices for coffee and tea. No idea about the food quality. Good location at the Leidseplein.

Thank IvoDeRooij
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

A realily nice building in a central location away from the tourist crowd this cafe/resturant was buzzing with local knowledge on whats was really happening in Amsterdam, and great coffee and tart

Thank Nicholas P
Budapest, Hungary
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

We have just arrived to Amsterdam and needed coffee asap. We glimpsed at this place and got into it. Ordered a fantastic breakfast (scrambled eggs, croissant, marmelade, muesli, joghurt). The ingredients were really good quality. Coffee was around 6-7 on a scale of 10. The service was a bit slow, we had to wait quite long to order.

Thank akernarfas
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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101 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

We go here often to have drinks before or after going out. They have a 'special' that is reasonably priced and often it's a gin and tonic. We only ate once here and that is because the food is quite average and there is a limited choice for vegetarians. On weekends, there is often a DJ so you can shake... More 

Thank larissakorporaal
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7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

We had the fish of the day (Vis in Dutch) The Skreifilet was perfectly cooked but presented on a mix of rice, spinach and squid and.. But location is superb, an the environment fantastic. Cafe, restaurant, cinema, bar, you name it it is here.

Thank Hans P
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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504 reviews
249 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

De Balie is a cultural centre in the middle of Amsterdam for movies, debates and expositions of art. In daytime you can enjoy a coffee or lunch. And in the evening dinner. The menu is simple and nice, the staff friendly. Sometimes it's really busy because it's also a cafe.

Thank FayeInAmsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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86 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

Very nice place to meet the Dutch intellectual scene. There are many meetings, discussions, films and you will meet htese people at the abr as well. We had dinner as well but that's no succes. We had the burger with dry (old) bread, dry frites, too much unions. So bettrer keep it by drinks and talks.

Thank 944hans

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$19
Bar, Dutch, Cafe, European, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Open Hours
10:00 - 01:00
09:00 - 01:00
09:00 - 01:00
09:00 - 01:00
09:00 - 01:00
09:00 - 03:00
10:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10, 1017 RR Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Stadsdeel Zuid
  • Neighbourhood: Stadsdeel Zuid
  • Phone Number: +31 20 624 3821
The Grand Café restaurant at De Balie is a friendly and accesible meetingspace, located near the lively Leidse square in the centre of Amsterdam. De Balie is the right place to work on your laptop in the morning while having an espresso and breakfast, to enjoy an appetizing dinner before going to one of our programs or concerts or to drink a beer with your friends. Our menu offers nice, homemade dishes for an affordable price. The meat we serve comes exclusively from animals that have had a good life, and we try to use seasonal vegetables as much as possible. We also always offer a vegetarian choice on our menu. On thursday, friday and saturday night you can have a dance at De Balie Draait, with different DJ's each week. We also serve mixed drinks for friendly pricing. De Balie also likes to help you think about organizing private dinners, drinks and other enjoyable occasions for large and small groups. Good to know: the proceeds from our restaurant and bar help fund the cultural programming at De Balie.

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