Brasseries and Bistros

lunch or dining establishments that are more casual than restaurants

Bistro, Brasserie, Restaurant? What's the difference?

A Brasserie is usually a large, bustling place with a traditional menu, where the food is good, but not necessarily served in the way of Michelin starred restaurants. In general, brasseries are open all day long, all days of the week.

A Bistro is a smaller and more personal restaurant with the intentions of creating original imaginative dishes. They aren't necessarily open all day or all days of the week.

Restaurant is a generic term for places that serve food, including Brasseries and Bistros.

Best establishments

auberge

Auberge Jean & Marie   €€

Restaurant and wine bar with relaxed atmosphere, awarded both by Gault&Millau and Bib Gourmand

Zuid / De Pijp

zoldering

Zoldering   €€€

Light and open wine bar-style restaurant with good service and superb small and large dishes

Centrum / Canal Belt

nel

Brasserie NeL   €€

Located in the wooden Amstelkerk on a lovely square

Centrum / Canal Belt

lottis

Bistro Berlage

Recently opened modern bar and lunch/dinner restaurant on historic site

Centrum / Dam Square

lottis

Lotti's

Café, Bar & Grill at The Hoxton, open from early morning until late at night

Centrum / Canal Belt

luxembourg

Cafe Luxembourg

Popular grand café with a relaxed ambiance. Lunch specialities are the Croque Monsieur, Croque Madam and Caesar Salad

Centrum / Spui

floreyn

Floreyn

traditional Dutch cuisine restyled for today's gourmet

Zuid / De Pijp

kaagmanenkortekaas

Kaagman & Kortekaas 

Excellent French bistro hidden in a narrow alley near Dam Square

Centrum / Dam Square

cafemodern

Café Modern 

stylish restaurant bistronomique with charming, small hotel  on 2nd floor

Noord / Volewijck

anna

Anna 

'corridor' restaurant with the longest dining room of Amsterdam, divided into a wine bar, bistro and fine dining section

Centrum / Old Centre

matahari

Mata Hari   €€

Lively bar & restaurant with a canal-side terrace

Centrum / Old Centre

marispiper

Maris Piper  

luxury brasserie serving lobster, truffle, Beef Wellington

Zuid / De Pijp

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