The 5 most classy but casual restaurants in Amsterdam

1) Toscanini

A classic when it comes to Italian restaurants. Toscanini has a fanatical fan base in Amsterdam. Some customers have been coming here for decades and are handing down this tradition to the next generations. It’s a friendly neighbourhood restaurant where you can sit down for hours, eat six courses of Italian slow food, drink three bottles of wine, and, after that last glass of grappa, find out that it’s already way past your bedtime. 

food buffet at Café Toscanini

2) Bar Alt

Of course you can have wine with your food, but why not be a little more adventurous for once? When it comes to pairing great food with great craft beer, Bar Alt stands out in a crowd of competitors. In summer, Bar Alt has a large terrace out front. In winter head inside to enjoy the stylish industrial interior. 

people dining at Bar Alt

3) Scheepskameel

This elegant but affordable restaurant opened in summer 2016 in the former naval area to the east of the city centre that will be completely revitalised. The menu features several dishes – you choose a raw dish, a vegetable dish and a meat or fish dish followed by dessert. Watch the chefs as they carefully prepare your food in the extremely open kitchen. 

interior of De Scheepskameel

Kattenburgerstraat 7, building 24

+31 (0)20 337 96 80

4) Café Modern

Subtly balanced, rich flavours… that is what you get at Café Modern. Like sweetbread with chorizo, or a Jerusalem artichoke soup. The fixed five-course menu changes weekly though. This restaurant is located in an old bank building, therefore the acoustics can be challenging. Spot the old safe in the basement. Upstairs, you can stay the night in boutique hotel Sweet Dreamz. 

restaurant interior of Café Modern


Best friends Guillaume de Beer and Freek van Noortwijk used to cook at Daalder in De Jordaan. They are only in their mid-twenties, but opened this restaurant in early 2015. They didn’t want to be ‘just another chicken restaurant’, so every six months, they put another animal centre stage. And with boyish bravura, they intend to use every part of that animal. Also open for lunch. 

restaurant GUTS

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