The port city of Rotterdam is well known for having some of the best restaurants in all of the Netherlands. The city boasts a young and hip crowd, which has encouraged many restaurant owners to offer new and exotic cuisines to appease both locals and tourists alike. Both the Scheepvaartkwartier and Museumkwartier offer excellent dining opportunities for all tastes and budgets. Let’s take a look at some of the best restaurants in town.
The ambiance in Amarone is almost as enticing as the food they serve. The restaurant serves more than 500 different wines and has earned 1 Michelin star for their impeccable service and excellent quality food.
Asian Glories is known as the city’s best Cantonese restaurant and is a budget-friendly choice for travelers looking to enjoy a great meal. The restaurant also features an outdoor terrace and a casual ambiance.
For meatless meal options, Bla Bla is an excellent choice. The restaurant offers a selection of three to four main vegetarian dishes with an international flair. The menu here changes frequently to keep things fresh and interesting. Arrange for an early dinner when dining at Bla Bla as the restaurant is often packed.
Kip offers diners a warm and welcoming atmosphere with a large fireplace, soft lighting and dark wood features. As the name implies (Kip translates to “chicken” in English), the restaurant’s most popular dish is chicken breast with truffles. A daily fish entree is also available, including cod. Other meat options are available as well. Reservations are a must at this restaurant as they are always packed.
Zeezout serves up a sea-based menu in a crisp, clean atmosphere that boasts views of the Erasmus Bridge. Try the Tarbot on the Bone dish with seleriac, celery, walnut, orange and jus of veal. For dessert, give the Lemon Cake or Caramelized Banana a try – you won’t regret it.
Café Dudok attracts an artsy crowd with its mellow atmosphere and scattered reading tables. Enjoy a delicious homemade pastry and cup of tea. The café also serves breakfast, lunch, high tea, dinner and after midnight snacks. The mezzanine above the kitchen offers views of the river.
De Engel is located in a former town house and has developed a loyal following over the years. The restaurant not only offers excellent food, but great views of the Westersingel as well. Tables at De Engel are close together, which creates an intimate atmosphere. The menu changes on a regular basis and in accordance with the season.