Mexican Restaurant 'The four Roses'.
The Four Roses has good (Dutch style) Mexican-American good but service is slow. It is often busy.
The official opening of the pub on Friday, May 22nd 1998, with Johnny Logan performing live on stage, was already a great success. The interior is just like that of many other modern Irish pubs. On many of the tables they've placed candles on empty wine bottles. A remarkable feature is the Guinness Pipeline, through which of course the Guinness is not actually running, but this pipe is part of the heating system; it was painted black, with the words 'Guinness Pipeline' in gold letters. The waiters and waitresses are really nice people, who also serve drinks at your table. The usual drinks - for an Irish pub - are sold. If you order coffee, you'll get it in quite a big cup, not the small ones that Dutch cafe's usually have. The music that they play is a mix of Irish music (quite popular are for example The Waterboys, Riverdance, music from the film The Commitments, etc.) and general popular music (which certainly suits the atmosphere), both for about fifty percent. Live performances are held regularly. Unfortunately, the music is often played a bit too loud, especially late at night. In the daytime it is a lot more quiet, but still a pleasant atmosphere. The atmosphere is really great. Upstairs they also have a restaurant, which is about as large as the pub itself. The food is very good and not at all expensive. You can choose between several typical British and Irish meals.
The pub is rather large; there is a large bar in the middle and a smaller one in the back part of the pub, which is about a metre lower than the main part. On top of this second bar is the stage where all the live performances take place, visible from almost everywhere in the pub. A very original idea to build it that way!
Favorite Dish: If you like it, you can take the fish and chips. Or try the Ceasar salad. The things I ate were reasonably good.
'Het Pakhuis', Dinner Café (montigniac and dietary meals possible)
Het Pakhuis is close to inner city where all the action is.
Favorite Dish: I never ate there, just had some drinks. Some say it is a good restaurant, others don't like it all, depends on what you expect of a restaurant.
Great restaurant, friendly waiters.
They got a kinda conservatory and that s the spot I like best .... clear view on pedestrians walking by and close to the door out ... I just love sitting near the entrance door ... beats sitting close by a toilet door lol
If you stand on the Great Market, face eastwards, tower Martini to your left and the cafe "De drie Gezusters" (the tree sisters) at your right, walk towards the Febo (where you can get a croquette or fricandel out of the wall). Cross the street in front of you (Oosterstraat, careful busy street, traffic coming only from the right, remember! bikes!). Walk right on till where the street narrows again and look at your right, if you walked like I told ya, you can see the "Stadtlander".
Favorite Dish: International kitchen, I can t define it in the list they give here, from what I have experienced, all was fine.
O'Ceallaigh Authentic Irish pub in the centre of Groningen. It's a rather small place, where you can meet many Irish and lots of people who are seriously interested in Ireland and its culture. Quite often there are live performances of traditional Irish music. Especially interesting are the Traditional Music Sessions on Sunday afternoon, starting at 5.00 pm. At the ground floor Guinness, Murphy's Stout, Murphy's Red and Strongbow Cider are available on draught, among various other beverages. At the first floor (the lounge) there's Murphy's Irish Stout on draught.
O'Ceallaigh is the most popular bar in the city of Groningen, according to an investigation held by the Groninger Gezinsbode in February 2000.
Oriental Palace, a Chinese restaurant
It's the only decent Chinese restaurant this side of town :-)
Favorite Dish: The take away menu: cheap (only about 20 guilders) and eatable
Straigth from Thailand, a cook you have seen before in Bangkok (or at least I tought I did ;), and food that tastes like the real Thai.
Choose from several dishes, like the hot salads (yam) the currys (red green or yellow), and not to forget the soups, (ever tasted a GOOD tom yam abroad?).
Very friendly atmosphere, Thai beer, gosh.... what more to say, just if you are in the neighbourhood, go and spoil yourself!
Favorite Dish: I just love the red curry (fish, shrimps, or chicken), it tastes like being in Bangkok again!
I chose Weeva because it had local specialities. When we arrived we found out that the restaurant is in fact a kind of icon in Groningen. It opened in 1871 as a kitchen for the poor. Weeva means "Het “Woon- en Eethuis voor Allen" (living quarters and eatery for everyone).
Next to it is the Martini hotel that is actually connected to the restaurant.
It closed down for a while and reopened again in a nostalgic atmosphere. While we were there, we saw one of the famous Groninger people, journalist Jacques d'Ancona moving around tables, greeting people. Which proves all the more that Weeva hasn't lost all of its iconic status.
Definitely a good place for a business lunch/dinner because the restaurant is big and tables are reasonably private.
Favorite Dish: I had the locally made black pudding with apple syrup and fried apples (Groninger bloedworst).
That tasted good. For main I had calf's liver fried with onions and bacon. Also good.
Dessert was a local speciality called 'poffert'. It looks a bit like a light, airy fruit cake with vanilla sauce. Personally I find it more of a cake to go with coffee at another hour of the day. But nice, nonetheless.
So, conclusion is that the food is good and properly prepared but not mindblowing, the service is old-fashioned but warm and welcoming.
Favorite Dish: the kangaroo [honest] was fantastic ,and I know its not very "pc" but the veal was great also the staff are willing to take time out ant talk to you and explain what the food is ,and as a bonus two of them were bikers ,a top place
Time Out.The last years I only visited during day-time or early evening, but I am always content. Have heard that in the evenings it is good 2.
Favorite Dish: Cuisine: Grill ; Dinner Café
In a lot of 'Eetcafe's' (dinner cafe) they serve cheap menu of the day. Just take a stroll along the several cafe's and make your choice!
I always like 'Het Pakhuis' (Peperstraat), but also 'de Brasserie' and 'de Stadtlander' (both Poelestraat).
Restaurant in an authentic 80 year old clippership. They serve pancakes with dozens of different toppings, varying from sweet to meaty and cheezy.
Favorite Dish: Spekpannekoek met stroop.
one of the simplest and cheapest. Pancake with bacon and 'stroop' which is a kind of thick syrrup. Might seem like a strange combination, but hey, you only live once, just try it.
Note: * I have recently heared from a VT member they have closed Zotte Lotte*
Zotte Lotte has good daily dinners and the service here ( I saw it almost no where else) was exellent.
You are allowed to eat sandwhiches from the bakery next to this restaurant / café at the terrace of Zotte Lotte. As long as you order drinks at Zotte Lotte :)
Favorite Dish: Icetea with a sandwhich.
The first day we ate in the 'Drie Gezusters'. The service is very slow and some of the meat was a bit dry, but all the other things where good (atmosphere, low prices and good potatoes, french fries, salads, vegetabledishes and drinks).
De Drie Gezusters also has a terrace, is a pub and has several bars and discos.
Favorite Dish: Steak with peppersauce and with french fries and chinese colesla on the side.
*Note: I have recently heared from a VT member that cafe Rubio seems to be a gay cafe. So keep that in mind when you want to visit it.*
Visit restaurant Ugly Duck or café Rubio. They are next to eachother. At Rubio's you can have drinks and at the Duck you can eat.