In de Waag, Amsterdam

3.5 out of 5 stars 13 Reviews

Nieuwmarkt 4 - 1012 CR Amsterdam +31-20-4227772

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    Local Dutch Cuisine: Perfect view and arcitecture

    by tattud_gurl Written Dec 9, 2004

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    I can't talk enough about this place! All the candles, the food, the building.
    I was here in December, so there was no patio seating. But that was ok...the inside was AMAZING! Candleabras with real candles! The long tables..the tiny bathroom in the basement. All of it was wonderful!
    I actually got the idea to go here from this website! I had the Venison, which was perfect! My friends had seabass and the duckling. All of it was wonderful.
    Don't miss this place. It's about a 6 minute walk from Dam Square.

    Favorite Dish: Vension tasted like filet mignon.
    crudite plate for appetizer. The 3 sauces were great and the carrots were blanched, so they weren't hard and crunchy.

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    In De Waag: Waag - Weigh House

    by jo104 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This dates back to 1488 formally known as St Antoniespoort forming part of the citys fortifications. Later it became the city’s weigh house. The octagonal tower was added in 1691. Public executions took place here from early 19th century as Louis Napolean thought it was too gory a sight for his palace on Dam square. In later years it has served as a fire station, a place for the city archives as well as an assembly place for Jews awaiting deportation.
    Today it houses a restaurant which is illuminated by huge medieval candelabra wheels, the staff use the chain to lower the wheel & light the candles before raising it to the roof again.
    We enjoyed a roast chicken ciabatta & croquettes on white bread with hot choclate & mint tea which cost us Euro 18.50

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    In de Waag: Nieuwmarkt

    by ingridf_nl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In de Waag was once a city gate and is now a lovely candle lit restaurant. At night hundereds of candles are lit.

    The interior is beautiful with incredibly high ceilings, stone walls and floors, and gigantic candelabras. (If you are with a group of more than 8 you can actually reserve one of the turrets for your supper).

    The outside patio is also wonderful on sunny afternoon. They make very very yummy sandwiches :)

    Favorite Dish: The catch of the day!! This restaurant really knows how to prepare fresh fish. Very very delicious.

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    In de Waag: Great food and superb location

    by Mique Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Got this info from their website and i can't put it any better.

    Restaurant Cafe In de Waag is located in Amsterdam's oldest medieval city gate, and features meter-thick walls, 300 candles, and a lively atmosphere rich in history.

    Restaurant Cafe In de Waag is ideal for lunch, dinner, and drinks. Or relax with a cup of coffee at our reading table and browse one of the many international newspapers or magazines available.

    Open daily from 10:00 am - midnight
    Kitchen: Open daily from 10:00 am - 11:30 pm

    The website has a 3d tour and a webcam (not always operational though)

    Favorite Dish: Great sandwiches!

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    In de Waag: In de Waag

    by catnl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The exterieur is as great as the service inside, looks like a small castle, romantic atmosphere, great staff

    Favorite Dish: Carpaccio of beef, served with parmesan, pesto, capers and pine-nuts hmmmm and

    Tagliatelle with a variety of seafood, delicious

    Koffie Waag(coffee and a small Advokaat with cream)

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    Restaurant-Cafe in de Waag: Outdoor Terrace, People Watching and Good Food :)

    by deb.workman Updated Apr 5, 2010

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    Cafe in de Waag is located perfectly in Amsterdam, just behind a tourist destination: the I Amsterdam sign! :) Close to Dam Square, the cafe has an outdoor terrace for customers to enjoy their food and drink while partaking in the Dutch pasttime of people watching. :)

    My sister and I chose a table on the terrace and were approached by the waiter to take our drink orders then our meal orders. My sister ordered the sandwich of the day, which was a Ham sandwich on ciabatta, with fries (served with mayo) which tasted great! The mayonnaise tastes sweeter here than in the United States. I ordered the Tuna sandwich with the soup of the day, Potatoe and Leek.

    When ordering water though, we weren't specific enough in saying that our water was to be Still TAP water so we ended up paying 4.50 euros for two bottled still waters. In any case, the meal was great so we didn't mind paying a little extra.

    After finishing our meal, we waited ~10 minutes or so for the waiter to return for the check. We spent about 12 euros each on the meal but weren't hungry again for hours. :)

    Fries with mayo, Potato & Leek soup, Tuna sandwich Ham sandwich and fries.

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    Cafe in De Waag: Fine Dining

    by mickeyboy07 Written May 30, 2012

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    There's a part of Amsterdam that never sleeps:Nieuwmarkt.In the middle stands the Waag or Weigh house.Originally built in 1488,this characteristic monumental structure now houses Restaurant/cafe In De Waag:the ideal place in the heart of the city for lunch,reception meeting or dinner.This magnificent historic building with its constrained yet informal interior design is lit by 300 candles,a combination that ensures a unique atmosphere.

    Open every day from 9am till 11.30pm.

    Favorite Dish: A vast,varied menu for both lunch and dinner.

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    Local Dutch Cuisine - In De Waag Restaurant: Let's eat at the Gatehouse!

    by Jenniflower Updated Jun 6, 2006

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    The ambiance here is delightful!

    Candleabras with real candles, high ceilings and stone floors and walls!

    Candles, low lighting and wood lend a calm and romantic feel to the place.

    The restaurant itself is located in a fabulous 15th century monument, and is preserved well.

    Favorite Dish: Te menu is not that varied to be honest, but what is on offer should suit a variety of palates.

    We were satisified! :)

    The dishes that they serve are excellent too.

    It's open from 10.00am untill about midnight.

    They have a nice lunch menu too it seems, although we never ate lunch there.

    For dinner though? Highly recommended! :)

    A sated man! haha

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    In de Waag: Beautiful restaurant, mediocre food

    by heryanta Written Jul 21, 2007

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    The Waag (scale) is probably the most beautiful building from the middle ages in the city.
    In the old days it was a part of a gate and as the name suggests it used to house a scale.

    The restaurant itself is cozy and as you can imagine the interior inside the building from 1488 is beautiful.

    We came here with a large group so probably that was part of the reason why the experience wasn't good. The food was blend and cold; overall really nothing good to write about.

    So maybe it's better just to come and look at the building without having to have dinner :)

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  • In De Waag: Major disappointment

    by mbgm Written Jul 7, 2013

    Chose this restaurant based on reviews from several sites describing it as "romantic" and "candle-lit" with scrumptious food. I was really looking forward to a special dinner with my husband. Well, there was a candle on our table but there were also bright spotlights overhead and pounding music from the bar area. Our waiter seemed annoyed when we were seated next to a party of 10 in his section. The food was mediocre. Maybe this place used to be wonderful but I really can't recommend it now.

    Favorite Dish: The shrimp coquettes were light and tasty. Main dishes (we each had fish) were bland. Didn't stay for dessert.

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    In de Waag: At the Nieuwmarkt - De Waag

    by pieter_jan_v Written Aug 7, 2014

    Restaurant In de Waag is located in the historic Waag building at the Nieuwmarkt square.
    The building dates from 1488 and it's a great setting for the Restaurant-Café, not in the least because the interior is lit by 300 candles.

    Excellent lunches and dinners are served.

    Business hours:
    Daily:10AM - 10:30PM

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    De Waag: Historical food and drink

    by dustmon Written Sep 17, 2010

    De Waag was the original weigh house in Amsterdam, and now has the restaurant inside the cavernous space, lit by lots of candles---a very formal, historic place---it also has a nice patio for al fresco dining in nice weather

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    Restaurant - Cafe In De Waag: The building itself might surpass the food

    by mrclay2000 Written Apr 6, 2010

    This building dates from the late 15th century and quite obviously formed one of the city's ancient fortifications. Turns out that it once served as one of the gates to the city walls which are long gone. The conical towers and archer slits give prove its antiquity and authenticity as well as the doors and windows. The restaurant opens at 10 am and is reputed to serve some of the best dishes in the city, but these are toward the upper end of the price range. The unfortunate fact about In De Waag is its position. Just outside the restaurant is the large "I Amsterdam" sign whereon countless tourists take their photographs and just to the west one block away is the fringe of the redlight district. I seldom saw persons entering to dine but I frequently saw the inflow of tourists and locals around its perimeter, barely noticing the old fortification in their rambles.

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