The quality of chips in the Netherlands is pretty high, especially if you go to independent stalls selling "Vlaamse Friet" – Flemish chips. The "Haerlemsche Vlaamse" is surely among the best in the country and sells its chips with a good variety of sauces. They also have some of the other Dutch fried snacks such as frikandel and kroket. Surely not the healthiest choice, but if you love Vlaamse Friet, this is the place to go to in Haarlem.
Good old school Dutch pub (bruin café) with a dozen of beers on tap and several more bottled ones. This includes a handful of abbey beers as well, including trappist ones. Prices are OK for such a prominent place – you are directly at the market square with a view on the main chuch. Food menu is available, but I can't say anything about the meals. During daytime, it is more café/restaurant and becomes a vibrant pub in the evening. If you are for more time in Haarlem, look out for music, pub quizzes and other events.
We stumbled upon this popular restaurant as we walked down to the river. It looked nice with the sun streaming onto the tables, the Spaarne River being 20 metres away, historic buildings everywhere we looked and plenty of boats on the river.
We ordered local food which was nice, but cannot recall exactly what we ordered. price was reasonable, service good and the view excellent.
Toilets were very clean.
A perfect restaurant for a gourmet dinner. Innovative high quality cuisine for the traveler with a bigger budget. Great ambience and a superb service. De restaurant is a member of the prestigious "jeunes restaurateurs d'europe" Young professional chefs with high quality international dishes.
From the Houtplein it is about a 10 minutes walk through the ancient city forest "De Haarlemmer Hout" so hotel vitors can leave their car behind.
Love this little restaurant, right on the Grote Markt. The service is really friendly and the food is great. They have a small menu which changes every month or so. But it always offers some nice options for vegetarians. The grand desert is an absolute winner. The entrees are quite large, so if you're not that hungry, don't try to stuff in the three courses, you'll explode...
Favorite Dish: The Grand Desert, by far.
Restaurant Wensen does not have a menu. You can choose a 3, 4 or 5 course dinner and the cooks will do their very best to surprise you with wonderful dishes. If there is anything you do not like, you just let them know. The food is very fresh and very well prepared. The wines are really good and you can order a wine arrangement to go with your meal. Have never been let down here.
Looks welcoming and was very full - goodness knows why!
The sevice was terrible, we waited 40 minutes for our starter and then another 40 minutes for our main courses. I had Chicken Sate. It was under cooked (so inedible) and completely smoothered with a disgusting looking mid brown sauce-luckily I looked at the chicken before I
tasted it. It came with cheap frozen reconstituted chips and a tiny uninspiring salad beteen us. My husband took it back to the kitchen after 10 minutes of trying to get a waiter's attention. They didnt appologise but did offer to cook another. We couldnt wait that long so I shared my husbands tiny, not very good steak and tried unsuccessfully to eat some chips. At least they didnt try to charge us.
When we ate at Babbles it was packed but we were still seated right away. The layout was crowded but it felt like we were eating in a very happenin' place. I had the duck breast with a rose hip sauce and my boyfriend ordered prawns prepared in a variety of ways. Vlaamse frites and vegetables (we had a salad) are included with all main courses. The food was very tasty! Both of our entrees were under 20 euros and the house wine was very affordable.
Haarlem has so many good restaurants that I have lost count. Almost every kind of food of every country you can find here. My favourites in Haarlem: the Karmeliet (Spanish, tapas) in de Spekstraat, Bruxelles (Dutch and Belgium food) at a sidestreet of the Kruisstraat, restaurant Delphi (greek food) at the Gravinnesteeg. Most restaurants you can find in the Kleine Houtstreet, Warmoestreet, Gierstreet, Houtsquare, Kruisstreet, Smedesstreet and Zijlstreet.
Favorite Dish: Shrimpcocktail, boiled mussles, saté / steak, french fries and for desert a fruitsorbet or a Dame Blanche (Vanilla icecream with chocolate sauce).
The food can be characterized as Dutch with international touch. The restaurant is overlooking the Spaarne, but if you want a table with Spaarne view you should under all circumstances make a reservation - which is in general recommended for any table at dinner time, The atmosphere is nice and informal and the staff is very friendly. We found it a good value for money..
Favorite Dish: As main courses we had a sole prepared in a nice indonesian way and a ducks breast prepared in a sorts "canard a l'orange" style. Both carefully prepared and delicious.
When in the Nehterlands dont miss their best snack. On markets and on many other spots you find stalls offering "Haring". The young and tender herrings are slightly marinated and taste really great and most people eat them right at the stalls. You get matjes also elsewhere, for example in Germany but they can not compete in taste with those in Holland.
You pay approximately 2 EUR for a matjes at the stall.
Have just started a new job with lots of travel and am in Haarlem for four days so last night whilst wandering around looking for somewhere for an early dinner I came across this place. Gorgeous - very funky shabby chic candle lit interior and a very nice house red! Its down a little side street so it has a nice relaxed feel. Its only small with the kitchen open and at the back so I could smell my steak cooking and down to the heart shaped mints that came with my bill the service was great! I'm sure its not the cheapest place to eat in Haarlem but if you appreciate good food, in a cosy atmosphere and can't bear the idea of coming all the way to Haarlem and having a pizza then try this place!
Favorite Dish: I have the steak in rouquefort sauce which was delicious, it came with potatoes and salad and a slice of spinach pie to provide the veg. What with the warm bread and garlic butter I got when I arrived I was too full for pudding!
Great quality foor for a less than average price, great formula, for 18 Euros you get 4 meals, to bring with you, the restaurant is cosy and you need to call for reservations!
Favorite Dish: Chinese Babi Pangang, crispy roasted pork belly, with black bean sause, delicious!
Good various food,
graet ribs and sateh , but also the fish dishes are very good....
every week a different inexpensive "menu of the week".
open kitchen, you can see your meal being prepared!!
The only thing: you cannot make reservations, and its always full.....but If you do have time, and you're not starving, you can have a drink in the bar...it usually takes 15-30 minutes.....
Favorite Dish: ribs and sateh....just try.....
My visit to Haarlem was very short and when I got hungry there was no time really to look for a restaurant and spend a long time waiting for the meal. So I was really happy to discover this great buffett restaurant on the 5th and 6th floor of the V&D department store.
There is a great choice of snack, cold and warm, drinks, sweets etc etc, very tasty, fair rates, really cosy interior, huge non-smoking area on the 6th floor, relaxed atmosphere - and the best: a wonderful view from the 6th floor through huge windows.
Great place for a quick lunch!!
Kleine Houtstraat 13, Haarlem, Noord-Holland, 2011 DD, The Netherlands
Good for: Couples
True, the Carlton Square isn't close to the train station (a 15 minute walk). But it is close to the...more
Klokhuisplein 9, Haarlem, 2011, The Netherlands
Good for: Solo