The 10 Best Restaurants In The Hague, The Netherlands
A hub of international justice, politics and power, The Hague is an intensely cosmopolitan city that fuses many nationalities and tastes, in part due to its exotic history as the heart of the former Dutch colony of the East Indies. From traditional Dutch cuisine to Indonesian tastes, we bring you a list of the 10 best cultural restaurants in The Hague.
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Up-and-coming trendy cafe Bloem is a welcome addition to The Hague’s restaurant scene. Across the Het Plein from Binnenhof, the tiny venue is the perfect choice for a light breakfast, quick lunch or laid-back high tea. As well as tasty and filling sandwiches, mouth-watering homemade tarts, light pastries and cakes, the cafe also offers freshly squeezed juices, delicious smoothies, a delightful tea selection, and a cup of strong coffee, much-needed after exploring The Hague’s city center. Stylishly decorated with white tables, chairs and flowers pots, Bloem also offers High Tea and High Lunch, including hot appetizers, homemade quiches, pancakes, and English sandwiches, followed by meringue pie or scones with cream and jam.
Only a five-minute walk away from the Kurhaus and Circustheater in Scheveningen, the cozy and intimate restaurant Lieverd serves a modern fusion of Germanand French cuisines. With a weekly menu inspired by seasonal produce and regional products, the restaurant offers a tasting menu of up to five courses, consisting of three different starters, the main meal (fish, meat or a vegetarian option), an extensive cheese plate, and a lovely dessert, accompanied by glass of wine from the comprehensive wine list. From fennel lemongrass soup with ricotta as a starter, to duck breast fillet with orange sauce, pointed cabbage and potato rosemary flan as the main dish, to basil-quark mousse with balsamic watermelon salad, Lieverd ensures the perfect culinary experience.
The sleek and chic Penthouse, situated on the top floor of The Hague Tower, is literally Holland’s highest restaurant. Both a restaurant and a sky bar, The Penthouse features a modern international cuisine, suiting a variety of occasions, ranging from five-course meals and a la carte dining options, to quick bites, high tea, and champagne. The modern interior design, with spot-lit oak tables and monochrome accents, ensures a vibrant, yet sophisticated atmosphere. For an after-dinner tipple, or perhaps dessert, diners can move to the al fresco Veranda Café, featuring simple, elegant furniture, spectacular panoramas of the city and fabulous fine dining.
The spacious and airy Eten bij Werelds restaurant has an intimate feel, and is committed to using organic, fresh and Fairtrade produce in much of its cooking. The restaurant features modern Dutch and European food, with choices that include a Dutch tasting menu of up to five courses with wine pairings, and simple a la carte classics such as roast beef spruced up with truffle mayonnaise and dried pomodori, or tabbouleh with zesty pomegranate salsa. The eclectic interior design and DIY feel, as well as the closeness of the water, ensure a laid-back and relaxed atmosphere, allowing guests to fully focus on the most important thing – the food.
Named after the golden eagle of Indonesian mythology, Garoeda restaurant features traditional Indonesian cuisine. One of the oldest restaurants in The Hague, Garoeda has served locals, expats and tourists traditional Indonesian specials since 1949. Dishes range from crispy risolles (classic Indonesian pancakes filled with spicy ragout of vegetables and chicken and garnished with pickles) to satepedis (grilled pork satay served with soy sauce). The restaurant also serves famous rijsttafels, a so-called rice table, including a buffet of dishes such as braised beef, satay pork with homemade peanut sauce, vegetables cooked in coconut milk broth, and spicy chicken livers with peteh beans.
With spectacular views over the Scheveningen Harbor, the sophisticated restaurant Het Gouden Kalf specializes in traditional Italian and French cuisine. Using only the best of fresh local produce, the restaurant offers a vast array of fish and seafood dishes, with the menu highlights including such delicacies as fresh Zeeland oysters with fried bacon, artichokes, spinach, orange and butter sauce, or sea bass ceviche with Japanese crackers and spicy horseradish. There are two- and four-course menus, coupled with a comprehensive wine list, as well as a la carte options. The laid-back indoor seating and the open-air terrace ensure a relaxed yet cozy ambiance, allowing guests to enjoy the spectacle of their dishes being prepared in front of them.
As its name suggests, the charming and trendy high-end restaurant It Rains Fishes specializes in an interesting fusion of French and Oriental cuisines, with a special focus on seafood, shellfish and fish recipes. With an open-air terrace operating during summer months, and a trendy interior dining area, the restaurant radiates an intimate and relaxing ambiance, allowing guests to enjoy their meal. The menu highlights include fresh oysters and mouth-watering lobster, as well as well-prepared fish fillets, with a twist of Thai influence. In close proximity to local art galleries and fashion boutiques, It Rains Fishes is a good choice for a laid-back lunch with friends after a day of shopping and sight-seeing.
Tucked away from the busy and vibrant streets of the center of The Hague, the cozy and charming Mazie offers contemporary European and Mediterranean cuisine. Regularly changing the menu according to the available seasonal produce, the restaurant offers a tasting menu of up to five courses, a variety of a la carte options, and even a surprise menu, which is prepared according to the dietary preferences of the guests. The menu highlights include fresh seafood and fish dishes, ranging from lobster and prawns with avocado, melon and seaweed, to delicious plaice fillets. The restaurant’s cheese board is highly recommended.
Described by the Michelin Guide as ‘a chic French bistro with French fringes’, the charming Maxime restaurant was awarded the accolade of a Bib Gourmand in 2007. Nowadays considered a staple of The Hague’s restaurant scene, Maxime serves a unique fusion of traditional Dutch and French cuisine. Whether it is a savoury panna cotta with juicy lamb and asparagus, or a delicious tuna Niçoise with flowers and herbs from the restaurant’s kitchen garden, Maxime creates unusual flavour combinations in everything it produces. The sumptuously decorated interior, with plush high-backed chains and dim lighting, is perfect for a romantic dinner or a well-deserved celebration with friends.
The intimate and elegant Michelin-starred Restaurant Calla’s, situated in an historic 19th century commercial building, serves contemporary European cuisine. The modern and sophisticated interior design, of white, ivory and pastel orange colors ensures a serene and peaceful ambiance, only disrupted by the lively activity at the Chef’s Table, which offers a view of the kitchen and a peek into the skill of the craft taking place. The menu itself is comprehensive and elaborate, with everything from fresh langoustine and Oosterschelde lobster, to vegetarian dishes such as goat’s cheese with a pistachio crust and young fresh herbs, all accompanied by a glass of wine from the extensive wine list.