The 10 Best Restaurants In Statenkwartier, The Hague

Deli Sandwich / Courtesy of Thats Amore
Deli Sandwich / Courtesy of That's Amore
Andrew Ricca

Art nouveau townhouses, embassies and art museums make up The Statenkwartier, The Hague’s smartest district. All interspersed with speciality shops, cafés and restaurants, a number of which congregate around Frederik Hendriklaan, a shopping street affectionately called ‘De Fred’. We list the 10 best places for a bite while you’re here.

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1. That's Amore

That’s Amore

This Italian trattoria and delicatessen serves simple, mouth-watering lunches and sells an assortment of authentic Italian products and traditional delicacies. That’s Amore is a small place, coveted by working locals who can’t get enough of their delicious dishes such as the meat and vegetarian lasagnes. Some enjoy their meals in house or on the back terrace, but many regulars will be seen picking up their meals to go.

Laan van Meerdervoort 188a, The Hague, Netherlands. +31 70 324 7090

Creme Catalana © Moritz Barcelona/Flickr

2. El Gusto

Restaurant, Seafood, Mediterranean, European

El Gusto’s is a Mediterranean restaurant specializing in Basque and Spanish cuisine. Though the interior design may be somewhat eclectic, there’s enough confidence to compensate when it comes to food. Delicious tapas, meat and fish dishes (sea bass, squid, octopus, etc.), and salads, are all prepared with fresh, high quality products, and accompanied by a fine choice of wines.

3. Da Sebastiano No.2

Restaurant, Italian

Da Sebastiano is spread across two venues in The Hague. Home to authentic and well-presented Italian food, the restaurant is ideal for both a quick bite and a glass of house wine or an extensive meal in the manner of traditional Italian trattoria. If choosing from the menu seems a bit overwhelming, there’s always the option to let the chef surprise you.

4. Keraton Damai

Restaurant, Indonesian

Keraton Damai, Indonesian for Palace of Peace, first opened in 1992. Housed in the former living room of a converted 19th century mansion, this restaurant serves Indonesian dishes prepared with traditional East Javanese methods. Wooden panels, decorated with oriental flourishes, give the place a classy and evocative atmosphere.

5. Poetri Ajoe

Poetri Ajoe

Poertri Ajoe is one of the most renowned Indonesian restaurants in The Hague. The atmosphere is often busy and rather hectic, but never too much so. The extensive menu features a handful of rijsttafel options, rice and meat dishes, and the house’s signature Ajam Goreng. Wash it down with a glass of Bintang Beer and by the time to leave you may have forgotten you’re still in The Hague.

Boetzelaerlaan 134, The Hague, Netherlands. +31 70 355 3636

Kenyan Dishes at 3Stones © pelican/Flickr

6. tones Kenyan Restaurant

Restaurant, African, Vegetarian

3Stones Kenyan Restaurant promises to take you on a culinary safari, a tour of Kenya’s numerous regional recipes full of surprising textures and flavors. True to the traditions of West African cuisine, food is served to be shared on a large tray with plenty of small dishes that pack in varied tastes. Interior surroundings, from the subtle wall decor and lively African music to handcrafted table-mats made from Maasai textiles, have all been thought through to provide an interesting backdrop.

7. Mandarin Palace

Mandarin Palace

For over 20 years Mandarin Palace has been a neighborhood favorite. The Chinese food served here may not come in the biggest portions but it tastes truly authentic, with a couple of options added to the menu to accommodate less adventurous Western palates.

Nicolaistraat 35, The Hague, Netherlands. +31 70 360 6616

Warunee Dining Room / Courtesy of Warunee

8. Thai Eetcafé Warunee

Thai Eetcafé Warunee

Serving dishes from every region of Thailand, either mild or spicy, Warunee places authenticity high on its list of priorities. Sourcing fresh ingredients and genuine Thai spices such as galangal and various chillies from the homeland, recipes are guaranteed to introduce visitors to a variety of regional cuisines and cooking styles. The venue is rather small but cozy, with an eclectic interior.

Laan van Meerdervoort 37a, The Hague, Netherlands. +31 704271225

9. Le Borsalino

Le Borsalino

The place for the city’s best all-round meat feasts rests behind an unassuming façade of a residential quarter. Since 1983, Le Borsalino has been serving unrivaled spare ribs and its popular unlimited meat fondue to generations of loyal customers.

Laan van Meerdervoort 196a, The Hague, Netherlands. +31 70 345 9858

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