The Best Spanish Restaurants in Amsterdam

Tapas | © pixabay
Tapas | © pixabay
Photo of Tom Coggins
13 April 2017

It is never difficult to find excellent food in Amsterdam, due to the city’s impressive roster of international and Dutch restaurants. And when it comes to paella, tapas or other Spanish delicacies, Amsterdam’s culinary sector has plenty to offer.

Tapas Bar Catala

Restaurant, Tapas, Pub Grub, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, $$$

Located just north of Spuiplein, Tapas Bar Catala has been serving authentic Catalan delicacies for over 20 years. Its extensive tapas menu alternates by season and includes classic items such as fresh mussels, gambas and sirloin skewers. A wide selection of imported Spanish wine is available alongside Tapas Bar Catala’s generously sized dishes

Tapas Café Duende

Restaurant, Tapas, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, $$$
Tapas Café Duende organises
Tapas Café Duende organises

Besides wonderful tapas, guests at this homely restaurant in de Jordaan may immerse themselves in Spanish nightlife by joining a professional flamenco session. While these frequent lessons take place in the Tapas Café Duende’s dance studio, once a month the restaurant organises table-side concerts where dancers perform traditional Spanish choreographies.


Restaurant, Spanish, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, $$$

After working in Spanish gastronomy for decades, the team behind Barceloneta decided to establish their own restaurant in Amsterdam. Their collective experience shines through Barceloneta’s inspired menu and high-quality service, making it among the finest Spanish restaurants in the Netherlands.

Hollandaluz - Spaanse Delicatesse en Geschenken

Deli, Restaurant, Spanish, European, Vegetarian
Hollandaluz has plenty of speciality meats
Hollandaluz has plenty of speciality meats | © pixabay

Hundreds of traditional Spanish delicacies and staples are available at Hollandaluz including sausages, cured ham and olive oil. The delicatessen is part of the growing number of international speciality stores on Haarlemerstraat, a street that is quickly becoming the culinary heart of Amsterdam.

Puerto Pata Negra

Bar, Spanish, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Pub Grub, Tapas, $$$
Puerto Pata Negra is actually part of a successful chain of Amsterdam-based Spanish restaurants that currently boasts three locations inside the city. While these other two restaurants are completely dedicated to fine, Iberian cuisine, Puerto Pata Negra also features a large wine lounge and lively nightclub.

Tasca Bellota

Restaurant, Spanish, Mediterranean, European, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
Pick up a mouth-watering paella at Tasca Bellota
Pick up a mouth-watering paella at Tasca Bellota | © pixabay

Dining out at Tasca Bellota is always a pleasure, due to the restaurants perfectly curated menu, friendly ambience and enticing wine carte. Their fresh paella is particularly superb and is made from the finest Spanish ingredients.

Sal Gorda

Restaurant, Spanish, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian, $$$

This colourful Spanish restaurant on Van Breestraat is renowned for its mouthwatering tapas and incredible selection of imported wine. During the warmer months these tasty specialities can be enjoyed on Sal Gorda’s terrace, which backs onto one of the liveliest quarters of Amsterdam.

La Oliva

Restaurant, Spanish, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, $$$
Inside La Oliva
Inside La Oliva | © dutchgrub / Flickr

During lunch time La Oliva’s kitchen prepares a changing menu of fresh tapas that is displayed on the restaurant’s bar. Guest are free to choose between these delicious bites and La Oliva also offers takeout service. After nightfall, La Oliva turns to its dinner menu which is divided according to Entrantes Frios, Platos de Pescado and Platos de Carne.

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