The Best Turkish Restaurants in Amsterdam

The view from Ali Ocakbaşı | © Ali Ocakbaşı
The view from Ali Ocakbaşı | © Ali Ocakbaşı | © Ali Ocakbaşı
Photo of Tom Coggins
1 December 2017

When it comes to international cuisine, Amsterdam has every base covered and features a large number of excellent, foreign restaurants including several Turkish eateries. These awesome restaurant offer a wide array of Turkish delicacies ranging from delicious, doner kebabs wrapped in dürüm, to slowly cooked, lamb shoulder.

Sefa BBQ & Grill Restaurant

Restaurant, Turkish, BBQ, Halal, $$$
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As its name suggests, this charming Turkish restaurant mainly bases its menu around traditional grilled or barbecued dishes. While Sefa’s selection primarily revolves around halal meat kebabs, the restaurant has several vegetarian options including Turkish pizza, falafel and hearty lentil soup. The restaurant has been open for decades and is pretty famous amongst Amsterdammers (partly due to their amazing durum wheat wraps). It also worth mentioning that Sefa stays open till 6am at the weekends.

Levant

Restaurant, Turkish, $$$
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This stylish restaurant offers an impressive selection of perfectly balanced Turkish staples that range from cold and warm mezze dishes to rich, meat based meals like stewed lamb shoulder or duck breast filet with fruit, nuts and rice. It is possible to sit outside on a charming canal side terrace while dining at Levant, or choose to eat in the restaurant’s stunning indoor dining area.

Ali Ocakbaşı

Restaurant, Turkish, $$$
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Ali Ocakbaşı manages several locations around Europe and has a restaurant in Amsterdam that lies around 300 metres away from one of the city’s most popular nightlife spots, Rembrandtplein. This spacious restaurant serves a wide variety of delicacies from the Anatolian peninsula including many meticulously prepared barbecue dishes and subtly flavoured entrées such as fresh tulum cheese or roasted aubergine.

Döner Company

Restaurant, Turkish, Kebab, Fast Food
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Meneer Kebab is located in Amsterdam-Noord
Meneer Kebab is located in Amsterdam-Noord | © pixabay

This popular chain of kebab joints has several locations around the Netherlands including five branches in Amsterdam. Döner Company only uses halal meat and makes kebabs from fresh, healthy ingredients. Although the restaurants mainly serve Turkish style dishes, wrapped in durum bread, they also make a delicious type of kebab that originated in the Netherlands called kapsalon – which involves covering a thick bed of French fries with grilled cheese, meat and green salad.

Orontes

Restaurant, Turkish, $$$
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At Orontes, guests can chow down on an impressive variety of Turkish and Mediterranean seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes. The restaurant features an authentic charcoal grill and cooks most of its hot meals over open, coal fires, which allows Orontes’ chefs to infuse their creations with rich, smokey flavours.

Meneer Kebab

Restaurant, Turkish
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Meneer Kebab’s menu revolves around traditional Turkish street food and features several types of delicious kebabs. There are some extremely tasty wraps available at the restaurant and Meneer Kebab marinates its kebab meat for 48 hours before roasting it to perfection.

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