Fine Food At The 10 Best Restaurants In Utrecht, The Netherlands

James Moore

The city of Utrecht was constructed around the iconic Dom tower, which thrusts upwards to the Dutch sky at its very center. A beguiling web of canals is woven into the fabric of the city, imbuing it with a watery resplendent grandeur that befits its status as one of the Netherlands’ historic university towns. Utrecht also plays host to a host of delicious restaurants, here’s our guide to some of the best.

Utrecht, Netherlands

1. Restaurant Podium

Restaurant, Contemporary

Restaurant Podium is one of the most popular eateries in the whole of Utrecht, serving an array of creative dishes, all designed and constructed by their young, passionate team of chefs. The restaurant is richly decorated with a red velvet interior, giving the dining space with class and warmth. The dishes served are traditional with creative twists. Restaurant Podium, known as Podium Onder De Dom, is featured in the Michelin Guide of excellent restaurants, an acknowledgement of prowess that is reflected in the restaurant’s popularity. Guests should book a few weeks in advance.

2. Meneer Smakers

Bar, Restaurant, American, Pub Grub

With its simple and stylish interior, artisan burger bar Meneer Smakers is an ideal destination for both a hearty feast and an aromatic cup of coffee on a cozy couch. The restaurant specializes in gourmet burgers made from the finest artisan Dutch meat, freshly sourced from the verdant Holland fields. One of the restaurant’s menu specials is the Aunt Tamara special burger: a burger smothered in luxurious truffle mayo and finished with a helping a sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and arugula. Meneer Smakers does not take bookings so guests are encouraged to come and have a leisurely drink while they wait for a table to become available. Take away orders are also an option. Courtesy of Meneer Smakers

3. Blauw

Restaurant, Indonesian

The Blauw restaurant is widely regarded as the foremost establishment for excellent Indonesian food in Utrecht. The authenticity of the Indonesian fare on offer is what startles and entices guests of Blauw, something reflected in the restaurant’s rampant popularity and diverse menu. The menu offers dishes such as the ikan bali jimbaran: fried fillets of red snapper with jimbaran sauce. Blauw also offers a mixed plate, or tasting menu.

4. Cest Ca

Restaurant, French

Fresh restaurant C’est Ça offers a flamboyant flavoring of French cuisine right in the heart of the Dutch city. Guests can enjoy the newly devised five course dinner assembled from the most succulent organic meat, fish and seasonal produce. Watch the frenzied passion of the chefs in the open kitchen as your French fare is crafted in front of your very eyes. Each morning, the chefs will be presented with surprise ingredients that have been selected for their freshness and high quality, which they will then decide how to use for that evening’s menu.

5. India Port Tandoori Restaurant

Restaurant, Indian

For the best Indian food in all of Utrecht, slink down to the India Port Tandoori Restaurant, nestled in the heart of the cozy old town of Utrecht on Oude Gracht 144. Begin the evening with one India Port’s special cocktails, such as ‘On Fire’: vodka, amaretto, fresh strawberries, sugar syrup and lime juice. The impressively broad menu offers a wide variety of superb Indian dishes. Highly recommended are the Tandoori specialties, all of which are made in the tandoor: a cylindrical clay oven using for cooking in Southern, Central, and Western Asia. Enliven your sense with the extra hot Seekh kebab – spiced minced lamb meat with garlic, ginger and red paprika.

6. Olivier

Cafe, Pub, Restaurant, Bar, Dutch, Coffee

Belgisch Biercafé Olivier Utrecht
© Belgian Beer Café Olivier
Olivier Utrecht offers frequenters the chance to sample exemplary Belgian cuisine in the hallowed confines of the former Maria Minor church. The restaurant is modeled on the traditional Belgian beer cafe and the rich history the building’s architecture is matched only by the splendor of the Belgian food offered on Olivier’s exciting lunch and dinner menus. All main course are served with traditional Belgian “Vlaamse frites” and mayonnaise. Try the ample ‘Gent Waterzooi’ dish, which is guinea fowl, bacon, vegetables and roseval potato in a luxuriously creamy sauce. The menu offers suggestions of which beers to drink with each dish to bring the flavors to life.

7. Deeg

Diner, Restaurant, Dutch

Restaurant Deeg, Utrecht
Courtesy of Deeg
With an emphasis on fresh, organic and seasonal foods, Utrecht restaurant, Deeg is a choice destination for the calorie-conscious fine diner. Located in the elegant Museum Quarter on Utrecht, Deeg is located in the vicinity of a multitude of attractions. Deeg’s menu is satisfyingly diverse, with a three-course four-course option. An example of one of the sumptuous main dishes offered is the creamy risotto cake served with grilled zucchini, chard and a rich tomato sauce.

8. De Kust

Restaurant, Seafood, Dutch, European

De Kust Utrecht B.V, Utrecht
Courtesy of Deeg
Located only a short walk from the center of Utrecht, the seafood specialists at De Kust offer diners an excellent menu. The restaurant offers a light lunch menu, boasting an assortment of delectable fish and meat dishes. The evening menu is extensive, offering dishes such as langoustines cooked with garlic and fresh herbs. There are also meat dishes such as the hearty Carpaccio of beef, served with pecorino cheese, pine nuts, and truffle mayonnaise.

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