Surely, after a long day of exploring the city center and the surroundings of Utrecht, your belly will be craving for some delicious food! Time for a good meal at one of Utrecht’s dining venues! Choose between a typical Dutch snack bar, a charming local restaurant in the city center or go for a fancy dinner at one of Utrecht’s chic fine dining venues. All is possible, suiting everyone’s wishes and all budgets! Here are 7 great places to eat in Utrecht:
1. 't Oude Pothuys
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This charming bar and restaurant is tucked in a historical corner house, right at the city center’s Oude Gracht. A perfect location, a cozy ambiance, great food, friendly staff and live music as yummy dessert are all offered here. ’t Oude Pothuys also serves an amazing typical Dutch Cheese Fondue. If you’re into cheese, it is a must-try- so yummy! They also serve a weekly menu, complete with a starter, main and dessert for only 20.90 USD. Enjoy and be sure to stick around for the live music!
't Oude Pothuys
Address: Oudegracht 279, 3511 PA Utrecht, Netherlands
Website: ’t Oude Pothuys (in Dutch)
2. Manneken Pis
Manneken Pis is the best snack bar of The Netherlands and one of them is found in the center of Utrecht; all the more reason to go check it out while you are here! Manneken Pis makes their homemade Belgian fries served with quality mayonnaise (and/or Ketchup for those who just can’t get into the whole mayonnaise thing) and the Dutch usually combine it with traditional Dutch meat or cheese snacks (Kroket, Frikandel or Kaassoufflee). It is not a fancy dinner venue but it sure is yummy, cheap and typical Dutch!
Address: Bakkerstraat 1, 3511 JV Utrecht, The Netherlands
Website: Manneken Pis (in Dutch)
3. Cafe Restaurant Graaf Floris
Located in the heart of town, in between the Dom and the City Hall, awaits Cafe Restaurant Graaf Floris. This sophisticated dining venue is tucked in a historical building that dates back to 1896, and it has a large terrace, great for enjoying a meal in the open-air during the summertime when there is daylight up to 11.00pm in the evening. The menu is diverse and it includes real, delicious Dutch food such as a beef stew or the Dutch organic beef steak served with a creamy mushroom, black pepper sauce. Save some space to try out their famous Appel Bollen to go with a cup of fair trade coffee as a dessert (or come back the next day if you are too full!).
Cafe Restaurant Graaf Floris
Address: Vismarkt 13, 3511 KS Utrecht, The Netherlands
4. Podium onder de Dom
At Podium onder de Dom you are in for a true culinary treat at a unique location just next to the Oude Gracht Canal in the center of Utrecht. Podium onder de Dom wants to surprise with the original taste of ingredients, locally grown and seasonal. The restaurant itself exudes elegance and sophistication with a rolling red carpet, floor to ceiling red curtains and chic white tables. It sure makes a chic dining venue to go with your loved one for a romantic dinner. He or she will be impressed!
Podium onder de Dom
Address: Domstraat 4, 3512 JB Utrecht, The Netherlands
Website: Podium onder de Dom (in Dutch)
5. Café Olivier
Café Olivier is a Belgian beer bar and restaurant tucked in an actual 1860s church, keeping most of the original interior as possible. Dinner is delicious and the ambiance is cozy. Try the ‘black gold,’ which are fresh mussels served with Belgian fries and mayonnaise. For the kids, there is a special kid’s menu and for sure they will love the traditional Dutch 'poffertjes’ - a plate of tiny pancakes served with butter and sugar powder. Don’t miss out on the Belgian beers too, if you are a beer drinker. You will love it!
Address: Achter Clarenburg 6a, 3511 JJ Utrecht, The Netherlands
Website: Cafe Olivier (in Dutch)
6. Meneer Smakers
Who isn’t up for a good old burger? Especially if they are homemade and prepared with fresh local ingredients? Meneer Smakers has got the best burgers in town. Vegetarian? No worries! Meneer Smakers has got an outstanding burger menu, including delicious veggie burgers that could even tempt a meat lover. Oh, and the burgers are best enjoyed with a portion of delicious homemade french fries, of course. Just perfect, I would say!
Address: Nobelstraat 143, 3512 EM Utrecht, The Netherlands
Website: Meneer Smakers
7. Restaurant Wilhelmina Park
Dining with a wonderful view of Wilhelmina Park in central Utrecht is what you’ll get at Restaurant Wilhelmina Park. Treat yourself and your loved one(s) to a delicious French dinner with a modern twist and a good glass of wine. You will certainly enjoy the view of the park, the lake, and the fountain! The staff is also attentive, the plates are served beautifully and the prices are very reasonable.
Restaurant Wilhelmina Park
Address: Wilhelminapark 65, 3581 NP Utrecht, The Netherlands
8. Kafe België
Kafe België is the place to go for a good and affordable meal to go with your delicious Belgian beer (or a glass of wine for those not into beers, of course!). Located by the main canal in the center of Utrecht, this place is easy to find and it surely is one of the nicest old cafés in town! Who says a café cannot be a great place to go for dinner as well? Kafe België is the place to be!
Address: Oudegracht 196, 3511 NR Utrecht, Netherlands
Facebook: Kafe België
In the end, all we really want is a happy belly after another hard day of traveling and holidaying. If you’re staying long enough in Utrecht, why not try out all of these sweet dining and snack venues and share your foodie experiences. We’d love to hear all about it! Enjoy your meal(s) or ‘eet smakelijk!’ as the Dutch would say!
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