Editor:  De Redactie • Publication:  01 January 2018



de Oesterbar

Unsurprisingly, this Leidseplein landmark, which was established in 1938, is well known for its perfectly plump oysters (its name means “oyster bar”, after all), and there are eight options to choose from. However, the shrimp croquettes with mustard mayonnaise and deepfried parsley are enduringly popular too. The North Sea sole, served with oven baked potatoes and salad, is particularly good here, and certainly worth the splurge, but there are plenty of budget friendly options as well (the spaghetti vongole, for instance). We also recommend the Plateau Royale, an etagiere packed with king crab, North Sea crab, oysters, prawns, scallops, mussels, cockles, pallourdes and various types of shrimp. Fittingly, considering the restaurant’s proximity to the Stadsschouwburg and DeLaMar theatres, there’s also a 3-course theatre menu (until 18:30). The waiters are friendly, attentive and always

happy to offer advice, the wine list is well-considered and the acoustics are excellent. Oesterbar’s décor is classic, with white table cloths, tiled tableaus of local landmarks and Dutch fishing ports, burgundy coloured banquettes, and an open kitchen. In a sea of new-fangled seafood concepts, this authentic mainstay continues to steer its own course. Just look out for the characteristic red and blue marquee between all the tourist traps. Tip: the restaurant is small, so do make a reservation. And, while you’re at it, ask for a table by the window (prime real estate for people watching on the adjacent square) or next to the large salt water aquarium with colourful tropical fish.

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de Oesterbar
Leidseplein 10, Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 623 29 88


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