Ballroom

Ballroom Ballroom has balls on its snack menu, including the Dutch favourite, bitterballen, prepared here with a beetroot twist. There’s more on offer as well, such as bruschetta fungi porcini, but the main attraction really is the drinks. Believe it or not this place has 162 different gins to choose from. Enjoy one out on…

Ter Marsch & Co

Ter Marsch & Co  Ever heard of wiedewiet sauce (weed sauce)? At this burger bar, it is quite normal to order organic (and harmless) cannabis sauce with your award-winning Scottish Angus or Japanese Wagyu beef burger. This hip bar also sells dry-aged meat and pulled pork rolls. The owners have a second larger establishment, Café…

Oliva

Olivia  You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a genuine Italian kitchen when you enter this pleasantly decorated restaurant with its worn wooden floor and pasta wall. The chef’s menu (between three and five daily specials) is to be recommended. The à la carte menu includes delicious options like pork neck with balsamic onions, gem lettuce…

In den Rustwat (IDRW)

In den Rustwat (IDRW)  This inn, dating back to 1597, with thatched roof, original tiled floor and Delft Blue tiles on the wall, is one of the city’s most refined restaurants (it also has BIB Gourmand approval). In a beautiful location right next to the Trompenburg Arboretum, Marcel van Zomeren prepares dishes “with 100% respect…

Huson

Huson An international kitchen with an Eastern influence. A popular haunt for business professionals, not the least for being in the Scheepvaartkwartier, where numerous monumental businesses are located, and because of which the two-course lunch arrangement is served within an hour. Signature dishes, perfect to share, are the tuna, soft-shell crab, avocado, tomato sorbet and…

Frietboutique

Frietboutique  Rotterdammers wait patiently in line for a portion of Sammy and Pebbles’ chips. These ladies source their potatoes straight from the farmers’ market so they can leave the skin on their hand-cut chips, which are fried in pure vegetable oil. The snack menu includes local specialities like croquettes made by renowned Netherlands’ butcher Piet…

Bazar

Bazar A worldly eatery with a One Thousand and One Nights-inspired interior. Arabian lamps, tiles and colourful crockery remind you of a busy marketplace in some faraway holiday destination. If there’s one café or restaurant in Rotterdam that illustrates just how multi-cultural the city is, it’s this one. This is obvious, from the mix of…

The Park

The Park Bilderberg Parkhotel’s in-house restaurant claims to be a perfect spot for “casual dining in the middle of the city”. The Park has its own menu, as well as signature dishes from the two-star Michelin restaurant Parkheuvel, including Maas-Rijn-IJssel beef bonbon, Veluws venison and red fruit soup. The Park offers a good choice of…

Dertien

Restaurant Dertien Remco van Erp and Pepijn Schmeink, the chefs and owners of Restaurant Dertien, love playing with fire. A central spot in their restaurant is reserved for a wood-fired oven and grill, controlled with the twist of a bright-red turning wheel to intensify the flavour. Take note: this isn’t yet another BBQ restaurant. Here…