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Arca Amsterdam

4.4
4.4
14 Reviews
€31 to €50
Portuguese

This November, Henrique Sá Pessoa, the award-winning two Michelin star Portuguese chef, recently crowned 38th Best Chef in the World, opens his first restaurant in Europe outside of Lisbon at our very own art'otel amsterdam opposite Amsterdam Central Station. Our brand new restaurant and bar celebrates the best Portugal has to offer, bringing authentic Portuguese ingredients & dishes to life with a modern twist and unique Asian influences, inspired by Henrique's love for his travels. In a relaxed & approaching setting, be ready for surprising flavour combinations, incredible craſt cocktails and a unique experience that people want to enjoy.

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Booked 12 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Portuguese, Contemporary European, Asian

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch
    Fri–Sun 12:00–16:00
    Bar
    Daily 12:00–20:00
    Dinner
    Wed–Sun 16:00–20:00

  • Phone number

    020 820 5333

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Area

    Binnenstad/Burgwallen

  • Cross Street

    The Q-Park Amsterdam Central is the closest to the restaurant.

  • Public Transit

    Located opposite Amsterdam Central Station with easy access to all public transportation.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Staff temperature check required

Menu

Cold

  • Portuguese Style Bread€6.00

    Extra virgin olive oil, Arca whipped smoked butter

    • Presunto 100% Iberico de Bellota€21.00

      • Octopus Salad€17.00

        Red pepper dressing, smoked paprika

        • Tuna Tataki€17.00

          Spicy escabeche, basil, chilli oil

          • Tomato Salad€11.00

            Seaweed dressing, coriander oil

            • Selection of Cured Meats and Cheese€16.00

              Toasted bread, crackers

              Hot

              • Salted Cod Fishcakes€10.00

                Salmon roe mayonnaise

                • La Bomba de Lisboa€10.00

                  • La Bomba de Verduras€9.00

                    • Cuttlefish Tempura€14.00

                      Coriander and lime dressing

                      • "Bulhão Pato" Clams€23.00

                        Lemongrass, ginger, coriander

                        • Peixinhos da Horta€9.00

                          Vegetable tempura, Tartar sauce

                          • Gambas ao Alhinho€15.00

                            Prawns, garlic, chilli, coriander

                            • Arca Slider€11.00

                              Pork belly, Asian pickle, brioche, spring onions

                              Fish & Vegetables

                              • Bacalhau A' Bras€25.00

                                Salted cod, fried string potatoes, parsley, egg, black olives

                                • Caldeirada de Peixe e Marisco€40.00

                                  Fish stew, red pepper, tomato, potato, lemongrass, ginger, coriander (2 persons)

                                  • Seabass€26.00

                                    Squid, white beans, white wine, tomato, chilli, coriander

                                    • Grilled Tuna Steak€28.00

                                      Sweet potato, greens, Asian glaze, pickled onion

                                      • Grilled Vegetable Salad€18.00

                                        Goat's cheese, Iberian leaves, fig vinegar dressing

                                        Meat

                                        • Bochechas de Porco Iberico€27.00

                                          Braised Alentejano pork cheeks in spiced red wine, bacon, cabbage, celeriac purée

                                          • PA de Borrego€55.00

                                            Whole roasted shoulder of lamb, potatoes, garlic confit (2 persons)

                                            • Bife ã Portuguesa€29.00

                                              Beef sirloin, white wine, mustard, jamon, fried potatoes

                                              • Pork Belly Confit€27.00

                                                Pak choi, pickled orange, sweet potato purée

                                                Rice

                                                • Arroz de Marisco€44.00

                                                  Corvina, clams, scallops, prawns, mussels (2 persons)

                                                  • Arroz de Cogumelos€21.00

                                                    Wild mushrooms, Azores Island cheese

                                                    Sides

                                                    • Seasonal Vegetables€8.00

                                                      • Green Salad€6.00

                                                        Moscatel dressing

                                                        • Roasted Potatoes€6.00

                                                          Rosemary, thyme, garlic

                                                          Sweets

                                                          • Leite Creme€9.00

                                                            Lemongrass and raspberry custard, coconut tuille

                                                            • Mousse de Chocolate€10.00

                                                              Fleur de sel, olive oil

                                                              • Pudim Abade de Priscos€9.00

                                                                Caramel port flan, almond, tangerine sorbet

                                                                • Warm Banana Cake€9.00

                                                                  Ginger ice cream, miso caramel

                                                                  • Spiced Poached Pear€10.00

                                                                    Cinnamon ice cream, walnut crumble

                                                                    Last updated: 2 November 2021

                                                                    What 14 people are saying

                                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                    Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                                    4.4
                                                                    4.4 based on recent ratings
                                                                    • 4.4Food
                                                                    • 4.5Service
                                                                    • 4.3Ambience
                                                                    • 4Value

                                                                    NoiseModerate

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                                                                    1. JR

                                                                      JoaoRibeiro

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined 3 days ago

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Very good food. Very good environment. Very good location. Everything was perfect.

                                                                    2. JS

                                                                      JosS

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined 3 days ago

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                      The two of us ( by the way, a great Beatles song from the Let it Be album) tried 5 different starters, one main course and two desserts. Everything was perfectly prepared and tasted exquisitely. The attendance was also 10/10, with very sympathetic waiters, always ready to provide guidance or good advice.

                                                                    3. T

                                                                      Tonystout

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 18 November 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Incredible experience. I never leave reviews but our experience at Arca was very much worth writing a review for. The vibe, the service, cocktails to the food……. Impressive. Miguel who was looking after us was very professional and patient. 10 / 10 Tony stout

                                                                      Arca AmsterdamResponded 5 days ago

                                                                      Thank you for taking the time write a review, Tonystout. I am over the moon to read you had such a wonderful experience with us. It is lovely that you enjoyed our vibe, drinks and food. I am delighted that Miguel gave you the attentive service you may expect from us. We cannot wait to welcome you again on your next visit. Warm regards, Elina

                                                                    4. AS

                                                                      AdrianaSoares

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      1.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 16 November 2021

                                                                      overall1food1service2ambience3

                                                                      I returned all the three dishes i ordered. The first one is too salted, gambas. The second one, as the same, impossible to eat because is too salted too. And the last one, a dish wiht meat, it was regrettable, infortunately. But the wine was very good, but it's almost impossible that a Chabblis isn't good.

                                                                      Arca AmsterdamResponded 5 days ago

                                                                      Dear AdrianaSoares, thank you for sharing your feedback. I deeply regret to learn of your experience. I am truly sorry that the dishes you ordered were too salty for your taste. I wish we could have turned it around for you during your visit and served you a dinner you really enjoyed. I hope you will give us the opportunity to welcome you again and wow you next time. Warm regards, Elina

                                                                    5. CP

                                                                      CristinaPantazi

                                                                      Exclusive

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 16 November 2021

                                                                      overall4food5service5ambience2

                                                                      The service is outstanding as well as the food. However the restaurant was closed and we did not know and we had to dine in the bar area which is not nice. I know that bar since forever and I never liked it . The tables are improper to dine and the menu was limited. I still want one time to try the restaurant itself and discover all the courses and tasting menu

                                                                      Arca AmsterdamResponded 5 days ago

                                                                      Thank you for your review, CristinaPantazi. I am so happy that you were fully satisfied with our food and service, however I regret you were not happy with your table and the bar menu. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back and give you the full ARCA restaurant experience. Warm regards, Elina

                                                                    6. L

                                                                      Locojofre

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 16 November 2021

                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                      Relax and trendy place, nice restaurant to eat in Amsterdam real Portuguese food, service really friendly maybe a bit more stuff in the floor and we ordered a a few nice port and wasn’t enough but is understandably because the restrictions (corona time) but really nice in general I already started to recommend, Portuguese esprit in Amsterdam

                                                                      Arca AmsterdamResponded 5 days ago

                                                                      Thank you for your review and for recommending us, Locojofre, we truly appreciate it! I am delighted that you enjoyed our ambience, food and friendly service. We cannot wait to welcome you back in the near future. Best wishes, Elina

                                                                    7. FT

                                                                      FerryT

                                                                      Amsterdam

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 10 November 2021

                                                                      overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                      Amazing spot to enjoy some great food! Wonderful ambiance and excellent service

                                                                      Arca AmsterdamResponded 5 days ago

                                                                      Thank you for your kind words, FerryT. It makes my day that you absolutely enjoyed our food, ambience and service. We cannot wait to welcome you again soon. Warm regards, Elina

                                                                    8. C

                                                                      Ciro

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 7 November 2021

                                                                      overall4food4service3ambience5

                                                                      It was a fun night, the food is great. Service could be better, should be more focus on guest experience and satisfaction, you may understand their needs first, before to upsell and push, and once again coriander was in every dishes as I asked to not to have it. forgot my candle on dessert. But it was nice experience after all.

                                                                      Arca AmsterdamResponded 5 days ago

                                                                      Thank you for your review and recommendation, Ciro. I am happy you enjoyed your night out with us. I am sorry that the coriander was not to your taste, though I am pleased you otherwise love the food. I apologise your dessert was served without the candle; I can assure you we are working hard to ensure such a situation does not reoccur. We hope to welcome you back for a lovely experience again soon. Best wishes, Elina

                                                                    9. MG

                                                                      MafaldaGomes

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 7 November 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                      Food was amazing, good value for money and service also quite good. We went on a Sunday and stayed in the tables at the bar. The chairs were at different heights to the table which made it not very comfortable to eat. The Pork belly starter was made in heaven.

                                                                      Arca AmsterdamResponded 5 days ago

                                                                      Thank you for your 5/5 review, MafaldaGomes. I am thrilled you loved our service and food, especially the pork belly. I am sorry the seating was not the most comfortable for you - do let our team know next time as I am certain we can find a solution. We are looking forward to your next visit. Best regards, Elina

                                                                    10. l

                                                                      ligia

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 6 November 2021

                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                      Good Portuguese food with a modern touch. The service was a bit messy but very friendly. I asked for a recommendation for an non alcoholic cocktail and it was amazing! Best one I ever tried! The music was too loudly for me.

                                                                      Arca AmsterdamResponded 5 days ago

                                                                      Thank you for our review and recommendation, ligia. I am delighted that you enjoyed our food and friendly service. It is great to see we served you the best non-alcoholic cocktail ever! I am sorry you felt the music was too loud, I will share this with our team to take into consideration. It would be our pleasure to welcome you again soon. Warm regards, Elina

                                                                    11. F

                                                                      Fernando

                                                                      Amsterdam

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 6 November 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Everything was great. Great food and environment.

                                                                      Arca AmsterdamResponded 5 days ago

                                                                      it is wonderful that you loved everything about your experience with us, Fernando. Thank you for sharing that and until next time! Warm regards, Elina

                                                                    12. KF

                                                                      KevinF

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      3.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 5 November 2021

                                                                      overall3food4service3ambience4

                                                                      It was their 2nd day since their opening so we anticipated that not everything will be running smoothly. The service was friendly but not coordinated well. The food was overall good and the portions are perfect for two persons as we chose for the Portugese tasting menu + additinal lamb for two. There could be some improvements made with the seasoning for example with the impressive lamb as the sauce was from our opinion too salt for such a beautiful piece of meat. We enjoyed the evening with a lot of laughs and reminders towards the staff regarding the service. Overall, not a great start but we hope that chef Henrique Sá Pessoa and his team will be able to lift this up to a more professional level in the long term.

                                                                      Arca AmsterdamResponded 5 days ago

                                                                      Thank you for sharing your feedback, KevinF. I am happy that you enjoyed your food overall, though I am sorry the sauce with the lamb was a bit too salty for your taste - I have shared your feedback with the Kitchen team. I apologise if you felt the service was not coordinated; that is not the experience we strive to deliver. However, it is wonderful that you appreciated our friendly team. I hope we can welcome you again and impress you with our service next time. Best regards, Elina

                                                                    13. B

                                                                      Bourgondisch

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 4 November 2021

                                                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                      Een warm welkom door de gastheer zet de toon voor een sfeervolle avond. Ook aan tafel werden we keurig bediend en hebben we goed gegeten.

                                                                      Arca AmsterdamResponded on 16 November 2021

                                                                      Dank voor je beoordeling en aanbeveling, Bourgondisch. Het is super dat je zo warm ontvangen bent door ons team en dat je genoten hebt van het eten en de sfeer. We verwelkomen je graag gauw opnieuw - Elina

                                                                    14. E

                                                                      Esther

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 4 November 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Mooie ambiance! Aanwinst voor Amsterdam! Een echte beleving! Ga het proberen!! Heerlijke keuken met prachtige gerechten!

                                                                      Arca AmsterdamResponded 6 days ago

                                                                      Bedankt voor je prachtige beoordeling, Esther. We zijn blij ons plekje in Amsterdam gevonden te hebben. Het is super dat je zo genoten hebt van onze sfeer en het eten. We kijken ernaar uit je binnenkort opnieuw een fantastische ervaring te bezorgen. Hartelijke groet, Elina

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                                                                    Arca Amsterdam is rated 4.4 stars by 14 OpenTable diners

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                                                                    Booked 12 times today
                                                                    Google Map for Arca Amsterdam

                                                                    Martelaarsgracht 5 Amsterdam, Noord-Holland 1012 TN

                                                                    • Cross Street

                                                                      The Q-Park Amsterdam Central is the closest to the restaurant.

                                                                    • Area

                                                                      Binnenstad/Burgwallen

                                                                    • Hours of Operation

                                                                      Lunch
                                                                      Fri–Sun 12:00–16:00
                                                                      Bar
                                                                      Daily 12:00–20:00
                                                                      Dinner
                                                                      Wed–Sun 16:00–20:00

                                                                    • Cuisines

                                                                      Portuguese, Contemporary European, Asian

                                                                    • Dining style

                                                                      Casual Dining

                                                                    • Dress Code

                                                                      Business Casual

                                                                    • Public Transit

                                                                      Located opposite Amsterdam Central Station with easy access to all public transportation.

                                                                    • Additional

                                                                      Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access

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