THE DUCHESS

4.3
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210 reviews
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€51 and over
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Mediterranean
THE DUCHESS, inspired by the splendour and eminence of the Belle Époque, took residence in Amsterdam as of the summer of 2015. True to her imperial roots, THE DUCHESS resides in one of the best-kept historic gems, the former KAS Bank and W Hotel Amsterdam, where she will introduce her guest to the elegance of traditional London hospitality balanced with Viennese grandeur. Her royal nature is captured in the refined flavours from Southern France and Italy, known as Nouveau-Niçoise Cuisine. The custom-made Molteni kitchen is an impressive centrepiece fit for a royal, where the light and pure dishes arise alongside decadently delicious desserts. THE DUCHESS menu is one of intricate simplicity with eclectic classics as luscious Fruits de Mer platters, Rotisserie and grill specialties as well as homemade ice-cream coupes prepared at the table.
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JM
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Far out the Best restaurant in whole Amsterdam
And the home made icecream was “ the Bomb”

AQ
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very comfortable, excellent service
Great food

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Didn’t like the food. My friends did not like it too.

SE
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience4

Food was outstanding. Ambiance was good. Service was good except that we were led to believe we'd wait only 5-10 minutes for our main course and it was more like 20. This wouldn't have been a problem except that we were a bit pressed for time, as we had tickets to the orchestra concert. We'd love to come back when we have a more relaxed dinner schedule. Overall, we were very satisfied. Food was outstanding

LJ
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enige punt van kritiek is de manier van reserveren. Via de site gereserveerd, ik moest de afternoon tea speciaal aanvragen: over gebeld maar moest ik toch een mail over sturen. Daarna nóg een mail ter bevestiging van het menu. Dag van te voren én voicemail ontvangen én mail én sms om de afspraak nóg een keer te bevestigen. Iets teveel van het goede. Afternoon tea zelf was perfect, ontzettend lekker en goede service in een prachtig pand.

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TS
New England
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there to celebrate a birthday. Amazing food and great ambience. Service was fantastic and gave good recommendations!

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience3

The ambiance is cold and no vibe.
Food is good but you feel that you are in a typical hotel atmosphere with poor service.

CF
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I have been here before and always thoroughly enjoyed it. As always the service and wines were outstanding, but the food was a bit underwhelming this time. The quality was good but it wasn’t the level I had before. Our maitre was very kind and gave us all the attention we needed, without being pushy. Same for the waitress in the lounge where we had some drinks after dinner. Some of the runners gave us the idea they were not having the best time, rushing to their explanations of the dishes and almost getting annoyed when we asked what it was. Overall a pleasant evening though, these are all just feedback points.

DI
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was by birthday I really enjoyed the food the service thank you

L
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a special birthday meal for me and my wife and I loved every minute of our experience at the Duchess
Food, service and ambience were all great
Can’t recommend it highly enough
The chocolate dessert was fab

r
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for dinner! Good location near Dam Square and easy to find!

M
London
38 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time at the Duchess, the third one for my husband. The ambience - an old bank - is very sophisticated ; food and service are both great. Remember to book your table in advance, since they have many requests

S
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

The concept and service are extremely poor. In my opninon this isn't acceptable for a qualilty restaurant. It's a high end, what we call in Dutch 'vreetschuur', where people don't get the feeling they're welcome. Good place to be if you are in the mood for good food in an extremely short time period. If you want to have a great dinner and a night out in the city, this isn't your place to be.

IC
London
57 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food in a stunning setting. Service took a while to wake up but otherwise fine. Please change the light settings though! The bulbs constantly alternate between a low dim light and a brighter light. Very odd. Not sure if they’re trying to make it like candlelight but it’s very off putting.

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Voldeed niet volledig aan mijn verwachting/prijs niveau.
Concept qua eten is onduidelijk. 4 tot 6 gerechten (geen dessert bij opgeteld) bestellen voor een lunch, is niet zoals ik het had verwacht.
Personeel probeert er wel wat van te maken, in mijn beleving is het alleen te weinig voor zo’n sjiek restaurant.

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RA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The Walter was very good, the young lady Needs møre training...

AH
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

“Concept” is serving when ready whilst having regular menu with starter and main in practice means one us eating separately.
Please understand this is not a tapas bar.
Outrageous prices considering quality of food
Arrogant staff
Although only few tables occupied waitress only was paying attention trying to sell extra (small) glass of (€ 9,-) wine.
Extra piece of Bread €4,5
Have been waiting 15 min for coffee. In the end canceled order.
Waitress still had the nerve when paying explaining that “service was not included”, which was obvious and needed no additional explanation.

For the record: I’m a frequent visitor of good restaurants and have no problem paying for quality.

FP
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Great food and service!
Signature drinks are delicious! The restaurant definitely deserves the Michelin Star and all positive reviews.

ME
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food2service2ambience5

Lovely restaurant however was very miss lead by the waiter regarding my starter told me it was a hot dish and it wasn't the took 10 minutes to bring me back over the menu by which time our mains were being brought over. They did take this off the bill just a shame

BH
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great and very special resutrant !
Great service and amazing room !

S
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was perfect exception for thé noise (very noise)

R
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Poor service and bad table.
We had the feeling that we needed to go home asap. The service and hospitality wasn’t Michelin worthy.

S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Overrated or perhaps resting on its laurels. Food was mediocre and salty. Service was poor and cold.

S
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect ambiance, food And service! I like the menu and that it is possible to share. I recommend the clams with garlic.

O
Amsterdam
2 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

It was ok, not the best value for money though. I expected more from a Michelin star

R
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The time we arrived the duchess was almost empty and service was excellent. After a while it was getting bussy and then the service went down. Food was good for pricing. Only not star worthy. We had a good time with nice food.

OT
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing evening at the Duchess!

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Every plate that came out was beautiful to the eyes, nose and mouth. Cooked and prepared to perfection. The creek brûlée, was one of the best I’ve ever had.
Service could have been a bit better for a fine dining experience but all around very good.

EG
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience1

We had booked a table a week in advance and were asked if we would like a round table. We really appreciated this. However, upon arrival, no round table was available. The hostess promised us, after seeing that we really wanted a round table, that she would arrange one if one was free.
We took our seats and then for 20 minutes nobody attended to us! I stood up myself to ask a waiter to serve us. Scandalous for a restaurant of this level. About 30 min after we had started our high tea experience a round table became available. We asked fir this table but the hostess Did not want to arrange this. too much trouble apparently.
Furthermore, we had the high tea arrangement with champagne. For a price difference of € 18 p.p I had expected more than just one glass of champagne. The waiter that served us in the end was friendly and correct but overall it was not a recommendable experience.

SD
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing; the beef tartar, the beef Wellington and the short ribs where outstanding, melting in the mouth delicious! Also the recommendation of wine and desert were great aswell. A special thank you to our female Serbian hostess, she was attentive and gave us the best advice! Cant wait to come again.

I
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and drinks, attentive service, and beautiful atmosphere. Highly recommend to anyone visiting Amsterdam.

PD
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

One of the worst valentine night ever.
Starting from the conoscete lack of decorations for the event, a little of romanticism would have been appreciated.

The real problem of the night where the waiters and the manager.
I ordered some cocktail and after 20 minutes the waiter came saying they don’t know what we ordered. This is unaxaptable especially when one Negroni cost me 16.5€ and I am in 5 stars hotel.
Then I ordered 1 whisky and waiter came with 2 whiskeys
After I ordered 2 drink directly from the manager, to avoid problems. The manager came back with one whisky and charged me for 2.

The restaurant wasn’t that busy, and for the amount people working they should be easily be able to manage and offer an incredible service.

The manager is not capable and quite useless. Even as waiter. Than the team follow.

Thanks for a nightmare valentine.

JE
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I would recommend to go there once, but I wouldn’t go there again myself. Paying this price and not having a real Michelin star feeling is the reason for me. Tables close to each other and not having a warm welcome by some arrogant girl. The service in the restaurant was great and the ambiance was amazing. Overall a okay experience

B
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everthing was great! Food was delicious! If you go to Amsterdam, you must go to Duchess

C
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and a very nice room. Unfortunately there are many guests that display the current custom of shabby clothes., and or are constantly monitoring their smartphone

MD
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Echt een aanrader voor wie houdt van ‘fijne keuken’, HEEL lekker, ontzettend mooi kader en hele vriendelijke bediening!!

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GG
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience3

Seriously overrated. Food definitely not worth it's money. Not good service and too much noise

NK
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Het eten is geweldig de smaken zijn bijzonder de bediening is vriendelijk en de atmosfeer in het restaurant is prettig. Ik wil nog opmerken de ontvangst bij binnenkomst is van een hoog niveau. Ben hier al vaker geweest en het restaurant heeft nog niets aan kracht verloren. Ook het concept van sharing is geweldig

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OT
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiente, very tasty food, Excellent service. Definitely recomend.

LN
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Hello, me and my husband went to celebrate our anniversary, this wasn't a good experience at all.
The service was slow, and a few times they forgot our order (lemon, ice, pepper atc.)
Some of the dishes had no taste (flat) and it was a big disappointment! Brisaula, octopus carpaccio and even the oysters that were served with out lemon or spice were complete waist of money and time. For main course we had beef welington and lamb cutlet, they were nice.
At conclusion I can say that I don't understand why this restaurant has one Michelin star cause I would not have given her a fork!
The manager tried to make things better by giving us the wine on the house but it didn't help at all, we spend 350€ and didn't enjoy at all!