Giethoorn Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Giethoorn

September 23, 2017 Emerita Lamoureux

Giethoorn (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɣitɦoːrn]) is a town in the province of Overijssel, Netherlands with a population of 2,620. It is located in the municipality of Steenwijkerland, about 5 km southwest of Steenwijk. Giethoorn is often referred to as "Little Venice" or the "Venice of the Netherlands".
Things to do in Giethoorn

1. 't Achterhuus

Dominee T O Hylkemaweg 43, 8355 CE Giethoorn, The Netherlands Reservations, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Dutch, Seafood, European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$78 - HK$275 +31 521 361 674
Excellent
20%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
8%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 87 reviews

't Achterhuus

Reviewed By mario3530 - Helchteren, Belgium

Nice location located at water-side. Great food, nice staff. Quick, easy and tasty! Also the toilets are clean. I would recommend this to everyone !

2. De Lindenhof

Beulakerweg 77, 8355 AC Giethoorn, The Netherlands Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Dutch, European, French, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +31 521 361 444
Excellent
73%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 128 reviews

De Lindenhof

Reviewed By frame82 - New York City, New York

It is very rare to see someone as happy with their job as this family seemed to be in running this extremely efficient, creative and passionate restaurant-with-lodging. We were welcomed as if we were truly their personal guests. And the cuisine fully deserves the two Michelin stars (and more): it was an original and perfectly executed theme of sweetness, sourness, then sweetness, then sourness, then the unexpected. And yet, over the course of a 4-course-dinner, we never felt that the presentation was gimmicky - the food itself was in appropriate quantities to feel like a 'normal' dinner. Truly one of the best dinners in my life. (And so was the breakfast served the following morning directly inside the kitchen - a great touch).

3. De Rietstulp

Dominee T O Hylkemaweg 15, 8355 CE Giethoorn, The Netherlands Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Dutch, European, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +31 521 361 833
Excellent
15%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
7%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 90 reviews

De Rietstulp

Reviewed By Uwe K - Singen, Germany

Waited (and waved her) 10 minutes for the waitress to order two beers, waited another 15 minutes once we finished them, trying to pay. Finally found someone to spend slight attention to us and were told: Come inside, if you wish to pay... So, spend 60 minutes, most of the time sitting, waiting....

4. De Witte Hoeve

Zuiderpad 32, 8355 CA Giethoorn, The Netherlands Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover Dutch, European Lunch, Drinks, Dinner HK$94 - HK$196 +31 521 361 428
Excellent
41%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 26 reviews

De Witte Hoeve

Reviewed By staghunter - Chippenham, United Kingdom

We enjoyed the pancakes here (especially when washed down with some Dutch beer from the tap). No gastronomic delights (there are better much cooked pancakes available in NL), but served cheerfully, with a nice view over the main canal.
We were stuck in Giethoorn and desperately wanted to eat Dutch pancakes. De Witte Hoeve did the trick.
It was very quiet when we visited, but this could be a lively place during peak season.
Overall a good place to refuel.

5. Grand cafe Fanfare

Binnenpad 68, 8355 BV Giethoorn, The Netherlands Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Dutch, Bar, Cafe, Seafood, European, Pub, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$94 - HK$377 +31 521 361 600
Excellent
33%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
9%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 268 reviews

Grand cafe Fanfare

Dear Guest, First of all: a warm welcome in Giethoorn, known as the Venice of Holland. Giethoorn, with its picturesque canals and charming little Bridges, Its setting is unmistakebly unique: Giethoorn is situated in watery reed-lands, which makes it an ideal starting point for idyllic Day Trips. In the second place: we wish you a very hearty welcome in Grand cafe de Fanfare, the perfect complement to a perfect day out. Grand cafe de Fanfare will dedicatedly see to your food and drink, varying between a nice cup of coffee with cake and a delicious three-course dinner. The bar with the agreeable atmosphere of an old-Dutch pub and the large comfortable pavement, easily create a informal and relaxed ambiance. The team of Grand cafe de Fanfare does its utmost to provide you a perfect day! Yours faithfully, Arie-Willem and Natasja Vermeij, host and hostess of Grand cafe de Fanfare, and their staff

Reviewed By Mohammed A

The boat stop near the restaurant, i can say it was great choice to have lunch, first of all the goat cheese salad was delicious, and of course the homemade lemonade, we have chicken for main courses .

6. Hollands Venetie

Beulakerweg 167, 8355 AG Giethoorn, The Netherlands Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards French, Seafood, Dutch, European Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$165 - HK$275 +31 521 361 231
Excellent
38%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
8%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 58 reviews

Hollands Venetie

Nice restaurant with good ribs en nice pork.

Reviewed By JW_Dam - Nijmegen, The Netherlands

We were so lucky with the good weather! The friendly waitress proposed us to sit on the wonderfull located Terrace at the back side of the restaurant with view over the beautiful pond and canal. The Japanese stone grill was well prepared with a large number of choices, salmon, cod, prawns, plaice, beef, pork, chicken, lamb as well as various salads, french fries and baguette. 4/5
Regularly the waitress asked us whether everything went okay. We could ask for more in case needed. The wine, beer, fruit juice, tea or coffee were of a good quality. We enjoyed the evening! 4/5

7. Otterskooi

Dwarsgracht 54, 8355 CW Giethoorn, The Netherlands Wheelchair Accessible International Lunch, Dinner +31 521 361 474
Excellent
43%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 40 reviews

Otterskooi

Reviewed By Bert V

Visited Otterskooi last year and came back today for lunch. I had the steak with mushrooms on bread, and just as last time, enjoyed it very much. Steak was baked perfectly and was served with a very tasteful gravy.
Staff was kind en quick.
So if you are on a boat of by bike and passing Dwarsgracht, be sure to drop in.

8. Smit - Restaurant

Zuiderpad 58, 8355 CC Giethoorn, The Netherlands Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations Dutch, International, European, Vegetarian Friendly Brunch +31 521 361 625
Excellent
30%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 43 reviews

Smit - Restaurant

Reviewed By PrototyVe - Reykjavik, Iceland

This place is an excellent spot for after the boat rides when you want to relax. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the service was quite fast. We liked the fries, and my meal with fish was quite good. They also serve a very nice mint tea.

9. Ristorante Fratelli

Binnenpad 113, 8355 BV Giethoorn, The Netherlands Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night HK$71 - HK$204 +31 521 360 767
Excellent
25%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
8%
Terrible
13%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 305 reviews

Ristorante Fratelli

Reviewed By Greenie8115 - Borehamwood, United Kingdom

So one of the main reasons for eating in a pizza restaurant is to have decent pizza. Some like their pizzas with thick crusts, some like their pizzas with stuffed crusts, some like loads of toppings and some like them minimal - letting the pizza dough speak for itself. I am somewhere between the last two. In truth, pizza and pasta are not something I would chose but when everyone else wants to go then I tag along. The first thing to say is that the setting is beautiful. Giethoorn is a picturesque and quirky place and there are two Italian restaurants in the neighbourhood. Choosing Ristorante Fratelli was easy as my daughter and her friend had already done this twice before we went. It was a warm night and the midges and mosquitoes were taking a rest. The first thing that happened was that the dog - Rufus - got a bowl of water. He was happy! We decided on similar pizzas and my daughter had a bowl of pasta and a big serving of quality Parmesan (always a good sign in an Italian restaurant). Pasta was cooked al dente but enough on both sides not to be under or overcooked. The sauce was spartan enough not to overwhelm and generous enough not to seem stingy. Pizzas came and were wood fired, crispy on the crust areas and a bit soggy in the middle which I hasten to add is exactly how the majority of the party like it. I am not a fan but the topping itself was generous in the expensive ingredients as it was with the cheap ones so no one was being taken for a ride! I asked for chili and got it! All the time, the waitress served with a smile and was attentive of the dog which always gets brownie points from me. In the UK, dogs are just not allowed in restaurants, open air or indoors but here they are positively encouraged. He had his own food and also - dare I say it here - got bits off the table as they were passed down to him. He enjoyed the pizza and Rufus is a connoisseur!
The main exercise of going to a restaurant is of course not the main course but the dessert! I could only muster room for an espresso but it was good quality bean and I enjoyed it. The others went for ice cream and the limoncello sorbet is worthy of a mention as was the hot chocolate which is where my wife becomes the expert. My daughter had a chocolate bombe which was "home made". I never really know how home made "home made" is but she is the expert and at 16 she has sampled a fair number. Her friend went with a hot chocolate which also went down a storm. In all we were extremely impressed - except for the bill which was shown on a tablet rather than a piece of paper but call me old fashioned! All in all, a great night of food and I will say again, the service was excellent and very friendly!

10. Geythorn

Binnenpad 42 | 8355bs, 8355 BS Giethoorn, The Netherlands Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Dutch, European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Brunch
Excellent
36%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 33 reviews

Geythorn

Reviewed By Fkafrica - Pretoria

We had lunch based on the Tripadvisor recommendation. Prices are reasonable but if you order only a main meal on it's own, make sure they don't add chips or salad. We ordered one without and one main meal and received and paid for both. Good food and generous portions. Fantastic view next to the canal.

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