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

February 13, 2018 Roger Rusk

Though often overshadowed (especially for tourists) by its much larger and more famous neighbor Amsterdam about ten miles east, Haarlem’s history actually goes back further. And with about 150,000 people, it’s the capital of the Noord-Holland region. The Teylers Museum, with its unique collection of art and artifacts, is the oldest museum in the Netherlands. The fantastic Frans Hals Museum has many works by the artist and other Haarlem schoolers. Grote Markt, the main town square, is a must-see.
Things to do in Haarlem

1. Chez Bastijan

Lange Veerstraat 8, 2011 DB Haarlem, The Netherlands Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Dutch, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner +31 23 532 6006
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 126 reviews

Chez Bastijan

Reviewed By GiojaA - Haarlem, The Netherlands

I recently moved to Haarlem and searched TripAdvisor for the best local restaurants. Chez Bastijan had such good reviews so booked for a Saturday night with a friend and it didn't disappoint. The service was of a very high standard, the specials were explained and wine recommended. Our mouths were watering just looking at other diners meals and we had the chateaubriand (for two). It was amazing. Beautifully cooked to our taste, which was rare and priced fairly. The ambience was lovely with couples, friends and families all present. I couldn't fault it and will definitely make this a regular dining spot.

2. Metzo lunch en diner

Warmoesstraat, 2011 HN Haarlem, The Netherlands Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available French, European, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Brunch, Lunch HK$290 - HK$1,154 +31 23 532 2398
Excellent
52%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 148 reviews

Metzo lunch en diner

Reviewed By flyngourmet - Fayetteville, Georgia

Charming little restaurant in the heart of Haarlem. Warm and inviting with a great atmosphere on a chilly night. I had the Haddock and my a pasta dish with a salad. The Haddock was wonderfully cooked to perfection on a bed of tasty risotto. Thr flavors from the risotto were subtle enough to let the fish shine. The presentation was superb. My wife's pasta was cooked to perfection with a wonderful light taste. The salad was an adventure to eat as you dug down through the layers different vegetables and things kept appearing making for a great salad. No problems figuring out the menu even in Dutch. Just ask Amber to help you, and she'll more than happy to go into detail about the dishes.

3. Erawan

Schagschelstraat 13, 2011 HW Haarlem, The Netherlands Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night HK$188 - HK$251 +31 23 534 2923
Excellent
50%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 219 reviews

Erawan

For more than 27 years Erawan Thai restaurant provides Authentic Thai cuisine in a romantic atmosphere. We provide freshly made dishes containing the original vegetables and spices which are flown in from Bangkok every week. These ingredients form the basis for the flavors the Thai cuisine is famous for. Recognized by the Royal Thai Embassy as an authentic Thai restaurant, we have been rewarded with the "Thai Select" logo.

Reviewed By boz61949 - Vancouver, Washington

As nearly as i could tell, this was a locals type place. You could clearly see that interaction with customers was based on familiarity. A very pleasant atmosphere with wonderfully prepared dishes. When in Haarlem and seeking a significant change up from Dutch fair it's hard to imagine a better choice. Highly recommended.

4. Specktakel

Spekstraat 4, 2011 HM Haarlem, The Netherlands Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner HK$133 - HK$518 +31 23 532 3841
Excellent
60%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 513 reviews

Specktakel

At Specktakel we work with the best ingredients from all over the world with a born understanding of combining flavours of food & wine. Here there is no such thing as eating silently, not just by the volume of laughter and enjoyment brought on by the company at the table, but more so by the food and wine that is being enjoyed. Its colours, aromas, and flavours, so simple together creating a wonderful feast to talk about…Let us guide you how to enjoy the flavours and atmosphere in our world of food & wine....

Reviewed By natstein

International menu changes on a regular basis and you can put together your chosen 3-courses menu. In the back it's most of the times I've been a bit quieter (noise-wise). Very central location.

5. Jopenkerk

Gedempte Voldersgracht 2, 2011 WD Haarlem, The Netherlands Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Dutch, Bar, European, Pub, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +31 23 533 4114
Excellent
41%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Jopenkerk

A regional Brewery with all kinds of beer from their own brewery. You can go for a drink, for lunch and dinner, all 'honest' products, Dutch cuisine with a nice authentic touch!

Reviewed By Moshe_Kara - Ashdod, Israel

This is a brewery located inside an old church. Has a lot of atmosphere. Many types of local beers, great place to try some of it Also serve some snacks to accompany the beers Highly recommended for visitors of Haarlem

6. Dodici

Smedestraat 47, 2011 RE Haarlem, The Netherlands Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol European, Dutch, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$86 - HK$118 +31 23 532 8686
Excellent
49%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 146 reviews

Dodici

Trendy 'small dinner' restaurant. Espresso, winebar. 7 days a week a 'dolce vita' experience with breakfast, lunch and dinner or just for a drink.

Reviewed By Chitra28 - Almere, The Netherlands

We had a quick stop at our favorite restaurant again, during Haarlem Jazz Festival, we could get a table without reservation, which is quite unique and again had a great dinner...
Super tasty food and great wines.. the freshly made scroppino's are also highly recommendable like the restaurant!

7. Luca Ristorante Pizzeria

Spaarnwouderstraat 99, 2011 AC Haarlem, The Netherlands Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner HK$94 - HK$220 +31 23 540 4030
Excellent
48%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 136 reviews

Luca Ristorante Pizzeria

Reviewed By Charles K - Haarlem, The Netherlands

Not in the touristy area, but accross the river Spaarne at like 10 min walk from Central Square Grote Markt this place is. Really worth a walk.
Close to the only entrygate Haarlem has still left, looking towards the city of Amsterdam (Amsterdamse Poort.. Amsterdam Gate) this is a hidden gem.
Great food, lots of choices of pizza, nice housewine, good service.
Everything we tried was tasty.
Certainly worth a visit.

8. Steakhouse The Golden Bull

Zijlstraat 39, 2011 TK Haarlem, The Netherlands Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, European, Argentinean, Grill, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Dinner, Late Night HK$141 - HK$1,499 +31 23 531 9733
Excellent
68%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 367 reviews

Steakhouse The Golden Bull

The Golden Bull will serve the unique, mouth melting and flavorful steaks in the whole Haarlem City. We are very glad to serve the Wagyu kobe style beef, New Zealand Hereford beef, Scottish Aberdeen Angus and Argentine Hereford together with the most delicious wines from Argentina, Chile, Spain, Italy and USA. Experience the great food, service and atmosphere at the "Steakhouse The Golden Bull".

Reviewed By Johan17 - Haarlem, The Netherlands

We had an excellent dinner at The Golden Bull.
Empenadas and chorizo sausages as a starter and entrecote and ribeye as a main.
The steaks were perfectly cooked. Accompanied by a salad and the signature home made fries. Very nice.
Good red house wines from either Chili or Argentina.
Very recommendable if you desire a steak in Haarlem.

9. Ratatouille Food & Wine

Spaarne 96, 2011 CL Haarlem, The Netherlands Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards French, Seafood, European, Central European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +31 23 542 7270
Excellent
66%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 213 reviews

Ratatouille Food & Wine

Reviewed By Reckless_V-o-L - Cologne, Germany

Awesome! Luv every bit of my 6 courses Dinner. The Menu is creatively created ans the ingredients are smartly selected. The atmosphere is trendy n I adore the open kitchen. The wine pairing is absolute recommended. You get a fantastic selection of lebanese (48 old years mighty yummy lebanese dessert wine) 5 European wines icl from Zeeland, NL. The staffs are so adoring friendly n highly competent. A must visit if you are around.

10. Urban Frenchy Bistro Toujours

Oude Groenmarkt 10-12, 2011 HL Haarlem, The Netherlands Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments French, Seafood, European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night HK$385 +31 23 532 1699
Excellent
52%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 243 reviews

Urban Frenchy Bistro Toujours

Authentic urban Frenchy bistro offering great French wines at surprisingly affordable prices, lobsters, dry aged beef and oysters.

Reviewed By John M - Enniskillen, United Kingdom

Ate here with friends last month. The staff are excellent and go out of their way to make it an enjoyable experience. The food was nice but nothing really out of this world. We waited a very long time for a table but we hadn't booked so no complaints there.

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