Eating in one of the nice restaurants in Rotterdam, that is also affordable, is all we want, right? Luckily there are plenty of options in our city. Because we like to consider our budget (we’ll always be Dutch!), we share some nice and affordable restaurants in Rotterdam below. We have also taken into account a good price/quality ratio.
Pastas, pizzas, curries, a delicious bowl of ramen, in this article you can find all kinds of amazing restaurants in Rotterdam that offer delicious and affordable dishes. Of course everything is relative, that’s why we also share some prices.
If you want to be sure of a spot, it’s recommended to make a reservation. Eet smakelijk! Which is Dutch for enjoy your meal ;).
Soi3 is a great Thai restaurant on the West-Kruiskade. The restaurant has a modern, colourful interior and there is always a pleasant atmosphere. In the summer you can also sit outside at one of the pink folding tables.
On the menu of Soi3 you will find a wide selection of tasty, affordable dishes. These are served in plastic plates and bowls.
Don’t know what to choose? Then order a Thai classic, such as the delicious Keang kieuw waan (Thai green curry) for €16 or the Pad Thai for €15.50 as main course. Throw in some rice for €3.00 and you’re good to go.
West-Kruiskade 63A, 3014 AM Rotterdam
2. Zainab Roshni Mahal
On Nieuwe Binnenweg you will find Zainab Roshni Mahal, an Indian/Pakistani restaurant. As soon as you step inside, you imagine yourself in another country. The interior has lots of quirky details, from the special wall with built-in “candles” to the colourful lamps and the bright green tablecloth around the buffet table.
At Zainab you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat open buffet for €23.50 per person. Prefer to order from the menu? That is also possible.
The extensive menu features authentic Pakistani and Indian dishes. You can have a lentil soup for just €4.75, shrimp pakora (deep-fried prawns, delicious as a starter) for €6 and the mix vegetable curry for €11.50. Order delicious naan to go with it for €3 and you have a scrumptious meal!
Good to know: children aged 4 to 9 eat for half price and up to 3 eat free here!
Nieuwe Binnenweg 317, 3021 GH Rotterdam
3. What’s Up India
At What’s Up India you can fully enjoy fresh Indian dishes in their quirky, somewhat kitschy interior.
There is something for everyone on their extensive menu! Order the delicious samosas as appetiser from €4.50. You can get a delicious (vegetarian) main course here for around €8, such as the Channa Masala, Dal Fry or Dal Tadka. Add €2.25 for a simple naan and €3.50 for Basmati rice.
In the mood for more Indian food? Check our article where we share more amazing Indian restaurants in Rotterdam!
Eendrachtsweg 27 B-BE, 3012 LB Rotterdam
4. XI’AN DELICIOUS FOODS
Another affordable option is Xi’an Delicious Food on Karel Doormanstraat.
Xian is a city in northwestern China. Xi’an Delicious Foods restaurant is named after this city. Here they serve authentic dishes from Xian, such as noodle soup, dumplings, Chinese crepes and rice dishes.
The open kitchen gives you a glimpse into the process of freshly prepared noodles (thin, thick and triangle noodles). You really come here for the food and the price! The interior is simple, with different dishes depicted on the wall.
You can get a large bowl of vegetarian noodle soup for €9, a large bowl of chicken noodle soup for €12. They also have dim sum, six pieces from €4.20, and Chinese crepes from €6 (and these crepes are really big!).
Karel Doormanstraat 449A, 3012 GH Rotterdam
5. Yellow River Lanzhou handpulled Noodles
In the middle of Rotterdam Centre, on the Mauritsweg, you will find Yellow River. Here they make authentic Lanzhou hand-pulled noodles. It is possible to choose from six different types of noodles (thin, regular, thick, wide, wider and diamond).
When you enter you can place your order at the counter. Just like at Xi’an Delicious Foods, you can look into the kitchen at Yellow River and see how the noodles are hand-pulled.
After placing your order you will receive a beeper that goes off when your order is ready. You can then pick up the dish yourself and take it to your table. Good to know is that you can also serve all kinds of side dishes! These are also available at the order desk/kitchen.
It’s a restaurant where you really come for the food. The food is of high quality, but the restaurant is not necessarily intended for long dining. You can get a bowl of noodles for around €20. There are vegetarian and halal options.
Discover even more Chinese restaurants in Rotterdam!
Mauritsweg 46A, 3012 JV Rotterdam
6. Sabor Sabor
Through the dishes of Sabor Sabor you travel to different areas in Mexico. Each dish comes from a different part of the country. Everything is very colourful and full of flavour. You can also share many of the dishes together, which is always fun and a great way to get a taste of everything.
During my visit I (together with my boyfriend) got to try out a lot of the dishes: Guacamole sol y luna (€12.10), Sopa azteca (tortilla soup for €8.70) and Calabacitas enchiladas (vegan enchiladas for €18.50).
Every week Sabor Sabor puts together a new three- and four-course surprise menu from the chef. That’s a fun and affordable way to taste a lot of different things! The three-course menu costs €25.50 per person and the four-course menu €31 You can choose from chicken, meat, fish, vegetarian or vegan.
Adrien Mildersstraat 11a, 3022 NB Rotterdam
At Supermercado you eat delicious and affordable! They have delicious tacos, salads, grilled meat and much more.
We recommend the vegan Ensalada Supermercado with quinoa, pomegranate, raisin, chickpeas and mango chili dressing for the price of €7.50 (small) or €13 (large). Tacos are €4.25 each, you have ceviche from €9.50 and of course you have to pre-order the nachos (€11.50). Or order a tasty empanada for €3.50 each.
Supermercado is the perfect place to share dishes with a group of friends, but it is also a great date spot. They also serve excellent exotic cocktails!
Discover even more nice cocktail bars in Rotterdam.
Schiedamse Vest 91A, 3012 BG Rotterdam
Spaghetteria is a cosy, accessible Italian restaurant. They have two locations in Rotterdam: one on the Nieuwe Binnenweg and one on the Pannekoekstraat. There are no tables for two at Spaghetteria, but long tables where everyone can sit. So there is always a spot!
The daily changing menu features six different pasta dishes, made with fresh ingredients. Three of the six dishes vary daily: the vegetarian ravioli, the fish pasta and the papperdelle with meat ragout.
The three regular dishes are the arrabbiata, the Tuscan sausage and the frutti di mare (when in season, otherwise they are replaced by mussels). The prices of the dishes vary between €13.50 and €19.50.
Spaghetteria make their own pasta in their own laboratorio artigianale, a traditional workshop where they make different types of pasta according to the tradition of the Italian pasta guild.
Nieuwe Binnenweg 77, 3014 GE Rotterdam
Pannekoekstraat 76, 3011 LK Rotterdam
9. PizzaBar di Vicini
Have you already heard of Pizzabar Di Vicina in Kralingen? With their delicious oven-fresh pizzas and great atmosphere, it’s a pizza party every day!
You can find pizza chef Ayad Ezzarouali in the kitchen between 16:00 and 20:30, to provide everyone with thin, crispy, fluffy, gluten-free or veggie/vegan pizzas from the plate. Everything is possible! You can already order a Pizza Margherita for €12 and a Pizza Formaggi for €16.
Also make sure to try the homemade lasagna, which will cost you €16. Definitely not expensive and very tasty!
Lusthofstraat 2A, 3062 WN Rotterdam
10. Panzerò Italian StrEat Food
Crazy about Italian cuisine, but want something different than pasta or pizza? Then Panzerò on the Botersloot is the right place for you.
You don’t come here for the typical pizza or pasta evening, but for the Apulian cuisine. Because at Panzerò you eat traditional dishes from Puglia, Italy.
You can especially come here for delicious Panzerotto: a fried calzone with a filling made from fresh ingredients. For example, order the classic Panzerotto with tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and chilli from Puglia for €4.50 or the Vegano with all vegetables for €5.80.
Botersloot 50A, 3011 HH Rotterdam
11. Deli Tasty
For about €10-20 per person you can enjoy Vietnamese food at Deli Tasty. The prices of the starters are between €5 and €10. You have a noodle soup from €10, which is a whole meal in itself.
The restaurant has a nice interior that really reminds us of Vietnam.
Meent 40, 3011 JL Rotterdam
Buns, rice dishes, spring rolls, rice paper rolls and of course the famous pho noodle soup. At restaurant Pho you eat delicious dishes according to Vietnamese cuisine for an affordable price.
For example, you pay €15.50 for Banh Xeo Chay (Vietnamese pancakes) and €10 for Banh Thit Ga (two steamed buns). With a drink you are set for under €20!
West-Kruiskade 1A, 3014 AJ Rotterdam
13. MÉMÉ VIETNAMESE STREETFOOD
Crazy about Vietnamese street food? Then you want to go to MéMé. This restaurant specializes in healthy and authentic Vietnamese food.
Here you can eat spring rolls from €3.50, bapao from €3 and fresh spring rolls from €6. For example, as a main course you can eat the delicious vegan coconut curry with potatoes, mushrooms and mixed vegetables (€12.95) and rice with chicken in homemade peanut sauce for €13.75.
Zuidplein 88, 3083 CW Rotterdam
14. Nieuw Rotterdams Café
Visit Nieuw Rotterdams Café for drinks, bar bites, lunch and dinner. And it’s surprisingly affordable! For instance, for just €14.50 you can already order a delicious poké bowl.
You can order a lot of vegan dishes at NRC under the name Viva Las Vegan! For example, order the vegan Kapsalon, made with Redefine pulled lamb, for €21.50, the Bao Buns for €15.50 or the Viva Las Vegan tasting board with spring rolls, kapsalon with Redefine pulled lamb, poké bowl Salmno & bao buns with Redefine Pulled Pork for €22.50.
The location on the Witte de Withstraat is also ideal of course.
Do you eat vegan? Be sure to visit one of these vegan restaurants in Rotterdam!
Witte de Withstraat 63, 3012 BN Rotterdam
Looking for something a bit different? Then we recommend a visit to Vessel11! The restaurant is actually a red lightship docked in the city centre of Rotterdam.
Here you can enjoy typical British pub food, with a seasonal and modern twist. You already have a simple starter from €7.50 and a main course from €14.50. For example, order the paprika soup (€7.50) or smoked salmon (€10.80) as a starter. As a main course you can choose from a Classic Caesar Salad for €14.50.
Would you like to join the Sunday Roast? For €23.50 you’ll get slow roasted meat, vegetables, potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and gravy.
Looking for more unique places to visit? Read our article about unique hotspots in Rotterdam!
Wijnhaven 101, 3011 WN Rotterdam
As with most restaurants, it’s just how much you crazy you make it yourself at SHIN. At this Japanese tapas bar and matcha café you can share Japanese dishes together!
The menu starts with a love letter from owner Nanako to her husband (and business partner) Tony. Then there are different “dates” possible, so menus for two people!
For example, if you opt for a Little Date (€37.50 for two people), you can enjoy five dishes together, including the homemade Wakame Seaweed, Takoyaki (five pieces) and Crispy tacos with ebi shrimp (two pieces).
Ordering separately from the card is of course also possible. The prices for the small tapas dishes vary between €5.50 (for example for the vegan Koroké Shiitake Balls) and €9.50 (for the Home-made Chicken Devil Devil Wings). The Specials are a bit more expensive and the prices are between €14 for the Big-Eye-Tuna Carpaccio and €38 for the Grilled Wagyu Steak (80 grams).
It’s good to know that Wagyu Steak is normally a lot more expensive. The owners of SHIN import A5 wagyu from Kagoshima, Japan and then offer it at the purchase price in their restaurant. Owner Tony: “We have chosen not to make a profit on this dish, so that it is more accessible for our visitors to taste real Japanese wagyu. And also fall in love with it, like we did.”
Of course you also want to taste some of the matcha at a matcha café. You have a matcha ice cream from €6.50 at SHIN.
Rodezand 23b-25, 3011 AM Rotterdam
17. Japanese Curry House Kiiro
Kiiro is the first Japanese curry house in the Netherlands. Here you can create your own curries and add as many vegetables as you want. The dishes are simple, but full of flavour.
For example, you already have Torpedo Gamba’s for €10.50 and for €9.50 vegetarian dumplings. Definitely recommended!
In love with Japanese cuisine? Then you should check out these Japanese restaurants in Rotterdam.
Posthoornstraat 524, 3011 WD Rotterdam
18. BISTROT-BAR FRÈRE
Bistrot-Bar Frère is a relatively new addition to Blijdorp. This French bistrot is, in their own words, “a place for everyone who has a taste for French food, groove, funk and hip-hop”. That sounds cool, doesn’t it? And it is also an affordable place!
Order something delicious from the drink menu and combine it with a delicious natural wine. In addition to being a wonderful place for a drink, you can also have an excellent dinner here. Choose a menu for Petite Faim (€12.50) or Grande Faim (€16.50), which stands for small hunger or big hunger.
Statenweg 66A, 3039 JG, Rotterdam
At Gusto they try to work with as many organic products as possible and prepare their pizzas with fresh ingredients. The menu changes regularly at Gusto, because they cook with the season.
On the menu you will also find several vegetarian options and they have gluten free bread and pasta. Craving a pizza or pasta? You have these from €10.50 and €16.50.
Italian food is always a good idea! Here you can find even more inspiration for Italian restaurants in Rotterdam!
Schiedamse Vest 40, 3011 BA Rotterdam
20. De Pizzabakkers
Of course the name already says it, but at de Pizzabakkers you can order delicious pizza’s. The pizza’s here have an extra thin, crispy bottom and are topped with fresh ingredients.
You can get a pizza Margherita for €10. Is a Margherita too plain for you? The delicious and richly topped Campagnola pizza only costs you €15. Bon appetite!
In need of some more inspiration? Here you can read which restaurants serve the best pizza’s in Rotterdam!
Pannekoekstraat 22a, 3011 LG Rotterdam
21. De Smaak van Afrika
At De Smaak van Afrika or ‘the Taste of Africa’ you can go for the authentic African cuisine and for only a small price. Most main courses are around €15.
Or choose the Nay tzom Heweswas, a festive platter with various traditional vegetarian dishes for two. This costs €45.50.
Goudsesingel 342A, 3011 KL Rotterdam
22. La Cazuela
La Cazuela is a lovely Mediterranean restaurant on the always pleasant Proveniersstraat in Rotterdam. For those who do not know this location: behind central station is a small intersection with a mix of nice restaurants.
La Cazuela’s tapas menu includes influences from Spain, Italy, France, Portugal and North Africa. It is possible to order a la carte or go for the surprise menu. You can opt for two courses of tapas for €26 and three courses for €30. The menu consists of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, but can also be completely vegetarian.
Proveniersstraat 38, 3033 CK Rotterdam
23. AJISAN Authentic Tokyo Ramen
Craving a tasty bowl of ramen? Then visit AJISAN on the Coolsingel. It’s an atmospheric restaurant with a great interior. The bar really looks like a ramen bar in Japan and the first thing you see when you walk in is the cool mural.
But what makes AJISAN really unique is that they don’t use any chemical additives in their dishes. The ramen of AJISAN are made as healthy as possible with only natural ingredients.
Fortunately, the dishes at AJISAN are also affordable. The price for a bowl of ramen starts from €13.95. In addition, you pay € 14.95 for a poké bowl and for side dishes, such as delicious gyoza, you pay around €5.
Coolsingel 123, 3012 AG Rotterdam
24. Takumi Düsseldorf
Another great place for a bowl of Japanese ramen: Takumi Düsseldorf on the West-Kruiskade. It is a small restaurant, filled with cute lamps and other decorations, giving it a great vibe.
But let’s talk about the food! Takumi’s menu is extensive, with more than 15 types of ramen. You can already order a bowl of ramen from €14.50 and a curry from €14.
Takumi has more branches in Rotterdam.Check out more fun, affordable ramen bars in Rotterdam here!
West-Kruiskade 9B, 3014 AJ Rotterdam
At Soif in Delfshaven you sit right at the water. Especially in the summer it’s nice to sit on their terrace. In the winter you can sit inside and warm yourself up with their cheese fondue (this costs €21.50 per person)!
It’s a cafe where they serve delicious soups, salads, cheese fondue, risotto and much more. They also have delicious desserts such as the cheesecake, apple pie and nut cake from Koekela.
The prices for the starters are between €9.50 and €14.50 and the prices for the main courses are between €17.50 and €24.50. Would you like a dessert? Then you will spend between €4.50 and €17.50 per person, or you can share one!
Mathenesserdijk 438 A, 3026 GV Rotterdam
26. Restaurant Bazar
Bazar at the Witte de Withstraat is a well-known in Rotterdam and is an excellent choice if you have to keep a tight budget.
Starters cost you about €6 and a main course around €15. Most dishes come from the Middle East and North Africa.
At Bazar you can eat well and affordable in Rotterdam, but you can also decide to eat a delicious and affordable breakfast here.
Bazar is the ideal place if you go out for dinner with a lot of people. In her article, Kim shares even more restaurants where you can go with large groups!
Witte de Withstraat 16, 3012 BP Rotterdam
SUGO is located at multiple locations in the Netherlands, namely in Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Utrecht and of course in Rotterdam!
At SUGO you can go for pizza al taglio. This is a pizza variant that is baked on large rectangular plates and cut into long pieces. Pizza al taglio therefore means “sliced pizza”.
For a pizza at SUGO you will spend around €15. Also take a look at their promotions. At the time of writing, all pastas are €10 every Monday, all pizzas are €10 every Tuesday and every Wednesday you get a regular SUGO pizza of your choice and Moretti beer for €13.50 for students.
Aert van Nesstraat 20, 3012 CA Rotterdam
Westblaak 87, 3012 KG Rotterdam
At Hamburg they serve proper burgers made from fresh ingredients and “honest” meat. This means no hormones and antibiotics. In addition, you can also choose to swap your burger with the vegan ‘Beyond Meat’ burger.
With your drink and delicious fries, you have a full belly for around €20 !
If you like burgers, make sure to read our article with a list of the best burgers in Rotterdam!
Witte de Withstraat 94B, 3012 BT Rotterdam
Fun parties and good food: we love BIRD. Here they serve plenty of dishes in addition to their delicious wood-fired pizzas.
What we recommend is to let yourself be surprised by the Chef’s Table on a Tuesday, also known as ‘Tasting Tuesday’. On this day you pay only €29.50 instead of €38.50 and you get a surprise five-course menu.
Or visit BIRD on a Wednesday and enjoy pizza and beer (or soda) for €15. Book in advance for these two promotions, mentioning ‘Tasting Tuesday’ or ‘Pizza Wednesday’.
26/28, Raampoortstraat 24, 3032 AH Rotterdam
Rozey is one of our favourite affordable restaurants with a top price-quality ratio. With their delicious unlimited vegetarian and vegan dishes, you can even have the biggest meat eaters enjoy themselves.
It’s an all-you-can-eat concept where you pay €37.50 (€42.50 during the weekend). And that includes drinks! Pretty good deal right?! Try the vegetarian burgers and fries, beet carpaccio, seaweed bitterballs, pulled jack fruit or Kentucky fried cauliflower.
Wijnhaven 85, 3011 WK Rotterdam
31. The Harvest
Do you want a nice warm home-made meal, without having to cook it yourself? Then definitely visit The Harvest, one of our favourite healthy hotspots in Rotterdam. Here they use local and seasonal products with which they put together a delicious plate of food.
It works as follows: first you choose the basis of the dish, then two dishes from the greengrocer and finally you can choose a vegetarian dish or a piece of meat. There are also ready-made bowls to choose from. Depending on your choice, you pay between €12 and €18. And believe us: you’ll feel SO full afterwards.
Proveniersstraat 36a, 3033 CK Rotterdam
32. De Kleine Ondeugd
This Thai restaurant has been hiding in Kralingen for years. At De Kleine Ondeugd you can choose a two-course menu for €27.50, a three-course menu for €29.50 or a four-course menu for €34.50.
The dishes are varied and always a surprise. Expect spicy snacks, Thai soup, Thai desserts and other specialties. A cosy restaurant, ideal for lovers of Thai cuisine! You eat what they serve, but they love to adjust a few ingredients to make it vegetarian.
TIP: Try the butterfly pea tea, if they have it on offer during your visit. This healthy tea changes from blue to purple when you squeeze lemon juice into it!
Oostzeedijk 348, 3063 CD Rotterdam
33. Le Souq Delfshaven
At the Lebanese restaurant Le Souq in Delfshaven you can enjoy fresh, tasty dishes from the Middle East.
Be sure to order a selection of delicious mezzes. These are small oriental dishes, kind of like starters, that are ideal for sharing. The mezze’s go per two people and for example ten types of mezze you pay €21.75 per person and for 15 types €31 per person. It is also possible to choose it per piece.
For example, choose from various cold mezzes such as tabouleh (Lebanese salad with parsley, tomato and wheat grains) for €5.50 or Baba Ghannoush (grilled eggplant dip with tahina, garlic and lemon) for €4.75. For the warm mezze you can choose from various dishes as well, such as falafel (€4.95) or batata harra (spicy potato cubes with coriander, garlic and lemon) for €4.75. Super tasty!
Voorhaven 54B, 3024 RP Rotterdam
34. Restaurant Meram
There are two Meram branches in Rotterdam: in Rotterdam West, on Mathenesserplein, and in Rotterdam South, on Afrikaanderplein. This is a Turkish restaurant where you can order all kinds of dishes for breakfast, brunch and dinner. Of course at an affordable price!
The menu really has a lot of choice. The Turkish lentil soup (€5.50) is always delicious. The warm Turkish tapas start from €5.95. For example, choose Sıgara böreği, rolls with feta (€5.95), Fırında Kaşarlı Manta, mushrooms from the oven (€6.95).
They also have potatoes prepared in different ways from €5.95, dishes from the pan from €18.95 and various pastas from €10.95.
Mathenesserplein 91, 3023 LA Rotterdam
Afrikaanderplein 2, 3072 EA Rotterdam
35. Little V
Do you love Vietnamese food? Then we recommend Little V. This hugely popular establishment in the heart of the city centre is not only very tasty, it is also fantastically decorated. The plants, lights and wooden gazebos make the restaurant very atmospheric and give the feeling of being in Vietnam.
On the menu you can choose from all kinds of typical Vietnamese dishes. Think of one pot dishes such as Bún (from €18), but also fish, meat and vegetable dishes to share, such as the vegetarian coconut curry with mixed vegetables (€12.50), king prawns & scallops in coconut curry (€18.50) and grilled chicken chop with lemongrass (€13.50). Or let the chef decide for you and go for a two, three or four-course surprise menu (between €31 and €37).
Finally, we recommend to taste one of their incredibly tasty (virgin) cocktails or ice teas!
Discover more great Vietnamese restaurants in Rotterdam!
Grotekerkplein 109, 3011 GC Rotterdam
36. De Maaskantine
De Maaskantine is a fun colourful restaurant with a terrace on the water where you can order tasty BBQ dishes and refreshing drinks.
The menu includes dishes such as fries (€4.50), the cajun cauliflower wings (€9), nachos (€6.50) and various burgers (around €10), to name a few.
Just having a drink at the Maaskantine is of course also possible. There are different cocktails and mixes. They recommend getting a pitcher to save money.
Are you reading this in the summer? There is a good chance that there will be great events at the Maaskantine. Discover our summer agenda for Rotterdam!
Plantagelaan 2, 3063 NG Rotterdam
These were 36 restaurants in Rotterdam where you can eat delicious and affordable! Do you have a good tip too? We would love to hear it in the comments below.
Have you found a great restaurant in this article that you want to visit? Always check the address and the prices via the website of the restaurant, as this may have changed between the moment we have written it and the moment you are reading this. Enjoy!