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There are a lot of great restaurants in Rotterdam. This is both a blessing and a curse, because sometimes it can be quite difficult to choose where to go!
That’s why we’ve compiled a list with 41 amazing restaurants in Rotterdam. It includes all kinds of restaurants, whether you are in the mood for a fancy or casual dinner, Italian, fish, Asian or vegan; it’s all possible!
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41 Amazing restaurants in Rotterdam
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Inspired by cooking styles from all over the world, they serve a variety of courses and accompanying wines at Héroine, carefully selected by their sommelier. A wonderful place if you want good food and enjoy good company.
Kipstraat 12, 3011 RT Rotterdam
Dumbo shows that vegan food is anything but boring. In this super trendy restaurant they serve dishes such as mac and cheese, dumplings, saté, noodles and stew. But all without any animal products, so 100% vegan. The interior is colorful and the cocktails look the way they taste: delicious!
Are you vegan? Then you’ll definitely want to read our list with the best vegan restaurants in Rotterdam!
Hoogstraat 44a, 3011 PS Rotterdam
Just outside the city center, along the Maas, lies the iconic and historic Zalmhuis. To put this beautiful spot in Rotterdam back on the map, a complete renovation took place in 2020. And it shows!
The imposing entrance and the beautiful interior of the restaurant are worth a visit alone. Under the guidance of chef Lars Litz, they serve the most exclusive salmon in the world: the Keta salmon from Alaska. On the menu you will also find home-smoked Scottish organic salmon, dry aged meat, vegan dishes, oysters and much more.
Schaardijk 396, 2909 LA Rotterdam
4. De Matroos en het Meisje
At De Matroos and the Girl you get what they serve that day, no need to choose! All you have to do is pass on the number of courses and the moment you wanna have dinner.
So if you fancy a nice surprise, book a table and enjoy their creations of sustainable and seasonal ingredients.
Delistraat 52, 3072 ZL Rotterdam
5. Tres Rotterdam
At restaurant Tres you can taste modern Dutch cuisine in an intimate setting and enjoy a playful 18-course menu. The restaurant cooperates with local small-scale farmers, fishermen and artisans, so the menu only offers dishes from the Netherlands. You can combine the dishes with an alcoholic or non-alcoholic arrangement.
A dinner at Tres is more an experience than a casual dinner and can take up to four hours. You do not spend hours in the same spot during a visit at Tres, but you are first welcomed as a guest in the luxurious lounge with small appetizers and an aperitif.
After this you can take a seat at the bar in the basement, where you can already see the chefs cooking. The evening will be closed in a second lounge where you can enjoy their special coffee or tea with mignardises.
Vijf Werelddelen 75, 3071 PS Rotterdam
6. De Harmonie Restaurant 23
De Harmonie Restaurant 23 is a very special restaurant where you can choose from the seasonal a la carte dishes or opt for the four, five or 23 (!) course menu. For chef Marco Somer, nature is a constant source of inspiration and you can really taste that in his culinary dishes.
This restaurant is definitely perfect for a very special date. If you’re planning a dinner for a special occassion, be sure to also check out these romantic restaurants in Rotterdam.
Westersingel 95, 3015 LC Rotterdam
Of course, a good sushi restaurant can’t be missing from this list. Enjoying a delicious mix of sushi, sashimi and tempura, you can have a look into the kitchen where the chefs prepare all the dishes fresh.
We are also a big fan of Mood’s interior, which looks very beautiful and trendy and completes the experience of an evening out. Be sure to end the night with one of their delicious cocktails or gin and tonics!
Need more sushi inspiration? Read our article with the best sushi restaurants in Rotterdam!
Otto Reuchlinweg 999, 3072 MD Rotterdam
You can visit JAQ any time of the day! Whether you’re looking for a tasty lunch or dinner, the accessible menu is the same all day long. It’s designed in such a way that the table can be full of delicious dishes, either to share or to enjoy yourself.
The dishes are made with pure, honest ingredients and there are plenty of options on the menu for vegans and vegetarians. For example, go for the avocado or halloumi sandwich, JAQ’s artichoke and parsley root or the Buddha Bowl with soup or salad.
The beautiful interior is already a reason for a visit. Their industrial concrete floor is playfully combined with comfortable velvet chairs. In addition, the restaurant has colorful wall paintings, many beautiful golden details and a large mirror wall.
Definitely a recommendation for a special occasion!
Kruiskade 9, 3012 EE Rotterdam
The Bazar on Witte de Withstraat is a true household name in Rotterdam and ideal for an evening of eating and chatting with friends, family or a date. Most dishes come from the Middle East and North Africa and you already enjoy a delicious starter around €5 and a main course around €9. Bazar is definitely one of the more affordable restaurants in Rotterdam.
Also perfect to share some dishes, such as Irfan’s starter, Sigara Böregi and a large soup.
Witte de Withstraat 16, 3012 BP Rotterdam
10. De Hemel op Aarde
Heaven on earth? That must be a tapas restaurant! Here you go for traditional and modern Spanish tapas, Greek mezzes and other tasty daily specials. Think of empanadas, patatas bravas, fried jalapeño peppers and serrano ham croquettes. A wonderful, cozy place to have a drink and enjoy various tapas dishes.
Olivia shares her favourite tapas restaurants in Rotterdam in this article!
Oostzeedijk Beneden 205A, 3061 VT Rotterdam
11. Restaurant De Jong
Are you looking for a restaurant where they create a delicious surprise menu with local products? Then be sure to pay a visit to Restaurant De Jong. You can indicate your dietary requirements and allergies in advance and they will provide a special and colorful four, five or six-course menu.
In this restaurant they work together with carefully chosen farmers, fishermen, butchers and suppliers. This way they cook with the best that nature has to offer. The dishes mainly feature seasonal vegetables, herbs and flowers. This results in colorful, pure dishes!
Raampoortstraat 38, 3032 AH Rotterdam
12. GaleriAAA by Mangiare
GaleriAAA by Mangiare is a restaurant with a very cool concept – it is a collaboration with artist collective AAAFresh123, so you can eat delicious Italian food while surrounded by all kinds of artworks.
In addition, the studio and the art gallery are connected to each other, so you can easily have a look at the art during your evening. GaleriAAA by Mangiare does not work with a fixed menu, so you are always in for a wonderful surprise!
Zaagmolenkade 124, 3035 KD Rotterdam
13. Wes Eettentje
We love Wes! Next to their amazing interior, which is based on three Wes Anderson movies, they serve really tasty food. With their home-made dishes, inspired by the flavors of Tel Aviv, you are in the right place as a hummus lover.
For example, choose some bread with delicious spreads (hummus!), fries with garlic sauce, falafel balls and a tasty WES croquette. All perfect for sharing. Are you with a large group? Then choose a 2 or 3-course dinner and be surprised by the chef.
Benthuizerstraat 94a, 3035 CR Rotterdam
14. La Salute
This atmospheric Italian family restaurant is well known in Rotterdam, especially in Hillegersberg. According to Sicilian specialties, you eat delicious pastas and pizzas here, while the owner Libero turns every evening into a party with his guests.
Bergse Dorpsstraat 65, 3054 GB Rotterdam
With no less than two stars, Parkheuvel is one of the restaurants in Rotterdam where you really get a unique experience. Led by chef Erik van Loo, it is a wonderful restaurant next to the Maas with not only a beautiful view, but also dishes that you have probably never tasted before.
Curious for similar restaurants? Read our article about the Michelin star restaurants in Rotterdam here!
Heuvellaan 21, 3016 GL Rotterdam
Seafood restaurants also definitely can’t be missing from this list, as Rotterdam has plenty of them. Every day they serve their lobster, oysters, octopus, salmon super fresh. With a beautiful interior and a view over the Maas, this is a perfect location for a nice evening dinner.
Are you a seafood lover looking for similar restaurants? Then check our article with amazing seafood restaurants in Rotterdam!
Boompjes 667, 3011 XZ Rotterdam
17. Osteria Vicini
Italian food is always a good idea. Pizzas, pastas, antipasti and of course delicious tiramisu. The restaurant has a nice interior and is very spacious. Ideal for eating with large groups!
Kortekade 63A, 3062 GN Rotterdam
18. Walk’in Fish
In the middle of the city center, Walk’in Fish ensures a high-quality experience. They prepare delicious flavor combinations and the dishes look like works of art.
Their fish is fresh and they place great value on sustainable and organic products. A must if you like seafood or are looking for a restaurant for a special occasion in Rotterdam!
Schiedamse Vest 14, 3011 BA Rotterdam
19. In de Keuken van Floris
If you like to be surprised, In de Keuken van Floris is a great option. You dine at a fixed time and the (8 or 9-course) dishes are already picked out by the chef. If you’re a vegetarian, you can let them know in advance so they can make sure your dishes are completely free of meat!
Honingerdijk 259, 3063 AM Rotterdam
20. Garde du Nord
In this vegan restaurant you eat in a (stationary) train compartment! It is a 100% vegan bio bistro and the food here is organic, super healthy and also sustainably grown. The train is located in the middle of the city, but you won’t notice it, because the area is very green and quiet!
Anthoniestraat 2, 3032 CP Rotterdam
Another great place for Italian food. At Gusto they try to work with as many organic products as possible and prepare their pizzas with fresh ingredients. On the menu you will find pizzas, pastas, antipasti and many different types of mozzarella! They also have vegetarian options and they have gluten-free bread and pasta.
For even more pizza inspiration we’e written an article with amazing hotspots for pizza in Rotterdam!
Schiedamse Vest 40, 3011 BA Rotterdam
22. Little V
At Little V you can expect traditional Vietnamese food in a super trendy setting. They have it all: street snacks, soups, one-pan dishes, dishes to share and delicious Vietnamese iced teas. The restaurant is very atmospheric and is always quite full. Therefore make sure to book in advance!
Grotekerkplein 109, 3011 GC Rotterdam
UMAMI – also known as the fifth basic flavor in addition to sweet, sour, salty and bitter – means ‘delicious taste’ in Japanese. The dishes are therefore always a surprise and well matched. According to their social dining principle, you share the food and it is really about the experience, entirely according to Chinese culture.
A great option would also be the Health Pairing, in which the ingredients of the served drinks not only enhance the flavors of the dishes, but also give your health a boost. The chosen tea or mocktails have all kinds of health benefits, entirely in accordance with the health philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
A very special experience if you want to become acquainted with Chinese cuisine and enjoy Asian fusion!
Binnenrotte 140, 3011 HC Rotterdam
At Zeezout, which is considered to be perhaps the best fish restaurant in Rotterdam, you eat local food. They cook with products such as beer from the Cape Brewers, Rotterdam Tomasu soy sauce, yogurt from Luwia, 010 Vodka and Rotterdam mustard. All directly from our own city!
The perfect place to celebrate something special with a 3, 4, 5 or 6-course menu (with or without wine pairing).
Westerkade 11, 3016 CL Rotterdam
25. Ter Marsch & Co
There are a lot of burger restaurants in Rotterdam, but at Ter Marsch & Co you don’t just eat a burger … You eat an award winning burger! The ‘Gojira’, a Korean burger served on Asian steambuns with a meat patty of dry aged rib eye and Japanese Wagyu, topped with sweet sour mini cucumber, minibokchoi, bulgogi pulled pork and roasted pork belly, yuzu manuka honey, gochujang sauce and nori cassave chips. Wow, well that’s (quite literally) a mouth full!
For the vegetarians out there, Ter Marsch & Co also offers a great veggie burger. The ‘Natural Happiness: 100% plant, 0% cow patty’ comes with beetroot, Looye honey tomato, lemon mustard sauce, cucumber, Remekerkaas and hazelnut buckwheat crumble.
Witte de Withstraat 70, 3012 BS Rotterdam 39
26. Osteria Liz
With a monthly changing menu, guests can choose from eight different dishes such as pizza, pasta, risotto, fish, vegetarian and meat dishes. Also perfect to share together while enjoying a nice glass of wine. You will find Osteria Liz in the Liskwartier and is the ideal place for a cozy date, for example!
Berkelselaan 2A, 3037 PE Rotterdam
27. De Kleine Ondeugd
This Thai restaurant has been hiding in Kralingen for years. The dishes are varied and always a surprise. You can choose from a three or four-course menu with spicy snacks, Thai soup, Thai desserts and other specialties. A cozy restaurant, ideal for lovers of Thai cuisine!
Oostzeedijk 348, 3063 CD Rotterdam
28. FG Food Labs
The second Michelin restaurant in this list is FG Food Labs. It’s the restaurant of chef François Geurds, where he experiments with ingredients until perfection is achieved. The nice thing about this restaurant is that they are very flexible with regard to the dress code. Whether you are wearing your sneakers or stilettos, it doesn’t matter. This is purely about good food.
Katshoek 41, 3032 AE Rotterdam
29. Ono Japanese Dining
Another nice sushi restaurant that you really should try! While overlooking the Rijnhaven, you are sitting in a sleek and modern restaurant where (sushi) dishes are true works of art.
Be sure to check out this review of Ono Japanese Dining in which we tell you more about our experience of this restaurant.
Antoine Platekade 1005, 3072 ME Rotterdam
You may already be familiar with Rolph’s Deli at the Kop van Zuid, where you can eat delicious pancakes and other breakfast and lunch dishes. But did you know that owner Rolph also has another restaurant? Located in De Rotterdam you will find HMB, where they serve their signature dishes with a beautiful view overlooking the Maas and the Erasmus Bridge.
Holland Amerikakade 104, 3072 MC Rotterdam
At Euskadi they serve authentic ingredients from the Basque Country, a Spanish region where love of food is deeply rooted in their culture. The Basque chefs are not afraid to experiment, so at Euskadi you can expect unique, high-quality dishes. You will not find famous pintxos on the Euskadi menu, but delicious meat and fish dishes made with special ingredients from the Basque Country.
Westewagenstraat 56, 3011 AT Rotterdam
You may know BIRD from all the fun parties that take place there every weekend, but BIRD is also a restaurant where you can dine. Our favorite is the wood oven pizza, but they also serve dishes from Asian, South American, Mediterranean and Arabic cuisine.
An absolute must is the Tasting Tuesday, in which you can try the chef’s 5-course surprise menu every Tuesday for € 25 (instead of € 33.50).
26/28, Raampoortstraat 24, 3032 AH Rotterdam
Rozey is also one of our favorites and should certainly not be missing from this list! With their delicious unlimited vegetarian and vegan dishes, you can even have the biggest meat eaters to enjoy their dinner. You eat here for € 32.50 (€ 37.50 during the weekend) all-you-can-eat, including drinks! A truly unique food concept, because Rozey is the first restaurant in the Netherlands where this is possible.
The menu is varied and is full of different dishes, all without meat or animal products. Think of vegetarian burgers and fries, but also less well-known dishes such as beet carpaccio, watermelon steak, seaweed bitterballs, pulled jack fruit and Kentucky fried cauliflower.
Wijnhaven 85, 3011 WK Rotterdam
34. KUA Tacobar
For a tasty Mexican bite you have to go to KUA, where they serve authentic and delicious Mexican dishes. Think of tacos, enhiladas, antojitos and… tequila! The interior is also entirely Mexican and therefore a super nice place for an evening with friends or family.
Craving for more Mexican food? Check our article with good Mexican restaurants in Rotterdam!
Hoogstraat 28A, 3011 PP Rotterdam
35. Harbour Club
In Het Park next to the Euromast is a hundred-year-old villa where the Harbour Club is located. A beautiful location and a restaurant known by many people in Rotterdam. The Harbour Club has a few signature dishes, such as the Sea bass ceviche and Dry Aged Tomahawk steak. In addition, as a sushi lover you are at the right place. Not to mention the desserts …
Kievitslaan 25, 3016 CG Rotterdam
Soi3 is a great Thai restaurant on the West-Kruiskade. The casual restaurant has a modern, colorful 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 get the delicious fish fish cakes as a starter and order the delicious Keang kieuw waan (Thai green curry) or the Pad Thai as main course (classic Thai dishes!).
West-Kruiskade 63A, 3014 AM Rotterdam
37. Takumi Düsseldorf
Japanese ramen is the ultimate comfort food and is perfect for a rainy day in Rotterdam.
If you want to eat ramen at a restaurant with a great ambiance, then Takumi on the West-Kruiskade is a great option. Usually the restaurant is fully packed. The restaurant is filled with lantern lamps and other decorations, which gives it a great vibe.
But let’s talk food! The menu of Takumi is extensive, with over 15 types of ramen. There are a few vegetarian ramen options too, such as the Veggie Miso Ramen and the Spicy Veggie Tan Tan Ramen. I personally recommend the latter!
Check out more ramen bars in Rotterdam!
West-Kruiskade 9B, 3014 AJ Rotterdam
At Supermercado they don’t only serve delicious cocktails, but also delicious and affordable food! They have great tacos, salads, meat from the grill and much more.
A must is the vegan Ensalada Supermercado with quinoa, pomegranate, raisin, chickpeas and mango chili dressing. Are you already hungry?
Schiedamse Vest 91A, 3012 BG Rotterdam
39. 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 favorite 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 €9 and €14. And believe us: you’ll feel SO full afterwards.
Proveniersstraat 36a, 3033 CK Rotterdam
41. Old Scuola
Old Scuola sits on a nice spot in the Industrial Building in the center of Rotterdam. As a real pizza lover, you’re at the right place here, because it’s their specialty! At Old Scuola they prepare the Fior di latte mozzarella, buffalo mozzarella and burrata according to their own recipe. The fresh ingredients come from Dutch water buffalo and cows.
Next to pizza’s, they also serve dishes to share, such as a sea food platter, vegetable platter or delicious bruschettas. Their nature wine is also worth a mention. You can even take your favourite bottle home!
Achterklooster 1, 3011 RA Rotterdam
A pretty big list, but all great options for an evening dinner! How many of these restaurants in Rotterdam can you check off your list?
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