Every once and a while my parents come over to Amsterdam. After a day of sightseeing (including a bike rental of course), we usually end the day by having dinner somewhere, with my parents going back home after that. Last time we ended up at The Seafood Bar, a spot near the Vondelpark. A glass door, bright lights, an open space, lots of tables and a lot of different fish and of course seafood.
The Seafood Bar may look like an expensive place to eat (its location also being the museum district, close to “Oud Zuid”, the more pricey part of Amsterdam), prices can be quite good. The Fingerfood (“kibbeling”, calamari and Thai fishcakes) is inexpensive with big portions. But if you do decide to spend some serious euros, oysters, lobster or the chef’s grill are the more expensive items on the menu. Combine your order with some of the fine wines and watch the chefs prepare your meal at the bar or in the back of the restaurant.
If a good menu, nice prices and modern atmosphere isn’t enough to get you to this newly caught fish, people watching is also part of The Seafood Bar. Posh people from around the corner, students discussing their grades, long time friends meeting after years or a twenty something with his provincial parents, having dinner after a day of sightseeing.
Note: a bigger, second restaurant opened on Spui 15.