Alphen aan den Rijn Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Alphen aan den Rijn

July 25, 2017 Toi Mattera

Alphen aan den Rijn (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɑlfə(n) aːn də ˈrɛi̯n] ( listen), English: Alphen upon Rhine or Alphen on the Rhine) is a town and municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland, between Leiden and Utrecht. The town is situated on the banks of the river Oude Rijn (Old Rhine), where the river Gouwe branches off. The municipality had a population of 109,449 in 2017, and covers an area of 132.49 km (51.15 sq mi) of which 5.91 km (2.28 sq mi) is water.
Things to do in Alphen aan den Rijn

1. Alfreds

Cornelis Geellaan 43, 2406 JE Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible French, Seafood, European Lunch, Dinner HK$212 - HK$487 +31 172 425 757
Excellent
37%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 77 reviews

Alfreds

Reviewed By Robbert B - Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands

Had a business lunch. They have introduced a new formula. We had 4 small dishes. Two appetizers and two small main courses. Chef's surprise menu. Which tasted just great. The restaurant is located in a great park. Service was very friendly. I would recommend this to my best friends.

2. Is Morus

Raadhuisstraat 186, 2406 AK Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +31 172 475 606
Excellent
45%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 211 reviews

Is Morus

Reviewed By Robbert B - Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands

My daughter and I had a pizza and Tiramisu for desert. The pizza 's were great. The tiramisu looked like it came from a machine, tube-like. Not so great. The staff were very friendly. They communicate mainly in Italian with eachother, adding to the Italian atmosphere.

3. Sari Djawa

Gouwsluisseweg 48, 2405 XS Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Seafood, Asian, Indonesian Dinner +31 172 472 316
Excellent
37%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 66 reviews

Sari Djawa

Reviewed By sdnl - Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands

After good previous experiences we decided to have the Indonesian Rijsttafel as our 3rd Christmas dinner.
I ordered in advance and when we came to pick it up, it was already available. For 8 people including extra baked rice we paid a total of 136,50 (yes, for take out!) but thought it would be worth the money.
Back at home we noticed two things:
- very small portions
- the food was lukewarm
What a disappointment! The nicest food was the baked rice, the meatballs and baked banana. The sate pieces were tiny, the baked pork was tough, the vegetables were greasy and tasteless. And the size of the portions was really small. Next time we're going to another restaurant.

4. Restaurant Avifauna

Hoorn 65X, 2404 HG Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Dutch, Seafood, European, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +31 172 487 502
Excellent
24%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 175 reviews

Restaurant Avifauna

Reviewed By USExpat1nUK - Warwick

Stayed two nights at the hotel and had dinner here one of the nights. We had no trouble getting a table. Our server had OK English and was very friendly. I had the schnitzel which was good. I loved the sauce! I usually don't eat dessert, but everything looked tempting! I tried a dessert that was a cream puff covered in chocolate! Wonderful! Portion sizes were good for the price.

5. Proto

Rijnkade 5, 2406 CA Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +31 172 476 566
Excellent
23%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
5%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 126 reviews

Proto

Reviewed By M0rrighan - Netherlands

Tapas restaurant on the waterside (but they serve other dishes too). We've been here a few times and usually chose one of the tapas menus. All dishes are good, but I really love their soup! One of the few restaurants where you can sit outside in the sun in the evening!

6. Brasserie Buuren

Hooftstraat 161-163, 2406 GH Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands Reservations, Waitstaff French, Seafood, European, Central European, Dutch, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner +31 172 515 796
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 71 reviews

Brasserie Buuren

Reviewed By TheLionAmsterdam - Amsterdam

We have visited this restaurant multiple times and are always extremely pleased by the exceptional friendly service, the frequently changing meny and the excellent food. Real value for money.
The service is exceptionally keen to answer any requests. In the past we have enjoyed everything from an evening long dinner with friends to an intimate dinner for two. The last visit, we had a quick dinner in the outdoor Seating area just beside the river (Oude Rijn). It was great!

7. Barista Cafe Aarkade

Aarkade 6, 2406 BV Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Digital Payments Dutch, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +31 172 425 700
Excellent
44%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 129 reviews

Barista Cafe Aarkade

Reviewed By frangipanime - Leiden, The Netherlands

Barista is a nice looking coffee bar/ lunch restaurant with some +'s and some downsides.. Plusses are the great coffee's and the homemade cookies, the look and atmosphere are welcoming and friendly, and the fact that its about the only nice spot in the 'ground zero-like' state of the surroundings on this side of Alphen at the moment. Half of the old city center was taken down intentionally, the rest of it has become inaccessible due to the two large cranes that fell on buildings a couple of weeks ago.
Downsides: The lunch menu is ok, but only 1 option for vegetarians, and the Sandwich toppings are just about enough. Toilets are not too clean and the wifi is not steady. It gives the impression that the place need a little more care and attention than it's currently getting.

8. Zorba de Griek

Van Nesstraat, Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Greek Dinner +31 172 493 335
Excellent
55%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 56 reviews

Zorba de Griek

Reviewed By chrisatobm - Ilkley, United Kingdom

Greek cuisine isn't always my first choice, but I was taken to this place by some locals. The members of staff were all extremely welcoming and friendly, and the food was very good indeed. The portions were extremely generous too.
There was a salad bar that was well stocked with a wide variety of fresh produce.
All in all, it was a good experience!

9. Grand Cafe Eight

Euromarkt 2, 2408 BL Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Dutch, European, French, Seafood Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +31 172 495 477
Excellent
28%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 75 reviews

Grand Cafe Eight

Reviewed By GATEMANEE C - Canton of Zug, Switzerland

We went, as a family for a birthday dinner. The cafe is very easy to find, at the edge of a car park and in a small mall.
We arrived 30 minutes early for our reservation and were quickly shown to some seats by the fireplace, for drinks while we waited. The waitress was very friendly and helpful. Our drinks arrived in minutes and we waited, comfortably, for the rest of our party to arrive and for the table.
When we got to our table, we were served quickly. The waitress coped very easily with one of our group that only spoke English and she explained the special of the evening well.
The food arrived quickly but with enough time for us to chat. We were served asparagus soup as a taster and it was really delicious. The appetisers arrived and we enjoyed most of them. The fish and soup appetisers were great. The steak tartare less so as it did not seem to be fresh and was, strangely, served on toast.
The main courses were good. We tried a mixture of fish and duck and found all the dishes well prepared and cooked.
Dessert was the sachertorte. Although the torte itself was small, it was served with various sauces and ice cream and was delicious.
A good night, largely thanks to the friendly, relaxed and efficient service.

10. Il Delicato

Swaenswijkplaats 29, 2405 AV Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner +31 172 478 880
Excellent
64%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 153 reviews

Il Delicato

Reviewed By epd6 - Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands

I had several times dinner here, as well business wise as private, and my company and I were never disappointed. The advise is to make reservation two days before, because it is nearly always full. Price-quality is acceptable, price rating is higher than average. Service is very good, tables are a bit too close to eachother from my point of view. Verry good choice in wines and a good menu. The location is on the border of the Oude Rijn (Old Rhine) next to one of the (bike riders and pedestrians only) Bridges of Alphen aan den Rijn. Worth to visit.

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