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

December 11, 2017 Viva Honore

This ancient and historic city houses many buildings going back to the early Middle Ages. Until it was overtaken by Amsterdam in the Dutch Golden age, Utrecht was the most important city in the Netherlands. It was and still is the See of the Archbishop of Utrecht, the most important Catholic leader in the Netherlands. The University of Utrecht is the largest in the Netherlands. One of the unique features of the city is the wharf system in its inner canals. Before the city was fully canalized, parts of the Rhine River flowed through the city center. Most prominent of the historic buildings is the Gothic Cathedral of Saint Martin, the construction of which lasted for almost 200 year, beginning in 1254.
Things to do in Utrecht

1. Olivier

Achter Clarenburg 6, 3511 JJ Utrecht, The Netherlands Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Belgian, Dutch, Bar, European, Pub, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks HK$196 - HK$243 +31 30 236 7876
Excellent
41%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Olivier

Reviewed By Catriona H - Teddington, United Kingdom

Beautiful inside this converted church. Very busy on Saturday lunchtime- there are some seats upstairs too at the back. Food came quickly and was tasty (note the meatball Sandwich is actually meatballs with a side of bread). Service was good although the table was still...MoreThanks for your review Thanks for your review ;) ^Olivier

2. Blauw

Springweg 64, 3511 VT Utrecht, The Netherlands Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Asian, Indonesian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night HK$196 - HK$1,373 +31 30 234 2463
Excellent
53%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 497 reviews

Blauw

Reviewed By Stef H - Maidstone, England, United Kingdom

5 colleagues and I dined this evening at this wonderful restaurant. We had been recommended this place last year when we were in Utrecht but it was fully booked for the time we were there. This time we booked before we came over. We were not disappointed! Lovely table in a well spaced out Room with pleasant decor gave us an idea of what to expect. The menu was extensive but we chose the buffet style multiple dishes option. It was fantastic. Lots of amazing subtle flavours combined with just the right amount of food made this such an enjoyable dining experience. Our waiter Meez ( pronounced Mace we were told) was a delight. His charming and friendly personality set the seal on a lovely evening. He went above and beyond the call of duty to ask the chef to try to recreate fried ice cream which one of us had enjoyed when on holiday. It was a failure but they were such good sports to even try when they were so busy. We definitely would recommend this restaurant to everyone to try except we want to be able to eat there again and hope it’s not too full. Applause all round to Blauw!

3. Wilhelminapark

Wilhelminapark 65, 3581 NP Utrecht, The Netherlands Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol French, Dutch, Seafood, European, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$275 - HK$942 +31 30 251 0693
Excellent
39%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 246 reviews

Wilhelminapark

Reviewed By MP_Yurp - Italy

The weather was just too nice to pass up the opportunity to try this place. All outdoor tables were occupied, but as I was alone they managed to find a place for me. (First points.)
Chef's choice (Peter Jobse) menu, reasonably priced, paired with two wines, interesting description - I couldn't resist.
"Amuse bouche" dish of baked bread / crackers accompanied by a foamed butter. Very nice.
Each dish was well balanced, obviously the result of research, trial and effort. Very impressive.
The service was good, especially given the fact that I was 'in excess' of their booking capacity.
The wine pairings were well matched to the dishes.
Overall a very pleasant surprise, an excellent dinner at a reasonable price.

4. San Siro

Oud Kerkhof 9, 3512 GH Utrecht, The Netherlands Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$463 - HK$667 +31 30 232 1683
Excellent
56%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 276 reviews

San Siro

Reviewed By Matthijs L - Utrecht, The Netherlands

I love good Italian restaurants, especially if situated in my hometown ? San Siro offers high-class Italian food (no pizza) and a very nice atmosphere. Can recommend it to anyone who likes a good night out.

5. C'est Ca

Bollenhofsestraat 142, 3572 VT Utrecht, The Netherlands Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol French, Dutch, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night HK$361 - HK$534 +31 30 271 0105
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 171 reviews

C'est Ca

Inspired by the French concept of "Table d'hotes", we serve a different five course menu for our guests, every day. In C'est Ca we always make use of organic meat, MSC certified fish and only purchase fresh seasonal produce for our daily changing dishes. We don't have complicated menus to choose from, but offer a delicious high quality 5 course meal for all to enjoy. Our chef combines the finest seasonal ingredients, to create a delicious French meal, consisting of a starter, a soup, a main course, a cheese platter and a sweet dessert. All homemade of course, to give our guests the ultimate homely feeling you can experience in a foreign restaurant.

Reviewed By Jennelle H

Absolutely loved this experience! They were full but was able to sit us quickly. Our two waitresses were extremely friendly. This restaurant has a surprise menu but they are very attentive to your dietary restrictions. Service was quite slow but the food made up for it, best meal I've ever had!

6. Restaurant Podium

Domstraat 4, 3512 JB Utrecht, The Netherlands Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol French, Dutch, Seafood, European, Central European, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night HK$345 - HK$549 +31 30 635 0888
Excellent
68%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 188 reviews

Restaurant Podium

With no pretention and full of ambition, a young team is ready to give you the best!Fine international quality cuisine with a focus on the best fresh ingredients.Chef Leon Mazairac and it's team prepare a monthly changing fixed 3 and 7 course menu.Everything is freshly produced, homemade bread and delicate, but recognizable dishes.In a relaxed and correct ambiance, the service staff will take care of all your needs.The sommelier will serve you perfectly matching wines. There is also a great wine list with (natural) european wines, or classic well known domaines.

Reviewed By david b - London, United Kingdom

This is such a beautiful establishment with elegant rooms I was unnecessarily worried that the dinning experience would not live up to expectations.
The chef conducts his preparation with such technique and skill the food was sumptuously presented and tasted better.
Three amuse bouche followed by eel then lobster and brill I was delighted. Each ingredient lovingly sourced, prepared and presented fine dining indeed. Service was informed relaxed attentive and coordinated.
The best meal I have had in Utrecht, Amsterdam and many other countries. This was a culinary tour de force a perfect way to introduce my starving student daughter to oysters, pigeon, sweet breads and good wine.

7. American Steakhouse Broadway

Oudegracht 139 a/d Werf, 3511 AJ Utrecht, The Netherlands Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards American, Steakhouse, Barbecue, Grill, Gluten Free Options Dinner HK$157 - HK$424 +31 30 231 2643
Excellent
52%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 690 reviews

American Steakhouse Broadway

A PIECE OF NEW YORK IN THE HEART OF UTRECHTUtrecht has a particularly worth seeing center, which still largely surrounded by the Old Canal, unique because of its low embankments.Long quays on which the cellars of the houses next to the canal. In one of these medieval cellars, Broadway American Steakhouse for over 20 years, creates a piece of New York in the heart of Utrecht.Our restaurant, a stone's throw from the Dom tower, consists of two spacious and cozy vaulted cellars, each with authentic scenes from the famous theater area of ​​New York, Broadway. In fine weather, you can visit our great big quay Terrace, right on the waterside. While enjoying our prime quality steaks, Ribs or delicious grilled fish, you will see the Utrecht canal life go by: rowboats, canoes, pedal boats and excursion boats, it delivers a colorful daily spectacle.Broadway American Steakhouse is the ideal base for various occasions. After shopping in the diverse city or exploring the various historical sites there is nothing nicer than after enjoying in our restaurant. Also Broadway American Steakhouse is the perfect place to start a night out; whether you are planning to hold a Utrecht pub crawl or watch a musical at any time, please contact us for a delicious meal.Business guests are also welcome to us, the Jaarbeurs and various office areas are within easy walking distance.Something for everyone in Broadway American Steakhouse!

Reviewed By bugsnad - Maastricht, The Netherlands

Foods served here have good portions. Always busy during dinner time. Taste-wise t's ok, not excellent, but also not too bad.

8. Meneer Smakers

Nobelstraat 143 | Twijnstraat 62, 3512 EM Utrecht, The Netherlands Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi American, Bar, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Excellent
51%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 667 reviews

Meneer Smakers

Reviewed By PR_Persson - Singapore, Singapore

I went to Utrecht with a friend. When it was time for dinner we consulted the Trip Advisor app and Meener Smakers had top marks. We where there in the afternoon so we even got a table to sit at.
The menu was varied and you could pick and choose from many nice things. We hade the lamb burger. Honestly, it was beyond many a good burger that I have had.
Anyway, when in Utrecht do not miss this friendly place. They also offer vegetarian and vegan burgers.

9. Selamat Makan

Voorstraat 100, 3512 AV Utrecht, The Netherlands Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available Seafood, Asian, Indonesian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$141 - HK$337 +31 30 236 8917
Excellent
58%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 168 reviews

Selamat Makan

Reviewed By Aethelred - Cambridge, Massachusetts

Not "original" Indonesian, I'd say, too sweet and too smooth, but I am only very familiar with Javanese cuisine and maybe this was something else (Indo?). Very large portions, prices average European (not cheap), friendly service, okay Indonesian beer, the decoration is as one would expect. No aircon and it was a very hot day. I would not say no if invited there again, but I would look for another Indonesian place first if booking myself.

10. Kimmade Vietnamese Street Food

Mariastraat 2, 3511 LP Utrecht, The Netherlands Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Digital Payments, Waitstaff Fast Food, Asian, Vietnamese, Street Food, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$47 - HK$86 +31 30 737 0993
Excellent
60%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 432 reviews

Kimmade Vietnamese Street Food

A traditional Vietnamese Food Concept just as how you get in Vietnam: Street Food. The cuisine is famous of its spicy fresh and healthy characteristics. And don't forget, 95% of what we have to offer is gluten free!

Reviewed By vortexz - Singapore, Singapore

Let's be fair here, the Netherlands is not known for its cuisine. So if you can find a place like this, it has to rank high.
Adjust your expectations, this is slightly more than a street stall. Think it that way, you'll be glad you even have seats. The few times I went there the staff were friendly so the small cramped space didn't bother me, it was some of the other customers that did.
The price is very reasonable! For a sit-down place you can't find this kind of prices elsewhere (apart from kebabs and turkish pizzas) so quit complaining you self-entitled reviewers!
My mom is half-Vietnamese so I am familiar with the food, and can vouch its standards. The non-Vietnamese staff knows their stuff too, I was impressed the white waiter told me how to eat my spring rolls the correct way - wrapped in lettuce and dipped in the fish sauce.

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