Where to Eat in Franeker: The Best Restaurants and Bars

August 4, 2017 Almeta Stockton

Franeker (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈfraːnəkər] ( listen); West Frisian: Frjentsjer) is one of the eleven historical cities of Friesland and capital of the municipality of Waadhoeke. It is located north of the Van Harinxmakanaal and about 20 km west of Leeuwarden. As of 1 January 2014, it had 12,781 inhabitants. The Eise Eisinga Planetarium, established in 1781, is located in the city.
Things to do in Franeker

1. Cheung-Kwong

Zilverstraat 3, 8801 KA Franeker, The Netherlands Reservations Chinese Dinner +31 517 394 098
Excellent
38%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 26 reviews

Cheung-Kwong

Reviewed By FamilieHettenvan - The Netherlands

We've never been disappointed when eating here, the buffet is really good!

2. Toscanini

Noord 28-30, 8801 KP Franeker, The Netherlands Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner +31 517 395 356
Excellent
45%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 39 reviews

Toscanini

Reviewed By FamilieHettenvan - The Netherlands

We had an outing for work (PostNL), 32 people, and we had individual pizzas, drinks and ice cream. It was impressive how we all got our pizzas hot and didn't have to wait long for them. On top of that everyone loved their pizzas and thought the service was excellent

3. Anna Casparii

Noorderhaven 67/71, 8861 AL Harlingen, The Netherlands Wheelchair Accessible Dutch, European Breakfast, Brunch +31 517 412 065
Excellent
55%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 38 reviews

Anna Casparii

Reviewed By KLsWanderlust - Houston, Texas

We were flabbergasted at how good was our oven-seared cod fillet dinner on our first night in Harlingen Harbour, so much so we went back the next night and were equally dazzled by the quality (and quantity!) of our plaice dinners ... had we stayed another night, we would have made it a hat-trick. Presentation was top-notch and the fish was perfectly cooked as were the fresh vegetables. Service was friendly but did not hover ... the dining room was spotless and well-appointed and the toilet facilities were also well-kept. They were both contenders for the best fish meal I've had the pleasure to enjoy. Highly recommended.

4. De Tjotter

Rommelhaven 2, 8861 AS Harlingen, The Netherlands Delivery, Takeout, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Belgian, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly Drinks, Lunch, Dinner HK$377 - HK$581 +31 517 414 691
Excellent
58%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 103 reviews

De Tjotter

Reviewed By higvin - Australia

Pleasant spacious restaurant overlooking one of Harlingen's pretty canals. Great Zeland oysters, sashimi and scallops plus amuse gueules thrown in, which we enjoyed with delicious Côtes de Gascogne white. Friendly staff (possibly the owners) who talked us through the differences between Dutch and (local) Frisian. Despite the architectural charms of Harlingen, we decided to skip a visit to the local beach: we asked if it was sand or pebble - 'mud' was the reply. Definitely not cheap at €140 for two, but very good indeed.

5. Oase

Grote Bredeplaats 33, 8861 BA Harlingen, The Netherlands Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Pizza, Mediterranean, Turkish, Italian, Seafood Dinner +31 517 418 245
Excellent
32%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
12%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 32 reviews

Oase

Reviewed By Ellybelky - London, United Kingdom

My husband and I had dinner last night at Oase and will never return. The food is adequate but the attitude of staff, both the waitress and manager, were extraordinary. Perhaps the language barrier accounted for the first problem. I said I would like sparkling mineral water and then my husband said he would like a large bottle. We were surprised to be brought two glasses (one small, one large) rather than the bottle. We then tried it and found it to be totally flat. We told the waitress this and asked her to please bring a bottle Mathis she did, but no additional glasses. I drank part of my water and poured the rest into the large glass so that we had one empty one into which to pour the new water. Later in the meal I handed the waitress the full glass to take away. When presented with our bill, we were charged four euros for the flat water! I pointed out that it had been unsatisfactory and she said we had drunk one glass and the absolute best they could do was charge us for one instead of two. We had only drunk their poor water to free up a glass. She then involved the manager who supported her position. I cannot recommend this restaurant!

6. Oudhollandsche Poffertjeskraam

Havenplein 1A, 8861 XA Harlingen, The Netherlands Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Dutch, European, Vegetarian Friendly Brunch, Lunch +31 517 430 407
Excellent
38%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
8%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 57 reviews

Oudhollandsche Poffertjeskraam

Reviewed By Ch B - Leiden, The Netherlands

We to this restaurant as it looked as a real upmarket nice little specially restaurant. However inside is became more and more apparent that this little jont was an ever going old that never had the change to renew. The old fashioned famous Dutch were never renewed. Instead they were industrialised by a 'new' pouring machine. Pathetic while depressing to see. The staff was the regular unexperienced student staff that did not had the flair that could had made this poffertjes kraam to nice little spot in the Harlinger harbour.

7. Roma

Kleine Bredeplaats 9, 8861 BV Harlingen, The Netherlands Italian Dinner +31 517 417 900
Excellent
49%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
13%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 23 reviews

Roma

Reviewed By TCE_NRE - Amsterdam

We came in fairly early, and there were plenty of seats available. We were met promptly and quickly attended to. The staff was both friendly and efficient. We only ordered pizza, so that's all we can comment on, in terms of food. Both pizza's were very nicely prepared with generous toppings and presented, with options of both garlic and chili oil in cruets to spice them up. As we ate, the nearby tables filled up, so it looks like it's popular with locals.

8. Pizzeria San Marino

Heiligeweg 36, 8861 EA Harlingen, The Netherlands Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Drinks HK$31 - HK$165 +31 517 418 638
Excellent
71%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

Pizzeria San Marino

Reviewed By champagnegirl62 - St. Albert, Alberta

Friends of mine in Friesland took me to this restaurant in Harlingen during a recent visit, and it was a wonderful meal. The menu is varied, with several pages of pizza varieties, which include delicious vegetarian choices, and you can choose your own toppings. The owners are the chefs hard at work in the kitchen, and all of the food is fresh and high quality. They respond to special requests and dietary requirements, and the wait staff is professional and attentive. The salad that comes with the meal was very good, and the house dressing s a closely guarded secret of herbs, oil and vinegar. The wine and beverages were also well represented on the menu, with good value for main courses. Most pizzas are between 8.50 to 11.50 Euro, and are large and filling for the price. We sat outside at a patio table in the quiet picturesque street. The only drawback is that the smoking area is right outside the front entrance, close to the patio tables, so that the smoke drifted across our table. I defnitely recommend this restaurant for a quality meal at a good price.

9. t Noorderke & Noorderpoort

Noorderhaven 17-19, 8861 AJ Harlingen, The Netherlands Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff Dutch, Seafood, European, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +31 517 415 043
Excellent
31%
Good
59%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 85 reviews

t Noorderke & Noorderpoort

Reviewed By epi007 - Rochester, Minnesota

We enjoyed our visit to t Noorderke & Noorderpoort. We enjoyed a number of Dutch appetizers for our meal complemented by good Dutch beer. The service was good with the Waitstaff teaming up to take care of all tables together - this seemed pretty normal in Holland and something I think all countries could implement as it improved efficiency greatly! We liked being able to sit outside along the canal, but needed to go inside after awhile due to the weather getting a bit cold as the night came on. Definitely a good choice if visiting Harlingen.

10. Xin Hua

Grote Bredeplaats 2, 8861 BB Harlingen, The Netherlands Chinese Lunch, Dinner +31 517 415 781
Excellent
34%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

Xin Hua

Reviewed By Dave B - Southampton, United Kingdom

Went on a Wednesday evening with a work colleague whilst staying in Harlingen on business. Found the restaurant to be clean and spacious, the service was prompt and an English translated menu was provided. The food was served promptly, generous portions and was very good. This will definitely be a place that I would return to if back in Harlingen again.

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