Where to Eat in Zwolle: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 15, 2017 Randal Brittian

Zwolle (Dutch: [ˈzʋɔlə] ( listen)) is a city and municipality in the northeastern Netherlands serving as Overijssel's capital. With a population of 125,806, it is the second-largest municipality of the province after Enschede.
Things to do in Zwolle

1. 't Pestengasthuys

Weversgildeplein 1, 8011 XN Zwolle, The Netherlands Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol French, Dutch, European, Central European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +31 38 423 3986
Excellent
68%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 184 reviews

't Pestengasthuys

Reviewed By Katgirl_2006 - Zwolle, The Netherlands

Reasonably small restaurant with personal touches through the night. In between meals. We kept getting little surprises the chef had prepared for us. We did not ask or get charged for this, just because they were nice.
Service was very good, I certainly recommend going here.

2. China Palace

Van der Capellenstraat 252, 8014 VZ Zwolle, The Netherlands Reservations, Waitstaff, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Chinese, Japanese, Sushi, Asian Dinner, Lunch, Late Night +31 38 466 0899
Excellent
59%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 80 reviews

China Palace

Reviewed By stalenbu - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

With a group of friends we booked diner on Newyears eve. We all love sushi and we were adviced to try this one. There is a system where you can basicially eat as much as you want for 22.50 Euro. This is not a bad price as the food is very good.
The Sushi is tasty and fresh and the main courses are all nicely prepared. I would say try this one if you like Sushi...........Service was ok but also it was not a busy night.

3. Bistro De Buik van Parijs

Willemskade 6, 8011 AC Zwolle, The Netherlands Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi French, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Late Night HK$47 - HK$181 +31 38 423 3225
Excellent
29%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 148 reviews

Bistro De Buik van Parijs

Reviewed By cinbkk - Bangkok, Thailand

Atmospheric seats inside with an unexpectedly big garden Terrace in the back. The cooked mussels (seasonal) and coque au vin were excellent, other dishes were good. A nice small selection of desserts and plenty of options to drink.
Service was friendly and helpful, but there wasn't really enough staff for the crowds that were there at the weekend, and waiting times were quite long.

4. De Librije

Spinhuisplein 1, 8011 ZZ Zwolle, The Netherlands Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi French, Dutch, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +31 38 421 2083
Excellent
89%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 485 reviews

De Librije

Reviewed By DrHabib

This restaurant unlike most fine dining places is huge. Probably being an old library. It is beautifully decorated from outside and within. Charming and elegant touches of decor. Food is creative. You choose from 4, 5 or 6 courses and the chef supplements them with two surprises. Every dish is an art. Taste was excellent starting from the amuse bouche but it started to go down. Some of the main courses were very good but other were bland. There Michelin stars? Not sure. May be two. Service was professional and friendly but very slow. It took us 4 hours to finish our dinner and there were other who were before us and finished almost with us.

5. Kota Radja

Melkmarkt 50, 8011 ME Zwolle, The Netherlands Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Thai, Indonesian, Chinese, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Late Night +31 38 421 3534
Excellent
45%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 162 reviews

Kota Radja

Kota Radja is located in the heart of Zwolle and is surrounded by terraces and the cities beautiful canals.This modern Asian restaurant serves a innovative menu of Asian tapas and differentiates itself by a modern interpretation of the Asian cuisine (Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese).Culinary diversity, unique flavors, award winning wines..simply a place where the best of Asia merges.

Reviewed By jan v - Zwolle, The Netherlands

Spicy for Dutch: not spicy at all. Very popular restaurant, always full, Reservations needed in advance for no apparent reason. Food is okay but not great. Service rather slow. Concept is rather innovative. Small dishes to be ordered in five rounds. Drinks are expensive.

6. La Cucaracha

Sassenstraat 54, 8011 PC Zwolle, The Netherlands Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner HK$126 - HK$235 +31 38 421 8172
Excellent
38%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 186 reviews

La Cucaracha

Reviewed By Steve D - Enschede, The Netherlands

We went here on our second day in Zwolle. We also made a reservation.
VERY good food! We had complimentary chips and salsa. I asked for something hotter to dip it in and they brought me Carolina Reaper sauce and naga jolokia sauce. Very nice! They asked me if I wanted some milk with it and I said nahh since I practically grew up eating hot sauce!
We did the 2 x 4 meal deal. it was 2 courses with each course having 4 different items. I kinda felt there were more than 4, but I didn't complain about it!
So much food! And everything tasted amazing!

7. Os en Peper

Ossenmarkt 7/8, 8011 MR Zwolle, The Netherlands Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa French, Dutch, Seafood, European, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner HK$204 - HK$283 +31 38 421 1948
Excellent
61%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 102 reviews

Os en Peper

Reviewed By Jeannette V - Vaxjo, Sweden

We ended up here lastminute after some good reviews on trip advisor and it was really a pleasant surprise. We had the chef's 3-course menu and all the courses were very good! Great, pure food prepared by a chef who knows what he's doing and served by kind and skilled staff.
Highly recommened if you love pure food and great wines!

8. BaiYok

Diezerpoortenplas 3, 8011 VV Zwolle, The Netherlands Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +31 38 422 9882
Excellent
54%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 391 reviews

BaiYok

From the same kitchen: www.baiyokvoorthuis.nl (take away)

Reviewed By Rob S - Bergschenhoek, The Netherlands

Was here a few years back and enjoyed it, this time made Reservations as this place is still packed.
We had a starter combo and 2 main dishes with fried rice.
All excellent prepared and very tasty.
A place to recommend alltough the prices did went up over the years

9. Poppe

Luttekestraat 66, 8011 LS Zwolle, The Netherlands Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +31 38 421 3050
Excellent
52%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 232 reviews

Poppe

The restaurant is located in a former blacksmith. You will see the chefs in a open kitchen, prepare contemporary dishes of beautiful and fresh products. We offer you very varied dishes on French cuisine. You can dine à la carte and there are also various menus, including smith menu and season-based menus. Combined with our richly filled wine cellar you can count on a beautiful and culinary experience. On the first floor are the 'Huiskamer', 'Gelagkamer' and a bar. These lend themselves to jubilees, weddings, meetings, receptions, private dining, training sessions, etc. There is also the possibility to dine in privacy.

Reviewed By Jl201504 - Ham Lake, Minnesota

We so enjoyed this place. Filled with farrier's tools and quaint small rooms with brick interiors, this place provided beautiful, peaceful, ambience. We loved that we could choose off of the menu or with 3-5 courses with substitutions accepted. Various wine suggestions were made with the different courses. We also enjoyed that we could converse and hear each other. Fine food shared with good friends. Highly recommend.

10. Brasserie Jansen

Nieuwe Markt 14, 8011 PE Zwolle, The Netherlands Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Dutch, Bar, Seafood, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night HK$94 - HK$149 +31 38 888 8884
Excellent
26%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 158 reviews

Brasserie Jansen

Reviewed By Pieter H - Utrecht

My wife and I took a cappuccino and a piece apple pie - home made they claim - at New Years day afternoon. Perfect quality and good adequate service. Typical a family place. Many young parent couple with their kids - many unfortunately not so well up brought, but you can't blame Jansen for that fact. They have a video corner for the small ones. Clean toilettes. Coffee prices OK - cappuccino EUR 2,60. Apple pie slightly too expensive - EUR 4,-.

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