Betty's Vegetarian Restaurant

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 14 reviews )

Upscale dining with formal seating inside and a couple sidewalk tables. Healthy food. Food served until 7:30pm. Closed last Sunday of the month. 10 minutes from Museumplein on the tram. Open Wed-Sun 5:30pm-10:30pm.

Categories: Lacto, Western, European

14 Reviews

First Review by wellread

Good flavors but lacking in variety - Edit

Betty's was a bit of a disappointment unfortunately. Great explanation of each course- clearly made with love and passion, but the textures of the different elements and the courses were all quite similar, all stew like. Not high cuisine and very over priced for the quality.

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really good - Edit

This can seem pretentious to some people but thats just if you have a massive inferiority complex. The service is great and the food is original; at the start of every course you get a small explanation from the waiter. You have to call ahead but it is worth it.

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Extraordinary culinary experience - Edit

This has to be one of the best restaurants my wife and I have ever been to. It's hard to put into words just what a special place this is... but here goes. First, the food is just exquisite. No menu but three courses lovingly cooked and put together by Gido and Caroline. Lots of the plates are to share which really adds to the lovely vibe of the place. All the flavours, textures and colours are painstakingly thought out and complement each other beautifully. In the five times we have been here, we've never had a bad dish. The variety ranges from Indian, to North African, via Portuguese and Spanish. Gido explains exactly what is in every dish and its origins (everything can be made vegan - but specify when you book - booking is necessary). Gido will even suggest different wines and which will go best with the food. The quantity is perfect, nothing is too heavy or too much. The desserts are also amazing and the range of puddings on offer for vegans is great too.

Second, the atmosphere. The restaurant is small, cosy and comfortable (gezellig). You have your table for the whole evening. There is no rush and so your meal out becomes a whole evening experience.

Third, the service provided by Gido and Caroline is outstanding. They are both warm and friendly and very passionate about food. You can even buy organic products like oils and herbs from the restaurant. They are so welcoming and we always have a lovely chat to them whenever we go. They even ask after our family and remember previous times we've visited.

Hopefully this review does justice to Betty's. Cannot recommend it enough - for anyone visiting Amsterdam this simply has to be top of the list of places to eat.

Pros: excellent food, cosy atmosphere, outstanding service

Cons: reservation required

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Simply Incredible - Edit

We booked a table a week in advance to make sure we have a spot on a Sunday night as there's only a few tables and requested one vegan menu. The atmosphere was so gezellig (cozy and nice), the service felt personal and very friendly and the food was absolutely amazing. A lot of attention to flavour combinations, fresh and well cooked ingredients and great presentation. We had a 3 course menu that filled us up nicely and we even bought their homemade jam. An experience to remember. Can't wait to go back!

Pros: Excellent food, Amazing service, Unforgettable experience

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Delightful! Highly Recommended - Edit

We easily made reservations in advance and mentioned I was vegan.
The place is small and charming. Gido is very personable and provided great service.
Dinner was great, starting with exciting appetizers, everything special and tasty.
Dessert was spectacular. My partner who is not vegan had lemon cheesecake, and then there were two more awesome vegan cakes as well as vegan fudge, accompanied by good coffee.
The price was not expensive at all, considering the food and the wine. I highly recommend!

Pros: Great food, Great service, Lovely ambience

Cons: A little slow

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great atmosphere and food - Edit

Great to have a "fine dining" option in Amsterdam. Dishes were healthy, but not just brown rice and grilled tofu they were creative! They are prepared to accommodate vegans with good substitutes for the few non vegan ingredients rather than omitting. E.g. They had a soy yogurt sauce for me instead of a yogurt sauce. They also always have a vegan cake for desert.

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Cosy and laid-back restaurant with surprising dishes - Edit

Cosy small restaurant, so making a reservation is highly recommended. The pre-set (surprise) menu changes every two weeks. As an example we got (among other things) a bowl of pea soup and a tapenade of puy lentils and some mais cakes, a chutney of tamarind, indian style potatoes, beetroot with rhubarb, perl cous cous with grape sauce, aubergine with tahin and delicious desert cake to top it off.

The only down side was the waiting time between starter and main course.

Pros: Helpful with suggestions

Cons: Waiting time between courses

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Spectacular dining experience - Edit

We went for a meal at Betty's on the last night of our holiday, and it was the culinary highlight of the trip. We'd booked the table in advance via their website, and let them know we were vegan. Booking is strongly recommended, as it's a small place, and there is no menu to look at: every night they put on three courses of their choice, so it's worth giving them a heads up if you want vegan food. The owner was very friendly and explained all the dishes to us in English. We had a sharing plate for our starter, and a delicious tofu-based dish for the main - both of these were tweaks on the dishes served to the vegetarians. For dessert, however, we were given three slices each of the vegan cakes they'd prepared, and they were all delicious! The atmosphere is both intimate and relaxed, we weren't hurried along at any point, so we left feeling satisfied but not uncomfortably full. Obviously you pay for the service and quality of food, but it was worth it and I can't recommend it enough for a special occasion.

Pros: Excellent, attentive service, Delicious food, Great vegan options

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Ok but pretentious - Edit

A nice setting as it is actually a normal Amsterdam house turned restaurant. The food is good but not excellent when compared with the expectations set by the host. Use of foreign language (French and Italian for the most) to describe the items being served (even when pronounced wrong) adds charisma to the experience. Lots of information given about the origin of the product too. However the service is not as good as the stories being told. Little attention is paid to what's going on at the table (no drinks) and far too long time to wait between courses. It took more than 3 hours to have a complete dinner. Again it would all be ok if the food was outstanding. Unfortunately it is not. Simply good. But that's where it stops.

Pros: Nice settings, Quality of products

Cons: Meal tasts good but not excellent, Too expensive for what it is offered, Service is nice but too slow

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What distinguishes the good from the alright - Edit

Absolutely a five star restaurant for me. We booked a promotional diner (they existed 25 years so a 3 course meal was 25 euros) but the quality was no less astounding than it would be in a normal situation. The portions are exactly right (so that the desert only just fits) and the the taste was just perfect. The somewhat higher price is clear from the moment you take the first bite and is definitely worth it. The service is good, they explain everything you have on your plate and are very nice to just have a chat with. The restaurant is very cosy. Do make sure you make a timely reservation and mention it if you are vegan. We are and this was no problem at all for the cook!

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The WOW effect! - Edit

A big thx to the Godess in the kitchen and the fantastic service by il CApo himself... waht an experience!
One of the best restaurants we've ever been to and my three courses desserts were not from this World - amazing!
I have known my wife for 23 years, who's not into sweets (!) but this was a first, she liked (loved) the taste of mine and finished it off!
They make extensive use of herbs and interesting combinations... it's a case of letting yourself go with the flow and enjoy the dishes which escape the kitchen.
For some it might be a little pricy, but considering what you get and the quality, it's more than worth every cent!
We will be back!

Pros: best food ever, best service ever, best dinner in 2012

Cons: none, none, none

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Vegan option - Edit

Excellent food from a gracious and informative owner. He accomodated my vegan requirement among a group of non-vegans. Highly recommended.

Pros: Vegan option, Owner, Atmosphere

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lovely meal - Edit

I coerced my colleagues to join me at Betty's whilst traveling from the US to Amsterdam for a conference. Everyone enjoyed the lovingly prepared, organic food. Our host was quite knowledgeable about each of the ingredients, where they were grown, and their preperation. It was delish. We will dine here again before we leave. Highly recommended!

Pros: organic food, knowledgeable staff, formal veg

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best high-end veggie in Amsterdam - Edit

This isn't a place I've been to that often, but it's the best for a special occasion in my opinion. Birthdays, anniversaries. My partner and I are both vegan, and this place is accommodating to that, especially if you call ahead. They have daily menus, so they will tell you what's possible that day for vegans.

Pros: good food, friendly, no smoking

Cons: pricey, variety

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