Bolhoed

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Prinsengracht 60-62, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1015 DX

Casual vegetarian restaurant near Prinsengraght canal in Jordaan area. Menu changes from time to time, with a vegan dish of the day. Offers a selection of bakery treats as well including vegan pastries. Open Mon-Fri 12:00pm-9:30pm, Sat 11:00am-9:30pm, Sun 12:00pm-9:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Western, Bakery, European

120 Reviews

First Review by apeekstok

Lovely experience - Edit

I ate here twice in the one day it was so nice. Really great food, really friendly workers, beautiful/individualistic decor and pleasant atmosphere. Its located in a great area (close to anne frank house) and is easy to find. The service was a little slow, specifically in evening when it was very busy, but not too bad. The owner’s cat also wonders around the place and is very cute. :)

Pros: great food , very pleasant atmosphere, good vegan options

Cons: not 100% vegan

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Very nice lunch - Edit

Had a lovely lunch here. the interior is a bit worn down, but it is charming ;-)
and we loved the cat

(last visit was in 2013)

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Tasty food and central - Edit

A small restaurant which is a stone throw's away from Anne Frank's house. Very central. Food was tasty and fresh and I was glad that it also satisfied my non-veg friends. Will visit again if I happen to be in Amsterdam.

Pros: Excellent food, Big portions, Lovely ambience

Cons: Can wait a while, but not too long either, Rather pricey

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Great Vegan Dish of the Day - Edit

We always have a great meal in de Bolhoed but be prepared to wait. Service is slow but they prepare everything fresh and it is well worth the wait. The vegan dish of the day is always good, without fail. The portion size is HUGE, so make sure you are really hungry when you go! Also, try and save a bit of room for dessert, they are yummy too. In busy times, be sure to call ahead and make a reservation.

Pros: Vegan dish of the day is always good, Desserts are yummy, Beautiful ginger cat is usually hanging around

Cons: Can wait a long time for service

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Quirky setting, nice food - Edit

Staff were friendly in this slightly quirky restaurant. Be prepared to wait for your food as they make everything from scratch for you. Plus side is you know it's fresh but downside is you have to distract yourself with drinks instead! The food was nice. If you're looking for something great or for a smart veggie restaurant, this isn't necessarily for you but it's good grub in a cafe setting.

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We really enjoyed Bolhoed! - Edit

We visited Bolhoed on our first day in Amsterdam. The menu looked simple but at least 3/4 of it was vegan so that was great!
Because the prices seemed reasonable to us, we thought the portions might be small, so we ordered 2 small dishes each . They weren't that small at all! I ordered the soup of the day which was creamy root vegetable and the vegan croissant with tofu and seaweed. My husband ordered the vegan croissant too and the tahini roll. The tahini roll was toast with tahini and spring onion but was super delicious! It came with a side salad. The croissant was delicious and also came with a salad. It was way more food we wanted but we finished it anyway. It was super fresh and tasty, and organic! I read other members' reviews about the quality of the service, and actually we thought the service was very friendly! We entered and asked to speak English and everyone was great and helpful! I honestly think this place should be vegan, cheese is absolutely not needed in the food they prepare!

Pros: Many vegan options, Organic

Cons: Not all vegan, Why cash only?

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Great Food - Edit

We at there in May 2017 and had a great meal. The "salad" was actually an assortment of composed salads - lots of food but delicious. I had a lentil soup that was excellent. Everything we ordered was delicious. We didn't order any wine or beer because the price of the food was high. We didn't order dessert because we were very full after the meal. We were there for dinner, and staff was attentive enough. The place had a cool, laid back vibe that we liked.

Pros: Delicious vegan food

Cons: Service wasn't fast, but hey, it's Europe.

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Rude owner/ manager - Edit

The food was very nice but the service was terrible.

I had my small backpack on the back of my chair which had my coat and a bottle of water in it, I stood up and my chair fell back onto my backpack

No harm done!

Well, the older lady with blonde hair who looked to be the owner / manager shouted at me like a child, exclaimed that the chairs are fragile.

At 55 I certainly don't appreciate being treated in such an aggressive manner.

It was just a wooden chair and I was extremely unhappy with the way I was treated after spending our money there.

If you're happy to be abused, enjoy.

I certainly have to recommend that you spend your money somewhere else.

Pros: Good pitta bread

Cons: Service is terrible , Quite dirty

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Cool place - Edit

A perfect spot for some food and warm drinks after doing groceries at the Noordermarkt. Located in one of Amsterdam's most important canals, it has a kind of alternative vibe. Still, it's very welcoming for every type of people. Staff is friendly, except for their grumpy (yet beautiful) cat!

We've only been there for lunch or snacks and always liked it. You can get a sandwich (with salad) or a salad plate from their salad bar. Besides, their fridge is full of delicious cakes (most of them vegan and some gluten-free).

Pros: Location & atmosphere , Sandwiches are great value for money, Delicious cakes

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rude!!!!!!!! - Edit

I don't think I've ever been treated so poorly. As soon as I walked in they didn't acknowledge me. (Is it because it's only a sit down restaurant and no take away?). The girls just stood there talking to one another. Looked at me... and continued their conversation. When someone finally asked if I needed help, I asked if I could pick up some vegan desserts. And she said "I'm busy right now I'll be back". (Weren't busy a min ago!). When she came back I asked what was the most popular vegan dessert and she said impatiently "I don't know, you just pick". Then I pointed to a dish and asked what that one was, cos it didn't have a label. All she said was "that's not available for take-away". Thanks for being the rudest b--- I have ever encountered. Left empty handed. Vegan desserts didn't look that appetizing anyway. I'm also not one to say no to vegan desserts AND write a review. I also love supporting places that offer vegan food. But that b---- ticked me off so much, this establishment doesn't deserve my business!! STAY AWAY!!! Why can't I rate this resto a 1??!

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Good vegan options - Edit

Got the soup and salad, was expecting a light lunch, but left with a huge food baby. Salad plate had 4 different salads on it (lettuce salad, cauliflower salad, Indian chickpea salad, and barley mushroom salad, and asparagus wrapped in eggplant bacon). Cute, hippy-like atmosphere!

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Nothing for small budget - Edit

To cut it short: Very goog food, very friendly service but also very expensive.
I had a special menu that was an assembly of several dishes on a large dish. Good and tasty food, high quality and fresh ingredients. You feel satisfied more or less, but that's for 17,50€. Sure, it's Amsterdam, but for one dish that's still steep. Also, the beer (for 3,25€) was a really tiny one.
THe venue is great, I love the decor, even if everything is a bit old. It's just a feel-good-atmosphere.
The staff was very friendly and helpful!
Notable range of vegan sweets (also expensive though).
Typical Dutch tiny, tiny WC. No WiFi.
Haven't seen any cats.

Pros: good and tasty food, lovely decor, awesome service

Cons: pretty expensive, scary WC, no WiFi

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Beans - Edit

I love those beans.
And that they have a cat.

Pros: cozy environment

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Filling plates - Edit

If you order a big plate, you will get a big plate.
Salad changes every time, but it keeps its amazing flavors. Cozy to sit and beautiful location.

Pros: Good food, Friendly staff

Cons: It can take a while to get your food

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Delicious vega restaurant - Edit

Great dishes, especially the quiche I got was de-li-cious! And dont forget to check out the amazing pies/desserts.
Location is great in the city center, and has a cozy atmosphere.
Didnt need to make reservations for lunch on the weekends.

Pros: Good food, 'Gezellig'

Cons: Dont know

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Cozy hippie style restaurant - Edit

Very cute little cafe/restaurant with delicious vegan food. Not too expensive and the cakes are amazing! Took my parents there and they liked it as well.

Pros: excellent food, cozy interior, friendly staff

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Cute cat - Edit

Delicious vegetarian and vegan food in a scenic environment (next to a canal). Food is fresh and simple, offering typical cafe food (quiches, soups and salads). They offer daily specials, however, these specials could be pricy. Service is attentive. Loved the house cat.

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very good - Edit

A very good meal, with a large selection, served in a friendly, funky and pleasant atmosphere. It was very busy when I went - reservations advised!

Pros: well prepared and tasty, good variety

Cons: not particularly creative

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Good food, cosy but slow service - Edit

We came here twice in the same day - our idea was to have lunch and dessert before our reservation at the Anne Frank House +- across the street (handy!) but service was so slow that we had to cancel our dessert and wolf down our meals before rushing out (I had a delicious vegetable soup, minestrone-like; excellent bread). We returned later for dessert (had a chocolate cake, a bit dry but still yummy, and a chicory coffee). Busy restaurant and seem a bit understaffed; leave plenty of time for eating.

Pros: Good food, Has vegan desserts

Cons: Slow service

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Excellent - Edit

Many vegan options, was delighted to have dinner here (already some months ago). More expensive, but you will be rewarded in taste. Had vegetables from the oven, with fake cheese and soy cream. Could have been real, was enjoying it so much. My place to go if I want a more complete dinner including dessert etc.

Pros: many vegan options, delicious cake, warm atmosphere

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Really nice place - Edit

Vegetarian and vegan restaurant. You can easily miss it if you don't put attention to the number in the street. We had the soup of the day, hummus roll, vegan brownie and a mint tea. The peaple working there is really nice. There is even a cat living there.

Pros: Lots of vegan desserts

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Warming, comfortable, good vibes - Edit

I REALLY enjoyed my meal here - mushroom miso soup and hummus and bread. WOW. Really warming, the food is prepared on demand so be mindful this isn't a place for a "quick" meal but it IS an amazing place to enjoy the company of a friend, or your own! Delicious and decently priced.

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Amazing experiences - Edit

Every time i have been here, the food has been amazing and satisfying. You certainly get enough. And certainly enough healthy stuff. :) Also the people who serve are amazing! Very calm and nice.

Pros: Healthy, a lot of food, Cosy

Cons: Little bit expensive

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good choice for vegetarians - Edit

Ate dinner here on a recent trip to Amsterdam. We came on a Friday night without a reservation and the place was pretty packed. Fortunately it was a little bit later in the evening and we managed to get a table. Reservations are probably a good idea.

The food was very good by Amsterdam standards with nice sized portions. They also have a small but nice selection of beers. The wait staff was nice and friendly although very busy, so busy that they forgot to bring us the drinks we had ordered! However, they didn't charge us for the beers we had ordered to make up for it. Nice!

Pros: good food, friendly staff

Cons: can get very busy

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Nice place, good food, amazing desserts - Edit

I've tried de Bolhoed with a non-vegetarian friend and we both really enjoyed our dinner. He took the Mexican menu and I took the North-African one. As a starter, we had hummus with pita bread and guacamole with tortillas. The guacamole was really excellent, fresh and a little spicy and the hummus was good. My friend really liked his enchilada and I appreciate the North-African dish, mostly the puff pastry filled in with vegetables, sauce and tofu. It was great. Portions were very fair and we chose a chocolate cake with blueberry and strawberry as a dessert. It was so gooooood! Moreover, the place is pleasant and the staff friendly. Prices are not so high in comparison to food quality and those of similar places in Amsterdam.

Small tip: they accept credit cards whereas they wrote the opposite on the menu...

Pros: vegan menus, great food, amazing desserts, pleasant place, friendly staff

Cons: not all vegan, cash only?

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Would you like a quiche with the salad? - Edit

Not being a knowing fan of tofu, I personally struggled with the menu a bit. It prices were also a bit higher than other places we went to (totaled 40 euros). My dad chose the enchiladas, my mum had the vegetable quiche, and I had tomato and ginger soup (soup of the day). They do make everything from scratch, but It wasn't more than 10 minutes of "normal" service time. My dad enjoyed his enchiladas: it all worked well together and had a nice texture (he did say it would 5/5 if it had mince). I couldn't taste the ginger in my soup, and it was hearty with vegetables and some tofu. I'm guessing the bread is vegan because it had a different texture to normal bread. The crust had poppyseeds on and it was /very/ chewy. My mum felt very full after hers because the salad was so big. The quiche had broccoli, carrot, pepper, and sweet potato in; had a poppyseed top (it made it look burnt); it had cauliflower in the crust, giving it a nice taste. She enjoyed it overall, but the salad could have been on the smaller side.
We were all quite comfortably full so we didn't get any dessert, although the looked lovely.

Pros: All organic and healthy, Nice atmosphere and view

Cons: Massive salad with quiche, Hot water in female toilet is /very/ hot

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Cat on the menu? - Edit

The quiche and salad were really great. Outstanding. Though I crunched down on something loud twice. I sure hope that was from the poppy seed crust, and not, ugh, egg shells. My sister ordered the salad, and raved about how fresh and flavorful it was. Large portions. I was "hounded" by the resident cat. Ok, sweet cat, not its fault that it lives in a restaurant. But it kept jumping up onto my lap. No, I wasn't going to pet it, I am allergic to their dander. I lifted my plate high into the air, so I wasn't going to accidentally eat cat fur. The waitress witnessed my distress, and calmly scooped the cat up and took him away. Then I saw her grab a dessert from the display case with her unwashed cat hand. Ugh. I know all sorts of interesting things happen to food in the kitchen, but that sure wasn't very appetizing, hence, we skipped on the dessert. Again, the cat jumped up on me, and I figured it was trying to tell me to leave if I wasn't going to pet him. Great way to turn over the tables for more customers. Smart tactic.

Pros: Quiche, Fresh tasting salad

Cons: Eggshells in quiche?, Jumping cat, Unsanitary food practices

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AMKNL 18 Mar 2015 - Thx for your post - saves us the hassel going there.
We've got cats ourselves but are very choosy about hygienic issues.  


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