De Bonte Kraai

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 5 reviews )

Princestraat 42, Katwijk Aan Zee, Netherlands, 2225 GC

Serves meat, vegan options available. Organic eatery with lots of veg options, vegans please inquire. Located close to the beach opposite White Church at Andreasplein. Open Wed 10:30am-6:00pm, Thu-Sat 10:30am-10:00pm. Closed Sun-Tue.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, International, Organic, Dutch, Non-veg

5 Reviews

First Review by Gudrun

Vegetarian and meat eating party - Edit

We arrived here after seeing the tulips in Keukenhof and were all feeling hungry. Despite not having a reservation, we got a nice table and our food and drinks came out quickly. The vegetarians enjoyed the soy based veggie burger, the meat eaters enjoyed their meat burger, and two people who normally eat meat also enjoyed veggie burgers! Everything was extremely fresh and we enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere.

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Delicious - Edit

Friendly staff english speaking. Nice location very close to the beach. I had a delicious soup and seaweed burger and drink for 16 euro. Portions good size. Nice cafe.

Pros: taste, staff, outside seating

Cons: not pure vegetarian

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cozy place - Edit

I had lunch at De Bonte Kraai today. It is a small cafe, cutely decorated with a nautical theme (quite Dutch) and a cozy feel. The owners are very friendly and considerate ~after I asked about vegan options, they left the standard accompanying cookie off of my coffee order because it isn't vegan. As far as I can tell, small towns in Holland are not at all vegan-friendly, so this is rare for a place like Katwijk. I had the lentil soup, and was told their daily soup is always vegan. It was quite tasty and hearty. It came with their homemade bread, which was very good. They also have the vegan "Dutch Weedburger", which is made of soy "meat" and kombu (sea veggie), and looked delicious but my appetite wasn't that big. I am sure if you ask they will tell you what is vegan or can be made vegan. At the time I ordered, I was one of only two people in the place, and yet it took quite awhile til the soup arrived. I can't imagine how this works when the place is full. Bring patience and don't expect American-style speedy service. As long as you don't expect that, you will be satisfied and cozy here.
Updated from previous review on Saturday August 15, 2015

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Very nice and informal place to eat and drink - Edit

I was very suprise to find an eetcafe (bistro) in a place like Katwijk aan Zee. Organic and vegetarian food are not very well appreciated by the locals in this fishing village.

De Bonte Kraai has a lovely informal atmosphere and super friendly owners. The food is great. As De Bonte Kraai is an eetcafe, you can also just have a tea, a coffee, a juice or a beer. The beer I can recommend is Gerardus Dubbel.

This place doesn't have a fixed menu: the just make some good yummie dishes from the organic ingredients they can get on that day. This means there are not many vegetarian dishes you can choose from, but in my case (I like almost anything as long as the quality is good) that is not a problem at all!

We had to make a detour to get to this place (we could find a vegetarian restaurant in Leiden) and we are happy that we drove all the way to De Bonte Kraai. We would do it again.
Updated from previous review on Sunday February 02, 2014

Updated from previous review on Sunday February 02, 2014

Pros: Atmosphere, Creativity, Good place to eat and drink

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Yummy organic food in Katwijk - Edit

After we saw this place mentioned in the Dutch Vegan Society's newsletter, two of my my friends and I decided to check it out. We reserved a table and mentioned we were vegans. When we arrived the cook came to offer us three different vegan dishes: a mild curry, a Mexican dish with a local twist and a pasta dish. We were a bit surprised that we had a choice - which is not really common in The Netherlands, especially not outside of the big cities.

We all went for the "Mexican" dish. It took some time until it was served because it was made from scratch - and with fresh (and organic) ingredients. The waiting time was worth it. The food was delicious! The combination of red beans with mock "chicken" from the "vegetarian Butcher" in the Hague and typical local ingredients like Brussels sprouts was interesting and surprisingly good. We had tasty soy ice cream with some sort of syrup and fresh grapes as a desert, and soy cappuccino after. We did not ask for a starter but I believe it would not have been a problem if we had asked for it. The owners were extremely friendly and really wanted to know if we liked the food. They understand the concept of veganism and will try to add vegan options, like vegan cake, to their standard offers (their cakes look really yummy!).

At this point in time vegans need to call ahead, since the demand for vegan food is not (yet) that big in this place.

When we were here - on a cold and rainy Saturday evening - it was quite crowded and I believe everybody except for us were locals. The interior is cozy, many nice little details with local flair. Occasionally there is life music.

We really loved this place and will certainly come back.

Pros: yummy food, nice people, organic, local, seasonal, creative

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