De Waaghals

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Frans Halsstraat 29, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1072 BK

Name means "the dare devil." Its ovo-lacto vegetarian menu changes bi-monthly with also one monthly dish focused on a specific country. Large selection of drinks including tea, fruit juices locally brewed beer, organic wine. Casual atmosphere. Open Mon-Sun 5:00pm-9:30pm.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, International, Organic, Western, Beer/Wine, Take-out

54 Reviews

First Review by Marco

For a mixed group - Edit

The menu of this place is usually not really extended for vegans, but everything is vegetarian and the dishes are varied. If you are dining with a larger group, everyone should be satisfied with one of the dishes.
The portion sizes are not really large and the fried food is not really good (had really bad tempura once), but everything else was really good!

I also love how many Amsterdammers know this place, gives me some hope for the future :D

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beste vegetarische restaurant in de wereld - Edit

Kwaliteit voor een redelijke prijs. Al ruim 30 jaar altijd een wisselende kaart met uitstekende menu' s. Het restaurant is dan ook altijd druk bezocht. Heb ongeveer 60 landen bezocht, maar nergens kon De Waaghals overtroffen worden (met mijn Nederlandse smaak?)

Pros: Uitstekende prijs-kwaliteit. Smakelijke gerechten.

Cons: Men zit relatief dicht op elkaar.

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a bit underwhelming - Edit

this is from a visit in 2013, so maybe things have changed by now (hopefully?). At that time, Waaghals was mentionned as a household name in A'dam, so we had high expectations.

There were few vegan options though. That was disappointing. And the food was also not very culinairy exciting.
And a rather long wait, for what was really, simple food.

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Vegetarian restaurant. - Edit

For vegans it is limited.
The juices they propose are all in industrial preparation, nothing fresh.
I do not regret, now for vegans, it's not a great place.

Pros: Nice restaurant

Cons: Not a lot of vegan choice

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Really good - Edit

All vegetarian, with several clearly marked vegan options, with other items that are marked as being available to be made as vegan. I really loved the dish I ordered: beans with mushrooms and squash -- seasoned in a unique way that I've never tasted before.

Pros: Good vegan options , Pleasant environment

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Great range of food - Edit

This was a lovely place with a decent amount of vegan options, and a really good selection of food - a more interesting menu than you often get. The food was really tasty and it was a nice atmosphere, lots of tables and not rushed, so a good spot for a relaxed evening meal. (Also a nice garden out the back and I was fortunate enough to see a cat climbing about there :)

Pros: Good food, Interesting menu, Nice atmosphere

Cons: Not the place for a quick meal

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good food - Edit

Enjoyed dinner here on the recommendation of a local. Had the falafel, which was good for what it was even if it wasn't an authentic falafel. Plate was elegantly composed. Owner/staff very friendly.

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cosy atmosphere - small portions &a slow service - Edit

Yummy food, good ingredients but not enough of them! Service slow too. I'd have liked a more hearty/filling meal for the price and having ordered a starter and a main.

Pros: quality ingredients, cosy atmosphere , nice neighbourhood

Cons: slow service, small portions, expensive

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Nice, flexible Owner - Food OK - Edit

We went there few days ago - desperately seeking for food in the late evening (9 PM). We had called few places before and no one accepted us ... it seems strange but also in Amsterdam you have to go early to get your dinner. So in this situation the Owner was extremely friendly. They waited and cooked vegan food for us. The food was not the best but it was ok.

Pros: friendly staff, good portions

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Okay-ish - Edit

We had dinner here some time ago, the host is atypical but nice. We ordered a beetroot risotto and a middle eatern dish. The latter was quite nice, but the risotto was really tasteless. I didn't even finish it, blegh.
I'm giving this place the benefit of the doubt (3 stars) due to the other dish and a nice chocolately dessert.

Pros: Some good dishes, Nice relaxed cat

Cons: Some bad dishes

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very good - Edit

The most delish food we had during our amsterdam holyday. We loved it. Yummy!

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awful and overpriced - Edit

Atmosphäre is awful..service desinterested..no tablecloth..food boaring and tasting stale..all only incredible hot..so you cannot eat..but more than expensive.. ABSOLUT NOT RECOMMENDATION. NEVER EVER AGAIN!!!

Cons: expensive..unkind..stale and boaring food

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Nice place with great vegan dishes - Edit

Cozy place with nice vegan options. The menu is not big but it changes twice a month and you get great fresh food, which is great!

Pros: vegan options and possibility to make some other d

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Not great for vegans - Edit

This entirely vegetarian restaurant had some great looking options on the menu, which sadly I couldn't try. The vegan options were very limited; there were only two vegan main dishes. The overall quality of the food was nothing special; some dishes a little bit like dutch fast food even. The carrot pudding for dessert was very disappointing.

Cons: Not great for vegans, Carrot dessert , Food wasn't special

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Delicious! - Edit

This restaurant was amazing. My (carnivorous) husband and I just got here from Paris and it was both of our favourite meals of our trip so far. We made reservations about an hour ahead of time which I would recommend. It was busy. The service was great and very friendly. The food was exceptional. My husband is still raving about it!

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Good for vegetarians but not vegans - Edit

A fully vegetarian restaurant, but there are no vegan options marked on the menu which contains a lot of cheese. However there are monthly and seasonal dishes, so some months may be better for vegans than others; I'd recommend checking online or phoning in advance.

EDIT: It is now possible to view the menu for the current two weeks, with vegan and vegan on request items marked, on the website. So vegans can check here before getting disappointed. As of weeks 36-7, 2015, there are three vegan items.

Updated from previous review on Sunday July 20, 2014

Cons: not much for vegans

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best vegetarian option in amsterdam - Edit

We came here for dinner during our last of three nights in Amsterdam and had our favorite meal here. Although I generally find plant-based cuisine in Europe to not quite be on the same level as what you might find in the States, this was pretty close. Tasty and surprisingly inventive. Furthermore, the service was friendly and attentive and the desserts were excellent. Highly recommended.

Just be sure to make a reservation as the restaurant was packed while we were there.

Pros: friendly service, excellent food

Cons: crowded

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Unique Flavors and Attentive Service - Edit

Despite being quite full on a Friday night, our server was attentive and the service prompt. We both had the Caribbean selection (this month's highlight) - I had the vegan version, my husband the vegetarian. A cornucopia of flavors and textures, it was very good. My husband also enjoyed the peanut soup (a savory peanut purée with a hint of spice) and the vegan-gluten-free carrot cake (a treat for someone with celiac, filled with nuts, raisins and carrots - but not too sweet.). Everything is vegetarian and a number of items are vegan and/or can be served as such. Not a big menu, but certainly sufficient. Would go back monthly to see what the special is.

Pros: good food, good service

Cons: limited readily apparent gluten free items

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Didn´t like the food - Edit

We had a the "japanese vegetable tofu burger with shiitake mushrooms and chinese cabbage soy and ginger dip sauce and brown rice". The name sounds very good but the tofu burger didn´t taste good at all, it´s tasted to a certain spice I could not recognize (maybe aniseed?) which was very strong and spoiled the burger. The rest of the plate (the vegetables and the rice) didn´t have any taste at all :(

Pros: very friendly staff

Cons: food didn´t taste good, just 2 vegan options

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would go again - Edit

fresh and tasty food, nice atmosphere with friendly staff

a place to go twice or more

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Pleasant upscale vegetarian restaurant - Edit

Update on 5 August, 2014:
We visited de Waaghals again this past month (July, 2014) and were less enthused than the first time. The menu for vegans was quite limited and what we ordered was OK, but not terrific. It is only about 3 weeks since we were there and yet we cannot remember exactly what we ate, and since they change the menu, we can't refresh our memories. I remember that some of what was on my plate was good and the kimchi was too spicy (even though I was assured that it wouldn't be). I wouldn't make a point to go back. Amsterdam does not have the quality restaurants that vegans can enjoy as I've found in Rome, for example, and New York has some amazing places. I love Amsterdam, but vegan food is not up to par.
de Waaghals was not inexpensive, but after eating in a dumpy place and an informal place, we decided to splurge and see if Amsterdam has a more gourmet-type, upscale vegetarian restaurant. de Waaghals did not disappoint, but the options for vegans are limited. The waiter was helpful in explaining what was good for vegans, and they were able to switch one side dish for another so as to make one of the menu items a viable option. The food was tasty, a fairly nice size portion (not huge, but decent), and served very nicely. I could see from what others were eating that if you are not vegan (and not worried about cholesterol), then there was really a nice variety and scrumptious-looking desserts (they are big on whipped cream). The decor was informal, but very nice and attractive. When we arrived, it was full or fully reserved, so they put us down for a table for a half hour later and we went for a walk and came back. So I recommend reservations. I don't think this was quite as good as the best veggie restaurants that I've been at in Rome (and a very good one in Paris), but if you are looking for something beyond the usual vegetable stews and want something more gourmet, then this would be the choice in Amsterdam.
Updated from previous review on Sunday October 21, 2012

Pros: Nice atmosphere, tasty food, helpful about vegan choices

Cons: Not enough vegan choices, expensive

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Where Daredevils Go - Edit

After first visiting in December 2004 to find it closed, it was a very long time to wait to finally eat here in February 2011. It's a superb place but the food on that particular evening was of a Vietnamese theme that didn't really appeal too much. Other menu choices were available but they didn't stand out. The crispy sweet potato cake starter was delicious but the main course was a mis-match of many so-called Vietnamese flavours and ingredients that didn't complement too well. Overall, this is gourmet vegetarian dining which I will definitely try again but would prefer a different food theme. Staff were friendly, maybe slightly laid back (I like laid back), surroundings were plush and there was an angry house cat. On a third visit in May 2013 we found the whole experience to be simply magnificent with fabulous staff, a wonderful atmosphere and delicious well presented food that left us with a strong desire to return again later in the year. On returning in December 2013 the angry house cat was still there, the staff were wonderful and for me this is a clear personal top 10 Happy Cow venue. Be daring and visit the Daredevil.

Pros: decor, location, themed food

Cons: basic free salad

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Great Food :) - Edit

the food was really good. kinda disappointing that there was only one Vegan option though. i loved the kitty (the mascot) it was really busy, and the staff was very friendly and relaxed. will differently go back

Pros: good food, atmasphere, friendly staff

Cons: need more vegan options

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Really lovely food - Edit

De Waaghals has a really tasty menu, with food combinations I wouldn't have thought of but are really delicious. They had three mains options when I visited; the autumn dinner, the De Waaghals classic and the Japanese main as well as a couple of other cheaper options. The food is really good and the atmosphere is pleasant. The staff were friendly and polite, plus they speak absolutely perfect English. It may not be good for vegans, as it is not obvious which meals would be suitable. They also have a cute, fluffy cat wandering around but perhaps don't try to stroke it unless you're used to slightly stroppy cats!

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only one vegan dish? - Edit

Saw this place listed on happycow and went to check it out when I was in Amsterdam this spring. When I went inside, no one greeted me. Perhaps the owner/staff were having a bad day? They seemed upset that I even showed up. Eek. I inquired about menu options for vegans and was told there was only one dish that I could have; everything else had cow milk or what not. Too bad, cuz I wanted to eat here, but I left.

Cons: not for vegans

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Amazing food, real feast for the tasting buds - Edit

We've spent an amazing evening with addition of superb dishes. The tomato/coconut soup was something totally unexpected and delicious. Soup of the day potato and curry also tasted very good. The dishes that we tried were very interesting with lots of different flavors on a single plate. For example combination of peach and some sort of blue cheese just blew me away that was one of the most delicious things I've tried.

For the finish we were recommended a banana pie and it's not your everyday pie fromthe oven it had some pieces of banana inside and crust from seed and nuts also some kind of cream that by the taste of it looked like made from some sort of grains - I have no idea what was in there, but we really liked it. Will definitely visit this place next time.

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Excellent veggie food with a "twist" - Edit

A very nice place with good food and friendly staff (and I like the cat, too!). I wish they had more vegan options but what they have is very creative and really good. The food is mostly organic and, as it was already said below, it is never boring and comes usually "with some interesting twists". Popular also among non-vegetarians.

Pros: great + interesting food, nice staff, frequent change of menu

Cons: could use more vegan options

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