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mredden Mar 18, 2011 09:33 AM

Hello everyone,

I've been charged with planning a dinner for 50 people in Amsterdam this May. I am looking for recommendations for delicious restaurants that may be able to accomodate such a large group. Any suggestions, particularly near the Radisson Blu, would be greatly appreciated!

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    mredden Jun 6, 2011 02:52 PM

    Hi All,

    I just want to drop a quick note to thank everyone for their suggestions for Amsterdam. We ended up having a very successful dinner at Brasserie Harkema. The food was fantastic although I should mention that they changed the pre-arranged menu on us without notifying me first. Also, when I arrived they had us set up in the main dining room rather than a private room as agreed. Thankfully I went by to check on things a few hours before the event so they were able to scramble and set up the private room on time. I also had an issue with the number of wait staff as we had 50 people and only two waiters but they did add a waiter once I talked to the manager. Again, the quality of the food made up for all of the administrative challenges!

    We had a less formal dinner for a group of 10 the following night so I also had a chance to check out Cafe in De Waag. The food there was also delicious (though not as good as Harkema) but their staff somehow let my boss walk out the door only having paid for two of the 10 meals and the drinks!

    Also, I want to give a "shout out" to Bar Italia. We were directed there for a small group dinner the night before our meeting and the food was amazing. I was lucky enough to be in Amsterdam during peak asparagus season and their Fish & Asparagus special was drool-worthy. It was probably my faviorte meal in Amsterdam and the best Italian I've had in a year anywhere. It is important to note that they make you pre-order when you have a group of 10+

    Thanks for everyone who commented for helping make my meeting a success!

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      hvdmeeberg Mar 29, 2011 08:51 AM

      If you really like food don't eat at Kroonprins or Radisson Blue. And especially forget Hard Rock cafe: it's a disguised McDonald's. If you like food: the nicest location is De Kas (greenhouse in one of the parks of Amsterdam) 10 minutes by tram of cab www.restaurantdekas.nl. They can host party's of 50 people or more!
      Closer to the citycenter I think you like Harkema, affordable and on walking distance. With real food!www.brasserieharkema.nl

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        mredden Mar 29, 2011 09:51 AM

        Thank you hvdmeeberg! We actually decided on Brasserie Harkema however we haven't yet finalized our contract as they've yet to send me a photo of their private room. From looking at the pictures online, it seems like a very cafeteria-like atmosphere, but the more I look around, the more that seems typical of Amsterdam. Have you seen their private room, by chance?

        At the end of the day, we decided that good food tops atmosphere so I think that's where we will go.

        Thanks again for your advice.

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          hvdmeeberg Mar 31, 2011 01:47 PM

          The Harkema private room is upstairs with a view over the nice restaurant. You can also have cocktails served there. I just ran into a new place to be opened end of april: Mint Hotel with an amazing roofterrace (just near the central station) didn't see their private room yet. The food will be good since the chef is one of the coming stars in Amsterdam www.minthotel.com/amsterdam. Have fun! Hans

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        charlesbois Mar 24, 2011 11:56 AM

        In my google searches lately, I thought I saw that Restaurant De Kroonprins serves groups. I know nothing about the restaurant though, so can't recommend it or not.

        Also, it looks like the Hard Rock can accommodate large parties. A pretty easy walk from the Radisson Blu.

        Also, you could think about doing a canal boat dinner cruise. They're pretty popular and could probably accommodate 50 people.

        The last thing I could think of would be to call ahead to a place that does rijsttafel because a big enough restaurant could accommodate your party.

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          charlesbois Mar 31, 2011 06:50 AM

          eh, I picked those restaurants after a short googling session. I also like HEMA hot dogs. Scandalous for chowhound, I know. I ought to have my tastebuds revoked.

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