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Restaurant d' Vijff Vlieghen *

Olde-worlde restaurant with up-to-date cooking
An Amsterdam institution, started in 1939 by Nickolaas Kroese, who converted five houses into an atmospheric food establishment that has entertained the likes of Orson Welles, Walt Disney, Esther Williams, Danny Kaye, Marcel Marceau, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Goldie Hawn and Mikhail Gorbachev. Since 1980 the restaurant has been under the domain of various hotels, from the Krasnapolsky to current owners the NH chain, and has subsumed seven more adjacent houses in its expansion. Spread across three floors, the nine rooms are all themed, from the cartographic to the bridal and including, most popularly, a Rembrandt room with four original etchings. Exposed brickwork, oak beams, tiled floors and warm lighting round out the museum-like atmosphere. And the food is stylish and modern-thinking. The name translates as 'The Five Flies Restaurant', with 'fly' referring to the nickname of the stick-figure-thin man who first lived here in 1627 and 'five' denoting the original number of houses taken up by the restaurant.

Tags: Dutch, $$ - Standard, European

Added by: BarbStonehurstPlace BarbStonehurstPlace

Spuistraat 294–302
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland 1012 VX

+31 20 5304060
6pm—10pm daily


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  •   So amazing!!!
    jorgeinsf ·

    August 12, 2013

    We had the 5 course meal with the wine paring and every part of it rocked my world! The service was also stellar! Don't miss it if you are here!!!
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  •   No Flies on this one!
    BarbStonehurstPlace ·

    May 1, 2010

    Located in five authentic 17th century buildings between the Spuistraat and the Singel, this restaurant with nine dining rooms serves 'New Dutch' cuisine. We love it! We've been to Amsterdam a few times and make it a point to head to the five flies, as the name is translated, for terrific ambience, great food and service. The restaurant also offers a dinner cruise - sounds wonderful, but we haven't yet done it. Next time!
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Haesje Claes 4
Spuistraat 273–275

Lanskroon 0
Singel 385

Pompadour 0
Huidenstraat 12

Supperclub 0
Jonge Roelensteeg 21

Saturnino 4
Reguliersdwarsstraat 3–5