we traveled to amsterdam over the summer and found gartine on tripadvisor with rave reviews
the streets are sort of confusing in amsterdam. usually the same street will change names each block. we walked past gartine maybe 3 times before we actually saw it.
it's a very small place, run by just 2 people. the man sat us and took our order, while the woman was in the tiny visible kitchen. there was only enough room for maybe 4 people on the front patio and 12 inside.
the drink menu was all dutch and the food menu was double sided in english and dutch. we each ordered the jus d'orange which was probably the freshest squeezed orange juice i've ever had. it was full of pulp and so sweet. i probably would've had another glass if it wasn't nearly €3.
i had the "french toast made of 'sugar' bread with apple cinnamon butter" and my s.o. had the "sourdough toast with scrambled eggs and herbs from our vegetable garden". both of our meals were absolutely divine. the eggs were so creamy and flavorful and i don't think i ever want to eat french toast with out apple-cinnamon butter ever again.
if i ever go back to amsterdam, this is surely a place i will return to!!! we were only in amsterdam for 2 full days, but we were sure to eat breakfast here both days because it was so good!
I loved this place. Everything was fresh, delicious and felt lovingly prepared.
We didn't have reservations but they had a couple available tables when we walked in. We walked in at the right time because the place was filled up soon after and we saw a few couples get turned away. The staff are all very friendly (something I immediately noticed about people in Amsterdam) and the owner had a way of charmingly turning people away for lack of available seating with a smile on both parties' faces - something I've never seen happen before.
A MUST when visiting Amsterdam. I plan to return to this city again and this will definitely be a stop.
How did it take me so long to write about Gartine?! Before I get started - MUCH LOVE to the Amsterdam CM Flip W as she told us this place was a MUST and then hooked us up with a reservation. It was great to have her join us for a quick bite and chat!
Walking into Gartine I was a little taken back by how small the place was! It has about 8 tables (?) total including one up top for a private experience.
We took our seats and instantly my wife was raving about how "cute" this place was! At the risk of losing my man card, the word "cute" is a great description for the quaint restaurant. Although the food is fantastic (more on that soon), it's the ambiance that will win you over
The tables are a little tight, but everyone is friendly and let you slide in (or pull an extra chair up to the table) to accomodate. The plates they bring out the food on either have doilies or unique prints, and designs and well, I don't know enough about this stuff to describe them any more than that, but I will say it added to the charm.
Now, to the food.
I ordered the big breakfast. It comes with: Croissant, sourdough toast, French toast, homemade jams, assorted meats (and maybe cheeses? Don't remember.), fried egg, coffee and orange juice. Everything was delicious! The French toast was amazing. The jam was sweet and delicious and went perfect on the sourdough (and I snuck some on the croissant also!) The fried egg was a fried egg, but the coffee was really good! The juice was fresh and super good. Yes, everything on the plate was delicious - you will eat it all (or whoever you are with will help AHEM!)
The staff was super friendly, greeted us with a smile and the food came out extremely fast. Great service, no rush to get us out to turn over the tables. Even with the limited amount of space they want everyone to enjoy their experience. We took our time sipping our coffee before heading out and not once did I feel rushed.
If I lived in the DAM, I would be here every weekend to grab a bite.
I never want to leave Amsterdam. I fall more in love with this city each day, and my experience at Gartine made me fall head over heels.
We got lucky and were seated at the sole second floor table, which provided a beautiful view of the restaurant's decor. Although it's next to the bathroom, it's not a bother at all.
We got the "Crackers with braised onions, celery, Farmers Gouda Oplegkaas and watercress" and the "Cream of white beans and goat cheese with a concentrate of juniper berries, served with sourdough toast." Both were hearty, down-to-earth and clearly made with love. Each came with a large green salad dressed with a delicious light citrus vinaigrette. The portions were much larger than I expected and we were incredibly full afterwards.
I love that the owners, who source most of their food from their local farm, wait on the tables and serve the food (I didn't see whether they were also in charge of the kitchen, but I wouldn't be surprised if they were). They truly care about their restaurant and are incredibly sweet.
Had a great brunch with two friends, and we all agreed the food was amazing.
I had a sourdough toast with swiss cheese and peas as well as a mint tea and it was all delicious! The ingredients are fresh and tasty, the bread was the right amount of crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and the cheese was to die for.
The staff is very friendly and helpful, the decoration is cosy and warm and the prices are surprisingly low for such quality.
It does get a little loud when it is full, but nothing to complain about.
I will definitely come back for more, their desserts look amazing!
This tiny little restaurant offers a delectable breakfast at prices that can't be beat. If you're lucky enough to snag a table you won't be disappointed.
We had the two sourdough toast
options: one with eggs and salad and the other with Gouda and rhubarb. Both we're excellent.
Around us people were chowing down on pancakes, French toast, and pastries - all of which looked phenomenal.
Make reservations or get here early as only two tables are open for walk-ins.
Excellent french toast and breakfast/brunch spot in Centrum. For those expats that are interested.
Wonderful food, excellent services. Reservations a must.
Gartine is the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch or brunch!!! I love the fact they produce their own ingredients in their small garden- it is just so fresh and oh so delicious!
I ordered bread with 'ossenworst' with really yummy sweat sauce! The cuppuccino was served in a lovely traditional cup. And certainly you should try the fresh orangs juice!
After these great food, we finished our lunch with awesome pie! We ordered the chocolate cheesecake and cake with lavendel and pear! Especially the cake with pear I definately recommend you to try it.
Actually I wanted to give Gartine 5 stars, but because the fact I couldn't order the big breakfast anymore due the fact I was only 10 minutes to late :( but that is a good reason to come back for it, right?!
Victime of their success as twice in Amsterdam could not even book a table verry disappointing
What a wonderful experience this place was!
As a breakfast/brunch person, I have been to my fair share of restaurants, but Gartine is definitely a place I would visit again!
Not having made a reservation, we had to wait 15 minutes, but were extremely lucky to be seated even at all. A few people came in after us and the waiter told them that it would be over an hour wait, so be sure to call in and make a reservation to secure a table!
We ordered the "large breakfast" that included a croissant with butter, sourdough toast, French toast, homemade jams, assortment of cold cuts, fried egg, and an option of coffee, tea, or OJ. We also ordered the yogurt and marscapone cream with muesli, coconut, cranberry, and vanilla honey. For drinks, we got the homemade iced tea with fresh vanilla and a cappuccino.
The food was delicious to say the least. The french toast was moist and not overly sweet, perfection! The jams were heavenly; I believe it was rhubarb and strawberry, but I could be wrong. The yogurt and marscapone cream was light and sweet, a great combination with the large breakfast. The iced tea was mildly sweet with a hint of vanilla. We asked our waiter what drink he recommended and we were pleased with what we got!
The space was very small, but the design was very stylish. The space complemented well with the food and the plates.
Highly recommend this place if you visit Amsterdam!
Good, basic, fast, friendly staff in a small and cozy, but bustling place.
I had the "large breakfast" which wasn't that large by my overweight American standards, but ended up being just enough food. Surprise! It consisted of a small and strong coffee, deliciously fresh squeezed orange juice, two pieces of sourdough toast, one fried egg, a few slices of two different kinds of cheese, a croissant, a piece of french toast (with apples somehow cooked into it) and apple compote, a huge chunk of butter and two amazing jams for all those carbs. All presented quite nicely too.
I came out of a meeting in the area shortly before 11am and needed to grub. Fortunately, a quick search for brunch in the Yelp app lead me here. It's a small spot, with a charming air. Not a lot of decor, but it doesn't really need it. The feeling is modern old world (if that actually means anything) and the menu is basic and brief. Just what you need. Apparently reservations are needed or perhaps just recommended. When I arrived there were a couple of open tables and I sat down right away. As I was eating I noticed that as people came in, the staff were checking a written list of what I assumed were reservations. I guess I made it in right before the rush. After eating, on my way out, I noticed a glass cooler stacked with fantastic looking deserts. I wish I had seen it on my way in.
Adaptation of and excerpts from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
SCENE I. Gartine, Amsterdam
Enters Nik T.
(who was extremely lucky to snare a seat before others behind were turned away!)
If Gartine be the food of love, cook on;
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.
That juice again! it had an apple draw:
O, it came o'er my tongue like the sweet taste,
That licks upon a bank of fresh herbs,
Steeping and giving odour! Not enough; some more:
'Tis even sweeter now then it was before.
(Warm herbed apple juice, €2.85)
O soup of curly kale! how organic and fresh art thou,
That, notwithstanding thy capacity
Receiveth as the sea, nought enters there,
Of what validity and pitch soe'er,
But falls into abatement and low price,
Even in a minute: so full of shapes is fancy
That it alone is high fantastical................
(Soup from the garden, served with sourdough toast and butter, € 6.75)
Why, so I do, the noblest that I have:
O, when mine eyes did see Gartine first,
Methought she purged the air of pestilence!
That instant was I turn'd into a hart;
And my desires, like fell and cruel hounds,
E'er since pursue me.
Enough; no more:
especially now i'm back in singapore.
if i were to ever open a cafe, Gartine will be it!
small, cosy, intimate.
friendly, cheery, build on love.
love for pure fresh produce direct from their own private garden!
cooked simply and lovingly.
i also had their Rillettes of rabbit, plum chutney, sourdough toast and salad, € 8.95.
an exquisite taste on warm crunchy toast.
finally, to finish off, a sweet warm almond milk, €2.85, purely because i could not eat cake no more.
but in case you can, you must!:)
Easily the best meals we had while visiting Amsterdam, and we only visited for breakfast!
I arrived in Amsterdam on a Saturday morning and since I wasn't able to check into my room just yet, I headed straight to Gartine. I was the first one there when they opened, which was good because it's a very small space and they only have one table that's available for walk-ins. I sat at one of the two small tables upstairs which let me take in the beautiful little details of the restaurant and enjoy the buzz of the Saturday morning conversations below.
On my first visit I was solo and went all out with the Large Breakfast. Coffee and orange juice followed by a warm croissant with butter, sourdough toast, French toast, homemade jams, slices of brie and prosciutto, and a fried egg. I wasn't messing around! Everything was so fresh and even though they were somewhat basic breakfast items, they were some of the best I've ever had. The orange juice....oh the orange juice. I will have dreams about Gartine's fresh, pulpy, delicious orange juice! When I returned with my fiance the next day (with a reservation) I ordered the delicious eggs scrambled with fresh chives and served atop a slice of their sourdough bread. I didn't really know that I could be so crazy over something as simple as scrambled eggs! Simple and perfect.
As if the food wasn't good enough, the owners (who are also the hosts, cooks, and servers) are two of the sweetest people we met in Amsterdam. They've done something so special with Gartine and you can really tell that they're proud of it-as they should be! We would've loved to stop back for dinner but they were booked while we were in town. If we're ever back in Amsterdam I can guarantee that Gartine will be our first stop!
This place is so good that we had to go twice in two days.
We split the large breakfast and the scrambled eggs. Everything was divine. Incredibly creamy, well seasoned eggs on top of a hearty bread. Delicious french toast. Wonderful jams. Great orange juice and pastries.
This is the kind of place that could not exist in San Francisco: they could charge twice as much and stop caring about their food, and there'd still be a line out the door. As it is, the food is incredibly reasonable priced, and it's clear that the owners love what they do. Do try to call ahead, though, as we saw numerous people get turned away on both days we were there.
Oh Gartine, how I'll miss you.
It was a great little place to grab some French toast while vacationing in Amsterdam!
We were lucky enough to get here early on Sunday morning to get one of the 2 tables that were not reserved that day. Our breakfast was just divine. Home made jams, cheeses and breads. Simple yet absolutely delicious. The owners really put effort into each detail of the meal. We enjoyed it so much that we made reservations for a second visit. Second time was just as amazing. It is a small place with just a few tables so I would advice to make reservations because they WILL NOT TAKE YOU otherwise. My favorite meal or shall I say two meals in Amsterdam. I wish I could bottle this place in and bring it back home to Brooklyn,.
Best meal we enjoyed in Amsterdam.
Not sure how we got so lucky, but we had the table that sits above everyone on the ledge. Kinda cool. I had a egg salad and my gf had some salmon dish. Both were ridiculous.
I say call ahead and reserve the table we had at the top, it was awesome! (The place is very small so another good reason to call ahead)
Yeah, this place is amazing, and easily one of the highlights of our visit to Amsterdam.
It's really easy to miss, tucked in an alley with no prominent signs - we even walked by it once before doubling-back to it. The interior is pretty tight but not any more so than comparable places in SF or elsewhere.
I ordered the French toast which came with applesauce. Hard to explain how perfect it was, but the bread was toasted just right and tasted amazing, the applesauce was sweet but not overly-so, and the combination of the two was just too damned good. Also ordered some of the best iced tea I've had in a long time to go with it. My wife got yogurt with cranberries, grapes, honey, I think some oats were in there too - she basically said it was the best breakfast she'd had in a long time. I tasted some of it and couldn't argue with that.
Great food, great service, great place.
Join the chorus!!
Went there before they opened at 10am. So despite not having reservations we were able to get a table for four. It's a small place.
Our order: Sourdough toast with 3 kinds of Gouda (everyone had a go at my Gouda and were ecstatic) accompanied by an unbelievably delish rhubarb compote; 2 orders of Herb (from their garden) scrambled to a soft perfection with eggs on sourdough toast; our baby (27 yo) had their big breakfast which included croissant, sourdough toast, French toast (the best any of us has ever tasted), with a variety of home-made jams and a perfectly fried egg.
OK to be fair to other restaurants we always have brunch but strictly speaking it's not apples to oranges it's more like clementines to sunkist; the laborious point I am trying to make is that it's the best breakfast we've ever had and a terrific start to our Amsterdam vacation.
So fantastic! No complaints. The food was absolutely wholesome and fresh. Was really impressed with the quality of food and service in addition to the fact that all of the food is locally grown/organic. Would most definitely return when in Amsterdam. I always recommend for friends to go here when they tell me they are visiting Amsterdam.
This place has GREAT food! We only had a chance to eat breakfast here twice, but we wished we came back again for high tea.
The Eggs were so creamy
The Bread and Jam were delicious!
The coffee was SO GOOD.
The decor and vibe was very cozy and cute as well.
This was one of the best breakfasts I have had in my life. Thank you Gartine. I love you.
Note: Try to call ahead and book your table in advance.
Absolutely wonderful. Most of the food is harvested from the owners garden. They manage and serve the food. Flavors are incredible an the restaurant is adorable.
When I think back to the time I spent in Amsterdam, I can't help but fondly relive my wonderful brunch at Gartine. And of course, I thank my lucky stars I even stumbled upon this hidden gem in the first place! Tucked away on a side street, if you don't look close enough, it's easy to mistakenly walk right past it. Ah, and what a shame it would've been had I never gotten the chance to experience Gartine!
Yes, it was actually that good.
Gartine was without a doubt one of my favorite stops during my travels in Amsterdam. This tiny cafe serves a delicious breakfast and lunch spread in the most relaxing of atmospheres. Everything I ate at Gartine was absolutely divine. All of the pastries and jams were homemade, so I wouldn't have expected any less. The frech toast was great and I loved the brioche! The star of the show was definitely the jams and chutneys, which were the perfect toppings to all of the breads we had. And the presentation of what we ordered was beautiful! Oh, you can definitely tell the people behind Gartine put so much care and thought into what they're doing.
And don't even get me started on the ambiance, because I could go on and on for hours about how beautiful and well designed the space was... The plates! The cups! Cutlery! The table settings! Flowers everywhere! Ah, I'm getting wishful...
My only regret was not going another day to order from their daytime menu. I will have to make Gartine my first stop next time I'm in Amsterdam. And you should too.
I was so excited to go to Gartine, as I had heard about it 2 years ago and was unable to go the past 2 times we've been in Amsterdam. This time was our honeymoon trip and I thought it would be nice to have a romantic little breakfast.
We were enthusiastically welcomed by the lovely owners of the place. Coffee came out immediately and our little breakfasts weren't far behind. The croissant was the best I've had in Amsterdam. The homemade jams served with the toast were sublime -- peach with basil, and blackberry. The food was so good I had to get an order of the chocolate brioche with lemon curd as well. I am so gluttonous when it comes to pastries that I scarfed down mine and most of my husband's brioche and ate all of the lemon curd that came with them. This quite simply was the best lemon curd I've had. I could have eaten the whole pot, and told one of the owners so, which made her laugh.
The place is lovely, with adorable pink and white china and a large photo of a (I think) Fragonard painting on the wall. The bathroom was up a flight of steps, so be warned if you have any issues negotiating steep steps.
I loved the experience so much, but my husband did grumble a bit about the price. It was a little bit expensive for basically toast and pastries, but he was happy that I was happy. When I go back, I'm getting the large breakfast for sure.
We tried again the next day and were the first people in the door (over achievers). The owners were friendly and welcoming, and the space is very inviting. I loved the minimal but rustic and earthy decor.
The menu is small, but the food is done well and the coffee is very good. We shared the french toast (that apple compote is GOOD) and the scrambled eggs on toast (loved the addition of. . . . maybe garlic flowers?. . . in the eggs - so doing that at home). It started filling up as we ate, but never to capacity. Once I saw the big breakfast option with all the pastries come out, along with the housemade preserves, I had a little bit of order envy, but what we had was great, so no complaints. Loved the cake case too, showing all the scrummy offerings being whipped up in the teeny tiny kitchen.
This place is incredible, all of the food is so fresh and delicious. We got extremely lucky and got a table without reservations, but it is small and in demand so definitely make a reservation ahead of time. This is a must do restaurant while in Amsterdam!!
Got the large breakfast for my husband and I. The tea was really great and the food was delicious.
Gartine is charming. French Toast is divine. The preserves perfect. They do take reservations...good thing...small place, friendly service (your servers do the cooking), and the food! So nice.
Best breakfast ever!! We went here twice in less than a week and probably would have gone more times given the opportunity. Delicious eggs, French toast, homemade jams and preserves, fresh baked bread, lovely cheeses and fresh herbs from their garden. Lovely little restaurant with very friendly service. Food so good I seriously considered buying their cookbook even though it was in Dutch with I definitely don't speak a word of. A hidden gem of Amsterdam.
We went there for breakfast and it was outstanding. The place is very small but if you book a table or come early you will find a spot. Not for big groups though. Their toasts and jams are delicious. Would definitely come there again.
I tried this place today based on the positive Yelp reviews and I was not let down. It is a sweet sweet little cafe tucked away off the busy touristy Kalverstraat. The ambiance felt almost like a cafe in Paris, the music was French, the dishes had unique rose prints, there were pink flowers on our table, and the food was tasty. I had the pancakes which were thin Swedish style, buttery and sweet and had sliced toasted almonds on top. My boyfriend had the French toast which was incredible!! It came with an applesauce spread. We also got lattes. Everything was great, the service was so warm and kind, and again, the ambiance was so sweet.
oh wow, this place so soooo good. it's in a little alley and only serve breakfast from 10-12 but oh my gawd it was ever so good!
they do serve large cup coffee (the canadian in me screams yes!) but you just have to ask for hot water and milk so you can make your own.. cappuchino. the milk they give you is hot and frothy... mmm
so i ordered scrambled eggs on sourdough toast, hubby ordered a large breakfast. my eggs were soo yum with fresh herbs. the large breakfast is actually a combination of many samples of toast, crossaint, jams, cheeses, salami, and french toast. the plates were super cute and the server/chef/bartista was so friendly.
small sitting area, def call to reserve to make sure you get a good seat.
The ideal brunch spot in Amsterdam.
The ingredients are fresh and locally sourced. The egg dishes are excellent. The homemade jams & chutneys are spectacular.
The seating is limited, but the atmosphere wonderful. Reservations are almost always required. With a group of 6 -8 you can enjoy the loft table above the kitchen with a great view of the small restaurant.
Very tiny, cute restaurant tucked away in a small alley. We went there on a Sunday morning and enjoyed a simple breakfast. Everything was top-notch with locally sourced ingredients. Super friendly service, tasteful decor.
Fantastic! Fresh ingredients, quite little alleyway off the beaten path, charming atmosphere, delicious food.
We found this place only because of the reviews on Yelp. We met a couple while there who told us that it was also in the Lonely Planet guide book. This was perhaps the best breakfast I have ever had. All that could be heard from our table when we got our food was "ooh" and "ahh". We laughed when the people at the table next to ours starting getting their order -- lots of oohs and ahhs from them as well (for both the food and the coffee). IT's tucked away in an alleyway, so I think that helps it from being too busy (so far anyway - it is going to keep getting busier as the word gets out). We talked to the owner of Lof (another good restaurant in Amsterdam) that evening and told him of our experience at Gartine, and he too expressed his good opinion of it. Highly recommended.
What a chic little restaurant! Really enjoyed this hole-in-the-wall place. Food and service were brilliant, could have been taken out of a film set in the 1960's. Be warned, however, there is no real sign for this place, and unless you know where it is, you might be wandering for a minute before you find it. Just down one of the alleyways off of one of the main shopping drags, but quiet and secluded enough to give the impression of being transported into a different, artsy world (with proper place-settings).
Excellent. French toast was divine. The homemade jams are awesome too. Its a small place and fills up quick. Reserve ahead of time.
The perfect breakfast, served in the perfect adorable tiny restaurant, charmingly decorated, with perfect owners! Their breads, french toast, condiments, and all items are amazing. We had the big breakfast so we could try everything. Highly recommended!!!!! You will 95% likely need a reservation.
The best place in town for a relaxed cup of coffee or tea. They have awesome sandwiches and also do high-tea. The owners make everything from scratch and they serve the produce they grow in their own kitchen. If you plan lunch or high tea here, it is wise to make reservations as they do not have that many tables.
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