Behind the silky green drapes that hang behind Moeders' door are hundreds of pictures of mothers, more than I've ever seen, all framed and covering every wall of the restaurant. Moeders is the name. And fresh traditional dutch food is what you can expect. Just like 'Mother' would make.
I came here for my birthday dinner and had such high hopes. I left delighted! The attention to detail is beautiful. - From the waitresses' floral aprons to the mismatched crockery, I was even presented with a lovely quirky printed tin full of different teas when I ordered after-dinner tea. The biscuit tin accompanying our tea and coffee was just too cute! It's all, indeed, just like Mum's.
We ordered three traditional Dutch hotch potch and opted for sauerkraut with our stampot. Mmmm! Comforting, wholesome. Just how food should be! My favourite part of the hotch potch was the giant meatball. Tasty stuff! It was all delicious but the sauerkraut stampot had defeated us and we had to surrender to Moeder's cooking in the end.
The staff were so cheery and friendly which made the restaurant really relaxed and we didn't feel rushed at all. We didn't make a reservation but arrived in the early evening and managed to get a table. If you plan on arriving later, I'd suggest making a reservation as the restaurant only got busier and it seemed like a lot of people had pre-booked.
To sum up, Moeders was a definite highlight of my stay in Amsterdam and I couldn't have asked for a better birthday dinner.
It's true. - Nobody does it like Moeder!
I probably came here at a bad time. By this time, I had been in Europe for a week and all I had eaten was potatoes and sausages. I wasn't really in the mood for more "pub food" stuff, but I went here because it came so highly recommended.
I ordered the Hotchpotch as that is what seemed to be dish you had to try and got the pea soup as well. For the price (15 Euros), I thought it would be something beyond mashed potatoes with sausages and a meatball. The soup was pretty good but not amazing.
Overall, the service was good, but I just didn't understand what made this place so famous. Maybe I just don't really like Dutch food.
Want to experience a dutch meal with friends that are visiting you in AMS? Bring them to Moeders!
All the food is tasty and basic. Nothing fancy. They have a 3 course meal which will cover all the basics and some really tasty applesauce!
Reservations a must!
Food was awesome. Reasonably priced. Great atmosphere. Vegetarian friendly. Huge portions!
Walking in you immediately feel the gezellig coziness of the place with the warm lighting, and colorful walls covered with photos of typical moms. I was really excited especially after reading all the rave reviews.
Order the stamppot as that is the most traditional/typical Dutch meal. People who order that seem quite satisfied.
Since I was with visiting friends and had already eaten stamppot twice that week at work ('twas the season) I passed and ordered the veggie lasagna. Don't do that. I repeat, do not.
While the plate looked marvelous and the portion was huge, I can't say the same for the taste. It's not awful, but let's just say it's not lasagne, it's more like baked soup casserole.
Anyway, I'd go for the ambiance more than the food, but maybe I just tried the wrong items. Stick to the real Dutch ones ;).
Delicious delicious traditional Dutch food!
While in Amsterdam, I used yelp to find the best restaurant near where I was staying. Moeders came up as one of the best. I showed up at 8pm without a reservation, they were unfortunately full, but the nice host told us that he would call my cell phone when a table was available. If we didnt hear from him, he said to come back at 9pm and there surely would be a table. We went to the bar on the opposite street corner for an hour and then made our way back. Sure enough, our table was ready.
The food was phenomenal. I had the Pea soup and the Father's ribs. The Pea soup was the best pea soup I had ever eaten. You could have eaten it with a fork.. it was really thick. The ribs were excellent. The meat was almost falling off the bone. The flavors were incredible. I also tried the stamppot (mashed potatoes, gravy, sausage, meatball) and the beef stew. Both dishes were out of the world delicious. The Dutch Apple pie was dessert was also amazing.
I highly recommend this restaurant! A++++ Would eat again! I cant wait to go back and try some of the other dishes on the menu.
The restaurant is covered in photos of mothers. All mothers from all over the world. They even accept new pictures of mothers. I wish I had one with me. Next time!
Quite underwhelming for lunch, but I suppose it's a Dutch tradition to not eat hot food until dinner time? My friend and I both got the carpaccio sandwich, which was a slab of ice cold beef too thickly cut to be carpaccio. The bread was tasteless, so thank goodness for the sparingly smeared pesto and few pine nuts thrown in to make it "interesting". The salad on the side had no dressing. Most strangely, they don't serve tap water here (or in many other Dutch restaurants we encountered). It is a cute idea to put up pictures of all the mothers though, and I wish I could try it for dinner to see if the actual cooking is good.
I made a decision to try this place after reading such good reviews. Be sure to make an appointment because when I was there I witnessed a couple being declined service as they were told the open tables were reserved. I had called in to reserve a table and was told there is a time slot for 7.15-8.30, I kind of didn't understand what a "time slot" was until I arrived and ordered dinner. So when I got there I noticed on the menu that they offered a 3 course dinner choice and decided that it was a good option. I asked the waitress for her recommendation for an entree and she said the Suddervlees, after which I told her I would like the 3 course meal with it as the entree. Her response to me was that my reservation only allowed me until 8.30, therefore I cannot order that. At which point I became quite disappointed and confused because I wanted to be able to try more than just an entree.
Now, onto the food. After I ordered my entree, a few slices of bread was brought out with a hummus dip. The bread was soft and moist and the hummus had a subtle flavor with a thick, creamy texture. I enjoyed it with a dry dutch beer. The entree wasn't anything spectacular. It was simply stewed beef served separately with unseasoned red cabbage and boiled potatoes. After I finished all of my food I wanted to try a dessert but unfortunately for me, 8.30 was fast approaching so I reconsidered.
Pretty good. Never had Dutch food before, and I thought this was pretty representative. I got the hutspot with saurkraut (they had kale, too). It was good, comfort food. The meatball was really good and the bacon was bacon. The sausage, on the other hand, was pretty tasteless. The only other complaint I have was the price- maybe 17 euros is par for the course in Amsterdam, but it just felt a little to expensive.
The staff was really attentive and friendly, and the decor was original!
If you have internationals friends who would like to try some typical Dutch food, I would recommend you to take them to Moeders!
The food is just great with different 'stampotten' to choose from. They also have daily specials. And the service are very friendly as well and awesome spots when you sit outside next to the canal! Inside the interior is really nice decorated with uncountable frames of mothers. They also serve wine in different wine glasses which they have received 23 years ago when they just opened!
BIG TIP: Try the 'Indonesische Rijsttafel' menu where you can share it with at least 2 persons where you will get: stamppot, hachee meat, rode bieten, baked and cooked potatoes, rabarber, appelmoes... Isn't this too good to be true?
Given all the fabulous reviews I was quite looking forward to having dinner here. BUT, when I walked over on a Sunday night around 7:30pm, I was told they were full and could not accommodate me (1 person) for dinner. Not then, not later, not a all. And unfortunately the message was delivered with a bit of attitude - like how could I be so stupid as to try to have dinner there without a reservation.
So, I can't comment on the food but the atmosphere looked nice, save for the lady at the front.
If you want to eat there, be sure to call a head and check if they can seat you / make a reservation.
My boyfriend and I wanted to try some Dutch food and get a real feel for Amsterdam. We took the Metro to have dinner here and it was packed both inside and on the patio! The wait time for 2 people would have been an hour. No worries.. We'll try again tomorrow night and now we know to make a reservation.
We went back the next night and got the spinach potatoes with sausage and bacon. It came with a delicious and large salad as well as a dessert for 15 euros. The food was amazing! The plates of food may not look that large, but those potatoes sure do full you up! We weren't able to finish all of ours.
The service was friendly, great prices, and good beer on tap. Definitely recommend! Best dinner I ate during my 5 days in Amsterdam!
****Don't forget to make your reservation!!!!!*****
Good Dutch comfort food in Amsterdam.
Definitely need to make a reservation as they get busy and full. I loved this place and went back twice. The decor is full of mother theme, pictures of mom on every possible space on the walls and all the plates and glasses are mismatched donations from various moms who have visited.
The food was authentic Dutch and great. I ordered the Hotpotch both times and it comes with different mash depending on what is available - spinach and potato, sour kraut, carrots and onion. It is sides with a good portion of bacon, sausage and meatball. The Dutch Delight Trio of desert was very good also.
The service was great also. Kind of creepy that there are pictures of mom on the toilet though. ;0)
Delicious delicious delicious! Amazing dutch food. But it could be very busy at night. Better make a reservation.
Five stars because if you're in Amsterdam and want to try Dutch food, this is where you want to go. Lined floor to ceiling and wall to wall with pictures of mothers (surprisingly charming rather than creepy), Moeder's (translation: Mother's) is an excellent place to enjoy you share of classic Dutch home-cooking.
We ordered the sampler entree option which gives you a taste of three very typical classic Dutch meals. And when I say taste, note that that is a huge understatement. We were presented with a "hotch-potch" containing mashed potatoes, sausage, gravy, AND bacon, multiple bowls of heart-warming stew, an apple confit of sorts, TWO sides of potatoes - one fried, the other boiled, etc etc etc. The fact that I cannot currently recall all of the details of the meal does not in any way imply that the meal was not entirely enjoyable. And the fact that I may have fallen into a food coma half-way through the meal should in every way imply that the meal is delicious and perfect for the kind of night when all you want to do is escape the frigid Amsterdam winter and indulge in a hearty, warming meal.
For those visiting - I'd highly recommend it just to experience Dutch food and to enjoy the comfort of the atmosphere and service of the staff.
Typical Dutch food, lovely service, environmental reports to the house of our mother ... Pictures of mothers through the wall makes us think of our family ... Ask a soup entry and have fun!
Best meal in Amsterdam, hands down. I had the "hotch-potch": A huge helping of mashed potatoes, carrots and onions with bacon, sausage, and a big meatball, all covered with gravy. My girlfriend had the vegetarian version, which basically replaces the meat with a bunch of cheese and vegetables. She loved it. It's definitely not a menu of light fare - it's fatty, filling, comfort food. Wide selection of wines and abbey beers, too.
The restaurant is very popular and well-known among the locals - we were walking around the nearby neighborhood and had no problem getting directions right to it. Reservations are strongly recommended, though we lucked out because it was just early enough to get a seat before the rush. By the time we left, the place was packed out the door. And rightly so - Moeders definitely lives up to their reputation!
Having been turned away from one place we were recommended, we set our sights on Moeder's (which we'd practically walked by on our way across town already) for dinner one night when we were in Amsterdam. There were seven of us, so i risked AT&T's ludicrous roaming charges to give them a call. As it turns out, Moeder's had a party of seven that seemed to be blowing off a reservation. So you're saying there's a chance.
At any rate, that wasn't good enough for two of our group, but the rest of us trooped on over, the thought of returning our rented beer and wine fast becoming paramount, and as luck would have it, there was in fact a big, empty table in an otherwise full room. We were seated immediately and began observing the strange decor. Wall-to-wall photographs of patrons' mothers, including, one friend insisted, a nude one. i missed that one, probably for the best.
The specialty seems to be Dutch comfort food, and if you have enough people, you can order up what seems almost to be something akin to an American Thanksgiving dinner, the 'Dutch Rice Dish', which scarcely involves any rice. Maybe i missed something. Anyway, the cheerful waitstaff bring out plate after plate of assorted stewed meats, potatoes, and hotchpotch, which is potatoes and meat, but with bacon on top!
It's all pretty similar, and i can see why locals are as fond of variety as we Americans are, but it was all tasty and it was a fun place to have a big, hearty dinner.
Again, and this time we tried out the big rice dish, with different kind of typical dutch sausages, meat, stampott and things like that. You get Suddervlees and Sauerkraut with mashed potatos, which is really delicous. It is a menu for minimum two, but imho you can't eat all the stuff, and that for 19 euro per person.
And one important hint again: if you want to make sure to have a table, make your reservation. During the evening there were some free tables for about 10 minutes, but they were gone quickly.
This place was actually really good. It is the first ever Dutch restaurant that I went to because some out of towners wanted to go to a Dutch restaurant. I ended up really liking the food.
The place is pretty small and decorated kinda cool like an old fashioned "mother's house" might look. The plates are all different old fashiony looking and is kinda neat that they are not all one standard plate.
I would probably take other people here when they come to visit if they are looking to try some Dutch food.
I really want to give this place more stars but the timing of our food, which is critical in food service generally speaking was so terribly off. Our dinner of two took about 3 hours to complete. We were on vacation (opposed to a business lunch for instance), but the wait between each course was just so bad. I am all for the leisure way of European dining, but this was just too much.
The food is very good and the ambiance quite unique - all around warm and friendly. If the service was on the money, then I would tack on another 1 to 1.5 stars...
Do check it out, but just hope that you don't have to wait 45 minutes between each course!
The best meal I had in Amsterdam. The food is comfort food but more flavorful somehow. Just go try it.
I took some friends that were visiting here and it was a great introduction to Dutch food. I love the quirky decor and the staff were friendly.
The only negative thing was that they won't give you any tap water; that's really ridiculous.
Prices are average, food delicious. I tried the mixed option where you get a little bit of several Dutch dishes. Will definitely be back!
famous cuz it started in 1990 with mothers bringing plates (still placed on the tables) and photos (still adorn the walls).
only way to get in here on the weekend is with a reservation. three course meals 26-30E.
the salad was actually the most delicious part. had miss pumpkin with roasted almond, roasted pumpkin, pastrami, baby figs and orange scented dressing. tasty combo.
lemon dressed grilled fish from the market = ok
lobster soup had a strong lobster flavor but not creamy or bisque like
sampled the braised beef stew, with fries and pheasant. executed well, nice food and ambiance. dessert was perfect with mini-curd (excellent), small pancakes (with powdered sugar and honey, fresh) & "speculaas" (spiced biscuit) ice-cream -- little too frozen.
Wow, after eating at Moeders, I thought I would never eat again....I was so full and it was SOOOO good! This place is really, really cool. I love the colorful interior, the incredibly friendly staff, and the fooooood! We shared the hapjes (snacks) to start and it was really special: duck pate, spanikopita, oysters in hollandaise sauce, and a few other treats. My husband had stampot and I spare ribs which were both excellent (and I appreciated the finger bowl provided for cleaning off sticky fingers after the ribs). We were so stuffed that for dessert we just went with the special coffee, and that was just awesome. A HUGE mug of coffee (and yes, I was up all night after but it was WORTH IT) heavily flavored with amaretto (?), and decorated with a pile of whipped cream with mini speculaas cookies on it.
I think this is going to be a place that we take our American visitors. Its really great dutch food served in a fun, bright atmosphere. I highly recommend it!
My husband and I tried the Dutch rice menu compete with the hodgepodge, beef stew, red cabbage and potatoes. It was a bit pricy but it was delicious :) We saw that they were also serving sandwiches that were less expensive. Service was great and friendly.
A nice traditional Dutch restaurant a bit away from the city center. It is clearly a theme restaurant (Moeders is dutch for mothers as you could guess from its name and the decor) proposing mostly middle/northern European cuisine.
So if you are a fan of bread dumplings, goulash and the sort, this is the place to go. The deserts are delicious (I recommend the apple pie) and the staff are very friendly.
Restaurant très sympa et qui a l'avantage d'avoir une véritable identité ! L'intérieur ne ressemble à aucun autre et est totalement dédié aux... mamans :) les murs sont tapissés de photos de mamans et un cadeau est même prévu pour leurs anniversaires !
Côté nourriture, rien à redire, nous avons testé le Dutch Ricedish, plat pour 2 personnes typiquement du coin : délicieux et étonnant !
Pour ce qui est service, il est rapide et familiale, loin du service protocolaire des "grandes tables".
À noter que la réservation est vivement recommandée ! Le restaurant est facile d'accès par le tram 13 à l'arrêt Manixstraat.
This hole in the wall is fabulous. Stumbled in and the place was packed. Looked like reservations are HIGHLY recommended. In spite of this we were able to get seated in about 25 mins.
Annie 3 course
Starter entree dessert
Chocolate party for dessert.
If you're visiting amsterdam MUST try!!
One of the best meals my wife and I had in our two weeks in Europe. I'm not even sure how we discovered it--it must have been a Lonely Planet recommendation--but I'm really glad we did.
Our hotel was a one-minute walk from Centraal Station, and Moeder's was a little bit of a ride on the railcar, but the public transit system was so easy to use that it wasn't a difficult trek. Well worth the effort. We got reservations on recommendation from Lonely Planet, and it seemed good that we did, as the tiny, one-room restaurant was packed and bustling. The overall atmosphere was homey, like we were just part of an enormous family that had come over for a home-cooked meal. The pictures of mothers and haphazard dishware that was a mainstay of the restaurant from people bringing them in only enhanced this atmosphere.
We got the prix fixe, although we were tempted by the Dutch Ricedish, which is a several-course shared meal in which they serve many smaller courses of traditional Dutch fare. For my main course, I ordered the stuffed quail, which was accompanied by a poached Bosc pear, sweet potatoes and a wonderful sauce. It was a very rich and satisfying dish. My wife ordered the vegetarian hotchpotch (Dutch "stamppot") which is an assortment of mashed potatoes, veggies and other homestyle goodness.
Our trip was several months ago, so I'm having trouble recalling the other parts of the meal EXCEPT... their website is right when it says that carpaccio is one of their classics. It was one of the most memorable individual dishes I had on the entire trip. Ultra-thin beef with fresh chives, pesto and some kind of whipped soft cheese, it was fresh and flavorful, but not overpowering. A must-try if you decide to visit this charming little restaurant.
Sought this place out after reading about it from many different travel resources. The place was packed, and very cozy. Glad we had made a reservation. I ordered the vegetarian hotchpotch which was quite flavorful. Service was fine, but overall wasn't blown away. Maybe I'm just not much of a Dutch food fan.
Dutch comfort food. Done in huge portions. Try the traditional Stamppot (hotch-potch) that is a decadent heaping of sausage, mashed potatoes mixed with veg, gravy, and more potatoes. My goodness. Other items such as the beef stews were also richly seasoned and flavourful. Atmosphere is kitschy and warm with lots of pictures and knick knacks dedicated to the restaurant's namesake, mothers. Comfort food the way (Dutch) mom makes it. Oh and did I mention the portions were huge?
- Restaurant with nice Dutch ambiance
- The walls are peppered with lots of motherspictures
- Dishes are mutley/ mixed (they say that every guest brought some dishes at the opening of the restaurant, that`s why everything ist mixed)
- 3 course menu is luxurious (you should try the original Dutch food e.g. Hotchpotch)
- Recommended starter: Mama`s happas (very delicious)
- Desserts are yummy, too
- Very obliging personnel
Conclusion: A lot of Lekker food for a very good price!
Fantastic!!! Awesome atmosphere and great food. Get the traditional rice dish - although it does not have any rice in it, it is rather a collection of small dishes that encompass the whole menu. Even though the menu says it is for 2 people, we could not finish it all.
Bring a picture of your mom and you can hang it on the wall, if you like...
We had dinner here last night at the recommendation of our hotel concierge. Here's the background in English from their website: moeders.com/pagina.php?m… It's a several block walk from our hotel. There's an entrance on Rozengracht but we didn't recognize it as such so we walked around the corner to the entrance by the canal. There are several tables outside overlooking the canal but there were also lots of smokers, so we went inside. There were three narrow steps up and I was a bit worried about having to go down them after dinner. The restaurant was crowded, but there was a table for two for us.
We were given menus. There is an a la carte menu as well as three levels of prix fix: Annie's @ €24, Betty's @ €26 and Corry's @ €28. You have a choice of starter, a main from one of the menus and dessert. Here's the menu in English: moeders.com/pagina.php?m… , although the options aren't all the same as what we had last night. We were given a basket w/ bread w/ butter and a ripe olive tapanade. I ordered a glass of an Argentine Malbec/Merlot and Alan ordered a dark beer. He ordered Popeye's salad, w/ spinach, pistachios, cranberries, cubes of blue cheese and thin slices of fennel. I can't remember the name of my salad, but it had beets, orange slices, radicchio, lettuces, cherry tomatoes, cubes of a mild feta and paper thin, crispy slices of Serrano ham w/ a light and flavorful dressing. It was delicious. I could eat it day after day. Alan liked his salad. I thought it paled in comparison to mine. We decided to order the Dutch Ricedish, a linguistic play on the Indonesian Rice Table. It offered us tastes of a variety of Dutch dishes, hotchpotch, hachee, sudervlees, red cabbage cooked w/ apples, roasted potatoes, kind of mashed potatoes, applesauce and baked pears. It's offered for two or more. There was enough food for three. We liked what we had, particularly the hotchpotch and roasted potatoes. I found the hachee a bit salty. There was so much food we decided not to have dessert and so did the salads and the ricedish a la carte.
The walls and doors are decorated w/ probably thousands of photos people have brought in of their mothers, some framed and some not. China and glassware are mismatched. It's a great, homey look. During dinner we noticed people coming and going through the other entrance and when we left we did too. It was much easier. This was a nice place, one we would return to, although we would order something other than the sampler and have less food. Service was warm and friendly w/ no upselling. When I finished my glass of wine I wasn't asked if I wanted another, which was refreshing. Our neighboring diners were cordial and we enjoyed chatting w/ them.
First time in Holland and went to Moeders... And now I think about that place almost every week. My wife and I split the Hodgepodge and killed it! Delicious. W loved how everyone had a different plate, cup, silverware, pot, etc. really felt like eating at Mom's house :)
I've not had traditional Dutch food, but this place was tasty. The stew dishes actually reminded me of a similar Chinese dish I love to eat. The potatoes with sauerkraut was surprising a good combo. Tenderly cooked Sausages was memorable in flavor. The stand out was the pear cooked with some cinnamon. It balanced the salty stew. The finale was the macadamia ice cream was so .. Out of this world good.
We tried this place as it was not far from we were staying in Amsterdam. Definitely better to reserve. We were luck to get a table for 1 hour, as a couple of other people that came after us could not be seated and left disappointed. I had the typical dutch plate described in the other reviews, but the mashed potatoes were mixed with spinash (there a choice), it was very good! The chicken breast was good too. Recommended, better to reserve though as the place is not big.
I've been here twice and it is my favourite restaurant in Amsterdam. It is supercozy and I love the concept of photos of Mothers covering every inch of the walls of the whole place. The plates, glasses and cutlery for each seat are all different from eachother, which is another touch that enhance the cute concept of the Moeders. I was told that when the restaurant opened, that if you brought your own plate, cutlery and glass and aphoto of your mom that you would get a free meal. And that's how the restaurant ended up with all the photos and the tablewares. I don't know how true that story is, but it sure makes for anice urban legend and enhance to the slight chic bohemian vibe of the place. The vegetarian food they had on their menu was good too!
This place is called Moeders, which means Mothers.
This is easy to remember once you step in.
All walls are covered from top to bottom with pictures of women. Young women, grannies, pregnant women, you name it, it's there. Overall the place looks pretty cozy and gezellig, I can certainly recommend it.
We walked in with a group of 8 people, 5 Filipinos and 3 Dutchmen. Menus were in dutch as well as english.
7 of us ordered the so-called Hollandse Rijsttafel.
From the website:
If you want to enjoy a typical Dutch treat they serve a Dutch ricedish. You don't get any rice, but all little bits and pieces of traditional Dutch home cooking.
One part of the meal was hachee, which tasted good but not special.
The next one was suddervlees, meat that was cooked so long in its own gravy that it turns all soft and juicy. It was excellent, and I absolutely loved the stoofperen (stewed pears with cinnamon) and appelcompote (mashed soft appels, but not mashed all the way) that came with it.
This is the kind of dish that reminded me of grandma, and it was done fantastic!
And finally, there was the hutspot, or as they called it in english, the hotchpotch. Mashed potatoes with onions and carrots. For taste, there was thin slices of bacon in it, and it was topped with a typical dutch rookworst.
This stuff was gooood!
A bit unexpected, the Filipinos loved it all as well. No complaints what-so-ever.
Beer of choice was Palm, a very nice beer for beginners as well as trained beer drinkers :-)
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