Five Best Spanish Restaurants in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

18 Jul by Kyle Keeler

Five Best Spanish Restaurants in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam’s extensive list of Dutch and international restaurants makes it easy to find delicious food. Amsterdam’s culinary industry has many options when it comes to Spanish cuisines such as tapas and paella. In this post, we give you the list of Hotspots amsterdam Spanish restaurants. 

Tapas Bar Catala

bar and peopleLocated at 299 Spuistraat Amsterdam-Centrum just north of the Spuiplein, this Spanish restaurant has been serving genuine Catalan delicacies for more than 20 years. Tapas Bar Catala’s wide selection of tapas changes seasonally and features classics like fresh mussels and beefsteak. Of course, a tapas restaurant would not be a tapas restaurant without Serrano hamchorizotortilla Espanolagambas, and polpo. Also, Tapas Bar Catala offers a wide selection of Spanish wines.

Tapas Café Duende

Tapas Café Duende is another tapas bar-restaurant in the heart of Amsterdam. This cozy and lovely Spanish restaurant in the Jordaan neighborhood (Nieuwe Willemsstraat 1) offers delicious tapas and the opportunity to experience Spanish nightlife through a professional flamenco lesson and classes as well. The live music gigs on the weekends are a favorite with the locals, and the tapas are not to be missed either. Among the popular dishes, to mention a few, are the Jamón IbericoAlmejas a la MarineraChuletas de CorderoPatatas Bravas, and Tarta de Queso

La Oliva

La Oliva’s kitchen prepares a selection of Spanish foods every lunchtime. You can choose from these delicious bites, and La Oliva also offers take-out food. In the evening, La Oliva offers a nightly menu divided into cold appetizers, fish dishes, and meat dishes. However, this Spanish restaurant at Egelantiersstraat 122 – 124 rarely served tapas but rather pintxos, the Basque country’s tapas version. With a modern interior, the restaurant has an extensive selection of wines and a contemporary menu, featuring dishes such as grilled halibut and roasted pheasant.



After decades of working in Spanish cuisine, the team behind Barceloneta decided to open its first restaurant in Amsterdam. Presently, this Spanish restaurant at Kinkerstraat 228, 1053 EN is one of the best Spanish restaurants in the Netherlands due to its innovative menu and high-quality customer service. As such, Barceloneta’s 7-course tasting menu is good with lots of surprises, ranging from seafood, Spanish, Mediterranean, European, Catalan, and vegetarian dishes. In addition to tapas, Barceloneta’s top dishes are the Zarzuela de PescadosPaella de MariscoGambas AjilloCarre Cordero, and Arros Negre 

Pata Negra

Pata Negra is probably the mother of all of Amsterdam’s tapas bar-restaurants. Pata Negra is a restaurant chain that currently has three locations: Utrechtsestraat, Eastern Docklands (opposite of Lloyd Hotel), and Oosterpark. While these restaurants are dedicated to fine Iberian cuisine, each has unique features. For instance, Puerto Pata Negra (at 999 Oostelijke) offers a wine lounge and a lively club, while the Pata Negra 2 (at Reinwardtstraat 1hs in Oosterpark) hosts occasional Flamenco evenings and a paella Sunday. Pata Negra served foods ranging from sandwiches, salads, soups, pastries, to croquetas, chicken, and tapas (warm or koud).