In the sea of mediocre, touristy dining spots that fill the Red Light District, this restaurant stands out for its vintage living-room-like atmosphere and first-rate Mediterranean menu, which includes oven-roasted feta wrapped in phyllo, ricotta and saffron-stuffed ravioli, and a hearty braised lamb shank. For a quick snack, share a generous mezze plate on the retro sofas in the front windowed nooks, or sit down for a full lunch or dinner at one of the candlelit wood tables. Evenings can get quite busy, so best to head to the upper level, where things are a bit quieter away from the bar.
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 22
Our Rating Neighborhood Old Center Hours Daily 11–1am (Fri–Sat till 3am) Phone 020/4205-0919 Prices Mains 12€–22€ Cuisine Type European Web site Mata Hari
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