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Restaurant Johannes is zo’n restaurant waar je naar toe gaat als je een avond culinair verwend wilt worden. Het pijpenla restaurant aan de Herengracht is niet voor niets al jaren favoriet van velen. Chef Martijn Hendriksen leerde koken van onder andere Cees Helder en Robert Kranenborg en kookt met souschef Jeroen Verrips en Sam Ruizendaal volgens de klassieke Franse school, maar dan wel met hier en daar met toepassing van moderne kooktechnieken. De borden zien er knap uit met meerdere componenten, maar bloemetjes etc omdat het er leuk uit ziet zul je hier niet aantreffen. Chef Martijn heeft voedselverspilling tegengaan en duurzaamheid hoog in het vaandel staan. Van kop-tot-staart koken en niet uit het seizoen koken is dan ook waar hij voor staat. Het leuke is dat het hele team meedenkt over wat de gasten geserveerd krijgen. Vinoloog van het jaar 2018 Allesandro Matrone zoekt er de bijpassende wijnen bij uit. Je kunt kiezen uit een verrassingsmenu, maar ook á la carte bestellen.

Geschreven door: Susam Pang van BySam.nl

Fotografie door: Susam Pang van BySam.nl


Tip van bySam: De hamachi met haringkaviaar, zoetzure wortel, gerookte crème fraîche en mayonaise van mierikswortel. Die is zo fijn dat je je bord wilt aflikken.

Restaurant menu

Chef’s recommendations Martijn Hendrikse

Average price €49 Special request

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Scores & Reviews

based on 218 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Food :9.2/10
Service :9/10
Setting :8.6/10
  1. Vlad R.
    • 5 reviews

    Atmosphere is really nice, but service is usual. Some of the dishes are perfect, but some are so-so. Vegetables in dishes are not enough prepared. Tournedos is excellent.

  2. Jeroen P.
    • 5 reviews

    Absolutely amazing dishes. With surprise menu there is always a chance that one dish is not 100% to your liking, however at Johannes every single bite of the five course menu was an explosion of joy. Wow. So good! We will definitely come back here.

  3. Ekaterina V.
    • 16 reviews

    thank you so much, everything was perfect! )

  4. Elaira T.
    • 6 reviews

    Super experience. And we had those amazing dishes coming one after another... We had 5 course meal. Representation, quality of food and great service. What a treat!

  5. Daniela F.
    • 21 reviews

    High level restaurant! All plates were very good with different preparations inside the same dish. The atmosphere was a little cold.

  6. Valentina B.
    • 17 reviews

    The atmosphere is elegant and yet makes you feel very comfortable and relaxed. The staff is kind and very well trained. The food is amazing: very good combination of tastes, textures, temperatures. Strongly recommended!

  7. Nelleke B.
    • 15 reviews

    Special place with excellent food. Everything was so tasty and special. Nice ambiance and great service! 10 plus! We can recommend this place.

  8. Nick S.
    • one review

    A previous visit in June was fantastic, but after yesterday's visit, we won't return. We were nervous when we heard the whole restaurant team had changed recently, and sadly this was fully justified. We ordered the 7-course tasting menu. Service started inattentive - we had to ask for menus, then the wine list, then cutlery - but went seriously bad. First, I told a staff member that the bouillabaisse tasted bitter and unpleasant, and was told that if I had informed them before that I didn't like bouillabaisse, they would have served something else. That really wasn't the problem: the food was not good. But then my partner was served steak, despite the restaurant knowing she did not eat meat. Overall, the food was nowhere near the level of 3 months before, lacking flavour, balance, and being served lukewarm. We were unhappy at this point and debating whether to stay, when we realised our umbrellas had been given away to other diners by staff! We decided to abandon the meal at that point, at the 5th course. To its credit, the restaurant waived the price of the food, but we still ended up paying for the wine we had. The couple dining next to us also made complaints about their food and left saying that it had not been good enough. I would not recommend Johannes to anyone now, which is very sad because it was a wonderful experience before. I hope to find out where the old team have gone to work however, because that will probably be a fantastic restaurant!

  9. Neha S.
    • 20 reviews

    A bit more upmarket restaurant, lovely setting and attentive service. Went for the 4 course menu and they were accommodating for dietary requirements. The food is tasty, cooked well and doesn't push the flavour range too obscure. Definitely recommend!

  10. Heidi B.
    • 2 reviews

    Nice place, friendly Service and excellent food. The restaurant is perfect for a dinner with friends or a romantic dinner. The surprise menu was great

  11. Howard P.
    • 2 reviews

    Wonderful inventive cuisine

  12. Tarik G.
    • one review

    Excellent service. Wonderful food and ambiance. Will definitely be returning.

  13. Gail P.
    • 7 reviews

    Delicious cooking! Great attention to detail and refined flavours. presenation excellent.

  14. Karen K.
    • 3 reviews

    Great hospitality and excellent presentation. Went for 5 courses but should have go for six instead. Highly recommended and probably the best restaurant in Amsterdam :)

  15. Liza M.
    • 3 reviews

    The restaurant is well decorated with warm atmosphere. The waiter serving our table is very energetic, showing great enthusiasm with his job. All dishes are well designed and presented as an art piece. It sums up to be a very enjoyable evening.

  16. Elsa B.
    • 40 reviews

    It was our first dinner ever at Johannes and it lived up to our expectations. Every dish five-course menu plus the amuses and extra dessert were exquisite and delicious. Service was friendly and efficient with appropriate wait-times between courses. The setting was smart and conducive to quiet conversation. A top-notch restaurant that we’ll definitely return to. Only minus point is that we had to ask for our bread rolls to be served. Afterwards, however, we were approached twice to be offered additional rolls.

  17. Frank v.
    • 6 reviews

    The service and food were really good, with some unexpected but great flavor combinations. Some dishes (sauces) were a little too salty for our taste. Since well prepared fresh vegetables are used, it would be nice if some dishes would have these more in spotlight instead of meat/fish as the center of each course. All in all a very enjoyable meal, thanks!

  18. Wayne C.
    • 50 reviews

    Clearly I was impressed the night before by Chief Sous Chef Sam Ruizeudaal’s culinary talents plus the pairing of outstanding service by Marnix and Micheal. It compelled me to return once again. A prime table of two was designated for the evening. Knowing my return they enquired if I had a favourite dish from the previous night, in doing so, it was once again served. A completely different secret menu was created for the evening with freshly sourced ingredients available on the day. Truly exceptional and exquisite dishes were created and served through the five course secret menu. Dining on a third night in a row seems highly unlikely but not impossible. I shall return for sure in the future.

  19. Wayne C.
    • 50 reviews

    Outstanding dining experience from food service to the exquisite food that was delivered by Chief Sous Chef Sam Ruizeudaal. Experienced the seven course surprise menu with fresh sustainable produce sourced around the Amsterdam region. Simply a feast to the eyes and taste buds. Michael and Marnix delivered exceptional service during the entire three hour dining experience. I look forward to my return in the future. Highly recommended.

  20. Don C.
    • 7 reviews

    Johannes never fails to disappoint...fantastic food and service. When I have friends/family come to Amsterdam, I always ensure they experience Johannes.

More information

How to get to the restaurant

Herengracht 413h, 1017 BP, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Public transport

Tram lines 2, 11 and 12. Stop Koningsplein.

Directions to get there

At walking distance


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