Amsterdam Restaurant & Tapas Lounge
Amsterdam Restaurant & Tapas Lounge

Amsterdam Restaurant & Tapas Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.amsterdamrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2126626330
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner and Tapas: Daily: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Late Night Menu: Wednesday - Saturday: 11:00pm - 1:00am. Tapas Lounge Bar closes at 4:00am.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Scott Jacobson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Happy Hour Monday through Friday 4-7p. Special Happy Hour Thursday 8p-12 midnight.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 119th Street and Amsterdam
  • Public Transit: 1 train
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available. Parking garage 2 blocks away.
A word from Amsterdam Restaurant & Tapas Lounge
Amsterdam Restaurant & Tapas Lounge, a New American Fusion restaurant and lounge located on the Upper West Side across from NYC’s Historic Columbia University, reopened to the public in November 2004 with an all new modern and alluring decor including Free Wireless Internet Access. Executive Chef Michael Kalajian offers an inventive and diverse menu of culinary delights influenced by a fusion of Asian, Mediterranean and Latin cuisine. Boasting a bi-level dining room, two bars and a sleek downstairs Tapas Lounge, Amsterdam offers the best of both worlds. Restaurant and Nightlife Scene. Outstanding Food. Great Music. Stylish and Seductive Ambiance…The perfect place to bring a date, meet with friends, or wine and dine clients.
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Amsterdam Restaurant & Tapas Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
5 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (4)great for outdoor dining (2)romantic (1)special occasion (1)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)neighborhood gem (1)Show More
  • Good food and drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I've been going to Amsterdam Restaurant for the past few years. Initially drawn to it for its great happy hour drink prices, I was surprised at how good the food was. It remains easy to get a table here, and I've taken several friends there to enjoy a good meal in a relaxed atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This is a great spot near Columbia University - a really nice neighborhood restaurant with great food. Good menu choices!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The staff were all very helpful. The food was amazing. But the best part of the night was the atmosphere! Amsterdam will become one of my regular spots. YOU should check it out!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun time.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Fun time with a group of 5. Good food and decent cocktails. The party in the lounge sounded like a real good time, but it was a private event and we opted not to be party crashers. Round table was great for conversation and laughter. Server was very nice and accommodating, except for refusing to let us order three different cheeses on the three different sliders in one order. Weird. Not seeing very many customers when we arrived made me think we were in a not so popular place, and it made for less ambience. But we made our own fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 1 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating2
    • Food2
    • Ambiance2
    • Service3
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 71 reviews are from the Amsterdam Restaurant & Tapas Lounge reviews archive.
  • Good Choice in New York
    Olaf
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    Exzellent Tapas Bar in new york. Prices are reasonable and Food was delicious . So i can recomend. If You come by Tube you Have to walk through a park which has a Lot of Stars to climb. So take into Account if you have small children or lodern People with you
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    I was pleasantly surprise with the quantity and quality of the food. I was very happy with the great service and the overall experience. I would definitely return. After dinner, I also took the time to go downstairs to the lounge to watch the game and to have a drink.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simple but Great Brunch
    NYCAviationVIP
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    One of the best tasting deals for a brunch in the City.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great tapas dishes; interesting
    endodocVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    Great tapas dishes; interesting items and great offerings of draft beers
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good place to eat, great ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Good place to eat, great ambience and wonderful food options
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was good, the service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    The food was good, the service excellent, everyone was friendly, and the menu prices are financially friendly. We had a group of 7 and everyone was very pleased. Parking is the only drawback and we got lucky!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tapas excellent and fair size
    endodocVIP
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    Tapas excellent and fair size portions Martinis were on the weak side Our favorite for pre-Columbia basketball dining
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very late night dining opportunit
    SlowFoodie
    Dined on 11/24/2012
    Good food in an ambience-poor noisy venue with adjacent loud bar/disco. To it's credit the Tapas are excellent and they take dinner reservations at midnight--a difficult thing to find after theater/opera etc.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thanksgiving Dinnner - Will
    msar56
    Dined on 11/22/2012
    Thanksgiving Dinnner - Will return again Hidden GEM, and quiet .. great service
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AMAZING TAPAS, great service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/5/2012
    AMAZING TAPAS, great service. Worth the money. Will definitely go back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OK place. Liked the shrimp
    SaxmanVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2012
    OK place. Liked the shrimp tacos for a light lunch.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • If you're tired of waiting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/26/2012
    If you're tired of waiting for a table for brunch at noisy, crowded Kitchenette, just walk down the street to Amsterdam Cafe. The ambiance is nothing earth-shaking, but the food is good, it's quiet, and the prices are reasonable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Celebrated my girlfriends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    Celebrated my girlfriends birthday with friends and we,all loved it.Great place!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is probably a great spot
    InkedFoodie
    Dined on 7/11/2012
    This is probably a great spot during the school year since Columbia University is across the street. Came on a Wednesday night and since it's summer the place was dead. I think I was the third table in the restuarant. Overall the food and drinks were great. Ordered the thai martini which was good and the shrimp tacos were delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice for a casual brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    Very nice for a casual brunch or lunch…great food for an affordable price! Went here for mother's day and my father and mother both enjoyed the laid back experience. The waiters were conscientious and attentive. Nice chill ambience to the dining area inside.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very nice place, good food,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/12/2012
    very nice place, good food, good service, and nicely priced.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The restaurant was busy, extreemly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/20/2012
    The restaurant was busy, extreemly loud and not very clean. There were two quite large groups and a couple of parties of 5 or 6. Diners were literally shouting full volume from one end of their tables to another. It was like being in a sports bar for Super Bowl. Very rowdy. especially for 7:30 in the evening.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Limited selection of wines
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 1/12/2012
    Limited selection of wines by the glass Service improved after we ordered a bottle of wine
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The service was good and everyone
    CaryncVIP
    Dined on 11/29/2011
    The service was good and everyone is friendly. The food was okay. The bottle of wine that we had, a Malbec, was delicious. It's a little loud, but great if you're a student or visiting a student. It's really easy to park in this neighborhood so that's a big plus.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great tapas and entrees.
    Brunchdinner
    Dined on 11/19/2011
    Great tapas and entrees. Though they gave us a large table just for a party of 5, they quickly re-grouped upon request, and re-seated us more accommodatingly. Overall, very good. I would go back again, and I would recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything seems to be made
    RKinNYC
    Dined on 11/19/2011
    Everything seems to be made of stone and the noise bounces off it. The place is very noisy.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Missed My Expectations
    Happy123
    Dined on 11/16/2011
    The food was good. I guess I expected better dishes because the menu read like there was a chef cooking, but the dishes lacked cohesiveness and had no flair. I felt like the expectation was created but not fulfilled.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • food was delicious and menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/12/2011
    food was delicious and menu was varied with varied choices. Salmon and steak entrees and banana bread pudding a must!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was good, service great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/13/2011
    Food was good, service great. Lots of variety on menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GREAT place to gather with a group!
    MamaDay
    Dined on 4/8/2011
    Lively place in this Columbia neighborhood. The Tapas menu has loads of small plates, which makes this for a group. Specialty drink menu is fabulous too, with excellent choices, expertly executed. Like the white peach Sangria. I'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We needed a quick bite before
    ClassicStageGroupieVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2011
    We needed a quick bite before a concert at the Manhattan School of Music, Amsterdam Tapas Lounge fit the bill. We let the server know of our tight schedule, and were guided to a wide array of good fast fare. Our table of four enjoyed delicious crab cakes, a very satisfying goat cheese with caramalized onion pizza, and a po'boy sandwich. The sandwich was perhaps the least successful item, the oysters were overbreaded and the accompanying fries oversalted. Good well priced happy hour draft beer, we'll be back for a more leisurely meal soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Most certainly a hidden neighborhoo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/15/2011
    Most certainly a hidden neighborhood gem. Located across the street from Columbia U, I've passed this place dozens of times and never knew it. Now that I know it's there, I'll be going all the time. The food is delicious and innovative, especially the Honey Mustard Grilled Salmon. The decoration is lovely and warm and the presentation makes the food worth the wait. $5 Sangria's on Tuesday is the perfect end to a long day and the Sangria is very well made (if you're driving don't eat the fruit). A great place for a social get together.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Amsterdam Omelette is
    Sunshine525VIP
    Dined on 2/19/2011
    The Amsterdam Omelette is amazing, and the rest of the menu also looks fabulous. I'll be back to try more.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The service and wait staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/21/2011
    The service and wait staff were very slow and very inatentive. The lunch entrees were cooked well but bland. The desserts were good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice variety on the menu including
    Maura
    Dined on 12/18/2010
    Nice variety on the menu including great vegetarian options. Quality of food was excellent We ate there before a concert at the Cathedral. Service was prompt and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We came out for Thanksgiving
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/25/2010
    We came out for Thanksgiving Dinner with a party of 8 and we were pleasantly surprised with our overall experience. Across the street from Columbia U., this place could easily be missed from the outside. It was truly a find on the inside though. Our table managed to order a sampling of every entree on the prix fixe menu (which was 4 courses: appetizer, salad, entree, dessert), and the chef managed to make every dish as flavorful as home cooking could ever be. The prices didn't break the bank like some places attempted this holiday, and the coup de grace was that the kids "menu" was an offering of the adult menu in slightly smaller portions. I would recommend this restaurant to others in a heartbeat and look forward to our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The guy that brought us to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/6/2010
    The guy that brought us to our table & was waiting on us for the first half of our time was wrecking of cigarettes. It was so nasty. Other than that our experience was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The service was awful and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/24/2010
    The service was awful and the food even worse. Don't go there
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant holds high
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/14/2010
    This restaurant holds high sentimental value for me. I met my boyfriend there and we recently went back for our anniversary, where he proposed. The food was excellent. The vibe is hip, lively and romantic. I'll never forget this place.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went there in order to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 6/11/2010
    We went there in order to have lunch and watch a World Cup game. The food was fair but the sound was not working which did not make for a great time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service was very solid.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/12/2010
    The service was very solid. Our waiter was attentive and helpful, as was all the staff. We have gone to restaurant, off and on, since it opened a few years ago. The menu was a bit more high end in the past, but has been modified in recent years. The is a large mix of items to be had but not a clear identify.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate