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Grand Cafe Restaurant 1e klas, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland

Grand Cafe Restaurant 1e klas

4.1
4.1
24 Reviews
€30 and under
French
Experience the grandeur of the past at Grand Café Restaurant 1e Klas. This surprising historic restaurant, dating from 1885 is located on platform 2B Amsterdam Central Station. The Central Station and restaurant 1e Klas is designed by famous architect Pierre Cuypers who also designed the Rijksmuseum. The old waiting rooms in Grand Café Restaurant 1e Klas were fully renovated and kept intact for the public to enjoy. You can still experience the old (waiting) times of the past and eat and drink in the same atmosphere as the Rijksmuseum. Rewarded as best train station restaurant according to the British daily
newspaper the Guardian: 1ste place in the European top 10 Best Station Restaurants.
Grand Café Restaurant 1e Klas and the 1e Klas Heineken Bar are freely accessible, without having to use a OV-chipkaart. This recently restored, monumental entrance can be reached using a staircase to the right of the central hall in the station. We are looking forward to your visit!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    €30 and under
  • Cuisines
    French
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sun 9:30 am–5:00 pm
  • Phone number
    020 625 0131
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Neighborhood
    De Wallen
  • Cross street
    Amsterdam Centraal Station
  • Parking details
    We recommend parking at Oosterdok parking garage. It takes abount 5 up to 10 minutes to walk to the restaurant.
  • Public transit
    Restaurant 1e Klas on platform 2B is always accessible, even without public transport card. The gates are open, and you can walk right in. Grand Café Restaurant 1e Klas is easily accessible by metro, tram, train, boat or bus - these almost literally stop at the door of the restaurant.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 24 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

24 Reviews
  1. Diningindmv

    Washington DC

    242 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    242 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant is beautiful but it was very difficult to get seated and to be waited on.

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  2. David

    London

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was expensive for what it was and the service was wasn’t great. Nice building, wouldn’t go back

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    This location was interesting. There were large tour groups which means it was very loud. The food and service were lackluster.

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  4. DoloresO

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really good.

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  5. GeorgeT

    Amsterdam

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I had a Salmon salad without the Salmon also I had to paid for the full amount.Regardless my politie comment to the waiter no apologies no professionalism. I am sorry but on Valentines day you don't make an argue for quality of the service.You pay the amount and you also givea s tip, and then you never go again.

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  6. Elizabethgill

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The architecture is the best, making a wonderful atmosphere. We had the set menu which we thought was good value especially if you choose a high priced main. We were 3 people & all our dishes were very good & well presented. It's always lovely to see Elvis again.

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  7. CDONALD

    Richmond

    40 reviews

    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great at atmosphere, delicious food. Service was a bit unorganized when it comes to seating and assigning a server. I would recommend highly for a unique dining experience.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place food and service was very good.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Left before I sat down. Looks nothing like the photographs and the staff are rude. They were empty and wanted me to sit next to the fire extinguisher instead of a window.

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  10. BonnieY

    Dublin

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Really outdated restaurant. In the train station itself, really dark, menu really outdated and food was tasteless.

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  11. HansR

    Amsterdam

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    reservering via open table was bij aankomst niet bekend

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  12. Elisabeth

    Amsterdam

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ik heb genoten van ons etentje,de kwaliteit van de maaltijd was uitstekend. De ribeye was nogal groot,275 gram,deze werd probleemloos voor mij ingepakt. Geweldig! Zo hoeft ik geen voedsel te verspillen

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  13. Moose

    New York City

    167 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    167 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    When arrived at the host/maitre d station he ignored us and continued to sift through papers. After way too long a period, he looked up and asked if we had a reservation. I gave him our name and told him it was an Open Table reservation. He asked to see my email confirmation. I showed him the reservation on my phone and he examined it very closely, as if I was trying to fool him. I have made over 100 reservations on Open Table and have never had anyone ask to see the confirmation email. The host then pointed to a table and said we could take that one. He did not walk us to the table, nor did he provide us with menus. After quite a wait a waiter came over and gave us Dutch menus. Upon hearing us talk, he growled pick up the menus, and returned with English menus. The food took forever to arrive and was poor. My steak was cooked correctly, but was totally dried out. I wonder how long it had sat out. My wife did not enjoy her shrimp as they were bathed in oil. We never saw our waiter after he took our order. Someone else delivered our meals after a very long wait. The waiter never returned to ask how our meals were, or if we needed something. After finishing eating we waited quite awhile, before I was able to flag down our missing waiter and ask for the bill. He returned and showed us our bill on his phone, no written copy. I've never seen that before. I paid with my credit card and the waiter handed me a receipt from another table and said I could have that if I needed a receipt. The room was nice. It was very large and had once functioned as the waiting room for first class passengers. Passing trains visible outside of the restaurant added to the atmosphere. However, large tour groups and excessive noise were a distraction. There are so many restaurants in Amsterdam, I would never recommend this one.

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  14. MargaretaS

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location and beautiful setting, limited breakfast menu but lunch offers more options. Friendly staff and good service

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  15. restaurateurtje

    Amsterdam

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    De ambiance is natuurlijk uniek! De oude architectuur maakt je bezoek koninklijk. De mensen van de bediening zijn relaxed en vriendelijk. De chef kijkt je echter vanachter zijn grote brillenglazen aan alsof je verkeerd bent, zodra je je meldt bij binnenkomst (al een paar keer meegemaakt) Kan hij misschien ook niks aan doen..... Het eten is redelijk, maar kan veel beter. De zalm maak ik zelf toch veel beter klaar. Nogmaals: de plek is uniek, de kaketoe is uniek, dus ik kom wel weer terug.

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  16. PaulM

    Atlantic City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was top notch. Room was rich in classic architecture and ambiance.

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  17. Philly2LA

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Though I was seated promptly, after having waited for at least 15 minutes with no sign of a greeter to provide menus or to take my beverage order, I was forced to walk to the check-in stand to inform the greeter of my status - which finally prompted a visit by a waiter to take my order. Beyond that, in general, they seem to be short-staffed, and there were long wait times between each course being served. Further, although I requested my beef tenderloin prepared well-done, it finally arrived to my table (over 30 minutes later) prepared medium. Overall, it was a marginal dining experience, and I would not return - especially given the breadth of diverse and worthy dining establishments in the area.

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  18. HappyToGetFatter

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    terrible food terrible service

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  19. stel

    Amsterdam

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Mooie historische ambiance; mooie 3 gangen menu-combinaties met ruime keuze flexibiliteit; jammer dat hun kortingsakties misleidend zijn (keuze beperkter dan in de reklame uitingen).

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Amsterdam

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Mijn man had een gerecht met worteltjes, die veel te hard waren. Niet iedereen houdt hiervan; tip: vraag bij het bestellen hoe men de worteltjes gekookt wil hebben.

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  21. Henk

    Amsterdam

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2018

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    De bediening was slecht en klunzig, het eten was matig en de wijn was niet echt wat je ervan verwacht als je een lekker flesje besteld in een restaurant. Het is natuurlijk een prachtige ruimte binnen en dat is een plusje. Al met al geen aanrader voor avond lekker uit eten.

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  22. Tjitze

    Amsterdam

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hier eten heeft ons bezoek aan Amsterdam op een heel fijne wijze afgesloten

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  23. Anna

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was very slow. We had to ask multiple times for water, menus and the bill.

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  24. BM11MM

    Amsterdam

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Really lovely interior, old station waiting room type ambience, very elegant. Staff dressed very smartly. We had to book in advance as it was very busy - Saturday evening. We opted for the 3 course menu for 30 euros a head, you could choose any three items from the menu so it wasn't a fixed menu. Very good value for money as were the drinks, G&T 6 euros. Only downside was the initial indifference of the staff who greeted us at the door. The guy, who I assumed was the head waiter, gave us quite a sniffy look and said, before I'd even asked for a table"we are full, have you booked"? He didn't escort us to a table, just pointed at it. Our waiter however was quite attentive and brought drinks promptly. Had to wait a while for our starter but the ambience was so nice we didn't mind (the resident parrot is very entertaining!). Meal was very good, not fabulous. We went back a second time, this time for lunch while we were waiting for our train to depart Amsterdam Centraal. Same head waiter was there; this time he didn't even acknowledge us. We sat down and waited over 20 minutes for someone to even give us the menu. Two other tables who were already there when we arrived, actually walked out. Because of the slowness of the service we had to rush our meal because we'd only allowed an hour for lunch. Not sure why as there were several staff just either chatting or milling about, it wasn't overly busy. Nice building, good food; staffing needs improvement.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Grand Cafe Restaurant 1e klas is rated 4.1 stars by 24 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Grand Cafe Restaurant 1e klas

Stationsplein 15, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland 1012 AB

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Amsterdam Centraal Station
  • Neighborhood
    De Wallen
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sun 9:30 am–5:00 pm
  • Price
    €30 and under
  • Cuisines
    French
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    We recommend parking at Oosterdok parking garage. It takes abount 5 up to 10 minutes to walk to the restaurant.
  • Public transit
    Restaurant 1e Klas on platform 2B is always accessible, even without public transport card. The gates are open, and you can walk right in. Grand Café Restaurant 1e Klas is easily accessible by metro, tram, train, boat or bus - these almost literally stop at the door of the restaurant.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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