Oh dear, gay and lesbian restaurants…. The first two are more or less gay, the others used to be gay, once upon a time…
The concept of Burlesque is to recreate the atmosphere and glamour of the high society in the 1930’s and 1940’s. That means fine dining, cocktails and a cabaret or musical style entertainment in one evening setting on Friday and Saturday. Reservations are required and you have to arrive in time for your seats: that is between 6 and 6.30PM. On other nights seating times are a bit more relaxed.
The menu consists brasserie type dishes with influences of Asian and American dishes. Its also heavily centered on the shared dining experience. In other words small, not to expensive dishes to combine and share with your companions.
Interesting enough for a restaurant it has a set of strict house rules. To quote one of them “We dress to impress and would love it if you do too. No sports sneakers, sports clothing or caps allowed”.
Information and reservations
The website of BurlesQue is also up and running. Here you can find news about special menus and their wine and drinks card. This is also the place of course to make a reservation if you want to try it out.
Reguliersdwarsstraat 47-49 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
This is your ordinary gay coffeeshop/lunch room (no pot here!). The coffee is okay and so are the drinkers. The apple pie doesn’t meet Grandma’s standard and isn’t the main point of interest. Maybe you want to focus on the magazines, maybe on the other guests. A nice place to see and be seen.
Address: Reguliersdwarsstraat 31
Open: Mo-Sa 11:00-18:00; Tu closed; Su 11:00-17:00
Restaurant/bar with dj, food, special nights (women, bingo, tarotcards reading). It’s trendy and hip for a very mixed crowd. And very gay: here you can choose from a dozen or so Diva Burgers (with special decoration!), and you shouldn't be surprised to see gay crypto porn on the restaurant's video screen.
Address: Warmoesstraat 51
Open: from 4pm
Gay(ish) coffeeshop/lunch room very close to the Rijksmuseum. It has a terrace along the water and you can even moor your boat here.
As it is located in the tourist zone, the atmosphere is not predominantly gay.
Address: Weteringstraat 60
Open: Mo-Sa 12:00-23:00; Sunday closed
Is it a bar or is it a restaurant? A little bit of both. It is the newest addition to the Reguliersdwarsstraat gay scene and a sister to the well known Taboo bar. It is a cozy bar for drinks, cocktails, a little byte and dessert. So since it is next door to the Taboo bar we classify this as a restaurant, be it for solid or liquid diner.
Reguliersdwarsstraat 43 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
And the others are…
Singel 101 020 – 625 25 81
Formerly Sing Singel, this restaurant has made a new start recently. New owners and new management have renamed the restaurant and put the focus of it’s menu on mediterranean cuisine. Not a specific branch of that cuisine, but food from every corner of the Mediterranean Sea. To quote their mail: they are “still very gay (friendly)”. We will check this place out shortly.
Torensteeg 1 From 16.00 hours, Mo & We closed
One of the mainstays in the local gay-cuisine. Small and hidden in a small street, the plates are loaded with decent food for a reasonable price. The atmosphere is cosy, thanks to the traditional interior. There are regular drag queen activities for your dinner time entertainment. The specials are the bachelor parties for gay or lesbian couples who are about to get married. With a bit of luck there will be still a place free for you at the table.
Brouwersgracht 60 Daily from 18.00 till 22.00 hours
Restaurant with spectacular Art-Nouveau interior; in summer terras on the canal front with view on the Herengracht. French-Italian orientated cuisine, food of very good quality, slightly upmarket but still reasonable.
Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20-22
Also café, spectacular terrass almost in the canal!
Oude Waal 9
Famous for – and named after – its choclate mousse
Rembrandtplein 6 From 8.00 hours
Gay owned restaurant on the small side of the Rembrandtplein. Good for coffee with cakes, lunch (salads, omelettes, quiches) and simple dinners (beef, french fries and salad-type). Not expensive, but quick.
Elandsgracht 29 Daily from 18.00 h
A restaurant in the best Thai tradition: excellent food and friendly waiters. The interior is everything but traditional. The designer (found to be helping in the restaurant) put a personal touch to every aspect of the restaurant and gave it a post modern romantic feel.
Krua Thai Classic