Café Hesp | Amsterdam,
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Café Hesp
Exceptional based on 10 ratings
Type: Bar

Weesperzijde 130-131
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1091 ER [ print map ]
020 66 51 202

cafehesp.nl

Hours: Mon-Thu 10.00-01.00 Fri-Sat 10.00-02.00 Sun 11-01


Taps: 25 | Bottles: 65


Café Hesp

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10 reviews for Café Hesp
 Ambiance  78%
 Service  57%
 Selection  55%
 Food  76%
 Value  58%
 Overall  63%
 Rating  69%
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
Fin  (543) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 5, 2012
Visited here in 2011(summertime) It’s a little bit of a trek from the centre of town but well worth it, food pretty good but Loz inadvertantly picked what was essentially a nice looking sandwich that was filled with raw mince (Fillet American I guess) bless her she had a good go at it but struggled. Service was fine but just a little slow at times and their were some issues with language and the menu (hence Loz ended up with what she did) however I am quite accepting that we should learn a little more Dutch and not expect everyone to speak great English. The beer choice was pretty decent and there were a number of interesting taps on the bar, though as it was a nice day we tended to spend much our time outside.
76
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Han  (1) Amsterdam, Netherlands | December 5, 2011
very nice place to be, good beers on draft.nice service.fine snacks and good food
66
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
dutchbeerpages  (77) Wilnis, Netherlands | May 14, 2011
Location is beautiful: terras next to the amstel. Good food, try the hesp sate. Selection’s not bad either. Mostly belgian.
50
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 10/20
Jur  (36) , Netherlands | January 20, 2011
Used to be a nice place, but now it has been turned into a very commercial place by a too-tanned former waiter. The taps are start-stop electronic ones so it’s impossible to poor a proper beer. Stale beer is used to top op half-liter Weihenstephaners. Nice terrace on the river keeps them in business. Too bad...
68
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
MonMadsen  (124) , Denmark | December 19, 2010
Visited July 2010. Nice location along the Amstel River. Fair selection and ok service.
54
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 11/20
ogivlado  (297) Zagreb, Croatia | November 15, 2009
25-30 minutes by foot from old Heineken brewery. Typical beer decoration (lots of Belgian beer banners and pictures). Rather dark place with several interesting beers and one house beer (Hesp Blond) which was quite stale. Not so many people, however the service was slow. Not worth of detour.
70
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 15/20
altonbrownd  (213) Brussels, Belgium | August 12, 2009
A famous journalist hangout, at least when the big city papers still had their newsrooms around the corner. A local’s bar now to be sure very nicely placed along the Amstel river. I tried their own beer of course, which I quite liked. Beyond that a nice mix of Belgian and Dutch beers.
20
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 1/10   SELECTION 2/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 2/10   OVERALL 3/20
DallasTiger  (1) | June 29, 2009
Although the atmosphere of the interior and especially the patio across the street that fronts the Amstel was very nice, the service was very poor. I am used to slow service in Europe but the service on the patio was non existent. After waiting 20 minutes I went in the bar and was greeted by a bartender who seemed put out by my request for beer. He insisted the Flying Dog was an IPA when it was obviously a stout and refused to serve me beer in a glass. Instead he gave me a plastic cup. Although by my observation others who walked in the bar and were sitting on the patio were being served in a glass. We intended to eat here but left and found a small Italian place that only served Peroni. But the friendly service and good food more than made up for the lousy beer selection.
72
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
ladnewton  (159) London, England | June 1, 2009
Classic Dutch brown cafe style pub in the Weesperzijde district bordering the Amstel. Visitors will be greeted by friendly and attentive staff, lively punters and a range of no fewer than twenty draught beers. A comprehensive spirits range is stocked in addition, and an imaginative food menu is offered. A separate tapas menu is available at the bar. The pub is divided into three distinct areas; note the back-lit stained-glass window in the dining area. Live music is staged on Sundays from 1630.
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Borresteijn  (181) Amsterdam, Netherlands | April 19, 2009
Fairly large brown café alongside the river Amstel, near Amsterdam Amstel Station. Inside is a long bar on the right with 15 taps, including a house beer and some rarer tap-offerings along with some regular stuff like De Koninck and Weihenstephaner Weisse. Lots of wood in the interior and tables, with quite a lot of seats. At the end of the bar you can enter a room with more tables, which is more a restaurant than a bar. I haven’t tried the food, but the menu looks good and is not very expensive. The main attraction however is their large patio across the road, straight at the river Amstel. There you have a very nice view on the river and the 17th-18th century houses on the other side. It’s packed on a sunny day. Highly recommended and worth a short detour.

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