Café Hesp | Amsterdam,
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Café Hesp
Good based on 12 ratings
Type: Bar

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

Hours: Mon-Thu 10.00-01.00 Fri-Sat 10.00-02.00 Sun 11.00-01.00

Mayor: altonbrownd (1) | Taps: 25 | Bottles: 65

Café Hesp

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Beer Available At Café Hesp (arranged by most recent)
Grolsch Dagvers Pilsner , pFriem Down Under IPA 92, Hesp Blond (De Blonde)
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12 reviews for Café Hesp
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  61%
 Selection  59%
 Food  76%
 Value  60%
 Overall  65%
 Rating  71%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
Zlotta  (65) Amstelveen, Netherlands | November 5, 2015
Lovely old brown cafe with lots of wood and other typical inventary, located close to the Amstel river which could attract a lot of people in the summer I assume. Around twenty taps with many of them changing, covering a nice mixture of some Dutch, Belgian and German classics (and their house beer) but also beers from newer, smaller breweries from NL bringing this bar to another level. Prices are quite ok, not as high as in the centre or at the ’fancier’ bars. The staff (well, the bartender) was very friendly which completed the already pleasant atmosphere. Need to re-rate it after a visit when a few more people attend this place since it was almost empty during a random afternoon. Love this place!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
Boudicca  (1035) London, England | October 9, 2014
A really nice café by the side of the River Amstel some way out of the centre. It has dark wood furniture, some impressive old stained glass (with one back-lit panel commemorating Hesp’s 50th birthday in 1947) and a nice collection of old photographs, newspaper clippings and metal beer signs. There are around 16 taps with a very good selection of beers, half of which were monthly specials. The food looked plain and simple but good. It would have been an ideal lunch spot except that when we visited we were still full from breakfast. (Visited 24 September 2014).
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
Fin  (797) 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.
  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
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
dutchbeerpages  (81) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 10/20
Jur  (37) , 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...
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
MonMadsen  (127) , Denmark | December 19, 2010
Visited July 2010. Nice location along the Amstel River. Fair selection and ok service.
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 15/20
altonbrownd  (249) Chevy Chase, Maryland | 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.
  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.

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