Holland's first! From oysters, lobster sandwiches to delicate fish tartare everything is freshly prepared in front of your very own eyes. The Grand Ocean Platter is a hit with food lovers alike.
Bridges' futuristic Cocktail Bar & Lounge is the place to unwind with a Classic Cocktail or a glass of Moët & Chandon champagne. Located directly opposite the Raw Bar offers the perfect accompanying bites.
During the day the lounge is the perfect spot to enjoy one of our many coffees, teas or small bites varying from salads to the typically Dutch 'bitterballen'.
The Private Lounge provides an intimate setting for pre-dinner drinks. It is the perfect location to savour culinary delights and to relax.
Private Dining Room
For optimum privacy take advantage of the Private Dining experience, which caters for up to 12 people and provides pleasant views of the Vinothèque. The private Dining Room is a pleasant and comfortable place where guests can relax to their hearts' content, enjoying a delicious cocktail and bites from the Raw Bar.
The Vinothèque is the home of sommelier Jasper van den Hoogen. In this contemporary environment, located to the rear of the restaurant, he selects and samples his wines.
There are two wine lists: the Concise wine list, which is acceptable to the palate as well as the purse and the Grand wine list. The emphasis is on French wines, but there is also a fine selection of New World wines from Chile, South Africa, the Netherlands and Australia. There is also a wide choice of vintage champagnes. A good way to sample different wines in the summer months is to order a so-called wine flight on the upper deck of the Bridges garden terrace. A voyage of discovery of three different types of wine (white, red or rosé), where the sommelier provides appropriate explanation and serves delightful canapés.
The Garden Terrace can be found in the beautiful and completely re-landscaped courtyard garden. It is one of Amsterdam's best kept secrets. An oasis of peace and tranquility, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Lunch and dinner are served on the lower deck. The upper deck is reserved as a lounge area that lends itself perfectly to a relaxing drink. The menu features Classic, Legendary and Contemporary Cocktails. In addition, guests are treated to a generous selection of Bar food items, ranging from a Club Sandwich, a Caesar Salad to dishes from the Bridges Raw Bar and assorted appetizers.
The Library 'Or' is situated in the beautiful lobby, located directly by the entrance to the hotel. Sybille de Margerie drew inspiration from the colours of typically Dutch elements, such as the dark-grey street stones known as 'klinkers' and the deep, rich colours of the Amsterdam flower market. The Library 'Or' has a rich collection of books about local culture, architecture and French savoir-faire.
This library, graced by a beautiful, eye-catching lamp with precious gold leaf inlay, is the ideal place to become acquainted with art and culture, or to relax in peaceful surroundings. Dotted around the open fireplace are comfortable sofas and deep armchairs, where one can relax and partake of The Grand Afternoon Tea Tradition. Or how about a coffee and croissant with Le Figaro? The ultimate Parisian rendezvous.
Bar 'De Vliegende Hollander'
A traditional Dutch brown café, serving an assortment of Dutch beers and snacks, alongside an extensive collection of whiskeys and spirits. Whether you read the newspapers over your daily cup of coffee, meet a friend for lunch or a quick bite, or imbibe a few beers after work, for many people their favorite bar inevitably becomes a home away from home.
The legend of the Flying Dutchman (de Vliegende Hollander) concerns a ghost ship that can never make port, doomed to sail the oceans forever.
Captain Willem van der Decken lived in Terneuzen and was known as a brave man. Around the year 1676 his ship disappeared on one of his voyages. En route to the Indies, a violent storm occurred near the Cape of Good Hope. Instead of waiting out the storm, the captain proceeded with his journey, against the wishes of the weather gods. Since then, he is doomed to sail forever and to this day the story of the ship 'that flies over the waves' is told by sailors all over the world.
Restaurant Bridges inspired by Ron Blaauw
This legendary location, once the canteen of the City Hall, is now a place where gourmands can enjoy the art of cooking by Executive Chef Joris Bijdendijk.
- Reunited with his former chef, Joris began his duties at Amsterdam's Bridges in close cooperation with consultant SVH Master Chef, Ron Blaauw. He works according to the authentic French philosophy and with a sincere passion for his craft. His passion shows when he talks about dishes, products or his suppliers, even when he writes. In fact, since 2010, Bijdendijk's blog for Elle Eten included openhearted posts about work and life in a French Michelin-starred restaurant, which continues in a blog about Bridges inspired by Ron Blaauw.
- Jos van Hunen - Restaurant Manager
Bridges is a leading seafood restaurant in Amsterdam, where innovative cuisine pleasantly blends with classical French gastronomy. With Jos van Hunen as the maitre, guests enjoy high quality service in a luxurious, relaxed and open atmosphere. He makes sure his brigade has just a much affinity with the products and passion for food as he does. They serve the guests with great enthusiasm and professionalism. Jos believes that Bridges is a favorite retreat for many ‘Amsterdammers’, culinary connoisseurs and international VIP’s. At Bridges, people feel right at home.
Jasper van den Hoogen – Sommelier
The wine cellar of Bridges houses some truly exceptional bottles of wine and sommelier Jasper van den Hoogen knows everything about every single one of them. Jasper describes his method of pairing food and wine as a combination of traditional methods and innovative, gastronomic compositions. He has a preference for wines with a pronounced character above the ‘easygoing wines’. His motto in the wine business is 1 + 1 =3. “When pairing wine and food, I am always start with the philosophy behind the dish and look for a wine that can complement and strengthen this.” Jasper wants to share his knowledge and love for wines with the guests, but also with colleagues. The more the merrier.
For more information: www.bridgesrestaurant.nl.