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Business lunch should always be like this...
This is probably the worlds most accessible three star Michelin restaurant. Very casual, very down to earth accessible with mind-blowing dishes with lots of thought, techniques and presentation both very old school and quite new school. Skill is...not used for the sake of skill but to deliver the sensation, the experience and the emotion. Most memorable are the ‘ Broodje Paling’ and the ‘ Hunnebedden’. About the former: Based on local cuisine, the chefs personal taste, old technique, some table-side cooking and a very original cocktail this is a unique amalgation of both haute cuisine , Dutch Cucina Povere and originality. A very thought provoking take on eal sandwich. For me, this is Dutch culture at it’s best: Bravo!
Concerning ‘ Hunnebedden’: The young chef responsible for this dish deserves praise; this dish is a reimagination of ‘Desert’. Describing it does not do any justice to the experience. Surprise, wonder, reward comes to mind.
Without doubt great food, inventive, beautifully presented, tasty and where possible local. After so many years it is still true 3 star quality. Service good but not exceptional, no soul. Wine list is good but by no way the best in the Netherlands. What is...absolutely horrible is the interior of the restaurant, expensive for sure but a boudoir has usually better taste.More
You know that you're going to a 3 Michelin star restaurant, so what to expect? we've been to 1 and 2 star restaurants and there are differences but these are not spectacular. And than you visit the Librije....Wow, what an experience! From the welcome when...you check in. till the check out next day, you are pampered and there is nothing to worry about. The dinner is simply the best we ever had. All plates, beautifully set and accompanied with great wines, a feast for the eye and the mouth. We'll be back!!More
We booked a lunch and hotel stay (the only way to enjoy book a table in the weeks we were in country). The reception at the hotel was already extraordinary and we got amazed further every hour after.
The food was not surprisingly amazing, but...the service was outstanding as well.
Breakfast was even of such a quality and had so much attention to it, that we fear the disappointment at any hotel we will stay at next.More
We were looking forward to eating at Librije and would give the food 5 stars, it was amazing. We especially enjoyed the fish dishes and the duck, but the best dish for me was the steak tartare from watermelon, mindblowing how much flavour watermelon can...have.
The reason we only give a 3 star rating is that the service was sometimes poor service. A few things happened that did not match our expectations of a three star restaurant and the price level. First, our water was not refilled automatically and after we notified the staff that we would like a refill of our water, we saw a waiter walking around with water and refilling the water at all tables except for our table. When our next course was served the staff saw that we still hadn’t got any water and then waiter came up to our table and said that there was a miscommunication and he asked if we want sparkling or still water. They should have asked directly and not waiting so long. Secondly, my girlfriends wine was served promptly, while I had to wait a while for my beer that matched the dish to be served. Finally, there was a mix up in the tea and coffee order. I got my girlfriends order and she got mine. Again, this wouldnt have bothered us at a “regular” restaurant, but it matters at this price point.
Positive regarding the service; Sommelier served me my favoriete beer that matched our desert and did not put on the bill. We had discussed craft beers during the evening and he had figured out that I would really like the Boon Kriek Mariage Parfait.More
One of the best in the Netherlands. We had the Librije menu which has 10 courses and on top de amuses.
Every course was special and we really enjoyed. The service was perfect as to be expected. The tour de cuisine was very nice and...the eel we had there was a highlight.
Great place with a great team.More
It was an old wish to have dinner once at the Librije. We did recently. We had the ten course menu, which was completed with some five amuses. Some of the dishes were delicious, many were 'interesting'. They were composed of many ingredients and beautifully...made up. It was made and served with much care by the big (and friendly) staff. But. It is all a question of taste, but I did not like the concept. You can hardly and mostly not recignize the food you are eating. All the courses were very tiny, in fact you get 15 amuses. Besides, you get the food on black or dark plates, and I prefer white ones. So it is very special, interesting, very good. It is an experience indeed, but it is not my piece of cake (which they do not serve, by the way)More
Combining dinner (and breakfast) with a night at the hotel gets you into a dream shaped by the owners, Jonnie & Therese Boer, and their team. Dinning here is worth a travel as well as booking months in advance. The exquisite 8-courses preceded by surprising...amuse-bouches was elegantly paired with a creative wine arrangement. The whole evening was extraordinary, immersed in a stylish, cosy and yet relaxed atmosphere. Unlike certain "known" restaurants we happened to try, no sign of misplaced posh at De Librije, we loved this! For us the memory of an outstanding, orgasmic piece of culinary tourism will long remain.More
Surprise weekend for my wife in Zwolle. Only one place to celebrate it, that's at De Librije Hotel and restaurant. We parked our car in front of De Librije and had not even opened the doors of our car and the very helpful staff was...already there. Excellent!
That evening we had a more than superb diner at the restaurant. Very relaxed atmosphere, super service in a warm ambiance. Enjoyed every second(!) of it. By far the best Holland can bring.More