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A picturesque little village and this renovated mill dating back to 1853 form the beautiful setting for a meal full of creativity. The chef plates up c...
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The MICHELIN Plate: Good cooking
Simple restaurant
US$43 - US$67
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Dutch, Seafood, International, European
Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Table Service, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Full Bar
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Reviewed 12 October 2020

We found ourselves running out of words to compliment the 6-course tasting menu as the evening progressed. Each course was another highlight, paired with wonderful wines and great service. We also really enjoyed stumbling upstairs after the dinner, and waking up the next morning to...a lovely breakfast and a beautiful walk around the old village.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 12 July 2020

During a cycling tour we stopped for a cup of coffee. Beside one of the best cappuccino's I had in years we also enjoyed the new view over the Boterdiep and the special place for the old windmill. Excellent service and a nice atmosphere.

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 19 February 2020

After enjoying my 4-hour, 6-course dinner with six different wine pairings I amde it safely to my room upstairs -- in a windmill!!! A definite bucket list! Wonderful in every way!

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 9 January 2020

Our friends live locally and have been raving about de Molenaar since they visited in the summer. So when we came to visit them for New Year's, we decided on a lovely pre-New Years meal there. The food and wine pairing is perfect. The team...also created non-alcoholic cocktails for one of our party who doesn't drink. The team including the Head chef Martin Kooijker presented each dish and explained ingredients and the relevant drinks pairings. It is very difficult to decide on a favourite dish as they were all so good but if I have to pick a few of the many, it would be the first fish starter, the duck and the dessert. Perfect balanced. We left feeling that we would have to come back soon.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 3 November 2019 via mobile

Small Restaurant in an old mill on abeautiful, picturesque spot in a village in the North Groningen countryside. No extensive menu, but a chef's menu from which you can choose the number of courses. Good flavours, nicely served and a pleasant change between the dishes....A lot of passion for wine on the staff. Staff is professional and friendly. Attention: few tables, reservation is recommended.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 20 October 2019

Enjoyed 8 course surprise tasting menu. Delicious food with lovely paired wines. Inventive high cuisine by dynamic chef, wise beyond his years. Highly recommended. Thank you to Martin and Robert for such a special evening! Unforgettable! Attended to special dietary needs with ease. Gracious and...fun.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 17 March 2019

This is a tiny gem of a restaurant set inside an old mill. It's small, I think maybe just over ten tables. There is no menu, per se. Once you're seated and you have drinks, the head chef and owner comes out to explain. You...basically tell them how many courses you want (minimum of 4 maximum of eight), and whether there's any food you either don't want or can't eat. And then you sit back and wait. Each night will be different, with local seasonal produce being very much the core. So, having said that, there's not much point in me being too specific about what dishes we had and what you should try as it's more than likely you'll not be able to have the same dishes. You start off with a few amuse bouche; they don't count as a course, of course. One we had was a beetroot merengue with caviar. Yeah, sounds weird but it's a little miracle. We were then taken through a little culinary expedition into wonderfulness. So in no particular order: A main of duck; several ways all of which were sensational. A soup with celeriac and truffle. Now, I don't like soup. Never seen the point. Liquid food? But this was delicious. Kingfish with fennel and orange; delicate and poetic. Scallops... we're trying to blame each other for not remembering exactly what they did with the scallops so we just have to say, they were great. The dessert was chocolate with beetroot ice cream. What that guy can do with purple root vegetables is nobody's business... At the end, the head chef comes out to see how things were (obviously throughout the waiting staff enquire about each dish and are very attentive). Truly a memorable experience we will repeat. And basically, if you have 6 courses it's about €10 a course which is stunning good value.More

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed 29 December 2018 via mobile

This was our second visit to the charming restaurant. Like the previous time, each course was delicious, full of flavor and original. The chef and staff are friendly and explain each dish with attention and detail. It’s a worthwhile dining experience that will not disappoint!...Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

We had a very charming weekend. Our accommodation was clean and the big bed very comfortable. Nothing was missing . In the evening we chose the 8 course menu in the restaurant. Every single dish was beautifully prepared and sensational in taste. Also the wines...were very carefully selected and harmonious. The team makes a very professional impression. The service was attentive and friendly. A big praise . In the morning the breakfast was lovingly covered. Many thanks for the nice time!More

Date of visit: August 2018
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

Great setting, well defined portions and modern combinations of ingredients. Friendly staff, and last but not least very reasonably priced.

Date of visit: June 2018
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    • Food: 5
    • Service: 5
    • Value: 4.5