Eat & drink

5x local favourites

Restaurant 273

The restaurant of Utrecht chef Tommy den Hartog is in a monumental building on Oudegracht (number 273 in case you hadn’t guessed) at the start of the summer. The menu has classic French roots, enhanced with some more international flavours. Choose between an alternating three-course lunch menu, a four-, six- or eight-course chef’s menu – the eight-course menu is served at the Chef’s Table with a view of the kitchen – and à la carte.
> Oudegracht 273

Pand 33

Another place that takes its name from its house number: Pand 33. This restaurant, owned by the two friends Pieter and Ditmar, embraces informal dining among a host of plants, the odd neon light and a huge bar for if you just fancy a light snack. The menu has something for everyone and features vegetarian, vegan, fish and meat options, served with matching carefully chosen wines, craft beers, cocktails or mocktails.
> Nieuwegracht 33


This restaurant on Berlijnplein, that opened its doors at the beginning of October, is an invitation to a serious lunch or dinner. You can also opt for the Chef’s Table, where you watch the kitchen brigade preparing your three, four, five or six-course meal, or sit at the wine bar for a nice glass of wine and a selection of deliciously tasty morsels.
> Berlijnplein 2

De Conciërge

This colourfully decorated pop-up breakfast and lunch café, opened by Akke and Brechje, is located in a small, former caretaker’s house on Vondellaan. The plant-based world food menu is prepared by Brechje, who owns Little World Kitchen. Where possible, ingredients are sourced locally. The menu has strong Indian undertones, as Brechje lived in India for seven years. The all-day breakfast selection comprises things like scrambled tofu masala and poha, a traditional Northern Indian breakfast made of flattened rice, seasonal veg and peanuts. For lunch, there’s soup, salad, a seitan wrap and a puri plate: a selection of Northern Indian street food bites.
> Vondellaan 72

Mevrouw Peer

The historical signal box on the railway line between Utrecht and Amersfoort was decommissioned 30 years ago, but has been given a new lease of life. This monumental building in Tuindorp has become home to Mevrouw Peer, a charming family café with an industrial touch. The name could sound slightly familiar, as the owners also run the well-loved Meneer Peer café on Bemuurde Weerd WZ. Come in for breakfast, coffee and home-made cake, lunch or drinks. On weekends, you can stay a bit longer for drinks and snacks. The signal box is right next to De Pan playground, so it’s perfect for kids too.
> Eykmanlaan 1250

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