The Duchess. An upscale restaurant with gracious hospitality and a menu inspired by Italy and the south of France. Try the High Tea!
Housed in the former KAS Bank with high ceilings, chandeliers and stained glass windows, the restaurant is classic and elegant and serves high tea, lunch and dinner.
The gorgeous interior alone is worth a visit. Marble tabletops with shiny glassware delight the eye, while those high ceilings make the large space seem even more enormous. At night the interesting circular chandeliers add a lovely glow but during the day the space is also flooded with light from the glass roof.
The green marble tables around the center of the room provide an elegant option, but you can also sit near the windows on upholstered chairs and sofas for a more relaxed experience. The beautiful glittering bar is another option if you’d just like a cocktail.
We recommend the Duchess for an important business lunch or a catch up with a special friend. The lunch menu is not extensive but there are a range of dishes to suit most tastes. We sampled a fresh pea risotto, the “burger” with foie gras and a hearty wintery ravioli filled with osso bucco. I found the schnitzel a strange offering for the fancy location, but it was prepared well and my dining companions enjoyed it!
The desserts are extravagant and special, don’t miss the fun display of sweets under glass cloches. If you like your desserts with a bit of fun flair, definitely order the chocolate explosion. It is quite a show!
If you are looking for a pretty place to a have a long chat with your mom, sister, girlfriends or that special someone – check out the High Tea. We recommend booking in advance as it gets busy on the weekends.
The Duchess is located across the road from the W Hotel Amsterdam. The hotel opened in October 2015 and is an amazing addition to the city with a cool rooftop lounge and steak restaurant Mr. Porter.
When you visit the Duchess be sure to stop by the adjacent XBank shop. It is an absolutely dazzling display of fashion and home decor from hundreds of Dutch designers.
Spuistraat 172, Amsterdam