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SAAM Restaurant

SAAM Restaurant is the very first restaurant on Amstelzijde, recognizable by the glass house. On November 9, 2022, SAAM Restaurant opened its doors at this historic location on the Amstel.

SAAM stands for: South Africa-AMstel. But also for 'together' in Afrikaans. SAAM wants to show that it can be done differently, and perhaps even should be. With a relaxed atmosphere, delicious food and good wine with the right attention from the team. The SAAM Restaurant team has a clear vision and no shortage of experience. The kitchen is led by executive chef Margot Janse and is headed by chef Jasper Hermans. In addition, a team of top sommeliers, consisting of Koen van der Plas and Jet Rijkers, are on hand to provide SAAM Restaurant guests with the finest wines.

The restaurant

Wine and food

The menu features dishes that are a fusion of Dutch and South African cuisine, using only pure and honest seasonal products. The South African influence is mainly reflected in the use of herbs and spices. The wine list pays special attention to the most beautiful wines that South Africa has to offer. In addition, there is also a wide range of European wines to order, so it's the best of both worlds. The delicious dishes are combined with delicious wines.


At SAAM restaurant, you can enjoy a casual dining experience with personal attention and genuine hospitality, where the formal atmosphere has been left behind. The restaurant has 48 seats on the ground floor, including a Chef's Table for 10 people, which offers the best view of the chefs' culinary creations. There is also something for guests who prefer to come together at the bar. SAAM restaurant has an upper bar with 20 seats. And in the summer, there is a terrace with 30 seats and a landing stage for boats.

Reasons to visit SAAM Restaurant:

  • An evening of casual enjoyment of unique dishes.
  • South African cuisine and consciously chosen local ingredients.
  • Special wine cellar and we love to share our passion for wine with our guests.
  • Our bar on the upper floor with a beautiful view over the Amstel River.
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