Barents Restaurant & Bar
Barentszstraat 171 Amsterdam NL 1013NW
+31 020 235 1105


Wed – Sat:  4pm – 12am

Sunday: 1pm – 10pm

Mon & Tues:  Closed


Our Story

We proudly introduce you to Barentsz Restaurant and Bar. A place where coming together, good food & drink and good times are always a must. At Barentsz we think it is important that everyone always feels at home.

With the warmth of our team, our knowledge and our love for the hospitality industry, we ensure you a enjoyable and chilled evening. You can choose from our restaurant or bar where you can enjoy small Mediterranean dishes that are perfect for sharing. We also have a sweet selection of wines and a creative cocktail list.

We look forward to welcoming you!



My name is Esther Leferink, chef and for more than 25 years I have worked in many restaurants in the Amsterdam hospitality industry.

My first kitchen job was at a friend’s mother’s restaurant. The former restaurant Grietmanshande on Bickerseiland. A classic Belgian restaurant, run by all women. It was always fun and I noticed how much I enjoyed making guests happy with food. After that I started to develop further in the profession by working in many restaurants with various chefs.

The last 10 years I have mainly worked in the setting up phase of starting restaurants. That is a challenging and creative process for me because everything is conceived and executed from scratch.

This is my first own business in which I can set my own course. A dream come true!

I have a preference for Mediterranean cuisine. Simple and pure dishes with fresh ingredients, preferably in season. 

Clean and with a refined taste, food that makes you feel good and gives you the feeling of being on vacation. 

Together with Alex (and our team) I cook traditional dishes that we have given our own twist and taste.

Hopefully we will spoil you with it too!



Hi, I am Alex and super excited to open our restaurant and bar together with Esther.


While I was studying law, I worked in the hospitality sector in the kitchen. Although I completed law school I chose to follow my heart and do what I really loved. Cooking is my calling. 


Ever since then I have worked passionately in the Amsterdam hospitality industry starting as a dishwasher and working my way up to executive chef. I dappled in classical French cuisine, to modern Dutch kitchens. My creations are pure, without pretense but with quality and balanced flavours.


A few years ago I met Esther. Our kitchen partnership was on fire from the start. So much so that we immediately began talking about starting our own venture. 

And here we are opening our perfect space; A Restaurant and a Bar called Barentsz.

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