In February 2015, we visited this Mexican restaurant on New Market Square which is just next to the Red Light District. We had never eaten here before, so we were very curious to know what Los Pilones was all about. It’s located right in the heart of the city center, just 10 minutes away from Amsterdam’s Central Station – in front of the Waag.
When we arrived here, we noticed right away that there was this relaxed Mexican vibe: Corona’s and cocktails on the bar, people talking in Spanish, tortilla chips on the tables, etc. Also, restaurant Los Pilones has this awesome bar, filled with all kinds of booze. It looked like the bar was brand new!
The waiter welcomed us and escorted us to our table in the back. We ordered some Corona’s and the Mexican night began.
The restaurant area is separated from the bar by a small stairway – which is great because you can oversee everything that’s happening. So, we started off with some Mexican beers and tortillas which came with several fresh dips. We had the guacamole and spicy tuna dip. It was so good that we didn’t leave anything on the plate.
So what do they have on the menu? Here are a few things:
We got the Tiras A La Mexicana; sliced beef with cactus & pico de gallo, served with rice, refried beans and flour tortillas. We also had the Tinga; beef stewed with onions, oregano, Chipotle peppers, chile de arbol and corn tortillas.
Our waiter was very friendly and we were served in an instant, which was really great as we were pretty damn hungry.
Food, get over here!
After our dinner we quickly went outside and enjoyed the lovely view of Amsterdam’s second oldest building – The Waag. It’s located in the middle of New Market Square, just next to the Red Light District. This is what it looks like:
Tip: Definitely try their cocktails. They are truly delicious! We had the mango margarita and a mojito.
Price/ Quality: 10/10
Yes, we’d definitely recommend restaurant Los Pilonos! We visited some Mexican restaurants in Amsterdam, but this is definitely our favorite!
Tip: Make a reservation as they don’t have that many tables.
Combine a Red Light District Tour with a visit to the best Mexican restaurant in town. We can take you to Los Pilones after the tour is finished. Just ask our tour guides.