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Posted on: January 2, 2024

Amsterdam's Thai Restaurant Bird

Restaurant Bird: The Best Thai restaurant in Amsterdam

The first Thai restaurant Bird is located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Chinatown, at the Zeedijk. Restaurant Bird is very popular among both tourists and locals. Every day people are queuing up at the entrance of the restaurant, very willing to wait to get some authentic Thai food.

Thai Food at Restaurant Bird in Amsterdam

Waiting Time

During rush hour, it takes about 15 to 30 minutes to get a table and it’s worth waiting for. Unfortunately this is inevitable because you can only make reservations from 10 persons and only from Sunday till Thursday.

Inside The Restaurant

When seated, you’re surrounded by a nice Thai atmosphere because of the furnishing and the fact that only Thai people work here. You’ll just forget you’re in Amsterdam!

Restaurant Bird contains of 3 cosy area’s with seats pretty close to each other. Some people may find this a drawback, but I think this is part of the Asian food experience.

Best Spots

The best seats are at the window in the back because from there you have a really nice view on the Oudezijds Achterburgwal, the place to be in the Red Light District.

Food porn at Thai Restaurant Bird in Amsterdam

But let’s talk about the main reason people love this place: The food! The menu offers lots of choices with all different kinds of meat and fish, including our favourite dish “Prawns in red curry and coconut” (no. 20).

The food with it’s colorful looks, it’s rich taste and unbelievable smell triggers the sensory system at a maximum… Food orgasm is guaranteed! 

Best Thai Restaurant Bird in Amsterdam


Although the prices for a main aren’t as cheap as the average 100 Baht you pay in Thailand, compared to Dutch standards they’re very reasonable. We find that the service is fast and it won’t take long before you can enjoy your stunning dish.

We tested Bird and here is our conclusion:

✦ Food: 7/10
✦ Service: 7/10
✦ Atmosphere: 7/10
✦ Location: 9/10
✦ Romantic: 6/10
✦ Reachability: 9/10

So, if you like Thai food and don’t mind waiting for a seat, you really have to go to restaurant Bird for the full Thai experience!

Restaurant Bird and Restaurant Mata Hari in Amsterdam Red Light District
This is what the view in the back of Restaurant Bird looks like. 

Directions to Thai Restaurant Bird in Amsterdam

  • Tram: Take any tram which ends at Central Station. From Central Station it’s a 10 minute walk max. Ask the locals for the Zeedijk street, which start in opposite of Amsterdam’s Central Station.
  • Metro: Take any metro and get of at Central Station or Nieuwmarkt (New Market Square). Both are near to Restaurant Bird. Ask the locals for help.

Opening Hours

Restaurant Bird is opened 7 days a week between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.

What wine goes with Thai food?

When it comes to pairing wine with Thai food, there are a few options that come to mind.

Grüner Veltliner is a great choice for spicier dishes, as its acidity helps to balance out the heat. For something a little sweeter, try Gewürztraminer or Riesling.

These wines pairs well with coconut-based curries or dishes with pineapple or mango. And of course, if you’re looking for a refreshing option to pair with your pad Thai, nothing goes better than an icy cold beer. So whatever you’re in the mood for, there’s sure to be a wine that will complement your meal. Bon appetit!

Why does Thai food upset my stomach?

If you’ve ever had Thai food, you know that it can be spicy. And if you’ve ever had spicy food, you know that it can sometimes upset your stomach. But why does this happen?

It turns out that the answer is both spicy and scientific. When you eat spicy food, the chemical Capsaicin binds to receptors on your tongue and in your gut. This triggers a pain response, which your brain interprets as a sign of danger.

In response, your brain releases a hormone called adrenalin, which speeds up your heart rate and increases blood flow to your stomach. This can lead to indigestion, heartburn, and other digestive problems. So if you’re looking to avoid an upset stomach, it might be best to steer clear of Thai food – or at least order it mild!


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