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Open a Restaurant in the Netherlands

Updated on Wednesday 06th December 2017

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A traditional Dutch menu includes fish, meat or Dutch sausages accompanied by potatoes and other vegetables and maybe something light for dessert. The Dutch cuisine, however, has been heavily influenced by non-natives and by immigrants from former Dutch colonies. With so many tourists coming to visit the Netherlands every year, the tourism sector, especially the restaurants sector, can satisfy any taste in food.

If you are a foreign investor looking to open a restaurant in Amsterdam or another Dutch city, our company formation agents can give you complete details about the legal requirements for starting such an establishment.

Requirements for starting a restaurant in the Netherlands

For opening a restaurant or other type of establishment that serves food, you must obtain special approvals from the relevant Dutch authorities. The Dutch rules and regulations regarding transporting, preparing and processing food and drink are based on the applicable European legislation. Dutch restaurant owners must observe the hygiene code as described by the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority.

Any restaurant or company in the Netherlands that deals with foodstuffs needs to observe the statutory regulations of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points system (HACCP). This system provides valuable indications, as how food business operators should handle food and produce it so that it is safe to be eaten.

You can find out more information on how to set up a restaurant in the Netherlands from our video below:

Steps for opening a Dutch restaurant

After making sure that the restaurant processes food in a legally acceptable and sanitary way, restaurant owners can choose the site for their new restaurant. When purchasing a house or building a new one, investors must make sure that they have the building and renovation permit (the All-in-one Permit for Physical Aspects). Our company formation agents in the Netherlands can help you open a Dutch company.

A special license is needed if the establishment will serve alcoholic beverages and if the owner intends to establish a terrace or provide gaming machines within the unit. Considering the large number of Dutch restaurants serving food on terraces, it should be taken into account that a terrace permit is necessary in this case. Restaurants in the Netherlands should also consider the new regulations related to banning order for smoking in closed spaces.

When hiring staff for their establishment, restaurant owners must prepare a risk inventory and an evaluation plan.

Why open a restaurant in the Netherlands?

If you are interested in opening a restaurant in the Netherlands, you should know that this sector has been registering an increase in incomes in the last 3 years, as the number of Dutch citizens choosing to dine out has also grown. Below are some facts about restaurant business in the Netherlands.

According to a recent report issued by Euromonitor, the restaurant business sector in the Netherlands was one of the most prolific economic segments in 2015 and 2016. The expansion of this industry started picking up in 2014 and continued in the next two years. According to Euromonitor, there were two main factors contributing to the development of the food sector which included full-services restaurants, catering businesses and self-service food establishments: the steady economic growth the Netherlands registered and the higher consumer confidence.

Another report issued by one of the largest international magazines reported the Dutch restaurant sector registered the highest growth in the trade, hotels and restaurants industry, with a 7% annual increase between 2015 and 2016.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the company incorporation procedure or about investing in the Netherlands



  • Ali Usmani 2016-12-30

    Dear Sir/Madam, first I want to thank full to Netherlands Gov. that issued my visit visa to Nederlands, I like this city and I am very interested to open a branch of my restaurant in Amsterdam and I need help from you on how to start. Best regards.

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