This quaint old bar/restaurant has become an institution, a second home to countless inhabitants of Rotterdam. Loved for its down to earth “talk is cheap” mentality and its famed favourites, including the spare ribs and steaks.
The ingredients are, without exception, fresh and delivered by excellent suppliers. A simple menu with old-fashioned specialities and flawless day specials.
Its decor has remained unchanged for fourteen years. Pictures of beloved grandfathers grace the wall: an extraordinary tribute to dozens of regular faithful customers. Opa reconciles its five metre high ceilings with a warm, family-room-atmosphere, which will have you feel comfortable enough to talk to the other guests.
Fifteen years ago, the two w’s in the Witte de Withstraat represented Rotterdam’s Wild West. Shootings, drug houses, and murders were a dime a dozen. It was no rather unsurprising then, that many thought that Opa’s former owner had lost his mind when he opened his doors in 1991. The following years would see the emergence of his vision: after an impressive clean up by the city council, the street is now know as the Cultural Kilometre. Hard work and a great love for the business enabled Iris Voormolen, Opa’s owner, to take charge herself.
Remarkable dedication among personnel: tableside service until you put on your coat at 2 o’clock in the morning. Reservations are recommended.