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Who doesn’t get excited about the prospect of a brand new restaurant & bar opening in your city, bringing exciting new flavours, brand new opportunities for the perfect date night or night out with friends, and an experience you haven’t yet tried!


Well in Amsterdam, there are new restaurants & bars opening every week, yet one stands out in particular as it has just opened at our sister hotel art’otel amsterdam, conveniently located opposite Amsterdam’s Central Station and right next door to the iconic Park Plaza Victoria, Amsterdam!

ARCA Amsterdam opened on 5th November 2021, a brand new concept by award-winning Portuguese Chef Henrique Sa Pessoa! Henrique opens ARCA as its concept chef as his first restaurant in Europe outside of Lisbon and the funkier, more relaxed sister to his most famous outpost Restaurant Alma in Lisbon. With Henrique as ARCA’s concept chef, his long-serving protégé & ARCA’s Head Chef, Ricardo Pereira, who has worked at Henrique’s side for 10 years leads the ARCA kitchen on a day-to-day basis.


Together with his protégé Head Chef Ricardo Pereira, and Sous Chef Rodrigo Silva, as Concept Chef, Henrique has built a menu founded on a shared dining concept. ARCA brings modern Portuguese dishes to life with unique Asian influences inspired by Henrique’s love of travelling and in particular the Asian continent. The menu is made up of generously portioned Petisco plates such as a fresh Octopus Salad, Spicy Tuna Tataki, and the La Bomba de Lisboa, a Portuguese spin on the Dutch Bitterballen, to name a few.

Larger plates are also on offer, designed to be a main course for one, or shared between two alongside a few other dishes. Specialties include tender Braised Alentejano Pork Cheeks and the Arroz de Marisco, which is piled high with fresh seafood. The traditional Bacalhau a’ Bras is also served; finished tableside it is comfort food at its finest, with salted cod, fried string potatoes, parsley, egg, and black olives coming together to create a delicious and distinctly Portuguese flavour.


ARCA Bar is open 7 days a week and is the place to be for a creative cocktail list full of strong flavours and unique homemade infusions inspired by the trading routes of Portugal. With stories behind every cocktail (just ask the bartender), you will be spoilt for choice. Top tip: Try the Navio, an ARCA signature, and an unforgettable tequila-based cocktail. Of course everyone’s favourite classic cocktails, the finest list of Portuguese and Mediterranean wines, and even signature port are also found on the menu. And a good bar is not just about the cocktails. ARCA’s bar menu is filled with an array of tempting bar bites to satisfy any taste buds, again bringing that unique fusion of Portuguese and Asian flavours to the table. Whether it’s the signature ARCA pork slider, fresh salted cod fritters or a zesty tuna tataki you go for, you won’t leave disappointed…or hungry! DJs & Live music on Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights bring a lively vibe to ARCA bar that you don’t want to miss!

With ARCA having been already praised heavily in Grazia, De Buik, Nouveau magazine, and regularly featured on Yourlbb, it’s time for you to check it out for yourself!

Lets start planning your getaway…