bistro karel 5

Casual classic enjoyment from our monastery kitchen

Imagine being Mary of Hungary or Charles V on the spacious terrace in the apple and pear orchard of Bistro Karel 5 or inside our cozy bistro in the heart of Utrecht.You can have lunch and dinner around the open kitchen and drinks in the Bar & Lounge.


In the monastery kitchen chef Mat Zwetsloot prepares daily classic dishes from seasonal products, often from the region. Classic, but always with a contemporary and creative twist. Look at our menu for the latest creations from our chef. For a cappuccino with pie or a nice glass of wine, our brasserie is also the place to be. And our bites menu includes more than just croquettes!

The team

Chef Mat Zwetsloot and Bistro Manager Jet Aalders, serve their favorite dishes from the open kitchen. Mat and his team are inspired by the seasons and prefer to cook with traditional and organic products from the region with a touch of contemporary experience. All products are carefully checked to ensure the quality. Jet and her team stand for an informal and welcoming setting, where the attention is always focused on you.

The ambiance

Bistro Karel 5: popular among locals, business people and tourists
Bistro Karel 5 in Utrecht is popular for good reason. Everyone feels at home because of the informal ‘casual classic’ atmosphere. On top of that, our quality cuisine has an excellent price-quality ratio. And then the international wine list! Of course we match it carefully with our daily menus and à la carte dishes. These fine wines can be ordered by the glass.

afternoon tea

Try our afternoon tea. A subtle variation on high tea. Afternoon tea became popular in the nineteenth century to close the gap between lunch and dinner. At Karel 5 it is served around two o’clock in the afternoon.


Classic with a creative twist

Bistro Karel 5 is the place to spend every moment of the day. Also discover our Afternoon Tea or try our homemade cocktails, in our Bar & Lounge or enjoy on the terrace.

3 courses 42 | 3 glasses 23
4 courses 48 | 4 glasses 28






''Salade verte''

Green vegetables, lettuce, herbs, vinaigrette with sheep yoghurt, smoked grains

Veal & cream of eel

Thinly sliced veal loin, black garlic, young shoots

North sea mullet

Slightly seared, caponata, oyster leave, vinaigrette of elderberry

Summer cassoulet 'Louisa'

Beans, smoked carrot, baked tomato, 'Rottterdam' soja, verveine

Dutch leg of lamb

Roasted, fennel, gravy with mint, argan

Plaice fried on the bone

Beurre noisette with capers, 'opperdoezer' potato


Daily rate

Steak tartare

Classic seasoning, mustard from Utrecht, fried egg


Ravioli "en papillotte"

Mushrooms, truffle cream, cheese from Utrecht


Terrine of foie gras

Classic preparation, onion compote, quince, toast


Tournedos Rossini

Classicly prepared, truffle gravy, salad, fries


Caesar salad

Egg, lttle gem, anchovies, bacon, chicken, Parmesan

Hamburger Karel 5

150 gram, brioche bun, farmers cheese, Bicky sauce, bbq ketchup, fries

Blueberry pie

Red fruit sorbet, lemongrass

Dutch cheeses

Rich fruit loaf, homemade syrup

Caesar salad

Classicly served


Smoked mackerel

On a white breadroll, beet, mustard seed, lettuce


Caprese (with bread or as a salad)

Burrata, basil, marinated tomato



Classicly served


anything is possible

Karel 5 is the culinary label of Grand Hotel Karel V in Utrecht. We introduced this label for our restaurants in 2016 after completing several renovations. With this we focus on the very extensive culinary possibilities for business and private purposes. From local to international.

Take a seat in the exclusive room and join us on a culinary adventure.

From coffee break to drinks with finger food, appetizers and drinks.

Openingstijden bistro .
Iedere dag geopend van 09:00 - 21:30
Maandag t/m zondag 09.00 - 01.00
Openingstijden keuken .
Maandag t/m zondag 12:00 - 21.00