Restaurant Karel 5: elegant dining in the historic heart of Utrecht

A stylish business dinner? A special family occasion? Or a romantic dinner with a kitchen that reaches for the stars? Restaurant Karel 5 in Utrecht (formerly Grand Restaurant Karel V) is the perfect place.

This is where we make culinary dreams happen. Restaurant Karel 5 is a gastronomic restaurant, located in a medieval refectory in the heart of Utrecht. It is where, in bygone days, the friars of the monastery order took their meals. Here, sinful thoughts were taboo, and members were strictly held to the discipline of eating in silence while guarding their thoughts against improper distractions. We are not quite as strict. “Care for another oyster, Sir?”

Maître-sommelier Johan Kragtwijk and our Chef de cuisine Leon Mazaraic are in charge at Restaurant Karel 5. Working closely with their professional team, they will assure you of an unforgettable experience. Leon Mazairacs’ mastery and the experience of maître-sommelier Johan Kragtwijk are your guarantee on an exciting culinary evening, in the very centre of Utrecht. From inspiring yet affordable menus, through to the most seductive of signature dishes. To assist you with your culinary choices, our guests receive professional advice with a personal touch.

Restaurant Karel 5: style and quality, in the heart of Utrecht’s historic city centre. Discover the joys of dining in class, in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere- as it ought to be. With us, style comes in a casual setting. Enjoy the personal approach, skill, and generous table setting at this iconic location. Not to forget, our beautiful outdoor terrace! Restaurant Karel 5: elegant dining, in Utrecht’s historic heart.

Reserve your table online for an evening of culinary highlights in a relaxed, casual setting. Of course you can phone us on +31 (0)30 233 75 55 or email to: restaurant@karel5.nl.

Or, you can simply book one of our culinary hotel package deals!


When you’re here: remember to admire the Coat of Arms of Emperor Charles V in Restaurant Karel 5: a two-headed eagle cut from sandstone. The artefact was recovered on a fireplace surround during restorations in the 1990s and today watches over our restaurant.

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