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Restaurant • Fine Dining

De Molenaar

Restaurant De Molenaar

Restaurant De Molenaar is located in a special place: a former grain mill from 1855 in the beautiful village of Onderdendam in the north of the Netherlands. Here, owner-chef Martin Kooijker has been running restaurant De Molenaar since November 2016. This unique location under the wings of the historic mill offers fine dining, followed by an overnight stay in one of the two luxurious bed-and-breakfast rooms.

De Molenaar

Onderdendam, Netherlands
G&M 13,5
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Martin Kooijker

Martin Kooijker
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Chef Martin Kooijker joined the hospitality world at the age of fifteen, washing dishes at a restaurant in his hometown. He enjoyed it so much that he started to envision a career in the hospitality industry for himself.

Creative Dutch cuisine

Unique location

Local seafood

De Molenaar’s cuisine

With a flair for French cuisine, restaurant De Molenaar offers an array of influences from around the world. Chef Martin Kooijker and his team like to use regional products in their cooking, which is done according to the seasons as much as possible. The environment and welfare of animals are important to Martin's sense of gastronomic responsibility. This is why he works with local hunters during the game season. The restaurant’s bread is baked with traditional flour from a local mill, and even the asparagus come from the area. The menu is ever-changing, depending on the available products and the seasons. Fresh seafood, locally hunted game, and vegetables from the region form the basis of the dishes. Each dish can be paired with a glass of high-quality wine, carefully selected by the in-house sommelier.

Onderdendam surroundings

Restaurant De Molenaar is situated in Onderdendam, a small village in the north of Groningen. This picturesque village is a protected townscape and is a hidden part of the Netherlands. Only a stone's throw away you will find another gem, Winsum. In 2020, this village was named the most beautiful town in the Netherlands. Various cycling and hiking paths run past restaurant De Molenaar. Another interesting cultural sight in the area is the fine art museum Groninger Museum. You can easily travel to the museum by car or by public transport, and explore this beautiful region.


After a delicious dinner, diners can extend their stay and spend the night in the hotel. The mill offers two luxurious suites, each with its own living room, bathroom, and separate bedroom. The rooms have a beautiful view over the river Boterdiep and the picturesque village of Onderdendam and make for a perfect romantic getaway.



De Molenaar Uiterdijk 4 9959 PK Onderdendam Netherlands

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Opening times

Wednesday 18:00 - 21:00
Thursday 13:00 - 15:00 18:00 - 21:00
Friday 13:00 - 15:00 18:00 - 21:00
Saturday 13:00 - 15:00 18:00 - 21:00
Sunday 13:00 - 15:00 18:00 - 21:00

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