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Elegant dining in the centre of Utrecht? At Restaurant Karel 5, you can sit down in the magnificent medieval dining room or on the terrace with a view of the fountain. In addition, you will experience modern flavour combinations that can be found in the inspiring menus and tempting signature dishes. Restaurant Karel 5 is also suitable for a stylish business dinner, a special family dinner or a romantic dinner for two.


At Restaurant Karel 5, you will enjoy inspiring (vegetarian) menus to tempting signature dishes. Here you will find a personal approach, craftsmanship and spacious tables in an iconic location. In addition, you will experience how relaxed dining at a high level can be and should be. In short, elegant dining in the historic heart of Utrecht is possible at Restaurant Karel 5.

The Team

At Restaurant Karel 5, Chef de cuisine Leon Mazairac, sous-chef Jent van Cappelle and the experienced maître-sommelier Johan Kragtwijk are at the helm. They guarantee an exciting culinary evening in the centre of Utrecht.

”Understandable and pure, limited ingredients but with products of outstanding quality from small producers. The dishes are complex in their simplicity. It’s nice when people remember my dishes. You don’t need a grand list of ingredients for that. The technique, the emotion and the pleasure of working will make Restaurant Karel 5 in the coming years a top place for everyone who cares about Utrecht and good food.” – Leon Mazairac


Make the most of your stay with one of our culinary packages. We have collected the most beautiful experiences. Choose your favourite experience and desired benefit, as there are several extras available to add to the reservation.

simplicity is complex enough

The Netherlands is rich in resources, passionate fishermen, farmers, growers and butchers. Our menus serve as a platform for these fantastic people. We just make fascinating creations with the supply, that is our profession. Being a chef is a service profession. Not art, but design.

anything is possible

Karel 5 is the culinary environment of Grand Hotel Karel V in Utrecht. We unveiled this label for our restaurants and events in 2016 after completing various renovations. With this, we put the focus on the very extensive culinary possibilities for business and private occasions – from local to international. Should you have any questions or comments?

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