Like the city itself, the cuisine in Amsterdam is a melting pot of many different cultures and tastes. You can find just about any type of food you want, and generally at a pretty good price. One tradition is the “brown café” which is a place to eat, drink and be merry. One of the oldest and most famous is Café Chris (Bloemstraat, 42), but there are these types of cafes all over the city. Amsterdam is also known for its fondue, which the Dutch took from the Swiss.
Hit this converted 17th-century warehouse for one of the best brunches/lunches in the city.
Frommer's lists this friendly brown café as the best value in the city.
Prinsengracht 124, Amsterdam; # 020 624-9382
Known for its ambience and great food, Keyzer is considered the best place to eat near Concertgebouw, the city's most famous concert hall.
Van Baerlestraat 96; # 020 671-1441
Restaurant Web Guide
This site offers an overview, a list of Best Dining Bets and a list of all their recommended restaurants in Amsterdam.