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Van Dobben

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Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
Dutch, Sandwiches, European, Delicatessen
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Korte Reguliersdwarsstraat 5-9, 1017BH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 (0)20 624 4200
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Description: It doesn't get much more Dutch than Van Dobben.This famous typical...
It doesn't get much more Dutch than Van Dobben.This famous typical Amsterdam deluxe lunchroom is the meeting place of artists, soccer players and many other locals. Its Van Dobben croquette is famed far beyond the city limits. Voted number 1 croquette in the world.
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  • 33
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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I was dying to have a crab salad (sandwich) in Amsterdam since my last visit to this city 30 years ago. I couldn't remember where I first had it so I tried this restaurant and it was good but not great. I thought the 5.25 euros was a little steep for a little bit of crab filling on a plain... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Edmonton, Canada
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  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I was dying to have a crab salad (sandwich) in Amsterdam since my last visit to this city 30 years ago. I couldn't remember where I first had it so I tried this restaurant and it was good but not great. I thought the 5.25 euros was a little steep for a little bit of crab filling on a plain... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Ever stood at a butchery and got hungry, exactly!!! Van Dobben eatery is the mixture of a sandwich-store with pub atmosphere. See something you like, just point and make yourself heard, you'll get your food in less then a minute.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We went for supper but it really is a lunch time place-sort of fast food like-but it is. Dutch foods. We had the croquettes-very tasty, corned beef-on a bread roll, so that was nothing special-we also ordered the chicken kebabs which did not arrive. Okay as a drop in for a snack or quick lunch bite, friendly staff.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

The croquettes sandwiches are amazing so you should really try them. My tip is to ask extra cheese (gouda) on your sandwich (+1€ I think), the sandwich will be even better. The staff is not so friendly and makes comments about what you order but the croquettes are worth it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

No joke the best croquettes you will ever eat in your entire life. They are definitely the best in Amsterdam. You have to eat here at least once or you have not lived!

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Fun little Dutch diner with fabulous waitresses with big personalities - get your bitterballens, croquettes and liver sandwiches here and you won't be disappointed!

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

The best traditional Dutch Kroket in a traditional diner style restaurant. The service and setting is what you expect. No fine dining here but excellent, fast, tasty food. Must visit lunch stop in Amsterdam. Love it!

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Cascais, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We found this restaurant because of a dutch guy who was working in our hostel and it's truly an amazing place to go. The food is typical, excellent and the prices are low, what more can you want? Will go back to with when I return to Amsterdam!

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Antwerp, Belgium
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

After all those great comments, we went there to have croquettes. Well, not hot, but luke warm, not as tasty as I ate shrimp croquets in for instance Brussels and Ghent. A real disappointment, especially after all that talk about 'the BEST'. croquette. Nah. Not at all.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

My friends and I had spent a fair bit of time wandering around the Albert Cuyp markets and had developed a bit of an appetite... We didn't want to just stand and eat by one of the many stalls on the market itself, but have a seat and relax for a few minutes as well, and I remembered reading some... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Korte Reguliersdwarsstraat 5-9, 1017BH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
  • Neighborhood: Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
  • Phone Number: +31 (0)20 624 4200

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 10
  • Cuisine: Dutch, Sandwiches, European, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine

Description

It doesn't get much more Dutch than Van Dobben.This famous typical Amsterdam deluxe lunchroom is the meeting place of artists, soccer players and many other locals. Its Van Dobben croquette is famed far beyond the city limits. Voted number 1 croquette in the world.

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Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
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