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Van Dobben

Korte Reguliersdwarsstraat 5-9, Amsterdam 1017BH, The Netherlands (Rembrandtplein)
+31 (0)20 624 4200
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Ranked #421 of 2,147 restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $3 - $10
Cuisines: Dutch
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Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: Rembrandtplein
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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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Milano, Italia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We were in Amsterdam for a week end and we wander for a place to have something quick to eat. Very nice and informal place, if you ask they can give you also english menus. Typical fast food, croquettes were very nice! We also had one "panino" with meat and a peanuts souce that was delightful!! We ordered another one... More

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Seattle, Washington
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Tried the bitter ballen, croquettes and a rare beef sandwich. Fun to see people coming in and out and getting a quick bite. Good place to try some local fare as well. Quick service.

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Jersey, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

Plates slammed. Not a smile in sight and when trying to place my order the guy gave me a menu and told me to 'decide'. I had, hence why I just ordered. Felt unwelcomed, rushed and all with an air of arrogance about them.

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Paris, France
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

As a sandwich specialist I may easily say that it is my hidden paradise. In Amsterdam it is rare to find where Dutch prefers to eat. It is one of those place with famous croquette and all their sandwiches. roast beef, eel, tomato&egg salad, steak americain and many others. usually dutch prefers to have a milk with sandwiches but feel... More

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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013 via mobile

We went there following a locals recommendation. It's perfect if you'd like a taste of local food while on the go. We had croquettes and a couple if salt beef rolls - but I must admit it's not as cheap as you'd expect. Our 'meal' cost over 25euros but I'd probably go again.

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Melbourne, Australia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Referred to this place by tripadvisor and lonely planet. A little hard at first but a complete gem when you do hit it. The place is the quintessential example of Dutch food. I went with my girlfriend and we literally just had a stab in the dark with the food. Don't be fooled because they use their hands to prepare... More

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Calgary
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

That's what they do here. I think i need to install a wash sink at the counte. the dude needs to wash his hands before hand grabbing your meats and making your sandwich after he touches the money from the cash register. HAND HYGIENE!!!! OMG. food was a must try, crocket was disappointing, and sandwich was nothing but a novelty.... More

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Manteca, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Excellent kroquetten!! For traditional dutch foods this is the place to go. My Mother in law was from the Netherlands and the foods they serve here are some of the ones she made at home. My husband had been looking for a type of lunchmeat that his Mom used to get and we found it here. Peklevlees. He was in... More

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Hildenborough, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Indifferent, sometimes arrogant staff as well as mediocre service and food made this a disappointing restaurant to visit. Biggest complaint is that in this, the 21st century, located in a major international city, NO CREDIT CARDS are accepted and there are no notices to that effect upon entry, not is one informed of this policy by the staff beforehand.Accordingly one... More

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Amsterdam
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60 reviews 60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Well, since we have no real Dutch cooking/kitchen worth mentioning, this is the place you should go! Order a 'broodje kroket' ( everyone does kinda) and enjoy! This is the best you can find in town! Remember, it is really more a snack than a meal/lunch...! The other sandwiches are good too, although a bit expensive. Still, a great local... More

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