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Korte Reguliersdwarsstraat 5-9, 1017BH Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Rembrandtplein)
+31 (0)20 624 4200
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Ranked #650 of 2,485 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Price range: $3 - $10
Cuisines: Dutch
Neighborhood: Rembrandtplein
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Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
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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English first
Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Came here with my Dutch friend who ordered us a portion of bitterballen to share. Service was fast and friendly and the food was good. From what I could see, the staff were happy to advise customers and were chatty. The place has a nice vibe and is definitely worth seeking out for authentic Dutch food!

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Paris, France
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This is a place where you can find typical food! It is good and cheap, so...what else?! The people are so nice and advice you very well:)) I really recommend this place to have lunch or a snack if you are in Amsterdam! Enjoy!!

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London
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

The food in this small deli is amazing. The croquettes were the best we had in Amsterdam without a doubt. I also recommend the roast beef sandwich, which is delicious. The place was filled with locals which was a good sign. Go for a traditional Dutch dining experience!

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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49 reviews 49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Founded in1946, Van Dobbens atmosphere seems unchanged. Its "croquettes" are famous and sent to all Dutch Embassies. Other rolls that must be tried are with "Americain", smoked eal, "warm vlees"

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Runnemede, New Jersey
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62 reviews 62 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The food is very good, especially the croquettes. The prices are surprisingly very reasonable. The employees are all extremely friendly and efficient. Their menu is in English as well as Dutch. I would have given an "excellent" rather than "very good" rating but for one thing. Beware, do not use their free Wi-Fi. I used it and it took over... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Go there for tradition, as it's been there for nearly 70 years. I've had better croquettes elsewhere. Note: there doesn't seem to be any toilet. This is more a deli with tables than a restaurant.

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Toronto, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Another 'must visit' by Lonely Planet and we went there right after we checked into our B&B! Tucked away down a small street, off Rembrandt Square, this deli like fast foot eatery has a total 40's vibe and is fabulous!!! We LOVED it and went twice during our 4 days in Amsterdam. We tried both the croquettes and buns and... More 

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25 reviews 25 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Went there after the movies...everything screams of quality comfort food, they've been there since 1945 and they're not going anywhere. Tried soup, sandwiches and of course...croquette. Everything was heavenly to say the least, very fast...an absolute classic. Can't miss it when in Amsterdam

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Hong Kong, China
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This place is as Dutch as it gets. Locals frequent this place for a quick bite and go. The atmosphere is no Starbucks but then again, locals do not go to this place for its ambiance. For a tourist like me, just experiencing a typical Dutch fastfood joint is appealing. Their menu is simple yet portions filling. Gouda and slices... More 

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Milan, Italy
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40 reviews 40 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Horrible experience like in a nightmare. We entered the "restaurant" (you have to be brave to pronunciate that word referring to this place). First we were completely astonished by a terrible smell of smashed meat or I do not know what (I really do not want to know). But, still brave enough and stimulated by the large amount of good... More 

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Address: Korte Reguliersdwarsstraat 5-9, 1017BH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 (0)20 624 4200
Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Rembrandtplein
Average Prices: USD 3 - 10
Cuisine: Dutch

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