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Nes 41, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)
+31 20 620 3316
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Ranked #40 of 2,485 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $13 - $39
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Cuisines: European, Dutch
Neighborhood: Red Light District
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Van Kerkwijk, situated at the Nes 41 just behind Dam square, is a classic Amsterdam cafe and restaurant where you can eat and drink from early in the morning till late in the evening. Van Kerkwijk sisters have chosen a personal approach. That's why a menu doesn't exist and your options are presented at the table by your waiter. Van Kerkwijk stands for quality food and drinks in an urban atmosphere. Characteristic, easy going, value for money. You feel at home between the regular customers who keep returning for the varied menu and the relax atmosphere. Van Kerkwijk doesn't take reservations, walk in for a table or wait at the bar with a good beer or wine.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

Easy to find but down a rarely used side street off Dam Square. We are pleased that we went here. The menu is spoken by the waitress, but no prices are offered. This is unusual. The food was good, but like others, we would have liked the steak to come with a sauce other than strawberry. Prices were ok for... More 

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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Came here because of trip advisor ratings, I have no idea why it rates so well. The service was average, the beef was tough, (yes it had an unusual flavour served with goats cheese and frozen strawberry sauce but that's exactly what it was...unusual) I would not waste my time or money here again.

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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

My girlfriend and I visited this restaurant just before New year's eve because of the overwhelmingly positive reviews on trip advisor and since the very beginning we had a feeling that was going to be a great meal. Very friendly staff, vast choice of interesting meals. We had a carpaccio entrée and a mussels entrée, which were both amazing: great... More 

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Had an excellent meal here with my wife during our recent visit to Amsterdam. Situated close to the hotel we stayed at (literally less than 5 minutes walk) we decided to eat here because of it's excellent tripadvisor ratings. You cannot book so have to 'pitch up' and wait for a table if none are available at the time. This... More 

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Came here because of trip advisor reviews and it didn't disappoint. All food tasted just perfect, including starter main and desert.

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Boston, Massachusetts
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I wasn't having a particularly great business trip in Amsterdam- the weather was awful, my hotel was bad. But my meal at Van Kerkwijk salvaged the entire trip. I'm not exaggerating when I say it was the best meal I've had in my life. The location is charming with wooden tables and candles everywhere. Our friendly waitress told the entire... More 

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Texarkana, Texas, United States
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90 reviews 90 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

A truly wonderful experience from the start. No printed menu for dinner, but something much better. The waiter pulled a chair up to our table, sat down and proceeded to explain the 4 choices dor that nights menu. Our appetizer plate was simply wonderful as was our entrees that followed. The restaurant is very cosy, we were able to walk... More 

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North Wales
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49 reviews 49 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We came here around 6.30pm (obviously with no reservation) and were asked to sit at the bar where we would have a 30 minute wait. We got attended to straight away and had a drink and a seat at the bar within 5 minutes. When we got to the table we were greeted by a "server" within 5 minutes who... More 

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London, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We ate here for dinner by recommendation of Boogaards BnB. In the evening there is no menu, on arrival a seemly endless list of the most delicious sounding dishes is reeled out. Everything we ate was amazing. Of particular note was the steak with goat cheese and a strawberry reduction, which is perhaps the most delicious dish I have ever... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015 via mobile

We went here for last dinner in Amsterdam. Sooo glad we did. Menu rotates and the staff speak it to you. I swear I had the best mussels of my life here as well as a salad with bacon wrapped figs and the best cheese dressing I have ever eaten. My girl had a chicken stew dish and pronounced it... More 

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Additional Information about Van Kerkwijk

Address: Nes 41, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 620 3316
Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Red Light District
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Average Prices: USD 13 - 39
Cuisine: European, Dutch

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