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Van Kerkwijk

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Red Light District
Dutch, European
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Nes 41, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 620 3316
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11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Van Kerkwijk, situated at the Nes 41 just behind Dam square, is a classic...
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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Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 558
    Excellent
  • 209
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 19
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Superb food and value

My son and I had a delicious meal and experience at Van Kerkwijk. I'll be brief, but our meals were delicious, the service was excellent, and we enjoyed every part of our evening. Highly recommend.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Rob W
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Boston, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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831 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

My son and I had a delicious meal and experience at Van Kerkwijk. I'll be brief, but our meals were delicious, the service was excellent, and we enjoyed every part of our evening. Highly recommend.

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Perth, Australia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

What an awesome café / restaurant! Real Dutch food at it's very best and at very reasonable prices! Service is friendly and fast and the menu is delivered verbally by the wait staff as the menu changes every couple of days. Must get in early however locals are more than happy to wait at the bar for a table to... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

We had two lunches and one dinner there over our one week stay in Amsterdam. Additionally my wife took a friend there for lunch. Van Kerkwijk has a relaxed atmosphere and consistently great food and service. The lunch menu consists of hearty soups, salads and sandwiches with additional entrées of fish and meat for dinners. We're considering going back there... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

Close to Dam square, it's almost always attended only by Dutch people, no reservation is allowed, good food at the good price

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10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This place is a gem! And I mean it! You can't make reservations, just go there, have a beer and your table is ready! You do not expect that quality of food when you walk in! The waiters are nice, there is no menu, your waiter is your menu. Good atmosphere, good service and the price is just right! I... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Delicious, seasonal, skilfully prepared food. Lovely staff and surroundings. Best meal we had in Amsterdam and also the cheapest!

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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I bring anyone that visits Amsterdam here at least once! With an incredible atmosphere, having a wine and dine with anyone is an absolute pleasure. thankyou!

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Best restaurant we visited during our stay. Friendly and genuine staff. They have a recited menu and the food is just awesome. I had the beef tenderloin in strawberry sauce, and Grandmas New York Cheescake for dessert. All made to absolute perfection. Can not wait to return.

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Portland, Oregon
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

This little restaurant is nestled on a side street not far from Dam Square. I went for lunch, based on other reviews, and was pleasantly surprised. The place only had a few patrons at 1PM on a Tuesday which was fine with me. The waitress was very kind and provided the menu verbally - which really required me to listen... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Small restaurant but very fine. The staff is very kind. The food is very good: lovely soup, delicious fish and meat. Recommended!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Nes 41, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Red Light District
  • Neighborhood: Red Light District
  • Phone Number: +31 20 620 3316

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 13 - 39
  • Cuisine: Dutch, European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions

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.
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?