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Van Kerkwijk

Nes 41, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)
+31 20 620 3316
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Ranked #20 of 2,151 restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $13 - $39
Cuisines: European, Dutch
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Red Light District
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Absolutely one of the best steak that I have had is served in this restaurant. They didn't have menu and the waiter describe what they serve. I really like to read menu and see the prices before ordering.

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San Diego, CA
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We were astonished by the deep flavor of the pumpkin soup with lemongrass, ginger, nutmeg and coconut milk. Our main courses were Indonesian meatloaf with ginger on whole wheat bread with cucumbers and shrimp chips. Perfectly golden brown broccoli and artichoke vegetarian quiche with salad. Dutch food breaks convention but this place got it right, all for twenty euros. The... More

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London, United Kingdom
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94 reviews 94 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

I can only think that the 4/5 star reviews by others are for dinner. We went for lunch. And was disappointed. Only soups, salads, and sandwiches. I had a sandwich and it was very average. Service was good though. So if you're looking for lunch, looks elsewhere is my verdict.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We stayed in Amsterdam for 4 nights and we chose this place for our last meal there, and it did not disappoint!! We had to wait for a table but it didn't matter because we had a beer and got a chance to soak up the atmosphere. There's no printed menu but they tell you what they have on that... More

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South Lakes
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

This place is a must! We stayed 2 nights in Amsterdam - and ate here both! You'll probably have to wait for a table but you can have a beer and enjoy the atmosphere. Food is devine - the staff work so hard - well done! Under 60 euro for 2 of us, on both occasions and we ate steak!... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Following recommendations we visited for dinner on two occasions. Minimum wait was 30 minutes, but it was well worth the wait. Excellent menu and food. No menu as such, the waiter comes to the table and talks you through the food, it was a lovely personal touch and you could ask questions at the same time. Although it is very... More

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Margate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

What a brilliant find this was and it was all down to Tripadvisor. Me and my fiance were on a short break in Amsterdam last week and were keen to find somewhere a little different. We arrived at 10pm ( which we found out was a little late ) but this was no problem for them and they couldn't do... More

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Seoul, South Korea
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We were here for lunch and we were served some local beer which was great. The waitress kindly offerred us info on a local brewery we could consider visiting. Awesome main dishes. Best meal i had in amsterdam

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

this is a lovely small restaurant that is away from all the busy life at the red light district, but at the same time its not much of a walk from the RLD (where my hostel was). I came in expecting to read a menu but was told that they don't have menus and the waiter came and sat with... More

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We were a group of six, and although it was packed, we waited until a table became vacant because it had been recommended by our hotel and on Trip Adviser. It is quite small but a great atmosphere. Only a limited menu, but the quality was excellent - we had a great evening!

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