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Van Kerkwijk

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Red Light District
European, Dutch
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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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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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  • 35
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  • 10
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  • 19
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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
Heavy drive fastness

This was as lighting. They were everywhere. The chef cooking on one-hand distance, the stuff ran and jungle. And only "dirty dishes to kill" man was silent and quiet. The meals and drink are perfect. I see the dozen of people who wait for a HOUR for a free table because the bar was fully filled by... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
Игорь П
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

This was as lighting. They were everywhere. The chef cooking on one-hand distance, the stuff ran and jungle. And only "dirty dishes to kill" man was silent and quiet. The meals and drink are perfect. I see the dozen of people who wait for a HOUR for a free table because the bar was fully filled by companies... You must... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

I found Van Kerkwijk using TA and decided to give it a whirl. The restaurant is located in an alley a little off from the main routes which I liked. They don't take reservations so you just wait at the bar until a table opens up. They offer only a few menu options but everyone at my table loved theirs,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

I visited Van Kerkwijk twice while I lived in Amsterdam and both visits were equally pleasurable. The first occasion was for my anniversary and despite having to wait a little while for a table, starting celebrations with my boyfriend and a bottle of wine at the bar was thoroughly enjoyable. The waitress coming over to the table to personally explain... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Perfect place for a casual languishing lunch. Lovely staff, and food tasty fresh food served in lovely bright dining room. The staff were lovely friendly, and helpful - though I imagine the roaming cat isn't to everyone's taste. Will definitely return.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Found this great little bar,just off Dam square away from the crowd's,this was an oasis to rest up,chill out and enjoy a beer or two. We were here in the late evening and this cafe was busy but not so full that it was uncomfortable. We were greeted warmly by the staff and shown to a little table ,were we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

While walking around Dam square came across this hidden gem of a place.More of a restaurant than bar we went in and ordered a Brand bier got seats no problem just having beer great staff nice place next time i come will order some food looked nice. Opening hours are. Monday-Sunday-11.00-01.00 daily. Nearest metro or tram. Tram-Spui-4-9-14-16-24

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 via mobile

Having just arrived we went out to eat as close to the hotel as possible - what a find! It is incredibly busy so get there early or be prepared to drink a few organic beers at the bar (what a hardship). We had brilliant starters - mackerel pate and blue cheese and bacon - filled by Indonesian chicken and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

During our stay in amsterdam we choosed this restaurant due to a recommendation of a friend and we weren't disappointed. Its such a nice and comfortable place stay with character. The location is full of life. The food and drinks were excellent. We will come back when we should be in town again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

We were recommended this restaurant by the receptionist in our hotel. It is a tiny restaurant hidden off dam square. The menu changes everyday. The service was excellent & the girl taking our order was very informative especially egen I told her I was a fussy eater & only lije chicken. She recommended the Indonesian chicken. My partner got the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

Whilst staying at a nearby hotel with my wife we were in need of some good local food. The receptionist recommended we walk no further than next door - describing the Van Kerkwijk as one of the best restaurants in Amsterdam. He was right. This is local food and atmosphere at its very best. The staff were amongst the most... More 

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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: European, Dutch

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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