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Nes 41, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)
+31 20 620 3316
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Ranked #33 of 2,412 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $13 - $39
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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Somerset
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Close packed tables full of happy people eating food cooked and served by people who really come across as loving what they do. If you want quiet fine dining with waiters anticipating your every whim don't bother coming to Van Kerkwijk. It's the neighbourhood restaurant that you would love to have down the street but in the centre of a... More

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W. Hartford, CT
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166 reviews 166 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Normally the restaurants in this area are not known for fine dining. But based on the Tripadvisor reviews, we decided to go here. It is located down a side street, moving away from the hurried atmosphere of the Red Light District. We had read that their menu was verbally given to you once you are seated for dinner. That was... More

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Stevenage, UK
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59 reviews 59 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

Went with 4 friends and nearly didn't wait for a table. It was a great decision to drink beer and be patient. We were treated as though we were friends and regulars. The waitress was our "living menu" and her enthusiasm and knowledge of every dish left us wanting one of everything. The food was absolutely delicious and the selection... More

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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

First night of 4 in Amsterdam and this a short stroll from our hotel. Could not recommend it more highly. Don't be put off by the frontage or decor, once inside you will see it as warm and friendly with excellent staff. Nothing too much trouble, happy to teach you Dutch and show you where else to go for breakfast.... More

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Chatham, New Jersey
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We had dinner here one night on a short vacation to Amsterdam. We arrived without a reservation but had a couple of drinks at the (small) bar area while a table was made available. The staff was super friendly and the service was very good. The waiter came to the table and read off a list of starters and mains.... More

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Braintree, United Kingdom
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108 reviews 108 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Based on reviews here and that I was in the area I stopped by. Warm greeting and love the human menu. Prices are good and food is excellent, a cut above. Stayed busy all night and people waiting for tables.

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Buenos Aires
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The pros: Dishes´ quality & presentation Ambience The cons: 1 (excellent, but just 1) waiter for all the tables We didn´t receive vegetarian options proactively Try the assorted starters suggested by the restaurant!

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

On my 3 day city break in Amsterdam with friends we searched for good places to enjoy quality food and i must say this place was absolutely amazing. We found this place trough trip advisor and imedialtly we enjoy what we saw, listen ans smell. We try to arrange a table to have dinner twice, however this is a very... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014 via mobile

Visited here with my mum the evening before she left amsterdam. Had a wonderful evening there, the waitresses were lovely and the food was amazing. It looks a bit odd on the outside, wouldn't have gone in had I not read reviews on here first but when inside it is cosey and has good atmosphere. We had a bit of... More

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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Went to van Kerkwijk after seeing good reviews elsewhere. The centre of Amsterdam being a tourist trap and to a large extent full of overpriced and/or poor quality offerings, we looked carefully before leaping. Van Kerkwijk, on first impression, seems slightly anarchic - a very small staff team hurtling around between the small dining room and the gathering crowd at... 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
Average Prices: USD 13 - 39
Cuisine: European, Dutch

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