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Van Kerkwijk

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Nes 41, 1012 KC 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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Late Night, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
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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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
Warm waitstaff sealed the deal

We showed up a bit early on a weeknight, and found room at the bar to wait for a table. The servers were really caring & warm with us & everyone they interacted with, making it feel like we were locals along with the rest of the crowd. Fresh ingredients, interesting options.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
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Seattle
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

We showed up a bit early on a weeknight, and found room at the bar to wait for a table. The servers were really caring & warm with us & everyone they interacted with, making it feel like we were locals along with the rest of the crowd. Fresh ingredients, interesting options.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

i had been here before a few years ago and i was super impressed. this time i was disapointed... my husbands meal was great, mine wasn't. the steak was raw ad the sauce didn't compliment the dish. the bill came out and was really expensive and then we checked with counter ad they over charged us, they also charge you... More 

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Bratislava, Slovakia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

We had quite good feeling from this restaurant but I give only average review because of some drawbacks. Pros: - very tasty food - good service Cons: - not very clean table - old, not clean toilets near the kitchen (but maybe it depends on my predecessor) - actual menu was not available and it was difficult to choose only... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Our rickshaw driver recommended this restaurant and we were all very happy with our meals. We had a shared platter for entrée; 5 different items with bread. Mains we had 2 steak dishes and a fish plus a vegetarian quiche (the biggest I've ever seen) and it was fantastic. Total cost €105

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Visited this place following a recommendation from a friend who stayed at the hotel Rhoo next door. It can be a little tricky to find but do persevere as it will be well worth it. It is located just off Dam Square next to the hotel Rhoo. This is not the kind of place to stop off for a quick... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Little cute place somewhere on a side street of Damplatz. They have tiny tiny kitchen, so you may wait quite a long time for your food, but it's worth it! When your turn is up, you'll talk to really nice waitress that will take your order, they don't have menus! The staff will explain what they have and what they... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

No menu, no problem. It will be a mixture of locals and tourists. Highly recommended - Friendly service, great beer, amazing food.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

It's actually just off Dam Square but we went arseways to find it! Friendly girls working there. I don't recommend the steak with fruity sauce (check out Restaurant Red for steak!) but the fish and curries have been great every time I've gone (3-4 times). Nice quite street and if the sun is out it's a lovely place to sit.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

The title sums it up. Van Kerkwijk is a Amsterdam gem. The lack of menu made me apprehensive but the staff are knowledgable, friendly, and run you through it all. I had the pate starter which was simple but tasty. And the coconut curry slow-cooked chicken for my main. It was superb! Tender meat falling off the bone, delicate by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

I loved this restaurant. For not having a menu, the options were fairly extensive and varied. I had a delicious steak that didn't break the bank. I would visit again in a heartbeat.

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Additional Information about Van Kerkwijk

Address: Nes 41, 1012 KC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 620 3316
Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam
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: Dutch, European

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Nes 41, 1012 KC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam
  • Phone Number: +31 20 620 3316

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine

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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