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Van Kerkwijk

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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

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Visitor rating
  • 572
    Excellent
  • 212
    Very good
  • 39
    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
Best meal I've ever had - seriously.

What may turn others off about this place, I really enjoyed. No reservations. We walked in and sat at the small bar. There were only two servers so obviously they were busy. No problem, be patient! We ordered a drink, and by the time that was done, we had a table. Perfect. No menus. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
Jenny T
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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852 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Chicago, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

What may turn others off about this place, I really enjoyed. No reservations. We walked in and sat at the small bar. There were only two servers so obviously they were busy. No problem, be patient! We ordered a drink, and by the time that was done, we had a table. Perfect. No menus. The waiter will list off what... More 

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Bilbao, Spain
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We had to wait for nearly one hour to be seated (the restaurant was full, and the staff were very friendly), but the wait did worth. The starters were yummy and generous (cheese sauce, rolls with pomodoro, ...) and the main course was pretty good: one of the best chicken in coconut milk I've ever tried, with generous fries and... More 

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Budleigh Salterton, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Bit disappointed by this place after reading such reviews. Perhaps just dutch culture but we found the waiters unfriendly and off-hand. They certainly knew the plates on offer exceptionally well. Although the food was tasty, I found the flavour combination of beef steak with strawberry sauce strange and unsure whether it worked as a dish. The waiters were quite taken... More 

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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Tried this restaurant,enjoyed it so much visited it again, no printed menu,head waiter gave choice verbally , didn't even write your choice ,got nothing wrong' food was exceptional.strongly recommend!

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Wishaw
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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Visited for lunch because we had enjoyed it so much on a previous trip and weren't disappointed. Very friendly waitress who asked which language we wanted then went through the menu, when we hesitated over the lighter options she asked if we wanted something more substantial and told us what was on offer. Very good customer service. We both chose... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Visited this lovely little restaurant over Easter 2015. Waiters were very friendly and while we had to wait for a table the time passed quickly at the bar. Food was great - the options recited by the waiters were varied and interesting. Delicious food and fantastic atmosphere - a great night. Would highly recommend!!

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London
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40 reviews 40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

no reservations and wait was around 30 min at around 8.30pm. definitely worth the wait. your waiter is your menu which we thought was a nice touch - the menu is not extensive but pretty good range of food on offer. we had the shared starter platter (great pate selection). For mains we had the steak, the lamb and the... More 

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United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Small to medium sized restaurant. Airy, light-coloured decoration was nice but tables situated a little too close to the next party. The waitress gives you the starters and main course options from memory. I found this not particularly good as 1) you cannot see the prices! 2) there is a subtle pressure for you to order a starter as she... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We had been in this restaurant 2 years ago and we had a lovely time. This time was just as great! Small place with very friendly staff.. The restaurant has no menu so once you sit (and I recommend to go early because it gets very full and they do not make reservations), one of the members of the staff... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

The waiter tells u the selection without prices, but it is reasonable. The lollipop stick was horrible, had to spit it out, left a bad taste, after an ok meal.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Nes 41, 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: Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating

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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