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Van Kerkwijk

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$$$
Neighborhood:
Red Light District (De Wallen)
Dutch, European
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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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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
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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  • 52
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  • 13
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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
No menu is a risk but food is awesome

I would highly recommend this restaurant! Lawrence articulated the food on offer so well and was so happy to answer any questions. Great value for money and the food is lovely and authentic.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
coop_her
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I would highly recommend this restaurant! Lawrence articulated the food on offer so well and was so happy to answer any questions. Great value for money and the food is lovely and authentic.

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great food, I had the Steak with Strawberry Sauce which I can highly recommend if you fancy trying something different. It is a small restaurant with a great atmosphere and a friendly vibe created by the great waiters. I read in other reviews that they don't have paper menus and the staff "Are the menu" this sounded a bit daunting... More 

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1 Thank Dan P
Barcelona, Spain
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited again this little gem after two years from my first visit and the quality snd the friendly service is better than ever! Highly recommend spot!

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Thank Francesco C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Simple but good food, the best we found in Amsterdam. Unusual that there's no printed menu but the friendly staff were great. Beware the salty centred lollipops when you leave!!!

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36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Really good by Netherlands cuisine standards but then again Dutch food ranks right up there with the British and Irish. Nestled in downtown Amsterdam a block off Damm Square this cozy, friendly, value priced eatery is worth the afternoon stop for a nosh. Good beers, nice wines, friendly service by two sisters however the menu is limited for anyone with... More 

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1 Thank Scott R
Newbury, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We where recommended this restaurant by friends and they didn't do it justice it was perfect. You can not make a reservation so get in early as when we left they had 8 tables waiting. The food was so good, everything packet flavour by the bucket load. You will not leave this place hungry or disappointed.

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234 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have eaten at Van Kerkwijk several times now and the food has always been good. Long wait for a table, but worth the wait. No menus, waitress details options and takes orders. Around €60 for 2 courses and drink, for 2 people.

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Thank JJEnglandUK
St. Petersburg, Russia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Don't miss your chance to eat in this restaurant! Good quality. Fabulous mussels. Friendly staff and a great gin tonic!

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Thank ZhannaSmirnovaite
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really top class food for a fantastic price. Two of us went, we had a sharing starter, two main meals and two desserts. For drinks we had three beers and one fruit tea and the entire bill was just €64. For three courses for 2 and our drinks! We paid that for one course each in a Chinese the night... More 

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Thank Louise F
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great meal this evening in a really friendly small restaurant with high standards but low prices ! No wonder it is so popular - unusual flavour combinations made for a very memorable experience . Draught beers excellent to wash it down . Recommend the tender beef fillet with goats cheese and strawberry sauce .

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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>  > Red Light District (De Wallen)
  • Neighborhood: Red Light District (De Wallen)
  • 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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Staying in Red Light District (De Wallen)

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
To visit Amsterdam and not explore De Wallen (the Dutch name for this area) or to go only to gawk at its saucier aspects would mean missing the opportunity to view some of the city’s most picturesque canals, historic landmarks, and impeccably presented examples of traditional local architecture – not to mention Amsterdam’s own Chinatown, Europe’s largest Buddhist temple and more local treasures. Sure, there are some less salubrious activities drawing the curious to this age-old part of time. Nevertheless, the Red Light District is still a very safe and incredibly fascinating area where at the turn of a corner you can be transported from the dingy glow of modern day neon red to a glorious 16th century Delft blue dreamscape.
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