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Van Kerkwijk

Nes 41, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)
+31 20 620 3316
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Ranked #21 of 2,141 restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $13 - $39
Cuisines: European, Dutch
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Red Light District
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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92% Recommend
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English first
Margate, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

What a brilliant find this was and it was all down to Tripadvisor. Me and my fiance were on a short break in Amsterdam last week and were keen to find somewhere a little different. We arrived at 10pm ( which we found out was a little late ) but this was no problem for them and they couldn't do... More

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Seoul, South Korea
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

We were here for lunch and we were served some local beer which was great. The waitress kindly offerred us info on a local brewery we could consider visiting. Awesome main dishes. Best meal i had in amsterdam

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

this is a lovely small restaurant that is away from all the busy life at the red light district, but at the same time its not much of a walk from the RLD (where my hostel was). I came in expecting to read a menu but was told that they don't have menus and the waiter came and sat with... More

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We were a group of six, and although it was packed, we waited until a table became vacant because it had been recommended by our hotel and on Trip Adviser. It is quite small but a great atmosphere. Only a limited menu, but the quality was excellent - we had a great evening!

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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I had previously heard about the place but it was only recently i managed to get to dinner there. It is a family owned business and this was a positive thing from the beginning (Vlaams is the same). The place is on one of the narrow streets of the busy and touristic red light district. it is typical Dutch, rather... More

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Poole, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Without doubt one of the quirkiest, vibrant and great dining experiences I have had in ages. Very personal approach with no menu but one of the staff pulling up a chair and talking you through there menu with some amazing food, brilliant service and great atmosphere. Will be going back again on outré next visit to Amsterdam.

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Leavenworth, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Small, comfortable, menu is verbal so it changes. Fresh, good food, really nice service. Recommended by someone who sat at the table next to us for dinner one night, really glad we went there. We had a late lunch so getting a seat was not a problem, it is small, so a busy dinner night could be more of a... More

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

This place was recommended to us by a friend who had visited over a year before we went. We arrived early as we knew it would get busy, and it fast filled up! Pear tart is a must for dessert. This was a very reasonably priced meal for what it was too. If you have one night in Amsterdam make... More

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Shaftesbury, Dorset
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Like others who have reviewed this restaurant, we had to wait for 20 minutes or so to get a seat. The place is crowded and rightly so: it is good food (though not "gourmet" by any means), served in a lively atmosphere. It is usually heaving because it is so popular. We were seated next to a Dutch couple so... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We turned up here at 8pm on our first night in Amsterdam and were unable to get a table, as there were already 4 other couples waiting at the bar for tables to become free. Instead of the very busy waitress scoffing at us for turning up at that time, she was incredibly friendly and apologetic for not being able... More

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