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Van Kerkwijk

Nes 41, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)
+31 20 620 3316
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Ranked #35 of 2,251 restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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  • Dutch first
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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

I absolutely loved the place, it is a small, cozy restaurant, nothing fancy, but the staff makes you feel like home! I was intrigued when they told as that they don't have menus and they re going to describe the food, as they had only a few dishes! I chose the carrot soup: excellent and the best main dish i've... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I love the service... Delicious and fresh food. I enjoy the armosphere, very relaxing, small place to feel like in home. Great experience.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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56 reviews 56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I visited Van Kerkwijk with some friends recently picking it on the location and the generally high TripAdvisor rating. Needless to say we were not disappointed - I happily chose the lamb shank and ate every last bit of it. I'd certainly visit again. I'd even take the wife - that's the litmus test for me!!

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Stockport, UK
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Great little restaurant. Service was fabulous and friendly (we especially liked the walking menu) the variety is a little basic and some might say home cooked sort of grub but never the less well prepared and well executed. We went twice on a five day trip to Amsterdam (and we never normally return to any restaurant preferring variety) but this... More

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New Jersey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

found this gem on Trip Advisor, and decided to try a restaurant with no written menu, and only one house beer. This was a highlight of of pre-River Cruise stay in Amsterdam! Located in a safe and walkable area in the "centrum", (close to the Red Light district, but not in the thick of it!). Small restaruant, about 12 tables.... More

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Sunrise Beach, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We stopped in here on a whim as the tables outside were full and the restaurant looked warm and inviting. We were given a table immediately and settled in with a drink. We asked for food and was told the waiter would be around soon. Eventually she made our way to us and rattled off the menu without reading a... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Picked this from trip advisor, he is not normally so adventurous but was really keen, easy to find but you would not just chance upon it. Greeted warmly and offered a drink, no menu so you just throw round ideas and come up with something, then waiter comes out and temps you with spoken menu, you must try to have... More

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I went to this restaurant on Saturday for lunch, primarily because of the reviews on tripadvisor. Usually they are spot on, but this was a mistake. Upon arriving, the waitress groaned and pointed at a table. She asked for our drinks and my wife said she wanted water while she thought about it. We were informed that... More

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Sydney, Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We went here a few weeks ago in our first trip to Amsterdam and the service was poor. It was quite clear that the lady was overworked and under stress whilst the guy at the bar did little to help her. Whilst the 25mins to wait for a table is fine, the 35 mins to get the attention of the... More

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Superb, fresh food, great service, pleasant atmosphere. Don't be out off by the lack of a menu - te nice waiter comes over and goes through the deliciousness with you and it's all superb. It's like the Romans (Fort Greene, Brooklyn) of Amsterdam. Had the mussels with garlic sauce and Indonesian chicken, both of which were perfectly cooked.

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