We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 2,328 Amsterdam Restaurants

Van Kerkwijk

Nes 41, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)
+31 20 620 3316
Improve this listing
Ranked #33 of 2,328 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $13 - $39
Cuisines: European, Dutch
Neighborhood: Red Light District
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.

Hotels travelers are raving about...

Write a Review

684 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Okay, I admit I didn't write a review when I've been here first time back in February, but even back then I knew I have to come here again, like now I know given the opportunity I will be back even more times. The place is clearly more popular than back in February, we came at 6pm and took the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Had lunch here as we had read they are famous for not having a menu! The waiter told is everything on offer. We had toasted sandwiches with fillings and they were fantastic! The coffee and cake after lunch was very nice as well (my partner had the home made apple pie and said if was amazing). Laid back and relaxing... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

A friend and I who hadn't seen each other for a very long time decided to meet in Amsterdam. After our first night of strolling the streets and taking chances on dropping in to places that looked interesting but ended up providing unremarkable food, I consulted tripadvisor determined to eat someplace special on our second night. After reading the reviews,... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York
Top Contributor
154 reviews 154 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014 via mobile

That's the joy and surprise about the menu here, there is none. You will find a sample menu on the wall just before you enter this restaurant, but basically the waiter will let you know what the dishes of the day are depending on what they have procured that very day. We went there for lunch and was not disappointed... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ramot Hashavim
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

We've been here for a week and dinner here was the best yet! We had to wait a bit for a table to be available but had a beer on the bar and it was nice and totally worth it. Amazing food, good service, reasonable prices- especially for such a central location! Would definitely go there again.

Was this review helpful? Yes
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We went here based on trip advisor reviews and were not disappointed. When we arrived the restaurant was full. Which I think is a good sign. As you can't book a table we were told it would be a 45 minute wait and we were seated at the bar. After a couple if drinks we were seated and the waiter... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Summerfield, FL
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We found this restaurant somewhat by chance as we were having a drink after touring the city by foot and decided to see if there were any good restaurants nearby. We were so lucky that this was only a few steps away. The location is a bit offputting, but don't give up! As soon as you enter the restaurant you... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Found this on Trip Advisor for lunch. Its quite non descript to find and has a sample menu written up but the lovely lady of the house is the walking menu when you sit down! We liked this as it shows that they think carefully about their menu each day rather than having a freezer full to match a typed... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Head off the Dam down Nes to Sint Pieterspoort Steg and have lunch or dinner here. No set menu, as the waiter said "I am your menu". From the appetizer to the three entrees we tried, followed by desserts, everything was delicious and had unexpectedly nice presentations. The bill also shocked us by being so low, especially by Amsterdam standards.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

So glad we found this place, fantastic food, lovely atmosphere and friendly staff. The relaxed, 'don't worry there's no menu' adds to the experience, best to get there before 6:30 or plan to spend a bit of time at the bar , but worth the wait

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Van Kerkwijk also viewed

Amsterdam, North Holland Province
Amsterdam, North Holland Province
Amsterdam, North Holland Province
Amsterdam, North Holland Province

Been to Van Kerkwijk? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Do you own or manage Van Kerkwijk?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing