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Van Kerkwijk

Nes 41, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)
+31 20 620 3316
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Ranked #36 of 2,314 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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Rome, Italy
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Great service, good food, nice place! Unfortunately, reservations are not accepted, so getting in can become a real challenge!:)

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Ozone Park, New York, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is was the culinary highlight of my trip to Amsterdam. The food was delicious, the service was excellent. The prices were more than reasonable. I look forward to visiting this restaurant during my next tour of Amsterdam.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Got in here at second attempt. The staff work their socks off. Very nice food, the steak done in strawberry jus was a surprisingly good combination. The service attentive but not intrusive. If I lived in Amsterdam I would regally eat here.

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Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We arrived early at 11.30am and were welcomed warmly. We had hunted the place down based entirely on the reviews on Trip Advisor and the place doesn't disappoint. There's no menu and the waiter suggests the dish that most seem to rave about on here. The steak with goats cheese and strawberry sauce. I have never ever had goats cheese... More

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Belleville, Illinois
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Found the restaurant on trip advisor. This was a highlight meal in Amsterdam. We got there at 6pm on a Saturday night and got seated right away. There are only about 15 tables here so people were waiting by 630. The restaurant is run by two sisters who are very friendly and always have a smile on their face. There... More

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Sydney, Australia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

What a powerhouse this restaurant is! Turning covers at the rate of knots but also making sure you feel welcome and appreciated. We got there early at 6 and by 645 it was packed out. The food was brilliant, I had the roast sweet pepper soup, followed by lamb shank and I wasn't disappointed, at 45 euros for the two... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Found the place on Trip Advisor and got there early. Warm welcome. Menu from waiter. Short but reasonable wine list (we chose the Rhone). Tasty starters. Mains included fries and salad. Lovely buzz. Busy by the time we left as clearly a popular spot - with some justification!

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

Friendly staff and yummy food in this little hidden gem of a restaurant! This is a must on any visit to Amsterdam!

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Brussels, Belgium
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Friendly, warm, welcoming, fun, tasty... all adjectives that add up for Van Kerkwijk. No chi-chi, no small-dishes-in-the-big-ones, but straightforward good belly and heart filling food. We had a "mixed plate of mousses" with bread as starter, followed by "slow cooked lamb shank" and the intriguing "beef on a bed of blue cheese with strawberry sauce". You could feel that all... More

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Norfolk, England
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168 reviews 168 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

How I wished I'd eaten here previously! Came for an early lunch and was read the day's menu by the owner/waitress. Had a lovely goats cheese salad and a glass of house white. Too full for pud, but the cakes looked lovely. Good atmosphere and soon got busy. a little disconcerting haveing no menu, but it seems to work so... More

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