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Van Kerkwijk

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$$$
Neighborhood: Red Light District
European, Dutch
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Van Kerkwijk
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Nes 41, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Nes 41, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 620 3316
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11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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  • 490
    Excellent
  • 191
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 16
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Cosy but really crowded place in the very heart of Amsterdam

We queued for around 1 hour, when we reserved they forecasted us 20 minutes wait. Beer good and fresh The Chef is quite efficient due to a well designed small menu with part of the preparation done before and ready. So they are able to manage the people flow. Food is tasty and well cooked. The... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 24, 2014
erasmo_forever
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Turin, Italy
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Turin, Italy
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

We queued for around 1 hour, when we reserved they forecasted us 20 minutes wait. Beer good and fresh The Chef is quite efficient due to a well designed small menu with part of the preparation done before and ready. So they are able to manage the people flow. Food is tasty and well cooked. The waiter are quite gentle... More 

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Basel, Switzerland
Top Contributor
135 reviews 135 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

All tables were fully occupied and the bar was busy when we arrived but we decided to wait and I'm so glad we did. We had a drink in the busy bar while waiting and and were seated in around 20 minutes. We had a delicious soup to start with and very good main dishes. The staff was very friendly... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

The place is small, and lively. There are two waitresses and no written menu. While you wait for a table to free, the bar is opened and since everyone is so friendly, you will likely end up having a chat with your neighbour. When the table is free, the waitress will come to TELL you the menu, which indeed had... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

My favorite restaurant in Amsterdam. Often crowded but worth the wait. Excellent food and wonderful staff! Don't miss!

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Very nice vibe, friendly waitress. They change the menu depending on what they buy and is the season, but I haven't been disappointed yet.

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Gdansk, Poland
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87 reviews 87 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Gem in full of turistic restaurants Amsterdam. Always cerowdybut good athmosfere place. No menu, only daily dishes, al we try was very good, mix starters, cod as well as steak. Recomended

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Lisbon, Portugal
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Very good dinner in a cold night. Friendliness of employees. Near the Damsquare. Cosy place and good environment.

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Chicago, Illinois
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We were recommended Van Kerkwijk by our B&B and were not disappointed. We had heard to arrive early so we got around 5 as we were done with our day (we had arrived from the states that AM so were fighting jet lag) and they were completely fine with letting us have some drinks and ordering a bit later. I... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We found this place on our travels and I've got to say, it's my new favourite restaurant. There are no written menus, you are in the very capable hands of the waiting staff who will let you know what's on offer and will follow up with the kitchen staff on any food allergies. Excellent food, excellent wine, excellent service. It's... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We stopped by this place the night before, only to find it was too crowded. We went for lunch on Sunday and it was easy to get a table. The place is down a side street, not far from Dom square. The place doesn't have a menu, but the waitress will tell you about all the food. We got the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Nes 41, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Red Light District
  • Neighborhood: Red Light District
  • Phone Number: +31 20 620 3316

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 13 - 39
  • Cuisine: European, Dutch

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions

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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?