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Van Kerkwijk

Nes 41, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)
+31 20 620 3316
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Ranked #34 of 2,287 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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English first
3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

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 NEW 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

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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167 reviews 167 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

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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London, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW via mobile

This restaurant really is a wonderful place to go. When we arrived we were warmly welcomed even though the restaurant was packed and only the two sisters were serving. We were guided to the bar where we could sit and have a drink until there was a table available. When a table came available we got the full experience of... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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160 reviews 160 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Interesting restaurant... There are no menus... The server comes by your table and names off what they have for that day (I guess the menu changes daily). Overall, I had a great experience. The service and price were awesome. Would definitely recommend!

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New Jersey
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

My boyfriend and I went here for dinner on our last night in Amsterdam after going back and forth between three different restaurants we wanted to try before we left. I'm glad we settled on this one, it was a really great meal to end our vacation on. The initial arrival was a bit daunting, since it was a Friday... More

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Toronto, Canada
20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Good - great food, tastes and looks good - reasonable prices - no set menu so it's all fresh and new, innovative - restaurant owned by 2 sisters who clearly care about the food and service Bad - because there's no set menu, there's also no set prices, making me nervous about our bill. I asked for prices for a... More

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Uppsala, Sweden
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22 reviews 22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We went here for an early dinner before heading back to Sweden, and I'm happy that we did! Perfect service and equally great food, this is truly a place for the foodie. Do check it out!

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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Found that place on TripAdvisor and it was exactly what I was expecting - no fixed menu, daily selection of chef and fresh, contemporary dishes. I would like to come back there!

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