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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 2,281 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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  • French first
  • German first
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English first
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Fantastic service from the minute we walked in. Fresh and fun all rolled into one. The staff are so friendly and charming making you feel comfortable and at ease. Don't be put off by no menu.. They have something to cater all tastes. The waitress explained 4 starters that will please even the fussiest of eaters ranging from pate to... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We went on recommendation by friends. The decor is plain to say the least. The food was indeed excellent as most of the reviewers say. However, there is no menu, and therefore no prices! We were happy enough with the charges for the delicious food, but over 30 euros for two half litre carafes of mediocre wine is excessive. Just... More

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Sandbach, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We visited Van Kerkwijk on the recommendation of a friend and we loved it. After a short wait at the bar, we got a table in this quirky restaurant. There is no written menu, so you have to wait awhile for the waiter to come and talk you through what is on offer, and he did so with such enthusiasm... More

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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This place is small and hard to find but when you find it you'll be happy you did. The experience was different from traditional sit down restaurants seeing as the menu is writing on the wall in the door way and the waiter comes over to sit with the table to say the menu verbatim. This is a great touch... More

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new york
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We went to Cafe Van Kerkwijk on a Monday night. Although we had to wait for nearly an hour it was well worth it! The staff was friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. The server described the food with incredible zeal. The meals were artful and mouthwatering. The steak with goat cheese and strawberry sauce was a pleasant surprise. While their a... More

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London
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80 reviews 80 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We chose Van Kerkwijk based on its TripAdvisor ranking and we were not disappointed. You cannot book but the friendly waiter/manager led us to the small bar where we had a drink while waiting for a table to come free. The place has a nice vibe with plain wooden tables, candlelight and some outside tables. One of their USP's is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

food really Hood and very well cooked! there was noto the menu but the waitress has been kind and patient in explaining the plates getting our orders.. and at the end the meal was super and the bill cheap!

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Steilacoom, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We stopped in here after a long day of sight-seeing based on the positive TripAdvisor reviews and the close proximity to our hotel. From the first moment we felt very welcomed. Service was prompt and our waitress was absolutely charming. She explained all the menu options and we did feel like we would be taking a chance on our dinner... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Had read very positive reviews of this restaurant, so decided to go along and see if we agreed... We were warmly greeted when we arrived, offered a drink, and it was explained that there was no menu. One of the waiters came along and sat with us, explaining all the dishes on offer. Thought this worked really well! I had... More

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