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Van Kerkwijk

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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: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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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  • 597
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  • 226
    Very good
  • 39
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 19
    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
Early dinner

Great fun. Great food. Great prices. My wife and I had dinner with appetizers and drinks for about 50 euros. A great deal in the crazy heart of Amsterdam.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Joe C
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Great fun. Great food. Great prices. My wife and I had dinner with appetizers and drinks for about 50 euros. A great deal in the crazy heart of Amsterdam.

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London, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Had to meet up with friends of the parentals. Went with this place as it was a holiday here and not many recommended places open. Had to wait 10mins for a table, and it's quite squishy but great vibe and friendly staff. Menu doesn't exist... It comes out of the mouth of Daan. Which also means no prices. But I... More 

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Taber, Canada
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28 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Van Kerkwijk is a very cool little place. Little is the operative word. No reservations, no menu (about that later) and less than 40 seats. From the moment we stepped in the door Sat May 23 the staff was there to greet us. I must first speak of the staff. 4 people total, Fleur a tall energetic Dutch girl took... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Agree with the other reviews. We got there about 6 and were able to sit right down. If we would have arrived 15 minutes later, we would have waited an hour. Great experience, wonderful food, very personable service. We stayed at the Rho Hotel, which is just a block up the street.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Found this restaurant on Tripadvisor, glad I did. The food was absolutely incredible and the staff was wonderful. Super friendly and we loved the way Andrew told us what was on the menu for the day. We are definately going back the next time we are in AMS.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I found this place after reading reviews here. The place was pretty busy when we walked there and the menu was a waiter coming to you and explaining every starter and entree. We decided to share a starter which was delicious. I then tried the steak with goat cheese and strawberry sauce. I know it might sound like a weird... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I saw a review in Tripadvisor and choose this restaurant because it's kinda near where I stay in Amsterdam. First i got there, There are a lot of people and i have to wait kinda long but it's fair enough i didn't reserve it at the first place. I wait a little too long to order food and surprisingly that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 via mobile

Great fun and friendly and food worth the wait.... And boy did we wait! It's a noisy (popular!) place but not a bad place to while away an hour and a half to wait. Friendly bunch inside and the staff were lovely . Chap cooking out of a kitchen the size of a cupboard deserves a medal. Go, chill, have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I just love this place, whenever I am working in Amsterdam it's where we go. Great atmosphere, great food , great company. It's always busy, just sit at the bar and have a beer, they will get you in. Try the steak with goats cheese and strawberry sauce, sounds odd but it's amazing

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Had a late impromptu dinner here. The kitchen was closing so I told them "to give me whatever." And the "whatever" turned out very well. Started off with a meat carpaccio which was extremely tasty. Then for the main course, had a salad, fries and a steak in strawberry sauce and goat cheese which were all quite delicious. Normally, I... 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
  • Phone Number: +31 20 620 3316

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine

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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