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Van Kerkwijk

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
Dutch, European
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Nes 41, 1012 KC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 620 3316
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11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
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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  • 43
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  • 11
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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
One thing you should try before leaving!!!

Dear readers, when analizing the other reviews, take in consideration that you find yourself in a very civilized country, with people not stressed at all, they act normal, this is it!!! If you dislike the sugar moment dear previous reviewer think first that it is normal here, you won't die from... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2013
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  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

Dear readers, when analizing the other reviews, take in consideration that you find yourself in a very civilized country, with people not stressed at all, they act normal, this is it!!! If you dislike the sugar moment dear previous reviewer think first that it is normal here, you won't die from that. You are in vacation, you stress yourself too... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013 via mobile

We saw the rewievs here on the app, and decided to take the chance on this place. My gf had the chicken in coconut milk (wich she found nice) and I took the beef with strawberries. (I regret doing that, strawberry jam on my beef? No thank you) yes the place has no menus I think the reason for that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

We decided to give the restaurant a try after reading positive reviews. It was just around the corner from where we stayed on a quiet side street. Intimate service without menus! The server tells you everything on the menu for the night and then you place your order. I ordered the steak and it was really nice and my husband... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013 via mobile

The reviews of this restaurant have been great. I agree with all the positive comments. I had the chicken in coconut milk, my mate had the cod along with mussels as an appetizer. Food is fresh and creative. I wish I could have some of the food right now. I highly recommend this. Staff was very friendly and answered all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013 via mobile

Researched this before we left UK and found close to Dam Square. Very good food - I had chicken with coconut and my son a good chunk of beef served with cheese and strawberry sauce. Very unusual. Dishes came with well cooked chips and a fresh salad. Tasty food and reasonably priced. Friendly waitress who was attentive and helpful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013 via mobile

I ate here as it was next to my hotel and had good reviews. I wasnt at all disapointed! I chose from the 'menu'; which means the waiter sat opposite me and read it to me which I had at another restaurant recently. Its novel, but I'd still like a menu. Although i would say it focuses the mind and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013 via mobile

The menu changes daily and the food was all great! There is no printed menu, they come to the table and tell you options. We loved the pate. We went to ZaZa the night before and this was better!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Having read the reviews, we thought this restaurant was a must. On arrival about 2030hrs this buzzing little eatery just behind Dam square was packed to the rafters as good a sign as any that you have come up trumps. We ordered drinks at the packed bar area and awaited with anticipation to be seated. Around 50 minutes later we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

This was the best meal I've had in Europe. This 20-25 seat restaurant is tiny. There is a small kitchen (3x5 ft?) with one chef and 2 wait staff. There is no menu; only the memory bank of the waitress. We sat at the bar during our wait and had a few beers. We were able to see all the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

We love our food and ate in many different restaurants during our trips, but the food in this one is outstanding. Indonesian chicken and lamb shank are worth a sin! And the size of the cakes for puddings is just unbelievable. The bill is a pleasant surprise as main courses are about 16euro. And there is really NO MENU! Unique... More 

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Additional Information about Van Kerkwijk

Address: Nes 41, 1012 KC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 620 3316
Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Red Light District (De Wallen)
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
Average Prices: USD 13 - 39
Cuisine: Dutch, European

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Nes 41, 1012 KC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Red Light District (De Wallen)
  • Neighborhood: Red Light District (De Wallen)
  • Phone Number: +31 20 620 3316

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic

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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Red Light District (De Wallen)
To visit Amsterdam and not explore De Wallen (the Dutch name for this area) or to go only to gawk at its saucier aspects would mean missing the opportunity to view some of the city’s most picturesque canals, historic landmarks, and impeccably presented examples of traditional local architecture – not to mention Amsterdam’s own Chinatown, Europe’s largest Buddhist temple and more local treasures. Sure, there are some less salubrious activities drawing the curious to this age-old part of time. Nevertheless, the Red Light District is still a very safe and incredibly fascinating area where at the turn of a corner you can be transported from the dingy glow of modern day neon red to a glorious 16th century Delft blue dreamscape.
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