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Van Kerkwijk

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Red Light District
Dutch, European
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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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Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 560
    Excellent
  • 209
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 10
    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
Most recent review
its ok !

not much to say about this restaurant , the food is ok / good . the wine is CHEAP and cheerful , the prosecco tasted more like asti , and the bottle of rioja you could buy any where in europe for 8 eur's ish it cost 28 eur's . service was friendly enough , but the 2 guys were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 20, 2012
hankinsonchris
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Norwich, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Norwich, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

not much to say about this restaurant , the food is ok / good . the wine is CHEAP and cheerful , the prosecco tasted more like asti , and the bottle of rioja you could buy any where in europe for 8 eur's ish it cost 28 eur's . service was friendly enough , but the 2 guys were... More 

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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012 via mobile

This place was recommended by our concierge for dinner last night. We went and it was packed around 730 pm. So we went somewhere else which was great. However, we dropped in there for lunch today and it was great. Our waiter was Very good.Will probably go back for dinner soon and just wait for a table at the bar.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

Outstanding! It's should be on Anthony Bourdain. Great food, great service. We spent 2 weeks in Europe - from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland and this was the best meal we had.

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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

You wouldn't know this little place was here. The little shop at Dam Square where the yellow wooden clog is outside, then that is the street to go down. Just past The Rho Hotel. They don't do reservations or menu's. You arrive and if no tables are free you will sit at the bar with a drink and they will... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012 via mobile

The food is very good and price worth BUT- first of all they don't give you a clue about the prices. The comment about the water that I read here is not out of the blue. Everytime we asked for water the waitres rolled her eyes at us with an OoooK. We asked for a glass of wine and we... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

I have just returned from Amsterdam this evening and felt obligated to post a recommendation for this restaurant - although, if I was local, I would be reluctant to tell anyone about it. Excellent food, cooked in a kitchen the size of my downstairs cupboard. Fresh ingredients, cooked to perfection in a place which feels like your neighbour's front room.... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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79 reviews 79 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Amazing little restaurant hidden away just off Dam square. No reservations, just turn up and wait - and it's well worth the wait. No written menus, your waiter just tells you what's available on the night, which is a lovely intimate touch. Service was fantastic, food was amazing, atmosphere lovely and the bill was pleasantly cheap!!! Couldn't recommend it highly... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

We enjoyed dinner in this special little cafe so much that we had to return for more before we left town. It's usually packed with locals and visitors - and that is no surprise given the warm and friendly service, great atmosphere, handy location and fantastic local food. If you can't get a table immediately, I think that it's definitely... More 

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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012 via mobile

A nice small restaurant that was very crowded on a Tuesday evening. While the restaurant doesn't have a printed menu ( selections change often) we had no problem selecting something that was offered by the hostess. I had a tenderloin in a strawberry reduction and my friend had salmon over sauerkraut. Odd combinations I would have never thought of but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012 via mobile

The food was great. I didn't like that they don't have a menu and a waiter had to tell us all the menu.

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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: Dutch, European

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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