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“A friendly haven” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Van Speyk

Van Speyk
Spuistraat 3a, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)
+31 20 4200117
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Ranked #90 of 2,231 restaurants in Amsterdam
Price range: $23 - $57
Cuisines: French, Dutch, Brasserie
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Red Light District
Hereford
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87 reviews 87 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“A friendly haven”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013 via mobile

We aimed for Van Speyk based on TripAdvisor reviews and had quite a long walk through filthy weather, sleety and cold. We were relieved to arrive, and on a miserable Sunday evening the area didn't look wonderful. Van Speyk, however, gave us a very friendly welcome. It was quiet, the tables set in what seems to be an old brick-built building, with huge wooden beams, perhaps an old warehouse. There's wooden panelling on the walls and not much else, but the food and service were good and the wine too, (Cabernet Sauvignon). There was a set menu and some specials but we both ate the Dutch beef hotpot; I don't like smoked sausage much but my husband enjoyed it and the beef was very tender and well-cooked. Pudding was Dutch curd for me - something like creme fraiche/yogurt with strawberries and brandied raisins. Delicious. My husband's cheesecake was also excellent. There weren't many people in the place so we don't know what the service would be like if they were busy but there seemed to be plenty of staff on duty. Main courses are about 18-20 Euros or so.we would go back.

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Robdewitte, Manager at Van Speyk, responded to this review, March 9, 2013
Dear Sue,

Thank you for your review! Amsterdam can indeed seem uninviting when the weather's bad, especially in our neighborhood around the central station, when everybody's only there to go where they need to go as quickly as possible. Especially on these evenings we consider it an honor that you still chose us for dinner, and we are happy to hear you enjoyed your meal and our service. We hope to see you again on a sunnier day, when we have our terrace out and the big doors open!

Best regards,

the Van Speyk team
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Cork, Ireland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Great value in a lovely building”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

An excellent good value menu in a very central location in downtown old Amsterdam. The staff are really friendly, the old building is very attractive, and the food great value for money. My husband and myself had the set menu of three courses. First, delicious smoked salmon, then really yummy duck, very well cooked, succulent. To finish, scrummy pancakes, ice cream and chocolate sauce. Coffee also good. Would recommend this very good restaurant to all.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Robdewitte, Manager at Van Speyk, responded to this review, March 9, 2013
Dear reviewer,

Thank you for your kind review! We're happy to see you've enjoyed your night with us, and the three course menu, which we try to make as appealing as possible. We hope to see you again someday!

Best regards,

the Van Speyk team
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London
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“A very tasty meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

I chose this restaurant based on the Trip Advisor reviews and the mouth-watering menu. The restaurant itself has a great ambience, the tables are nicely placed so you feel you have your own space even though it is a busy restaurant. The food was fabulous, i particularly recommend the Dutch stew. The service was ok, my main criticism would be that the finished starter plates were sat in front of us for a little too long but then we felt rushed to make a dessert choice when we could have done with a rest before looking at the menu. I think these situations could be avoided by having waiters dedicated to particular tables rather than three or four being all over the place. However, these were very small niggles during an overall lovely experience.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Robdewitte, Manager at Van Speyk, responded to this review, March 9, 2013
Dear Becky,

Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear you've enjoyed your meal with us. Unfortunately your waiter appears to not have been able to give you the service we try to provide to everyone (although we do divide our restaurant into sections like most do), my guess is he or she got very busy and needed help from another waiter or myself. It was not our intent to rush you, we try to give everyone a relaxed night out. We hope to see you again for a chance to (im)prove ourselves!

Best regards,

the Van Speyk team
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London, United Kingdom
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“Delightful atmosphere: great food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013 via mobile

Had a lovely meal here. Service is excellent and the food is very good indeed. The Black Angus steak and the Dutch stew were particularly good. Staff are very friendly and helpful, and the decor is excellent.

Will definitely visit again. (Save room for the cheesecake, too!)

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Robdewitte, Manager at Van Speyk, responded to this review, March 10, 2013
Dear Simon,

Thank you very much for your kind review! We are happy to see you've enjoyed your night with us and hope to be able to welcome you again someday.

Best regards,

the Van Speyk team
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Manchester
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

First time in Amsterdam and visited here based on TA reviews. I wanted to try dutch food. I had dutch stew the Mrs had lamb rack. Food was beautiful. Quality of meat was excellent and melted in our mouths. Only issue for me was that we were first people eating that evening and parts of my meal were luke warm at best. Not hot enough at all. But I can let it pass as it tasted great.
Service was good very polite staff.
Overall really enjoyed evening.

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Robdewitte, Manager at Van Speyk, responded to this review, March 10, 2013
Dear reviewer,

Thank you for your review! Our apologies for the food not being hot, we should have prevented that from happening! We are happy to see that despite bits of it being lukewarm, you enjoyed your meal with us. We hope to welcome you another time for a nice (hot) meal.

Best regards,

the Van Speyk team
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