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“Friendly little bistro” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Van Kerkwijk

Van Kerkwijk
Nes 41, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)
+31 20 620 3316
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Ranked #34 of 2,333 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Price range: $13 - $39
Cuisines: European, Dutch
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Restaurant details
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.
Kfar Saba, Israel
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Friendly little bistro”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013 via mobile

This is a great dining experience if you're looking to get the local vibe in Amsterdam. Lively, intimate and with great food, this restaurant doesn't have a menu. Instead your waiter is your menu! This doesn't limit the choices though for such a small restaurant. They don't take bookings so expect to wait at the bar while enjoying the local beer.

Visited December 2013
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Edmonton, Canada
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“No frill, good food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Just went there for an early dinner to avoid the crowd. The restaurant is easy to find down Nes from the Dam Plaza and National Monument. Several beers on tap, selection of starters and main courses read off to you. Portions are quite big and I didn't get to try the desserts, pies standing on the side looked delicious! No pretenses, food is good and reasonably priced. I will go there any day!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Wishaw
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Just Lovely”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

We had lunch here on a recent trip to Amsterdam because we had read the reviews on Trip Advisor and didn't want to waste time looking for somewhere to eat.. This restaurant was easy to find and we were welcomed as soon as we went in. The friendly waitress went over the food available that day and was more than happy to describe each dish. She was equally helpful with the choice of beer. Lunch for two with beer/wine was less than 30 euros, the toilets downstairs at the back were clean and well serviced. The overall atmosphere was relaxed and friendly, the food and drink were excellent, I would definitely recommend a visit.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Glasgow, Scotland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“No Menu, No Booking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

I was a little apprehensive about eating here as my partner has a number of food allergies. I usually check menus carefully before booking and, unable to do so at Van Kerkwijk, was headed elsewhere. However the skies opened and we took our chance here. There were choices suitable for my partner for all courses and, as others have said, the food, drink and ambience are top notch. My only concern is not knowing when ordering how much each dish will cost. In our case, I was nor too worried but this may be a problem for others.

Visited October 2013
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Ramot Naftali, Israel
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“small and very nice place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

the place has no menu and we had to wait for 45 min for a table but its a realy nice place for dinner , we didnt like the food so much but i only think because it is not our taste . the service is great and they are very warm and friendly staff

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