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

Van Kerkwijk
Nes 41, 1012 KC Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District (De Wallen))
+31 20 620 3316
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Ranked #24 of 3,030 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $39
Cuisines: Dutch, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Red Light District (De Wallen)
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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14 reviews
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“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
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75 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 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
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Wishaw
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55 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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
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Glasgow, Scotland
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“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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5 reviews
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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

Visited December 2013
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