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“Amazing food, amazing service! A must see!” 5 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 #32 of 2,411 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.
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“Amazing food, amazing service! A must see!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

The best restaurant we've visited on our Europe travels!! Beautiful food, amazing service! Waiting at the bar is no hassle and even though the lovely staff will tell you an hour or so it's never that long and the food, service and atmosphere is well worth the wait! This place can not be missed!!!

  • Visited December 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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Carterton, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Nice sandwich shop”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

Having no menu was a little bit of a hindrance as the waitress had trouble remembering every item. The selection seemed to be soup or sandwiches. The club sandwich was nice but came with fries I was then charged for although not asked for. The goats cheese and chutney was also nice but came with nothing else. A little odd. The waitress seemed very busy as she kept forgetting things from our drinks orders.

Overall I feel a menu would help as you could choose at your own leisure instead of having to choose instantaneously. This may help the waitress who could concentrate on serving instead of explaining the menu to everyone. The food was very nice though.

Visited December 2013
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Pulborough
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Best Restaurant in Amsterdam”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Out of the restaurants we sampled during our week in Amsterdam this was the best. Although fairly basic and quite small with tables very close together it was by far our best dining experience. It is very close to Dam square and on the same street as the Rho hotel. There is no menu and the choices change daily and these are recited by the waiter at your table, ( a test of memory).. The food is excellent and service very friendly. Unfortunately it is not possible to book so arriving early for dinner is recommended otherwise you wait in the small bar area for a table. However you are not rushed which is just as well as the there can be a time lag between ordering and food arrival but well worth the wait.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kfar Saba, Israel
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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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
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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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