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It doesn't get much more Dutch than Van Dobben.This famous typical Amsterdam deluxe lunchroom is the meeting place of artists, soccer players and many other locals. Its Van Dobben croquette is famed far beyond the city limits. Voted number 1 croquette in the world.
PRICE RANGE
$3 - $10
Meals
Lunch, Late Night
CUISINES
Dutch, Fast Food, European
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service
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Reviewed March 17, 2020

A local Dutch hangout though we found just basic fare, good to sample meats as a light lunch. Perhaps another time.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 4, 2020

I can see why this is as popular as it is with a constant flow of customers coming into buy sandwiches or sitting and enjoying a drink and something to eat - the very nice ladies who were running the place did so with military...precision with lots of shouting and gesticulations - the range of sandwich fillings is enormous and this back-street cafe is famous for the delicious regional speciality, a croquette in a roll - this is a no frills dining experience but we would not have missed it for the world !More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed March 2, 2020 via mobile

We were there just to try the portion of croquettes. The space is not fancy but all the people were extremely kind and polite! The croquettes was amazing! It’s definitely worth it!

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 23, 2020

A horrible experience at this place. From the beggining the waitresses treated us differently just for being foreing. But apart from that, the final charge was incorrect according to the menu price, and you know what? they didnt even allow me to claim for it!!...Absolutely bad experience with cold, raw and processed food. I would not recommend it ever .More

Date of visit: February 2020
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AlexanderW474, Eigenaar at Van Dobben, responded to this reviewResponded February 28, 2020

Dear Arturo, We are sorry to hear that you had an unpleasant experience in our restaurant. We receive tourists every day, so it is certainly not intended that they are treated differently. We have been using the same products for 75 years. Too bad this...More

Reviewed January 19, 2020 via mobile

I was born in Amsterdam and remember eating there many times with my parents and siblings. Last summer I took my family, my daughter and her two kids and my son and we all went there several times during the 10 days we were there....(Like every other day or more) In March of this year I have to go back (taking my granddaughter) to take care of some family and first thing she asked for was to go to the "croquette shop" We are definitely going back and more than a couple of times. Maybe even take home some frozen ones for my family who can't go this time! Lia Smith Albuquerque, New Mexico USAMore

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed January 12, 2020

Three ladies were standing behind the bar to prepare the food, They do NOT want to speak english and when they do, they look at you at the stupid bad guest! we ate but accually we did not want to stay as it is not...for non Dutch guests.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 4, 2019

Traditional and no frills, this place is as Dutch as it gets. We had the best food here, served hot and fresh. Place was so busy it shows how good it is! We had the croquettes and meat gravy on rolls, so delicious we all...had second helpings! This place is the original shop, don't bother with anywhere else!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 4, 2019

I saw so many restaurants who stated their kroketten were "Van Dobben's" I just had to try some from the original shop in Amsterdam. Just off Rembrandtplein, down a little side street, I found what I was looking for; the best kroketten I've ever tasted....Now that I know where this little piece of heaven can be located I will be eating here every time I visit 'Dam. There is an English menu available and the staff spoke English too but if you're visiting Van Dobben I would say you probably know your Dutch cooking already and know exactly what you want but it didn't hurt to have a look at everything that was available -who knows, I might end up discovering something else I really like.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 28, 2019 via mobile

Passed by and just tasted shrimp croquettes with bread. Very simple and quick snack, the croquettes quality was great. There is a rich menu...want to be back to enjoy more! Staff is professional and friendly. Location is traditional and confortable. Unfortunately it is not possible...to order beer...would have been perfect with the food!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 15, 2019

This place hasn't changed in years. It's authentic Dutch food. They speak English and will help you if you don't understand the menu.They're busy but still have time to chat. Just look at the displays of meats along the countertop. You'll figure it out. The...croquettes are number one, the sandwiches are all yummy.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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