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Van Kerkwijk

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Red Light District (De Wallen)
Dutch, European
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Nes 41, 1012 KC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 620 3316
11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

So very glad we chose this restaurant for our last evening in Amsterdam. The understated decor showed the gorgeous food and the extremely accomplished waitresses off to perfection. As someone who has done the job, trust me when I say it takes skill and charm, of which these two women have in abundance, to pull off what they do when... More 

Thank Summerloving64
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Food was incredible and very good value for money. Would highly recommend eating here if you're in need of some feel good food.

Thank Jack H
Newport Beach, California
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Love this little gem. It's a small restaurant. They don't do reservations and no menu involved. The waitress/waiter tells you the menu when you are seated. The food was delicious. I wish there was a location in California. The total of the bill between me friend and was under $100. We had 7 glasses of wine. Mussels, a cod dish... More 

Thank Vichearo L
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place was fantastic. The food and service were excellent highly recommend! We had a beef tenderloin with a strawberry sauce that was cooked to perfection! Along with a coconut chicken dish that melted in your mouth! Great dinner and afterwards you can take a walk to see the castle.

1 Thank Jessica B
Lisbon, Portugal
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85 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

without knowing a thing about this restaurant, we looked for options on the entrance and got in. while we waited at the bar stools, we had a beer (fantastic one! gulpener) and watched the intimate environment the restaurant had. we were seated in 15mins, by these amazingly nice waiters and they told us the menu kneeled before us, like whispering,... More 

Thank salome_prazeres
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Once we found this restaurant we ate there everyday. Tasty food and nice service. Too bad they don't acept reservations so you better go early.

Thank BertaYY
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this place after a great recommendation from a friend and we were not disappointed. We had expected it to be busy and to have to wait as you can't make a reservation but we were told it would be worth it. It was. We were greeted straight away by very friendly staff and provided with drinks while we... More 

2 Thank Leh1007
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Myself and my husband were really looking forward to trying this place, we walked by and saw the restaurant rammed full, which was expected, we didn't mind waiting from 19.45 to c21.00, we were expecting it, given the reviews and we were happily perched at the bar with all the other happily waiting guests (they don't take reservations). The Staff... More 

Thank Sinead D
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

During my trip, I was there two times. This is a small and cosy place and they manage the nice crowd very succesfully. The welcoming and service is very nice, too. No written but verbal menu makes this place special. They help with the menu so frankly that no chance to ignore any step on the menu.

Thank Seda O
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Recommended by locals. Very satisfied with food, interior and very friendly and efficient staff. Liked it very much.

Thank Daniel H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$13 - $39
Dutch, European
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Free Wifi
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Nes 41, 1012 KC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Red Light District (De Wallen)
  • Neighborhood: Red Light District (De Wallen)
  • Phone Number: +31 20 620 3316
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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Staying in Red Light District (De Wallen)

Neighborhood Profile
Red Light District (De Wallen)
To visit Amsterdam and not explore De Wallen (the Dutch name for this area) or to go only to gawk at its saucier aspects would mean missing the opportunity to view some of the city’s most picturesque canals, historic landmarks, and impeccably presented examples of traditional local architecture – not to mention Amsterdam’s own Chinatown, Europe’s largest Buddhist temple and more local treasures. Sure, there are some less salubrious activities drawing the curious to this age-old part of time. Nevertheless, the Red Light District is still a very safe and incredibly fascinating area where at the turn of a corner you can be transported from the dingy glow of modern day neon red to a glorious 16th century Delft blue dreamscape.
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