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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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59 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were wandering around having just an overnight in Amsterdam en route and were looking for somewhere to eat and spotted this restaurant in TA. We managed to get in and had a delicious meal in very vibrant surroundings. Staff were excellent. Choice of 5 starters and 5 main dishes, all sounded great. We shared a platter of cheese, pates... More 

1 Thank Stephanie S
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I loved everything about this place. There are no reservations but you're able to sit and drink in the meantime. The atmosphere feels very local and I didn't see any tourists in the restaurant. There is no menu here, you sit and the waiter/waitress sits with you and talks you through what they are offering. Personally, I loved this as... More 

1 Thank ADAM W
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We decided to go to Van Kerkwijk on our last night during the short trip to Amsterdam based on the reviews on TripAdvisor. The place doesn't take bookings, so if you want to make sure you get the table, you need to get there before 6 pm. We went in around 5.30, and there was hardly anyone in, so we... More 

Thank Morael82
Belfast, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Me and my boyfriend came here in November and could not sing the praises of this restaurant highly enough, we told everyone who was going to Amsterdam to visit this place. It's so amazing, food is just a different world, service is amazing. Can't wait to get back already

Thank bmlee123
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lovely hearty food, warm atmosphere made even better by the little friend on the picture! Staff is very friendly! Coffee is great too!

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Lille, France
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

For our first night in Amsterdam, we looked on Tripadvisor for a good restaurant. We phoned this restaurant but they told us they did not take reservations. When we arrived, the waiter brought us to the bar in order to wait for a table. After 15 minutes, we had a table and the waiter explained to us that HE was... More 

Thank NJJ2012
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75 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic service coupled with a relaxed atmosphere and lovely food. I couldn't ask for any more. Well worth a trip

Thank Phil E
Christchurch, New Zealand
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What a little quaint restaurant. We loved the idea of having no menu, it really made everything a lot more personal & inviting. The food itself was absolutely delicious!! We love trying new and different foods and this place definitely exceeded our expectations The only note I will add is that chips & salad don't need to be served with... More 

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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are around this area... DON'T HESITATE TO COME! Lovely place, locals and tourist are all welcome!

Thank Felipe C
Ferndown, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic food. Great service. There's no set menu so listen carefully when the waiting staff tell you what is available. Get there early as you'll probably wait at the bar for a table. Don't be put off if it looks full - you'll miss the best food we had in Amsterdam. Only downside is that the prices are not known... More 

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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
$14 - $41
Dutch, European
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Accepts American Express
Good for
Bar scene, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
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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