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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is an absolute gem! We went following a number of recommendations. Arrived at about 8pm on a Friday and as expected had to wait at the bar for a table... The wait was about an hour, but some local beer and friendly staff made sure it passed by quickly! Then the food... Its really informal, no menu, and... More 

1 Thank Sarahnorthants82
Arlington, Virginia
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Got there at around 7pm on a Tuesday and waited nearly an hour for the table. The bar area to wait was cramped, but there was friendly drink service there. The menu was verbal from the waiter, nothing to look at. But it's a relatively simple menu, so easy to choose something on the spot. Food was good. Quality was... More 

Thank spinfly
Rome, Italy
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Tried on sat at 2100 and was really crowded. Succeeded on a Sunday at 1900. You cannot reserve a table and you can wait at the bar. Really friendly atmosphere, there is no menu and the waiter comes at your place and explains the menu. Food is delicious, try the fish, suggested the cod if available. All the food was... More 

Thank hyperfra
Ghent, Belgium
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

For our dinner tonight we looked on TripAdvisor and found this place. With all the good reviews we wanted to give it a go...and a go it was! Excellent staff, great food and nice atmosphere! You don't get a menu on paper, but they come to your table and tell you what's on the menu. You can ask your questions... More 

Thank DIMID84
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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Really good spot, but am not the only one who knows it - took a while to get seated. The menu is recited by the staff on the table which is a nice touch, makes you have to pick quickly! The food was top notch, beers were refilled quickly, people in there and staff very nice. Starter and main with... More 

Thank Steffen Z
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We dined here on our last night in Amsterdam. It was delicious! I will go here again, if and when I come back to the city from the States! We shared mussels for an appetizer- the bread soaked in the broth was amazing! For our entries we each had the steak with goat cheese and strawberry sauce. The flavors were... More 

Thank Laney_Coleman
Adelaide, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You can't categorize this place - more like going to a friends for dinner. Cosy café with friendly waiters who recite the menu - and seem to know about and be interested in the food. The food was great, service excellent and no complaints about the drinks.

Thank JohnB2204
Cairo, Egypt
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place is very nice and very close to Dam Square, staff are so friendly and welcoming and for dishes they are really delicious but without much variety unfortunately. You can either be seated indoors or outdoors but the latter is the best. By the way, they don't have a menu, it's all about the waiter to take you verbally... More 

Thank Motassem D
Houston, Texas
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100 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

They don't give you a menu. The waiter comes and takes the time to explain you the meal. We had fish, steak and a tarte and all was delicious. The beer is also very good and the place has a nice atmosphere.

Thank Daniel F
Washington, DC
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173 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely our favorite meal in Amsterdam. We stopped in for lunch after wandering up Nes from the Spui tram stop (an easy walk), and had the place virtually to ourselves on a random Thursday. The sole server was extremely friendly and helpful, which is always appreciated. The lunch menu (which apparently changes by the day based on what the chef... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
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
Romantic, Families with children, 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)

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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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