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Van Kerkwijk

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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
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Key West
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133 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great spot in Amsterdam. A comfortable space with a real Dutch atmosphere near Dam Square. As others have mentioned,the wait staff reviews the menu items available with you, rather than a printed menu. We went for lunch, and there were about a dozen options including salads, soup,sandwiches and plates. All the choices sounded very good. We had... More 

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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had the most delicious meal here. Very simple and relaxed surroundings with very helpful and nice staff and simply some of the best food I have ever eaten. Go there if you can but go early - they don't take bookings and it is extremely popular.

1 Thank WeybridgeAone
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160 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I don't think that I can add much to other recent reviews. The mussels that I had as an appetizer may be the best mussels I've ever eaten, perfectly tender and in a delicious sauce. For my main course I had a veal steak that, like the appetizer, was perfectly cooked and equally tasty. On top of this, a three... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Tucked on a side street, this wonderful restaurant had an excellent menu. As tourists we had a relaxing dinner and ended up chatting with two other tables, also tourists. The staff, Annabel and Lawrence in particular, were friendly, efficient and lots of fun with great senses of humour. There is no written menu as the selections keep changing but both... More 

1 Thank Ron C
Redwood City, California
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43 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited with friends passing through Amsterdam on a bike & barge tour for a family gathering. No reservations are taken so We arrived a head of our friends @ 7:15 & were turned away but by 8 pm when our friends arrived - space had opened up so we could enjoy this traditional Dutch bistro. I suggest telling the... More 

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New York City, New York
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

After years for eating at popular but very disappointed places in the red light district, finally found this hidden gem. The restaurant is very small with just a few tiny tables. 3 person team, a chef, a server and a bartender. We ordered quite a bit. 1st of all, I normally don't eat bread at all, personally thinks it's the... More 

1 Thank LZtravelstheworld
Tel Aviv, Israel
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20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Well this restaurant works in a unique concept. The menu is constantly changing, you don't get to read it anywhere only to hear about it from the stuff, and you don't know the price of dishes, until you get the bill. They say this trust issue works just fine for over 18 years now. I must admit, They have gained... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you are in a rush don't eat here. If you want a relax dinner with great food you should try Van Kerkwijk. The 2 waitresses have great attitudes. There are no written menus so the wait staff will tell you what may be prepared that evening. We ate here 2 nights while we were in Amsterdam. We enjoyed the... More 

1 Thank Lane F
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a lovely meal at Van Kerkwijk yesterday, with a starter and a main course. Everything tasted great and we were very impressed with how tender and juicy the meat was. However, after our main course the waitress dissappeared completely for such a long period of time (we were sitting outside) that we eventually lost the interest in trying... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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184 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is tucked back away from the crowds. We initially came here for a glass of wine late one night after the kitchen had closed. For a seemingly small restaurant, they have a good wine selection. We came back a few days later to try their food. They don't have a menu per se, it rotates day to day.... 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
Families with children, Romantic, 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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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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