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Van Kerkwijk

Nes 41, 1012 KC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 620 3316
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Dutch, European, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Nes 41, 1012 KC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed January 12, 2016

Entered around 4 in the afternoon when the place was fairly quiet. Like the idea of the spoken menu as it gives the impression that all the ingredients are fresh and that the staff really values your presence. Liked their 'Skuumkoppe' beer from the Dutch...More

1  Thank Peter D
Reviewed January 11, 2016

Ended up in here for lunch on a Saturday in November quite by chance. They were just opening up when we arrived and it looked very cosy. We headed inside and got seated by one of the friendliest people I've ever met in an eatery....More

1  Thank Ian G
Reviewed January 10, 2016

Easily one of our best meal so far. Everything, from our entrées (one came with blue cheese and the other was a soup) to the main courses, was fantastic! The restaurant is small but charming. It was packed when we went but the waitresses were...More

2  Thank Perla_Antoine
Reviewed January 9, 2016 via mobile

Had a fantastic two courses dinner for around 30$ including drinks. We waited to be seated as we couldn't make a reservation but it was quick and definitely worth. The waiters were great in making us feel comfortable and explaining the menu clearly, surely recommend.

Thank Stefano C
Reviewed January 8, 2016 via mobile

Lovely meal last night, went in as the restaurant looked really cosy & inviting. The staff were really welcoming, for main course we chose Veal fillets & Thai style chicken. Both were beautifully presented & tasted fantastic. Thanks for a lovely night!!

Thank cavagirl24
Reviewed January 1, 2016

Had a great meal here. Really friendly staff and small but varied menu with excellent food. No booking so be prepared to wait.

Thank petegReading
Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Amazing wine and starters (muscles and soup). Nice cosy atmosphere, great staff. My main could have had more meat in it (stew) and potatoes instead of chips but it was still lovely.

Thank Conor C
Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Loved it. Excellent beer, food and staff. A place you must visit in Amsterdam for sure. I apreciated the way they present the menu without a chart. The staff explains how the food is made. Good prices also.

1  Thank PedroVaranda
Reviewed December 28, 2015

We have been regular visitors to Van Kerkwijk on our last 3 trips to Amsterdam and this year was no exception. They still don't have a written menu and the staff recite the list of dishes at your table but this year there did seem...More

1  Thank DavidH82
Reviewed December 24, 2015

Ate here last year, and despite my reservations about not knowing any prices...we decided to eat here again, as last year the food was good. It's was a HUGE disappointment. The starters were OK, but my main course of Dutch beef stew was terrible. I...More

1  Thank John O
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
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I'm curious what an average meal including service charge would be at this restaurant. We are staying on Dam Square and looking for a Wednesday and Thursday night restaurant with good local food and a somewhat romantic atmosphere for a couple in their 60s and yest quiet enough to talk . And do you need reservations at this restaurant?
March 1, 2017|
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Response from Barbara S | Reviewed this property |
Perfect place for what you are looking for. I don't recall the exact cost but believe it was reasonable. We ate lunch there and food was wonderful the atmosphere is intimate and cozy. It's not a large restaurant but we got... More
Do you cater for coeliacs? Thanks
February 3, 2017|
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Response from Daanamsterdam78 | Property representative |
Hi, We have gluten-free options, but our kitchen is not 100% gluten free, for instance we also cut bread in the kitchen etc. Regards, Daan
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Jocelyn L
hello, are you open during the christmas holidays? thanks.
November 21, 2016|
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Response from Daanamsterdam78 | Property representative |
Hello, We are open the 24th of December for lunch and dinner, but we're closed both Christmas days (25 and 26). Regards, Daan Van Kerkwijk
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$15 - $44
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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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
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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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