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“Get there early” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Van Kerkwijk

Van Kerkwijk
Ranked #30 of 3,725 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $14 - $42
Cuisines: Dutch, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Red Light District (De Wallen)
Description: 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.
San Francisco, California
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153 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Get there early”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

They don't take reservations, but wow, great food. There were seven of us and we shared plates. We tried all the first courses and order five of the six main courses. Nothing was left behind. Wine list very reasonably priced and service was also great.

Visited September 2012
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Sao Paulo, SP
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94 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Amazing Experience, Tasty Food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

A great surprise, the place is really cool and cozy, the service amazing and very great attention, loved the non written menu experience, the waitress seat on your table and tell you the daily meals, great options every night ! I had the most delicious chicken I had in my life! very tasty and tender, and portions are very well served, from entree to desserts!
Also great wine and drinks options.
A great experience! would go back for sure!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Warsaw, Poland
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Cosy place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2012

Eat what your waiter tells you. Drink what she/he suggest. That is a receipe for nice evening in this tiny, beautiful, calm rstaurant in secluded street near Dam.Although full of expats and tourists still keep its charm.

Visited September 2012
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“This place is amazing.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2012

I traveled Europe for 2 weeks and this was the best meal for the best value by far. The food was amazing and very fresh. The waiters were all very helpful and spoke English fluently. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who travels through Amsterdam. It is located in the city center and very easy to find. The food was so fantastic that we considered returning for another meal even though we were only in Amsterdam for a few days. Delicious and definitely go!

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Paris, France
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“Surprising, cosy and delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2012

We visited Van Kerkwijk with my girlfrient and were at first blush quite surprised by the spoken-menu and the so tiny dining room. Nevertheless, we were tremendously amazed by the quality of the food, its fresh products, delicate seasoning, great cooking and so cool personnel.

We chose the surprising merger of the rumsteak, goat cheese and ... raspberry dressing ... that reavealed a surprising and excellente taste. Besides, the indonesian chicken served with delicious and finely fried potatoe fries and a well seasoned salad enjoyed my palate ... flavor, flavor, flavor and taste !

Eventually we tried a "family apple pie" (with round edge loool) quite different from our French ones but really GREAT and so generous.

Definitely deserve their reputation and a wonderful discovery for our sunny Amsterdam week-end :-D. Will definitely go back

  • Visited August 2012
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