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“busy, friendly, good food” 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: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, 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.
Devon
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“busy, friendly, good food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012

Decided to try this restaurant thanks to the good reviews on here. Very satisfied.
As previously stated when there are no tables or they need to set them, you (we) wait at the bar. The waitress did state they don't make reservations. Our arrival time was after 8pm on a wet monday and the place was full. We were lucky as one table for two was available and we were seated within five minutes. Drinks ordered and quickly delivered after which the waitress recited the menu choices, no pontification over a menu here.
Polite and efficient staff, we had the spinach soup and stilton/date/crispy bacon starters, Both very well made, tasty and good sized portions. Mains were lamb and sole both consistently good. We had one drink each, total cost for two was €51 plus tip. The chap on the adjacent table was a regular and said it was his favourite restaurant. This was our first night in Amsterdam. I hope our further dining choices are equal to this one.

  • Visited October 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Worth the wait”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012

We were in a party of five so we we had to wait 40 minutes for a table. It was worth the wait.
Van Kertwijk is a very informal restaurant, there does not appear to be a written menu in the evening, but the staff explain what is on that night.
There are always good veggie options as well as steaks and fish, everything is delicious. Everyone in our group really enjoyed it and the very friendly staff made it a great night

  • Visited October 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Nice quiet café ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012 via mobile

So central, but hidden away, this was our favourite restaurant in Amsterdam. It's got a good local atmosphere, with friendly staff.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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“its ok !”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

not much to say about this restaurant , the food is ok / good .
the wine is CHEAP and cheerful , the prosecco tasted more like asti , and the bottle of rioja you could buy any where in europe for 8 eur's ish it cost 28 eur's .
service was friendly enough , but the 2 guys were rather stretched as the restaurant was full .
my partner had the beef in strawberry sauce , didnt work 4 him , i tried his and wasnt impressed .
what did impress me was the kitchen size may be 2 sq meters , catering for about 40 people , i asked 1 of the waiters if it was part of a bigger kitchen but it wasnt hehe .

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Rancho Mirage, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Great local place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012 via mobile

This place was recommended by our concierge for dinner last night. We went and it was packed around 730 pm. So we went somewhere else which was great. However, we dropped in there for lunch today and it was great. Our waiter was Very good.Will probably go back for dinner soon and just wait for a table at the bar. It's worth the wait! There is no menu so the waiter tells you what's available. He doesn't tell you the prices but lunch was reasonable. If I lived here I would keep this place to myself!

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