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Review of Van Kerkwijk

Van Kerkwijk
Ranked #91 of 4,301 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $48
Cuisines: European, Dutch
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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.
Reviewed September 20, 2013

Had seen this little gem on tripadvisor and so glad we made the effort to find it .. The place was packed and we managed to get the last table after which people were waiting for tables .. food was lovely .. I had paprika soup which was divine and then lamb shank beautifully cooked .. The atmosphere was great .. It is located in a side street but well worth searching for

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Reviewed September 19, 2013

Small quarters, but a great Dutch meal. Many of the diners were locals because the staff knew them. The meal was wholesome and great.

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Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

The initial thought of no menu was concerning, but when we got there the server did an excellent job of explaining our options. The food was top notch, best in Amsterdam!

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Reviewed September 19, 2013

Van Kerkwijk was recommended to us by a Dutch friend as a place to try genuine, well-prepared local food and to escape the tourist hordes. It delivered on both counts. Located down a rather unremarkable side street just off the Dam Square, it's easy to miss but well worth the wander.

The menu changes frequently (hence no written menu) and features local ingredients. The outdoor seating is traquil (along that small side street) but the interior of the restaurant is lively and bustling with what appeared to be a mostly-Dutch crowd.

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Reviewed September 17, 2013

We stayed down the street from this little restaurant and noticed that every time we passed, it was full of diners, some of whom were even standing and waiting for a table. When we finally decided to try it was when we passed and noticed there were a few tables available since it was in between lunchtime and dinner. The menu by the front door was in Dutch, so we weren't sure what to expect; however, after we were seated, the server took a spare chair in front of our table and started explaining in English the dishes they were serving. We opted for a dish the diners at the adjacent table were eating. It was a very tender beef tenderloin on top of goat cheese surrounded by strawberry sauce. We were so surprised by the combination of ingredients and were delighted with the taste. If we ever return to this fun city, we will definitely be eating there again and staying at the wonderful Hotel V; but then that's a different story...

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Thank Diana F
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