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“Best Restaurant in Amsterdam”
Review of Van Kerkwijk

Van Kerkwijk
Ranked #36 of 3,853 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $14 - $43
Cuisines: European, Dutch
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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.
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“Best Restaurant in Amsterdam”
Reviewed December 29, 2013

Out of the restaurants we sampled during our week in Amsterdam this was the best. Although fairly basic and quite small with tables very close together it was by far our best dining experience. It is very close to Dam square and on the same street as the Rho hotel. There is no menu and the choices change daily and these are recited by the waiter at your table, ( a test of memory).. The food is excellent and service very friendly. Unfortunately it is not possible to book so arriving early for dinner is recommended otherwise you wait in the small bar area for a table. However you are not rushed which is just as well as the there can be a time lag between ordering and food arrival but well worth the wait.

  • Visited September 2013
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Kfar Saba, Israel
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14 reviews
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“Friendly little bistro”
Reviewed December 26, 2013 via mobile

This is a great dining experience if you're looking to get the local vibe in Amsterdam. Lively, intimate and with great food, this restaurant doesn't have a menu. Instead your waiter is your menu! This doesn't limit the choices though for such a small restaurant. They don't take bookings so expect to wait at the bar while enjoying the local beer.

Visited December 2013
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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“No frill, good food!”
Reviewed December 23, 2013

Just went there for an early dinner to avoid the crowd. The restaurant is easy to find down Nes from the Dam Plaza and National Monument. Several beers on tap, selection of starters and main courses read off to you. Portions are quite big and I didn't get to try the desserts, pies standing on the side looked delicious! No pretenses, food is good and reasonably priced. I will go there any day!

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Kien G
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“Just Lovely”
Reviewed December 22, 2013

We had lunch here on a recent trip to Amsterdam because we had read the reviews on Trip Advisor and didn't want to waste time looking for somewhere to eat.. This restaurant was easy to find and we were welcomed as soon as we went in. The friendly waitress went over the food available that day and was more than happy to describe each dish. She was equally helpful with the choice of beer. Lunch for two with beer/wine was less than 30 euros, the toilets downstairs at the back were clean and well serviced. The overall atmosphere was relaxed and friendly, the food and drink were excellent, I would definitely recommend a visit.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Margaret D
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Glasgow, Scotland
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“No Menu, No Booking”
Reviewed December 22, 2013

I was a little apprehensive about eating here as my partner has a number of food allergies. I usually check menus carefully before booking and, unable to do so at Van Kerkwijk, was headed elsewhere. However the skies opened and we took our chance here. There were choices suitable for my partner for all courses and, as others have said, the food, drink and ambience are top notch. My only concern is not knowing when ordering how much each dish will cost. In our case, I was nor too worried but this may be a problem for others.

Visited October 2013
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