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“One of the best meals in Amsterdam”
Review of Van Kerkwijk

Van Kerkwijk
Ranked #53 of 4,036 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $46
Cuisines: European, Dutch
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, 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 December 31, 2013 via mobile

We visited here as we were staying at a hotel nearby. This is a lovely bistro style restaurant, the speciality is a steak in a strawberry sauce, which although I didn't have, my husband thoroughly enjoyed. The staff are very friendly and the food was reasonable. The only thing I would have liked is a menu as the waiter tells you the menu so it doesn't give you much time to decide or what it costs. Don't let this put you off though as its a great place with excellent food!

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Thank sumsUk
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

The best restaurant we've visited on our Europe travels!! Beautiful food, amazing service! Waiting at the bar is no hassle and even though the lovely staff will tell you an hour or so it's never that long and the food, service and atmosphere is well worth the wait! This place can not be missed!!!

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Thank Kate G
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

Having no menu was a little bit of a hindrance as the waitress had trouble remembering every item. The selection seemed to be soup or sandwiches. The club sandwich was nice but came with fries I was then charged for although not asked for. The goats cheese and chutney was also nice but came with nothing else. A little odd. The waitress seemed very busy as she kept forgetting things from our drinks orders.

Overall I feel a menu would help as you could choose at your own leisure instead of having to choose instantaneously. This may help the waitress who could concentrate on serving instead of explaining the menu to everyone. The food was very nice though.

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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.

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Thank David S
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

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.

Thank lshalev
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