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Van Kerkwijk

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Red Light District (De Wallen)
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Nes 41, 1012 KC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 620 3316
11:00 - 01:00
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Shrewsbury, Shropshire
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It's already been said here but this place is great. It's located in the Red Light District a couple of minutes walk from Dam Square. We called in on a Friday night at 7ish and waited around 20 mins for a table. You can sit at the bar with drinks while you wait. Staff are very efficient and friendly, and... More 

Thank Alice-Pie
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow what a place, very very friendly staff. You cannot book but don't let put you off. We got there on a sat night at 7:30 and only waited half an hour. Then given a selection of 6 starters and 5 main course. All home cooked food. Cost with a bottle of wine €81 for two. Great value for money.... More 

Thank Andy F
New York City, New York
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Small Gem ! Great staff ! No menu, they will sit with you and tell you what they have. The food is wonderful. Do not miss the fish mousse to start with or the tenderloin steak on a bed of chevre cheese with a light raspberry sauce topping. The curry chicken is also out of this world. Any meal includes... More 

Thank Hadlet
Wirral, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our daughter visited this restaurant earlier in the year and recommended it no menu and no prices. Don't panic. They give you a choice of starters then mains and so on, the food is excellent and I mean excellent, and when you eventually get the bill, after your starter, main pudding and drinks, is a pleasant surprise. Just try it... More 

Thank Stumps62
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My partner and I ate dinner here while vacationing from Canada, and it was one of our most memorable meals. I enjoyed that the menu was dictated by the server, it gave the restaurant an intimate and personal feel. I don't know if this is common in Europe, but it was an interesting change from what we are used to.... More 

1 Thank Erin F
New Delhi, India
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place, Great food, Great ambience, Great service, friendly staff. I would totally recommend this restaurant.

Thank amirakhan0402
Treviso, Italy
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71 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When we sat down, mixed starters arrived within one minute, and they were all delicious. Our waiter Lawrence was really helpful and the food... simply excellent. We had the filet with goat cheese and wildberry marmelade. We also tasted different kinds of jenever, the local liquor. Price for 3 beers, mixed starters, main course and jenever: 40€/person Minor issue: we... More 

Thank Mattia B
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found this little hidden gem through Trip Advisor, So glad we did. This was a wonderful meal, such a lovely little place. We loved the fact you are talked through the menu, a chance to ask questions etc. The Steak with Strawberry sauce and goats cheese was simply beautiful. Very different but works perfectly. We will 100% being going... More 

Thank 821vikkib
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

popular restaurant with traditional dutch dishes, we would recommend getting there early to secure a table. the food was deliciously fresh and tasty. and the small dining area was buzzing with atmosphere. our one tip for improvement would be to print the daily menu's. it was a bit mind boggling to have all the different dishes reeled off verbally and... More 

Thank Andrew D
Denver, Colorado
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24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm just chiming in on what could be one of the best restaurants in Amsterdam, exceeding even some of the most expensive. Great atmosphere, bar offerings, service and food add up to a wonderful experience. Don't hesitate to try it.

Thank globalnomadstx

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$42
Dutch, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Accepts American Express
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Nes 41, 1012 KC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Red Light District (De Wallen)
  • Neighbourhood: Red Light District (De Wallen)
  • Phone Number: +31 20 620 3316
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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Staying in Red Light District (De Wallen)

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
To visit Amsterdam and not explore De Wallen (the Dutch name for this area) or to go only to gawk at its saucier aspects would mean missing the opportunity to view some of the city’s most picturesque canals, historic landmarks, and impeccably presented examples of traditional local architecture – not to mention Amsterdam’s own Chinatown, Europe’s largest Buddhist temple and more local treasures. Sure, there are some less salubrious activities drawing the curious to this age-old part of time. Nevertheless, the Red Light District is still a very safe and incredibly fascinating area where at the turn of a corner you can be transported from the dingy glow of modern day neon red to a glorious 16th century Delft blue dreamscape.
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