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Van Kerkwijk

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Red Light District (De Wallen)
Dutch, European
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Nes 41, 1012 KC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 620 3316
11:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We tried delicious blue cheese as entrance with bread and ham. The beef with feta cheese and strawberry souce was amazing. Very please place. Meal + wine was about 35€. I recommend it.

1 Thank clasapori
Level Contributor
229 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Pros: All food is excellent (cod, beef dish, mussels were delicious); comfortable atmosphere; initmate with candles; fun and smiling servers; feels like a neighborhood restaurant; small bar at back where you can wait for table; located near Red Light but feels nothing like it; good beers on tap - try the "house" blond. Cons: Can get crowded and is a... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant popped up in my TripAdvisor search as we were nearby dam square. Having good reviews and good food and fair prices, We decided to head over for lunch. Upon entering, I saw the restaurant was busy. Not a big restaurant, but there were 3 empty tables. I made my way over to one of the empty tables, carrying... More 

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Daanamsterdam78, Manager at Van Kerkwijk, responded to this review

Dear guest, Thank you for taking time to write a review about our restaurant. Unfortunately it ended up a bit disappointing leaving without a drink and a good lunch! As you mentioned in your review, it is a very small restaurant with just a few tables, so the moment you walked in, another two parties of two guests were waiting... More 

Milan, Italy
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had to wait around 10min before being fitted at a table but that was a pleasure to wait at the bar of the restaurant with a local beer. The menu is not written and a waiter will introduce you the different plates available in a perfect english. Food is served quickly and it is very tasty. You should try... More 

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Perth, Australia
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56 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As all the others reviews suggest - this place is really really amazing - and totally changed our dining experience in Amsterdam. The night before, we got stung by a restaurant just around the corner from this, which ended up costing more and was ridiculously disappointing. This place is awesome! As discussed in other posts, there is no written menu.... More 

1 Thank kateshev
Madrid, Spain
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Van Kerkwijk is without any doubt the best restaurant in Amsterdam. The menu includes some flavors of the history of the Netherlands: dishes from former Dutch colonies and influences and fusions of several different gastronomies (showing a bit of the city of tolerance and freedom). The staff is very friendly and will make you feel like at home. Will repeat... More 

Thank José C
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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I walked in alone at around 17:30 on a Sunday and the place was packed. The wonderful waitress found me a little table and proceeded to explain the day's menu. I asked her to surprise me and I was not disappointed in the least. The atmosphere in the restaurant is, by itself, inviting: cosy and warm. The food was out... More 

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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122 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The service and the food is always good here in this small restaurant. You can tell by it is a popular place as it is always packed. Beware you cannot make a reservation at Van Kerkwijk, so you just show up and if it is full the place you at the bar where you can have a drink till your... More 

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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The atmosphere is very quaint, you feell right at home. We had lunch there and the sandwich was one of the finest I have had. The staff is incredibly friendly, down to earth, they make you feel appreciated. We have noted this place in our phones and will be sure to stop there everytime we get to Amsterdam. We HIGHLY... More 

Thank terrylee34
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food well worth the wait, the duck and steak was wonderful. The menu is spoken verbally and was a reasonable price for the quality of food.The atmosphere was warm and welcoming.

Thank Justin W

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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
USD 14 - USD 42
Dutch, European
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
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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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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