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Van Kerkwijk

$$ - $$$, European,
Nes 41, 1012 KC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 620 3316
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“pear tart” (31 reviews)
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Dutch, European, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Nes 41, 1012 KC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Spending 5 days in Amsterdam and was looking for a decently priced menu with some authentic European/Dutch food. This place hit the spot! Service was quick and friendly, the don’t print out menus which is nice that they are eco-friendly, which left a lot of...More

Thank Brittney M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We found this restaurant on Trip Advisor, and were so glad we did! Lovely small restaurant, with fantastic food. There isn’t a menu, the staff tell you what’s available. We both had chicken liver pate and salmon, both of which were excellent. Be prepared to...More

Thank Lucille L
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a charming no-frills restaurant with no reservations and no menu. After a 30 minute wait for a table for two being well looked after in the bar area, we were sat and the waitress talked us through the menu options for that night....More

Thank Rosie H
Reviewed 6 days ago

We loved this little place. They were able to accommodate our party of 6 at the public table by the window. The hostess/waitress/owner? was very accommodating, helped us figure out what to eat (sandwiches and salads with frittes) and ensured we all had our beverage...More

Thank JJBlondie
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went alone at about 8:45 on a Friday night in January, was willing to sit at the small bar since I was alone, got a seat there quickly, and was happy to be able to watch the two fine waiters, Oliver and Wilhemine, at...More

Thank BHPAmherst_MA
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Last night we had dinner in this restaurant and we’d loved it. Nice food and atmosphere. The apple pie is a must!

Thank Vale_syd
Reviewed 1 week ago

It wasn't bad, but it wasn't what was suggested in reviews, in my opinion. It was definitely busy, and is a small place. We bellied up to the bar and grabbed some beer and a quick appetizer - meatballs with an Asian sauce - that...More

Thank rlr-ebr
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best food!!! Very surprised in a good way!!! Not very flashy but when you get your first recommended dishes you want more and more. We ordered 2 starters, bottle of vine, water, 2 main dishes, 2 desserts- the best!!!

Thank Pasha K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably our favourite restaurant anywhere and still as enjoyable as the first time we went around 14 years ago. There are fancier and hipper places to eat but none has managed to win our hearts like the Van Kerkwijk - we always come back when...More

Thank Corb2000
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great find the ambience is excellent with mainly locals. The dark wheat beer is great with all the delicious dishes. The wait is worth it as this place is very busy

Thank r m
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
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2 March 2017|
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Response from BrigitteAttard | Reviewed this property |
This was my review after visiting at end February 2017. May I add that we shared a starter and dessert and were very happy and replete by the end of dinner. The E80 included a tip : An intimiate little restaurant which... More
4 February 2017|
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Response from Daanamsterdam78 | Property representative |
Hi, We have gluten-free options, but our kitchen is not 100% gluten free, for instance we also cut bread in the kitchen etc. Regards, Daan
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Jocelyn L
22 November 2016|
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Response from Daanamsterdam78 | Property representative |
Hello, We are open the 24th of December for lunch and dinner, but we're closed both Christmas days (25 and 26). Regards, Daan Van Kerkwijk
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 16 - USD 48
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
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
  • E-mail
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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