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Van Kerkwijk

Nes 41, 1012 KC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 620 3316
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pate” (57 reviews)
“meatloaf” (28 reviews)
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Dutch, European, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Nes 41, 1012 KC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The waiter said the pâté was not made of liver, but "pork". I asked him what part of a pig it was made of, and he said he had to find out. After a reminder later in the evening, he found out -- it was...More

Thank rextiger
Reviewed 2 days ago

After reading other reviews I had an impression that this restaurant must be fantastic and the food there is exquisite. So I went there and waited 1.5 hours to get a table (I was really determined to try the food). Then I waited about 15...More

Thank Nightcat42
Reviewed 3 days ago

Its difficult to serve a fantastic Dutch food, I have to admit. So its not a big problem if the food is just OK and not fabulous (which it is not). However service is great, even if they have no menu (so you may wonder...More

Thank AndersUA
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

No menus, quite a few starters to choose from. 3 meat options: lamb, beef and chicken + 2 fish options. Very tasty, decent price.

Thank Melinte M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Charming foodie restaurant! Loved this restaurant; friendly wait staff and great food. Don't try to make reservations- they don't take them. Show up. Sit at the bar and enjoy the ambience. Don't try to study a menu- they don't have one. Meals are fresh and...More

Thank Deelyn N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here following a recommendation in a travel guide and subsequently reading the glowing reviews on TripAdvisor. The restaurant is located on a rather unassuming road just off Dam Square. But very easy to find. Our visit was at lunchtime on our last day before...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here based on a review in our travel book. After reading that review and a few others, I expected a long wait, but somehow we got lucky. Arrived about 7 p.m. on a Saturday night and got seated right away. The staff was...More

Thank OleGal96
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Back in Amsterdam after 3 years and a revisit to Cafe Van Kerkwijk. The staff and food is still as good as ever. This time I had the steak with a strawberry and blue cheese sauce. Strange to say the least but let's be adventurous....More

Thank Steven O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When we came to Amsterdam we hadn't really looked up anywhere to eat. We just came across this gorgeous little restaurant, perhaps a little underdressed but that didn't seem to matter. The staff were beyond friendly and the lack of menus refreshingly different. It is...More

Thank Katie A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a find, everything was terrific; chicken, meatloaf, steak sandwich salad, beer. Classic Dutch fare and service was spot on. What a value but no menu which actually added to the charm. Server and chef spent time with us. Please, please go here.

Thank Jack C
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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1 March 2017|
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Response from Barbara S | Reviewed this property |
Perfect place for what you are looking for. I don't recall the exact cost but believe it was reasonable. We ate lunch there and food was wonderful the atmosphere is intimate and cozy. It's not a large restaurant but we got... More
3 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
21 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
US$15 - US$45
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
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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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