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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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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is unusual to eat well. You have to be passionate and wait a bit more than normal. No hard menus. Worth it!!!

Thank Vladimir N
Beverley, United Kingdom
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221 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of those little gems you stumble upon occasionally. Very friendly small place, very popular with locals. Great food, great beers and wines. Well worth finding for an easy going lunch.

Thank RnA31
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Popped in for lunch. Had to wait a bit at the small bar as all tables were full but it was worth it. Van Kerkwijk serves hearty food (soup and sandwiches) and has a small wine menu. Our server was very friendly and I would happily recommend the place.

Thank Patrick H
Cardiff, Wales
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137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We found this place on TA and it was fantastic. The restaurant is quite small so best to arrive early as it soon fills up. There are no menus to peruse as the waiters discuss each option with you, which was a nice touch actually. The food was fantastic but also interesting. For example my steak was served with goats... More 

Thank Dame2007
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

When we arrived arrived the place was crowded therefore the waitress asked us to wait and we took a good beer and a wine. When the table was ready the chef gave us his suggestions according to our tastes. We had a really good dinner with two starters and main dishes.. and an homemade chocolate cake! Recommended!

Thank Toninoforchettabuona
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is my second time here and I absolutely love this place. The friendly atmosphere twinned with the exceptional food make this place a must on any visit to Amsterdam. The staff are funny and always attentive. It's an unpretentious well thought out concept and one which others could well do to emulate....We will be back

Thank James S
Floral Park, New York
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had dinner here at the recommendation of our hotel concierge. There is no menu, it changes, so the waitress will verbally explain what your choices are. The muscles were fantastic. The steak with strawberry sauce was *ok*. Of course prices are not listed anywhere that I saw and they were not mentioned, so if you're looking to eat on a... More 

Thank Nicole S
Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So very glad we chose this restaurant for our last evening in Amsterdam. The understated decor showed the gorgeous food and the extremely accomplished waitresses off to perfection. As someone who has done the job, trust me when I say it takes skill and charm, of which these two women have in abundance, to pull off what they do when... More 

Thank Summerloving64
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was incredible and very good value for money. Would highly recommend eating here if you're in need of some feel good food.

Thank Jack H
Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love this little gem. It's a small restaurant. They don't do reservations and no menu involved. The waitress/waiter tells you the menu when you are seated. The food was delicious. I wish there was a location in California. The total of the bill between me friend and was under $100. We had 7 glasses of wine. Mussels, a cod dish... More 

Thank Vichearo L

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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$13 - US$39
Dutch, European
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Red Light District (De Wallen)

Neighbourhood Profile
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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