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van Kerkwijk


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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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.
US$ 15 - US$ 34
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Dutch, European
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed today via mobile

Really loved our visit here last night. The menu is presented orally- got to love that! I had salmon and my husband had cod - both were delicious land our starter was a smoked fish spread that was awesome. Go early or be prepared to...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank rebekahe596
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My wife and I went here on a Monday night, about 6pm. We were seated straight away and made to feel welcome right from the start. Although there is no menu to look at, the staff explain it all very well. I had chicken in...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank NeilA-Holmfirth
Reviewed yesterday

We went here twice during a recent trip and were blown away both times. We went quite early so were lucky to get seated almost right away, by the time we left the bar area was heaving with people waiting for a table. The staff...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank suep202
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Nothing to add, your are at home ! Reception and family cuisine. The welcome is really excellent, no hesitation to have for a nice and atipytic lunch with family or couple

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Thaab
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Small, very friendly, very authentic. A great experience! We will be back for sure. Don’t miss the pear tart for desert!

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank alonradzi
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to Amsterdam for a couple of days with a friend. Our last night we decided to treat ourselves with a nice dinner and we ended up in this restaurant. At the beginning we found the concept a bit weird but interesting. It is...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank lore_oli93
Reviewed 1 week ago

We sort of found this place by accident. It's a little strange to order without seeing a menu or prices. But it turns out to be one of our nicest Amsterdam dining experiences. Service was perfect, food was excellent and the vibe of the place...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Travel5449
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great find. Small restaurant just off Dam Square. You may have to wait for a table but there’s a small bar where you can have a drink while you wait. Staff really friendly and efficient. No written menu but they explain what’s available personally at...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Julie S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

just lucked out on this very charming spot! we had to wait for a table and squeeze in at the bar (very tight quarters ). the competent service from the beautiful red head instilled confidenc in getting a tble as soon as one came availabel....More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank heidiplusfive
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The restaurant does not have a printed menu. The server lets you know what choices are available that evening. We shared mussels as an appetizer, they were prepared in wine and garlic and were very tasty. For the main course we tried the steak and...More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of
tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists
and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the
best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe.
Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops
of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones
Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods
such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring
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Response from Daanamsterdam78 | Property representative |
No sorry, we’re closed NYE and 1 January! Regards, Daan
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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
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Response from mercurystar999 |
That happens in most kitchens but cross contaminating with gluten free foods must not happen. Would my wife be ok to eat at your restaurant? Thanks
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