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van Kerkwijk

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” (36 reviews)
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Dutch, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Nes 41, 1012 KC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed yesterday

very nice people, they customise the menu according to your needs. it's packed, they don't do reservations, but the waiting time is smoothened with a drink at the tiny bar. food is good, would always go again,

Thank kickibeijing
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

What can be said about this place that hasn’t already been said! The reason we ventured off to Van Kerkwijk was due to its excellent reviews on here. It did not disappoint! It was a Tuesday night and we had to wait about 40 minutes....More

Thank Derek A
Daanamsterdam78, Manager at van Kerkwijk, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for your great review!! And what a beautiful picture of the alley...the lights..colours...windows!!

Reviewed 1 week ago

3 of us arrived peak time on a Saturday night, and there is no capacity to book - but I like that. If you are happy to wait at the bar for half an hour, (and why not?) then the wait will be well worth...More

Thank zoffany
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lunch was very nice here today - had to wait quite a while for the waiter to come over as they don’t have a printed menu, the waiter tells you verbally what is on it. That’s quite original in and of itself. The Italian tomato...More

Thank Farrahpalooza
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to this restaurant after a long flight with little sleep. With the time difference we weren't sure what meal we needed. Since this restaurant doesn't have menus but features daily specials, our server listened to our story and came up with great suggestions....More

Thank am0skus
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent about 3 hours at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam and wet hungry when we left at about 2 pm. After wondering through Dan Square we found van Kerkijk for lunch. The staff were welcoming and it was great hearing the menu. There is...More

Thank Linda T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our dinner at Café van Kerkwijk-- the room, the engaged and friendly staff, and especially the food. And while not a budget place, we both thought that it was extraordinarily reasonable-- about 35€ for a memorable...More

Thank Laurence S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A little off Dam Square, it’s a popular place. We waited at the bar for a table. The waiter recites your options for the evening. We had mussels, 2 kinds of steak, with sides of salad and fries and pear pie for dessert. Everything was...More

Thank laxjunkies
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for a meal with my son who had just graduated at Amsterdam Uni. A very busy restaurant where you cant book in advance but we were able to get a a table straight away. The "menu" comes to your table and describes what...More

Thank Mike F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is my favorite place- bar none! I have eaten here on several trips to Amsterdam and it is always worth the wait!

Thank bonniecp12
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 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
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
US$ 15 - US$ 45
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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Romantic
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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