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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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Ferndown, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic food. Great service. There's no set menu so listen carefully when the waiting staff tell you what is available. Get there early as you'll probably wait at the bar for a table. Don't be put off if it looks full - you'll miss the best food we had in Amsterdam. Only downside is that the prices are not known... More 

1 Thank Neil_Ness
Birkirkara, null, Malta
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This restaurant does not have a fixed menu although there are some dishes which are available on most days. As starter we had dates with parma ham and blue cheese. For main we opted for their speciality - fillet with goats cheese and strawberry sauce. They take no bookings and most of the times you have to wait 30 -... More 

1 Thank Doreen T
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here with my partner for proper good meal as someone recommended it. Once we got there and we found out that was no menu we didn't know what to think but once the waiter told us what was on offer we ordered the chicken and beef and it was the most delicious meal we've had! 10/10 food and service... More 

Thank Michael B
Worcester Park
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow! Having read the reviews before our trip we decided we definitely wanted to give this restaurant a visit and it certainly lived up to our expectations and more besides. We arrived around 6ish and had a pick of the tables. It's a quirky but cosy restaurant with extremely friendly and knowledgable staff. There is no menu; the waitress simply... More 

Thank Jacquie V
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62 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An intimiate little restaurant which does not accept reservations. This can happily be circumvented however by starting on the wine, sitting at the bar, until a table becomes available. The atmosphere is unrushed and enjoyable and we didn't mind the wait in such a jovial and cosy atmosphere. The wine list and menu are small, however both the wine and... More 

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Venice, Italy
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Located in the central area of Amsterdam, 5 minutes walk from Dam square, this restaurant offer various types of dishes. It's small insiede, but cozy. The waiter was very kind and lists the dishes that are local or of other types of cusione. We tried the local food, that was presented very well and was good. They have a good... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Had dinner here for third time. Never disappoints. Quirky - no reservations, no menu - staff come to table and describe the day's dishes. Very tasty, freshly cooked Dutch cuisine. Generous portions, good value

Thank Joseph19624
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

So we were a group of 5 and in Amsterdam for the weekend without reservations. This 'boutique' restaurant is like lots of popular eateries in London, reservation free. Perfect for those wanting flexibility! We rocked up and enjoyed drinks at the bar whilst we waited for a table. The decor and atmosphere is calm, friendly, shabby chic/lofty, rustic in a... More 

Thank Karin D
Long Beach, California
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate here on our last night after spending several days in Amsterdam and 2 in Brussels. By far the best meal experience was at this restaurant, both the food and the service. When we read that there was no menu, we figured there was just one meal that they would serve that night but when we got there one... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to Van Kerkwijk twice,once for dinner and once for lunch. Both times the food was great. Don't be put off by the absence of a menu. They come to your table and tell you what's on the menu for the day. At both visits, they had a selection of salads in addition to meat, fish, and vegetable main... More 

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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$14 - US$41
Dutch, European
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
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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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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