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Sat, 4/21
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Van Speyk

4.6
56 reviews
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€30 and under
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Dutch
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Situated in a historic warehouse dating 1659, between the Dam square an the Grand Central Staion, Van Speyk is a classic brasserie that serves French-influenced Dutch cuisine, in classy surrounds that feature chandeliers, exposed bricks and outdoor dining. The kitchen places a focus on using the freshest local ingredients and spices for authentic flavor. The menu features an extensive range of starters, entrees and sweet desserts. Van Speyk also offers a special group menu, created for groups of more than 12 and up to 50 (private dining services also available on request). Visit for Diner and gorge yourself on traditional classics such as Zeeland oysters ,a beefstew with oak-smoked sausages or an excellent steak Bordelaise. Complement it with some local beer or wine. Van Speyk is open daily, from 5.30 p.m. until midnight.


Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Dutch, Contemporary European
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Hours of operation
Daily 17:30–00:00
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Phone number
020 420 0117
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Dam Square
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Parking details
4 minutes walk from P1 Parking Amsterdam Centrum.
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Public transit
4 minutes walk from Centraal Station (bus, metro, tram, train).
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Wine
What 56 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.4
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We were staying across the street at the Kimpton Hotel and Van Speyk looked like a great option for our one night in Amsterdam. Loved the setting! Brick walls with elegant chandeliers. Really attentive and nice service. Food was perfect. Would definitely go back next time I am in Amsterdam.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

While visiting Amsterdam for the first time, we wanted authentic Dutch food. This did not disappoint - it was absolutely delicious!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We were looking for a good quality restaurant near the station area of Amsterdam and this came up on Open Table with generally very good reviews. We were not disappointed. It was around the corner from our hotel and easy to find. The ambience inside was cosy and nicely traditional yet smart and buzzy. We were lucky enough to get a window seat (I think there is only one) so we were able to watch the world go by as we ate. The service was excellent and friendly and the food was first class. If I am staying in Amsterdam again I will definitely go back. I really cannot fault anything. My wife and I had a lovely time!

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great Service!!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Food was excellent. Duck and sole were delicious. Also had the cheese plate for dessert and could had eaten that for dinner by itself!

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Excellent food, cool venue and good value

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Wife and I spent our last night in Amsterdam here. We both ordered the filet, it was outstanding and cooked just to our liking. The beer selection was great compared to other restaurants we had visited. We also enjoyed a desert that was beautifully plated and was large enough for both of us to share. Overall a very good experience and we will be visiting again next time we are in town.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Visited Van Speck during a leisure visit to Amsterdam with 6 friends. It was a great restaurant for a group of people. We all had three courses with wine and every single one of us enjoyed our meal. It was exceptional! The service was also of high standards and friendly. The restaurant was busy but had a great vibe about the place and the decor is lovely especially the chandeliers. The stairs down to the toilet is scary though!

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Heard rave reviews from some coworkers and tried to get in on a Tuesday night but the place was jam packed until closIng. Was able to make a reservation for 7:00 pm on Wednesday but meetings ran long. The manager was very gracious and pushed us until 8:00 and when we arrived remembered me from the evening before. Great service and very fine quality food.

I will say it almost felt out of place for Amsterdam. I felt like I was having a flashback to one of those powerbroker type restaurants in Washington DC. Both in terms of ambiance and food/wine selection. I’d most definitely return.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Buena comida, buen servicio.
Recomendable mejillones y carne de venado. Solomillo normal.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Fabulous high quality regional dishes. Wonderful location, and lovely staff!

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3.0Dined on January 9, 2018

Good for a feed. Food solid but not exceptional. Services c was not great.

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Wonderful beef stew, great service and a beautiful atmosphere. Walking distance from the central train station.

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2018

This is one of my go-to restaurants in Amsterdam. Cozy, comfortable, warm and welcoming. The food is always good. Fresh ingredients, particularly the seafood, prepared extremely well. The service is always good and the wine list very reasonably priced.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Excellent meal in a great location. I focused on local dishes and thoroughly enjoyed them. All around, am enjoyable experience.

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4.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Had dinner on 12/26/17 and everything was great. A short walk from our hotel, and within the city center in AMS. Staff very friendly and accommodating, and all the dishes we tried were very good.

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4.0Dined on December 14, 2017

This was our third visit since September and we brought friends the last two visits. Everyone enjoyed the food and the service was very good.

We will definitely visit again when we are back in Amsterdam.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

We ate here on a Friday night and it was busy but not overcrowded. I had the beef filet and my husband had he fish, both were excellent. The dessert waffle was amazing. The atmosphere was cozy and warm on a very snowy, cold night.

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2017

We were in Amsterdam for a weekend and were looking for a good Dutch restaurant and took Open Table 'advice'.

We both thought that the food choices were excellent, and the service good. As we found in general in Amsterdam, things are at a slower pace than in Scotland and we were able to have our meal at a relaxed pace.

We both went for Dutch flagged starters, I had the Amsterdam platter, my wife had the Shrimp croquettes, both were were nicely presented and tasted very nice.

Our mains were Sirlion Steak, very well cooked, with some nice sides, Anne had Venison and had what she said were some of the best sides, an unusual, but fantastic red cabbage being the main one.

The selection of Dutch cheeses made a fine finish to the meal.

For anyone going to Amsterdam, looking for good food in a pleasant atmosphere, this is a very good option.

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Beautiful,cozy ambiance with great service. We tried lore of the local food and it did not disappoint. Very fresh and well prepared. Flavours were wonderful. Highly recommend

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3.0Dined on November 18, 2017

The dishes served at Van Speyk were outstanding in nearly every way. The venison was perfectly prepared, as was the lobster. The prices were reasonable Andy he ambiance was classy and relaxing. Unfortunately the service was not as well delivered. The waitress seemed put out the two times we asked for something, once for water and the other for some melted butter, “but there is butter already in the cream sauce right there.” No amount of effort to relax the situation seemed to work. We could give this place another chance, there really is quite a bit to like about it.

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

It was wonderful as always!

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

wonderful experience. I was thrilled that all of the sauces were gluten free for the entrees. I was able to eat exactly what I wanted (the duck entree). Our waiter was attentive, the restaurant is beautiful. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

As an American tourist, I wanted to find something with Dutch influence and a great meal. This restaurant hit the spot. Service was friendly, if a little slow. (That may be my American expectations, but I like a slow meal with date and no rushing the experience , and this surprised even me). Escargot was amazing. Wife had the fish and I had the filet. Would easily order again. All in all a great find and great dinner out. Waitstaff did speak English making everything easy.

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Last minute booking but so glad we did. Staff were great and the food was amazing. Has become my favourite restaurant in Amsterdam.

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3.0Dined on November 3, 2017

I'm torn as to whether or not I'd recommend this place.

The dining room is quite stunning.

The service was personable, but slow (and on one occasion they forgot an order of drinks). We saw a lot of slow service elsewhere in Holland, so maybe it's just the culture :).

I was expecting a really great french experience based on previous reviews and the price but me and my husband's food was just so-so.

We ordered foie gras for a starter as well as the french onion soup. The soup tasted nothing like your traditional french onion soup as there was no caramelization, no bay leaf flavors, nothing. It was basically just plain tasting onion soup with way too many tiny croutons occupying half of the bowl.

The foie was tasty, but the sauce (calvados I think?) could have been greatly improved as it tasted similar to caramel sauce.

For main course, we had one lamb and one beef tenderloin. Lamb was good if a bit gamey.

The beef was not good at all. The steak was thin, stringy, and over cooked (we requested medium rare for both).

The vegetables it was served with were steamed and unseasoned. You got one piece of cauliflower, one hard brussel sprout, one quarter of a beet, and one crunchy carrot. Yeah... not a very culinarily adventurous side... The herbed potato cake thing was the best thing on the plate by far. The steak's poivre sauce was also somehow lacking in pepper.

We also had cocktails (gin martini) and wine. They were both good but pricy.

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2017

Excellent food and ambiance. Lovely but not stuffy.

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5.0Dined on October 9, 2017

I highly recommend this restaurant. Everything was fantastic. Best French onion soup. Great dinner entrees , service and ambiance. Love it.

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2017

Central location between Dam Square and Central Station. Frequented by many tourists due to location but also locals. Definitely not a touristy restaurant. I had the foie gras appetizer which was melt in your mouth delicious and the very tasty and tender duck confit entree. My husband had the beef/sausage stew with two types of potatoes, also great and typical. Service was spot on and unintrusive. Prices typical of such high quality food. Beautiful lighting and atmosphere. Don't miss this place if you are in Amsterdam!

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4.0Dined on September 21, 2017

We had to wait a bit more than expected for the food, but the ambiance was absolutely enchanting, the waiters were super friendly, and the food was delicious. Highly recommended for fancy dining - slightly pricey, but the meals justify it.

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4.0Dined on September 15, 2017

Nice quiet meal with colleagues, good authentic traditional Dutch cuisine in a vibrant part of town. Try the confit de canard.

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2017

Sept 10, 2017. End of European River Cruise.

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2017

Good food, good service, nice ambience. Would recommend this restaurant to others and would go back again.

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5.0Dined on August 16, 2017

To start with the waitress was friendly and very helpful there was four of us for dinner and all four of us I love their appetizers or main course and our dessert for the value you couldn't ask for anything better excellent choice will go there again

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4.0Dined on August 13, 2017

It was my husband and my first visit to Amsterdam and booked this restaurant on recommendations from trip advisor. We wanted to try something local and we were not disappointed. I had the crispy mushroom salad and it was very good as was my husbands salad. Our mains were the pork chop and duck confit and both were outstanding. The servers were atttentive and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this restaurant for local flavour.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2017

Great location; near central station
Great service.
Great Food!!!

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2017

We had a delightful meal here during our visit to Amsterdam, one of our best, in fact. The restaurant is beautifully appointed with inside and outside seating. We always end up inside due to the lack of outdoor seating that is smoke-free. Our waitress was great. We have some dietary restrictions and she asked the chef and were easily and deliciously accommodated. The food was excellent. The wine was as well. The service was the best. It is a restaurant frequented by locals, which we prefer. The staircase to the toilets has a very old and steep staircase, which we thought was interesting, but if you have mobility issues would be a challenge.

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2017

Lovely food, lovely interior. Well worth a visit for a date/ business Meal or a family get to get her.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

Gorgeous spot and a fantastic meal. Would recommend to anyone and everyone.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2017

A memorable dinner in Amsterdam. Very close to our Renaissance hotel in Centraal. The Dutch beef stew was delicious. And the lamb was perfectly cooked. And tasty. We would go again if we had another night in town.

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