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About Van Speyk

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.


Spuistraat 3a
1012 SP Amsterdam
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Dutch, Contemporary European

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Sunday: 05:30pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
Dam Square

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
€30 and under

Payment Options:
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
020 420 0117

Website:
http://www.vanspeyk.com/

Parking Details:
4 minutes walk from P1 Parking Amsterdam Centrum.

Public Transport:
4 minutes walk from Centraal Station (bus, metro, tram, train).

Additional:
Beer, Full Bar, Wine

Van Speyk Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighbourhood Gem (11)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Cosy (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Outdoor Eating (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Casual (6)
Fun (6)
People Watching (6)
Business Meals (5)
Hot Spot (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Group Bookings (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined 4 days ago

It was wonderful as always!

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·Dined on 10 November 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!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on 10 November 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (London)·Dined on 10 November 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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·Dined on 29 October 2017

Excellent food and ambiance. Lovely but not stuffy.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on 9 October 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on 5 October 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!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on 10 September 2017

Sept 10, 2017. End of European River Cruise.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on 29 August 2017

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

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on 16 August 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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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on 3 August 2017

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

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 1 August 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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Nashville)·Dined on 29 July 2017

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

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on 24 July 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.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Comfort Food, Great Beer
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on 13 July 2017

Just a solid place all around. Not the best ever but would definitely return

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 (Chicago)·Dined on 5 July 2017

We had amazing service and some of the best escargot ever.

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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on 4 July 2017

Had our first meal in Amsterdam and all was excellent. Escargot, Sole and salmon and Apple pie and sampler desert were all outstanding.

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 (London)·Dined on 1 July 2017

A weekend in Amsterdam and chose this restaurant from Open Table location and reviews. A short taxi ride from our hotel but worth it. Delicious fish - I had the sole and my husband lobster. Friendly service. Good beer & wine. Outside dining if you want but we sat inside the lovely main hall. Price point a bit above what we would normally expect to pay hence would not say 'good value' - but would happily recommend.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (México)·Dined on 21 June 2017

Simplemente todo excelente

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 15 June 2017

Only negative is the construction taking place on the street (obviously not their fault and I'm sure that they're not thrilled with it either- looks to be completed shortly) - great experience - service and food were excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner.

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 (London)·Dined on 10 June 2017

A great evening, superb service, excellent food ... tester desert and cheese board simply topped off a fantastic meal. Highly recommended !!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on 6 June 2017

Simply the best in Amsterdam.

There is limited seating space as it is a small dining room inside. It is an intimate and classy atmosphere. There is some space outside if it isn't raining. Since there is high demand stemming from their good reputation, consider yourself fortunate if you are able to get a reservation. Even for those with a reservation, management is challenged to seat and accommodate everyone. But I have dined here four times and they always manage to accommodate people who have reserved.

I would advise you to choose the Dutch Beef Stew if you can't decide which main course to order. It is simply the best beef stew in the world.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on 4 June 2017

Van Speyk is great! Joey, the manager, is awesome and really looks out for his clientele. He guided us thru our meal and took great interest in our dining experience. All of the staff was wonderful, friendly and helpful. Nice wine list. The glass door for the kitchen is a nice touch.
Hight recommend!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Miami)·Dined on 28 May 2017

Beautiful atmosphere. Service and staff were superb! Food was delicious!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 22 May 2017

La comida me fascinó. Lo único que no me gustó es que la mesera iba exigiendo propinas a gente de Estados Unidos. La verdad se me hizo mal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on 21 September 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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (London)·Dined on 15 September 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Casual, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on 13 August 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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (London)·Dined on 31 July 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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 13 July 2017

I think it's frequented primarily by tourists, but Van Speyk proves that you can serve very good food to tourists. We had a lovely dinner.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 18 June 2017

A very European restaurant. Close tables, patient service, but good food. I had the herring plate, flet of sole, white asparagus, orange sorbet chocolate. The white asparagus was amazing. Note three doors down is a red light window.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on 8 June 2017

What an amazing find this restaurant is! It's romantically situated and has a great staff. A really creative menu that is delicious, inventive and artistically presented. It's worth going to Amsterdam to go to Van Speyk, MOS, and the dining room at Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (Amsterdam)·Dined on 5 June 2017

Great good and service. The Dover Sole was very good. Another guest had the lobster and it was excellent. Great atmosphere.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on 12 May 2017

The menu had various Dutch dishes and were easily marked on the menu. Food was fabulous but service was extremely too slow. We sat outside which was perfect. We tried a lot of dishes since we were a party of four and wanted to taste everything. My favorites were the carpaccio, gambas, onion soup, duck confit and the Dutch sole. If you need to go to the restroom like other restaurants in Amsterdam, walk down the steep steps very carefully.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on 3 November 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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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