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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.
1012 SP Amsterdam
Dutch, Contemporary European
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Sunday: 05:30pm - 12:00am
€30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
020 420 0117
4 minutes walk from P1 Parking Amsterdam Centrum.
4 minutes walk from Centraal Station (bus, metro, tram, train).
Beer, Full Bar, Wine
Van Speyk Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The place looked very nice, the high ceiling and effective lighting, brick walls were all very attractive. However, the menu was disappointing, very limited and with some odd combinations- and there was nothing on it that we wanted to order, so we left without eating.
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