Van Speyk

4.5
69 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 69 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.4
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4.6
ambience
4.2
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

A great place, lovely atmosphere and amazing food.

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1.0Dined on 4 June 2018

1-1/2 hour after ordering we were surprised not to have anything more than bread (although they did give us a second helping!) and wine and water to eat. Something had gone wrong, and even with an effort to make amends with free dessert, it would be hard for us to recommend this place. Too bad, because the atmosphere and food were good.

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4.0Dined on 30 May 2018

Good solid traditional fare. Not outstanding just good. Service was good. Location and ambience solid. Won’t make a mistake by going here just not anything to rave about.

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5.0Dined on 27 May 2018

We enjoyed our meal outside on a beautiful evening with a nice bottle of French rose, trying some of the authentic Dutch menu items, which were wonderful. We had the asparagus and ham appetizer, which was very good with coffee spiced hollandaise and poached egg. I had the Dutch sole entree and my husband had the classic beef stew, and we shared a side order of crispy fries with truffle mayo. We tried one another’s entrees and agreed they were both excellent. For dessert, we split the BOSSCHE BOL with espresso to follow. I would recommend all of the dishes we ordered! The service was very attentive the first part of the evening, but it was as if our server forgot about us after our entrees were delivered. It took forever for our plates to be cleared and to be offered dessert and coffee. But, both were worth the wait. We would definitely return to this restaurant if ever back in Amsterdam!

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5.0Dined on 24 May 2018

Great location and great food

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5.0Dined on 16 May 2018

Good meal, nothing stood out for me.

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5.0Dined on 13 May 2018

My daughter and I had a lovely Mother’s Day dinner. We enjoyed the food and the service.

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Wonderful food and great service. It was completely booked the night we went and everyone’s food looked great. Steak was delicious with a nice presentation. Conveniently located.

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4.0Dined on 11 May 2018

Very close to our hotel - Renaissance Amsterdam - so location was very good. Food and drinks were very good. Duck was excellent. Will definitely go back when in Amsterdam.

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5.0Dined on 11 May 2018

Love the food, loved the staff. The location is fun and the restaurant is warm and elegant.

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5.0Dined on 26 April 2018

Interesting and welcoming Dutch resturant with a comfortable dining close to the central railway station and historic canals and red light district

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5.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Zeer plezierige en vriendelijke bediening, uitstekende lokatie, lekker eten, goede wijn, wat wil je nog meer?

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5.0Dined on 18 April 2018

Delicious food and great service. Love the patio!

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5.0Dined on 16 April 2018

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 3 April 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 1 April 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 30 March 2018

Great Service!!

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4.0Dined on 11 March 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 8 March 2018

Excellent food, cool venue and good value

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5.0Dined on 3 March 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 10 February 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 7 February 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 3 February 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 28 January 2018

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

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3.0Dined on 9 January 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 3 January 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 1 January 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 27 December 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 26 December 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 14 December 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 8 December 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 25 November 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 25 November 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 18 November 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 15 November 2017

It was wonderful as always!

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on 29 October 2017

Excellent food and ambiance. Lovely but not stuffy.

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