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Van Dobben

#216 of 3,095 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
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Korte Reguliersdwarsstraat 5-9, 1017 BH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 624 4200
10:30 - 21:00
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Sun 10:30 - 21:00
Mon - Wed 10:00 - 21:00
Thu 10:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 02:00
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Burscough, United Kingdom
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403 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Van Dobben is an Amsterdam institution, hidden away just off Rembrandtplein. It looks very old fashioned with it's white tiled walls and customers sitting up at the counter and in many ways it is, serving up traditional Dutch snacks , but that is not a bad thing judging by the number of customers, many of whom looked like regulars. There... More 

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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46 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was recommended to us by our hotel and we really enjoyed it. We ended up going here twice because we wanted more croquettes (bitterballen). The women working there were very nice and the prices are very reasonable. There are a ton of places to eat in the immediate area but this one was our favorite for quick food.

Thank RobW9999
Vancouver, Canada
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

I literally go here every time I go to the Netherlands because it is so tasty!! Best food in town, don't get set off that it's close to a back alley, so tasty!!! Not a lot of seating inside, but so worth it! My cousin is a local of Amsterdam and he loves it here too!!

Thank jodegeus
Heiloo, The Netherlands
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161 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

I have been coming here all my life and it has not changed during those 46 years. The File Americain sandwich, the vleessalade sandwich or the 'broodje kroket' are legendary. The same goes for the 'rudeness' of the staff: priceless (if you speak Dutch and like 'Amsterdams'. Go here!

Thank Hendrik70
Athens, Greece
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

The place is a local bistro a few roads away from the busy touristy areas. I had Croquette (Kroket) on a bun which appeared to be the local favourite. Even though i wasnt expecting to be impressed, it was actually really good and it goes great with mustard (yes, i saw a local doing it before i tried)! I had... More 

Thank Yiannis D
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

Go for the roast beef sandwich! I also tasted the kroket sandwich which was good. Don't go to the location near albert kuyf only to the one in the city center

Thank Ronny A
Dublin, Ireland
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494 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Stopped in as part of a food tour. Tried the kroket which were absolutely delicious, we need to adopt this snack back at home. The restaurant is rough and ready but that's part of the charm. They also do sandwiches if you're looking for something a bit more filling.

Thank JenandNeil365
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

It was my 2nd times in Nederlands and 2nd times in Van Dobben. Fresh bread, good meal. I recommand american filet, krokett, and lever sandwich. The best krokett.

Thank jim-ludon
Edmonton, Canada
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117 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Although it's 'just' a sandwich shop, it is steeped with real value and culture that is harder and harder to find these days. We were referred here by an old friend from Holland who still remembers it from when he was a teenager. Sandwiches were simply delicious, and we tried a croquette as well. One of the best we have... More 

Thank Michael S
Nieuw Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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53 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Really friendly staff. Small and easy menu but great place for a quick bite and the famous "kroket".

Thank Kim M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$10
Dutch, Fast food, European
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:30 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Korte Reguliersdwarsstraat 5-9, 1017 BH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
  • Neighbourhood: Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
  • Phone Number: +31 20 624 4200
It doesn't get much more Dutch than Van Dobben.This famous typical Amsterdam deluxe lunchroom is the meeting place of artists, soccer players and many other locals. Its Van Dobben croquette is famed far beyond the city limits. Voted number 1 croquette in the world.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is as historically significant as it is perennially popular. Whether you’re a history buff, architecture enthusiast, shutterbug, or fashionista, odds are you’ll find the Amsterdam you're looking for while roaming around the Grachtengordel (Canal Ring). A brilliant place to get lost in a moody meander and a key component to any sightseeing trip to Amsterdam, this area's major draws include the Anne Frank House, the Bloemenmarkt floating flower market, an enviable assortment of independent boutiques along De Negen Straatjes, and of course all of Grachtengordel’s lovely canals and bridges.
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