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“Best restaurant in Leiden” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Diva

La Diva
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Ranked #58 of 277 Restaurants in Leiden
Cuisines: Dutch, European, French, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: 071 566 12 98
holland
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111 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Best restaurant in Leiden”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2012

Here you have excellent food for a nice price. There is no menu but dinner is freshly prepared every day. You can say what you don't like or allergies etc. It is a small restaurant for people who like a quiet but inspiring dinner.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank dutchmanHolland
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Leiden, the Netherlands
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82 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Good food, poor service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2012

Where here on a quiet night but the service felt cold while the food was good.

Some (extra) attention & enthusiasm would be appreciated.

Visited February 2012
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Thank Koudman
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Leiden, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
94 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“If you're in for surprises; dine at la Diva and enjoy!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2012

La Diva's concept is simple and effective; you have what the chef makes with his market's choice, and the menu differs daily. If you feel like being spoiled, take the wine menu as well, and just sit back and enjoy. I don't eat meat which wasn't a problem at all; they know their vegetarian cooking and it's up to the 'regular' standards.They also take note of things you don't like before the evening starts so you're sure to get food you like. The restaurant is quite small and seats about 30 people, and feels intimate and personal. One of the better choices in Leiden!

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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2 Thank frangipanime
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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56 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“not so special”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2012

the food is ok but the place is small and the street is busy

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1 Thank Glibber
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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369 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 370 helpful votes
“Love the concept and the elegance of the food, great price/quality”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2011

Although all the restaurants in Leiden seem to get more expensive, La Diva stays at a steady pace. The concept is simple: they have a 3-, 4- or 5-course menu at a set price with ingredients straight from the market, and if you like it can be accompanied by a wine- menu. We've been here several times, the new owners kept the concept and we are still very content every visit!

Best way to commence the meal is with an aperitif: cava with a typical Dutch liquor in it. Then you will be asked which foods you don't like, if you have food allergies etc. After that it's just 'sit back, relax and enjoy!'
The sodabread with salted butter alone is to die for! This hits the table after the appetizer. This time the appetizer consisted of very big marinated green olives, a small glass of gazpacho and smoked almonds.

We chose to have the 4-course menu with a 3-course wine-menu (starter, main, dessert)
The starter was seared tuna, followed by lightly oven-cooked salmon with a poached egg in puff pastry (still amazed how they pulled that of) and sauce hollandaise, the main was mind blowing: rutabaga, lentils with un top fillet steak with duckliver and slices of black truffle. The wine served with this dish (a Barbera d'asti) was a perfect fit! For dessert we had a small layer of pistachio cake, vanilla curd, wild apricot compote and a tuilla with citrus. Of course also accompanied by a nice dessert- wine. With every wine there comes a story, about the grape, about the terroir... don't hesitate to ask more information if you are interested.
The coffee with chocolate covered almonds took it home!

The chef works alone in a small kitchen (so you may have to wait a bit for the next course, but it's not annoying) and the maitre has some help serving. Both the maitre and chef are really nice and genuinely want to give you a pleasant, enjoyable evening

  • Visited July 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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2 Thank seolram
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