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De Leest

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Contemporary
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Kerkweg 1, Vaassen, The Netherlands
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12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Tue - Sat 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Has two Michelin stars

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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Very good but not worth its 3 Michelin stars

De Leest is very good in meals, atmosphere and service, but compared to the other 3 Michelin star restaurant De Librije in Zwolle (and formerly Oud Sluis in Sluis) I really wonder why De Leest has 3 stars. I have dined equally well in restaurants with 1 Michelin star.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2015
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Nl Woerden
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34 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

De Leest is very good in meals, atmosphere and service, but compared to the other 3 Michelin star restaurant De Librije in Zwolle (and formerly Oud Sluis in Sluis) I really wonder why De Leest has 3 stars. I have dined equally well in restaurants with 1 Michelin star.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

We travelled all the way from South Africa, and were not disappointed! We were there a bit early, so had the restaurant to ourselves, it filled up later. Exceptional in every wY - decor, service, ambience. We had the five course fauna and flora menu. We wanted the veal sweetbreads and langoustines, and Kim gladly adjusted our set menu, which... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We went to De Leest for lunch and were pleasently surprised! What a food, what a wine and what a hospitality! We took the three course lunch menu for €52 and added a fourth course and cheese platter. The 'show' started with 3 different amuses and gave us a good impression of the Chef's abilities. The standard was set and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014 via mobile

Wonderful evening here. Took the micro surprise menu and we were not disappointed. Wines also amazing. Less stuffy that de librije and lots of fresh modern dishes. Will be back.

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Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
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50 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I visited De Leest about 4-5 times last year, before they were awarded their 3rd Michelin star. This time we went with a friend and his partner. As we have spoken highly of this restaurant every so often, my friend became curious to try and we planned the trip eventually. I noticed that these days getting reservation... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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51 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013 via mobile

We visited this restaurant just a few weeks before it became his third Michelin star. We invited friends to have diner with us in this restaurant. And it was a hit! Wauw! The dishes, the tast, the wines and the hospitality!! A perfect combination! We enjoyed every minute of it! And I feel lucky, because today it will be a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

This place is foodie heaven. As other reviewers have noted, everything about De Leest is good. The welcome, the service, and the surroundings . And the food is simply amazing. Our first course was tartare of bream with marinated spiced tomatoes in a sauce of roasted vegetables and accompanied by a chorizo vinaigrette. The main was fish again, this time... More 

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Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Hubby and I visited this restaurant for lunch a couple of weeks ago. Despite located in a small village and with no train station in the neighbourhood, the place was fully packed, but then again it was a national holiday. Seeing the very high rating (19.5 out of 20 from Gault Millau) and glowing reviews (as expected from a 2... More 

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Leidschendam, The Netherlands
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64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

It was over 3 years since we visited DE LEEST of which we had fond memories. De Leest has been one of our favourites in the Netherlands but because we are over 150 km. away it is not an obvious choice for a lunch, but fortunately we had to be in Vaassen so we decided to have lunch in de... More 

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Aachen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

My wife booked this as a surprise for my 50th birthday. We stayed at the nearby (20 minutes) HotelSuites refurbished IL-18 East German 1960s era plane that has been converted to a luxury hotel suite. We had lunch at De Leest on the Wednesday before Christmas in December. Hence, it was quiet with only one other table occupied. Despite this... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Kerkweg 1, Vaassen, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  Gelderland Province  >  Vaassen

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Description

Has two Michelin stars
Open Hours
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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