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“Good food, poor service” 4 of 5 stars
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La Diva
Noordeinde 23 | 2311 CA, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Ranked #17 of 183 Restaurants in Leiden
Cuisines: French
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Description: 071 566 12 98
Leiden, the Netherlands
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“Good food, poor service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 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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English first
Leiden, The Netherlands
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77 reviews 77 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
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“If you're in for surprises; dine at la Diva and enjoy!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 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 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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“not so special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

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

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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“Love the concept and the elegance of the food, great price/quality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 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 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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