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“If you have enough time and don't care about the quality of the food” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Dende

Dende
Nieuwe Rijn 5, Leiden, The Netherlands
+31 71 512 6915
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Ranked #121 of 195 Restaurants in Leiden
Price range: $16 - $22
Cuisines: Italian, French, Tapas
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Dining options: Lunch, Outdoor Seating
Description: Concept At restaurant Dende we like good food as well as having a nice drink with friends. How good it is when you can have both at the same time! We provide different tastings with all kinds of small dishes. Choose a platter at the time and enjoy a lovely evening together. And to finish your evening in style, make your own ice tapas in liquid nitrogen. An experience you wont forget...
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“If you have enough time and don't care about the quality of the food”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

We were here with a Dutch friend, not that it helped. Service was incredibly slow, our friend had to order fries 3 times, so no language problem. Portions were small for the price, and pretty average in taste and quality.

good thing the terrace has a nice location on the canal or this place would get a zero.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Santiago, Chile
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41 reviews 41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“nothing out of the ordinary, but you will leave happy”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2012

So, the food its ok, but the place is really cozy and you'll love it for that! also it is very near the city center so it is the perfect place to make a stop from your shopping at the market on a saturday morning and get a nice cup of tea or coffee.

Visited March 2012
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Great location for sharing food with friends and admiring the view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

Cosy restaurant in the centre of Leiden with tables outside on the edge of the canal too - a great selection of food that caters for all diets, and on a reasonable price too. If you're looking for somewhere with good food and a relaxed atmosphere in Leiden this is a good place to start!

  • Visited January 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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“Good for drinks, definitely not for food!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2011

After a family visit, we decided to head into the center of Leiden and have dinner at this place. The location is superb, right on one of the oldest canals in a picturesque part of the city. The terrace spills out onto one of the barges that is anchored in the canal. A good place to watch the boats pass by on a sunny day. Unfortunately, it was a cold summer day, so the little fleece blankets were a nice touch. Dende has an attractive wine list for reasonable prices and a good choice of draught beer. They offer tapas but we wanted dinner a la carte. The choice was limited on a Sunday, so we tried the carpaccio and the goat cheese salad as appetizers. That was disappointing: two tiny pieces of goat cheese in a mountain of rucola and a plate of carpacccio straight from the whole sale market. As main dish we chose the salmon trout (a cultivated variety of trout, which is colored pink like salmon because of the special food that is administered) and the risotto. Nothing to rave about, regular fare and quite expensive for what you get. Since I have a sweet tooth I wanted to try the home made tiramisu, but that was also very mediocre, could have been store bought. We've had enough and didn't want to stay for coffee.
Next time, on a beautiful summer day, we'll just have the drinks (and perhaps tapas) and go someplace else for real food!

  • Visited July 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Terrible service, slow and unpleasant. Bad food, and expensive.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2011

We ordered bread four times, it only came when meal was almost finished. Dessert really expensive, considered it was all but homemade. Service slow and staff not friendly at all.
Location is beautiful but there are many alternatives on the same canal!!
For the owner: yes, I am from Pizzaland!

  • Visited May 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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