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Noordeinde 51-53, 2311 CB, Leiden, The Netherlands
071 512 35 24
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was in Leiden on a work trip, and a friend who lives here took a group of eight of us to Surakarta for dinner. He ordered a 'set menu', multiple dishes arrived which we all shared, and the food was sensational. Really varied, flavoursome, and plentiful. The service was extremely rapid. The large Groslch's were good, also helped with... More 

Thank antony f
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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145 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My colleague wanted to try Indonesian. Ok experience if you want to try Indonesian. Too many fatty fried and flavorless dishes. Not worth the hour wait for service and nearly endless wait to pay. I would not repeat.

Thank TooBlueVilla
Kent, Ohio
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Four of us shared three orders of "RIJSTTAFEL SURAKARTA" along with an extra order of chicken sate and still had way more food than we could possibly eat. As typical for a rijsttafel meal--a banquet really-- an array of 18 small dishes were served on table-top heaters. Service was gracious and the atmosphere festive. A few dishes were a bit... More 

Thank Robin_from_Kent
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

I come here almost every time I'm in Leiden and it never disappoints. It's a great place for Indonesian (obviously) and the atmosphere is relaxed. Can get busy on the weekends so best make a reservation.

Thank eheiser
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Despite the dark pictures, is the atmosphere in the restaurant great, friendly personnel, with a good and not too extensive menu. The food we ordered was the Surakarta complete menu. As sort of started we got home made Badjak with krupuk, and the Badjak was really excellent. The menu consisting of fish, chicken, beef and veggies was really very good.... More 

Thank Tom v
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016 via mobile

This was my second visit to Surakarta and it was just as good as I remembered. Definitely worth a visit if you're in Leiden. Highly recommend the rijsttafel.

Thank David C
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

My girlfriend and I visited Surakarta on a Monday evening around 7pm. Despite seemingly every other restaurant in the city being closed on a Monday, we were warmly greeted as we entered the small restaurant and the waitress took our coats. We we ordered drinks and the waitress came over with some nibbles while we perused the menu. The food... More 

Thank vvhalley
The Hague, The Netherlands
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51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

I went for dinner with an old friend I had not seen for many years. The restaurant is cosy with a friendly atmosphere. The staff were very welcoming and helpful. The food was super. We opted for the Thai taster menu with a number of dishes - pork, chicken, beef, prawn and egg plus veggies. Recommended for friends, families or... More 

Thank Sutherland1964
New York
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

I love to eat Indonesian food when I visit Holland--and I understand that it will be as Dutch people like it, which is on the sweet side, little less spicy. Everything I tried here was very flavorful and nicely presented. The service was warm and friendly and the restaurant is as depicted, cozy. I was here as a solo, vegetarian... More 

Thank RollingStonesNewYork
Beccles, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

I came here with my mother, who was born and grew up in Indonesia, and my sister. My mother wanted the authentic flavours of Javan Indonesian cooking in the form of a Nasi Rames and we were not disappointed. The meat was beautifully tender and the sauces, spicy and delicious. The gado gado was particularly delicious. The meal was excellent... More 

Thank Caroline B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$36 - $57
Asian, Vegetarian, Indonesian
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Noordeinde 51-53, 2311 CB, Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  South Holland Province  >  Leiden
  • Phone Number: 071 512 35 24

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