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21 Best restaurants for dinner in Leiden, The Netherlands

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You are looking for the best restaurants to eat dinner in Leiden, The Netherlands? Here you will find the best places to eat in Leiden. ‘If you’re hungry and you know it clap your hands! ‘ Finding great restaurants in new cities can be difficult, that’s why I did the work for you. Here you will find the best restaurants of Leiden, The Netherlands.



 Best restaurants in Leiden for a great dinner

Bar Lokaal

This is personally one of my most favourite hot spots of Leiden, The Netherlands. Bar Lokaal is a great place for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks in Leiden. The atmosphere in Bar Lokaal is something else and the food is even better. Whether you’re vegetarian or not, you’ll enjoy Bar Lokaal in Leiden. So, if you’re looking for a vegetarian restaurant or vegetarian options in Leiden, then you’ll be perfectly happy at this restaurant.

Opening times Bar Lokaal

Monday-Wednesday 08:00 – 00:00

Thursday- Saturday 08:00- 01:00

Sunday 08:00 – 00:00

Hartesteeg 13,


Lot & De Walvis

You might’ve heard of Lot & De Walvis before, but I cannot let one of the best restaurants in Leiden, The Netherlands, slip by. The food here is great, the staff is wonderful and Lot & De Walvis has a great atmosphere. You won’t be hungry for a while once you’re finished at this restaurant in Leiden.

Opening times Lot & De Walvis


Lot & De Walvis open 7 days a week.

Sunday- Thursday from 09:00 – 00:00

Friday & Saturday 09:00- 01:00


Haven 1


De Waag

Good food, an incredible interior, and a big menu. So, if you’re in doubt what you should eat for dinner in Leiden, then De Waag will help you out. It is located in a historic house and has a great quality of food and service. Besides that, they have dishes that you won’t see anywhere else. That makes De Waag one of the best dinner restaurants of Leiden, The Netherlands.

Opening times De Waag

Wednesday & Saturday 09:00- 01:00

Rest of the week 10:00- 01:00

Aalmarkt 21



Bar Bruut

You don’t know where to go for dinner in Leiden and don’t know what you’re exactly excited for? Bar Bruut in Leiden has great food. The dinner menu isn’t that big, but that makes choosing better. And Bar Bruut has everything you want for when you’re not sure what mood you’re in. Healthy food or no healthy food today? You can decide it all here.

Opening times Bar Bruut

Monday – CLOSED

Tuesday – Wednesday 11:00- 22:00

Thursday – Saturday 11:00 – 00:00

Sunday 12:00 – 00:00

Steenstraat 22


Het Pakhuis

One of the other top restaurants in Leiden is Het Pakhuis. This restaurant is one of the places you have to eat at when you’re in Leiden. Now, in general, the food isn’t that special, however, they master the art of simple but delicious food. If you’re looking for good restaurants in Leiden, then this is your spot.

Opening times Het Pakhuis

Sunday – Wednesday 11:00- 00:00

Thursday – Saturday 11:00- 01:00

Doelensteeg 8,



Aan de Rijn

If you’re looking for a great dinner restaurants Aan de Rijn is a great spot in Leiden, The Netherlands. Getting lunch at this place in Leiden is always, like we say, gezellig. It’s cosy, but way more than that. What I love about this place is that during dinner you can order several small dishes and get a taste of several meals instead of taking just one meal. That makes Aan de Rijn an even better dinner spot in Leiden. So, if you’re looking on where to go for dinner in Leiden, then this is one of the many places you should visit.

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Opening times Aan de Rijn

Sunday – Monday 12:00- 22:00

Tuesday – Saturday 11:00- 22:00

Nieuwe Rijn 37,



Vet Gezond

Vet Gezond is another restaurant in Leiden where you have plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. You’re asking for a vegan pizza in Leiden? You can get it at Vet Gezond. The best smoothies, sides and even a healthy kapsalon, can all be found it all here.

Opening times Vet Gezond

Monday – Tuesday 11:00 – 15:00

Wednesday – Friday 11:00 – 21:30

Saturday & Sunday 16:00 16:00 – 21:30

Omegaplantsoen 4




HOEZO is a vegetarian restaurant in Leiden and one of the best restaurants of Leiden, The Netherlands. HOEZO was previously named Mix & Fix, so don’t get confused. At HOEZO they also serve vegan food, so if you’re looking for a vegan restaurant in Leiden HOEZO is one of the best dinner restaurants to go to. The portions you’re getting at HOEZO are great and you will definitely be stuffed afterward. You will see dishes that you won’t see anywhere else, like the kimchi pancake. You won’t be disappointed to grab lunch at this perfect spot in Leiden.


Opening times HOEZO

Sunday and Monday CLOSED

Tuesday- Thursday 17:00- 21:00

Friday & Saturday 12:00 – 21:00

Vrouwensteeg 7A



At Dende, they serve a great dinner. The concept is simple but gives your dinner experience at this great restaurant in Leiden an extra boost. They have several plates that you can order. Those all have several dishes that you can share with the people around you. Or keep it to yourself. But I prefer the sharing part.


Opening times Dende

Sunday – Friday 10:00 – 23:30

Saturday 09:00 23:30

Nieuwe Rijn 5,



Catootje aan de Markt

This great restaurant in Leiden has a French/Mediterranean kitchen. All the products are as fresh as possible and most of them are organic. The best thing about one of the best restaurants of Leiden is that they not only work with seasonal products, but they can make every meal vegetarian or vegan. So, if you’re looking for a great vegan restaurant of a dinner spot in Leiden, then Catootje aan de Markt is your place to be.


Opening times Catootje aan de Markt


Sunday- Tuesday CLOSED

Wednesday & Thursday 12:00-22:00

Friday & Saturday 11:00-22:00

Kaasmarkt 10,


Bistro Malle Jan

While a bistro doesn’t sound that special, Bistro Malle Jan is different. The food is great, the staff is wonderful and the location is super as well. I find that they have a bit more special food combinations than quite a few other restaurants in Leiden, which I like. One thing to note is that there are not enough toilets for the amount of people that visit, as the locals love this place too.

Opening times Bistro Malle Jan


This great restaurant in Leiden is opened 7 days a week from 17:00-00:00.

Nieuwesteeg 9-11



Restaurant Puur

At Restaurant Puur they serve great dishes, that are somewhat different than you’re used to. This is one of the things I like about dining out, trying new food and other combinations. The restaurant feels warm and cosy. The food is full with flavour and the staff are very friendly and can help you make some good food choices.

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Opening times Restaurant Puur


Tuesday- Sunday 17:00 – 22:00

Pieterskerk Choorsteeg 9,



This restaurant in Leiden has been located at the same spot for over 9 years. That means that business is doing well, for the ones who couldn’t see the point yet. They even make special vegan or vegetarian dishes for the people who are asking. So if you’re looking for a vegan/ vegetarian restaurants or options in Leiden, then you could still go to Kitch& and enjoy a tasty meal. Besides the fact that at Kitch& the staff tries to help everyone get the best food, the menu is something else. Also here you will find combinations you’ve never tried before, but that makes it even more fun.

Opening times Kitch&



Tuesday- Sunday 16:00 – 21:30

Rembrandtstraat 2



Pizzeria Giuseppe

Pizzeria Giuseppe is one of the best Italian restaurants of Leiden. This is pizza the way it should be. Authentic, full of flavour and leaves you wanting for more. Not because the food wasn’t enough, but because of the taste. The portions are definitely big enough. The vibe in the best pizzeria of Leiden is always very cosy, which gives it extra bonus points.


Opening times of Pizzeria Giuseppe



Tuesday- Sunday 17:00- 22:00

Herenstraat 33,


Karels Bio Friet

If you are looking for the best fries or organic snacks in Leiden, then Karels Bio Friet is your place to be. They also serve seasonal products, such as kroketten with the meat of lamb during spring. Be aware that as a vegan, this place won’t be your cup of tea. However, if you are looking for fried snacks and fries in Leiden for dinner, then this is your place.

Opening times Karels Bio Friet



Tuesday – Sunday 12:00- 22:00

Hogewoerd 37



For one of the best Greek restaurants of Leiden, you should head to Delphi. Delphi is a great restaurant to have a dinner and the staff will make you feel very welcome. Very authentic and tasty food. The atmosphere is wonderful as well and so are the prices. So, if you’re looking for a Greek restaurant in Leiden, then head over to Delphi.


Opening times Delphi

Monday- Sunday 16:30 – 22:30

Nieuwe Rijn 52



Pannenkoekenboerderij de Hooiberg

This is a pancake restaurant in the surroundings of Leiden. It’s about 20 minutes by bike away from the centre in a nearby town called Oud Ade and it totally worth a visit. One of the best places for authentic, Dutch pancakes in Leiden and surroundings is this place.


Opening times De Hooiberg

Monday- Sunday 12:00- 20:30

Ghoybos 1

Oud Ade


In den Doofpot

This is one of the best restaurants of Leiden and doesn’t just serve their food but also want to present it to you in the best possible way. This does mean that this good restaurant in Leiden is more expensive, classy and high-end than the other restaurants that you find on this list.

Opening times In Den Doofpot

Monday- Friday 12:30- 22:00

Saturday 17:30- 22:00


Turfmarkt 9,


Koetshuis de Burcht

At Koetshuis de Burcht they also offer a sharing dinner which is great if you’re visiting Leiden with friends or family. Or for when you’re extra hungry. This restaurant is located in the centre of Leiden and has a big terrace. If you’re looking for craft beers to drink during your dinner in Leiden, then this restaurant will be even better for you. And, best of all, the atmosphere feels like home.

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Opening times Koetshuis de Burcht

Monday- Sunday 12:00 – 21:30

Saturday 10:00- 21:30

Burgsteef 13,


City Hall

Are you looking for a great pizzeria or Italian restaurant in the centre of Leiden, then City Hall is one of the options you can choose from. The pizza is not the standard Italian pizza, but definitely really good. I’m a pizza fan, so I know what I’m talking about.

Opening times City Hall

Sunday- Wednesday 10:00- 00:00

Thursday & Friday 10:00 – 01:00

Saturday 09:00- 01:00

Stadhuisplein 3,


Bonus ‘restaurant’


Eazie is definitely not a restaurant, but if you’re sick of the supermarket food and am on a budget in Leiden, The Netherlands, then this will still be a good place. If you’re on a budget and you don’t want to spend much money on dinner, then Eazie in Leiden is your spot. Eazie has salads, juices and food fresh from the wok. The meals are quick, tasty and relatively cheap if you compare it to other places. Now as I said before, I wouldn’t call it a restaurant, it’s more a healthy fast-food restaurant in Leiden. It is one of the restaurants for people on a budget that are looking for cheap eats in Leiden.

Eazie has two locations in Leiden.


Breestraat 157


And Stationsweg 22



Opening times Eazie

Eazie opens at both locations 7 days a week. In general, they open from Monday- Saturday 12:00- 22:00 and on Sunday 15:00- 21:30.

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Have you found a place to eat dinner in Leiden, The Netherlands? I hope your dinner at these best restaurants in Leiden is going to be as tasty as I have experienced it. Let me know what you thought! Have a look here for the best lunch and brunch restaurants in Leiden and click here for the best breakfast spots.



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2 thoughts on “21 Best restaurants for dinner in Leiden, The Netherlands

  1. I mean, you seriously included Eazie in an articles about restaurants? ._. That would be like including McDonald’s.
    Why not Victor Russo Osteria, La Bota, Buddha’s, VIP… there are so many better options that Eazie.

    1. I did include Eazie in an article about restaurants, but also stated that it’s more of a fast-food option. Besides that, not everyone can afford to go to a high end, or more pricy ‘restaurant’ every time that they travel. That’s why I included Eazie, which I also wrote in the article 🙂 It’s important that people know that there are options for eating on a budget as well, besides only going to a supermarket. In Leiden there are so many restaurants, but it’s not helpful to only include ‘expensive’ restaurants as people are looking for all sorts of things. I hope this explains a bit better why I included Eazie.

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