About us

Criminally tasty dishes and an extensive wine list

Only a stone’s throw away from the Hortus Botanicus, the observatory and the Pieterskerk in Leiden you will find our restaurant in the outer corner of the Rapenburg, one of the most beautiful canals in the Netherlands. The large sign ‘Verboden Toegang’ meaning ‘No Trespassing’ seems to want to stop you from entering, but whoever dares to pass the threshold won’t regret it. With a wink to all the rules and prohibitions that surround us, you can have a nice meal in a laid back atmosphere with a large choice of criminally tasty dishes. Our hearty staff and extensive wine list will make your evening a pleasurable one. Do you dare?

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Every sunday, monday and tuesday you can choose your own three courses from the menu for only €29! Only for the tastings, the large portion of ribs and the cheese dessert we charge a small extra fine of €2 and €3 for the Tough guy. Not valid in combination with other promotions.

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“This is surely a classic that we keep coming back to, if only because of the particularly fine and attentive yet unobtrusive service”                                                                                                                          .

Vegavisje

“A nice restaurant with a special entourage. The three small buildings have been converted into a restaurant, but each building has its own atmosphere. And yet it is a whole. Some nice old details are well preserved and integrated into the whole”

Ilzebilze

“Delicious meal! The waiters are very attentive and know what they are selling. The penalty at the end wasn’t that bad. All in all, not a punishment to eat with you!”                                                                                                      .

Marco

“Definitely recommended in Leiden! Very fine restaurant. Very friendly staff. From my reservation they remembered that it was a birthday-dinner and on my dessert plate they wrote congratulations in large letters of chocolate.”

Maarten

“Nice and cozy restaurant. Also for children. Good food and friendly service. We’ve been coming here for years.”                                                                                                                                                                           .

Marcel

“Great food, friendly staff and a really nice atmosphere with all those funny themed signs on the walls and nice homey atmosphere with various platforms etc. One of my favorite restaurants in Leiden!”

Sanne53

Our menu

Starters

  • Cold starters
  • Red Card
    € 8,75
    carpaccio of beef with basil mayonnaise, mixed seeds, bacon,
    rocket and parmesan cheese
  • Go up in smoke
    € 8,50
    smoked salmon with yogurt-dill foam and turnip marinated in orange
  • Treason
    € 8,75
    little gem salad with king prawns, anchovy mayonnaise, garlic croutons and parmesan cheese
  • Not a leg to stand on
    € 8,50
    salad of small potatoes with roasted leg of lamb and samphire
  • Scapegoat
    € 7,50
    tompouce of goat cheese with roasted cherry tomatoes and mango
  • Probation
    € 10,50
    a tasting of three cold sarters (Red card, Go up in smoke & Scapegoat)
  • Warm starters
  • As alike as two peas in a pod
    € 6,50
    soup of garden peas with mousse of blue cheese and spearmint oil
  • Speed limit
    € 8,00
    our famous escargots in herb butter, grated with blue cheese
  • Civil rights?
    € 8,50
    a small veal burger with lobster mayonnaise and sweet potato chips

Maincourses

  • Fish dishes
  • Sharp as a knife
    € 18,75
    pan fried fillet of halibut with American jack knife clams filled with shallot, parsley and red pepper, served with lemon sauce and broad beans
  • Masquerade
    € 18,25
    cod fillet with a crust of curry, served with oriental vegetables and hoisin-white wine sauce
  • Criminal record
    € 18,75
    tortilla with spinach, salmon, king prawns and herb butter
  • Vegetarian dishes
  • Smoke screen
    €17,50
    sweet potato, grilled green asparagus, camembert and smoked hazelnut crumble
  • Good citizen
    € 16,50
    burger of garden peas and corn with tzatziki and onion rings
  • Meat dishes
  • Behind bars
    € 16,00/€ 21,00
    pork ribs marinated according to our secret recipe
  • Topcriminal
    € 19,75
    grilled organic steak of beef with stir fried vegetables and creamy pepper sauce
  • Victim
    € 19,75
    rump steak of lamb with roasted spring vegetables and sauce of bell pepper
  • Stick it up
    € 18,50
    chicken thighs marinated in honey, sesame and lemon on a skewer of lemongrass with roasted beetroot and mustard mayonnaise
  • Thick as thieves
    € 18,75
    grilled thick skirt of veal with green asparagus, asparagus cream and sage gravy
  • Tough guy
    € 22,50
    beef ribeye (250 grams) with herb butter and onion red pepper salsa

Desserts

  • Stiff conversation
    € 9,00
    several sorts of cheese with apricot compote and fig bread
  • Forbidden fruit
    € 7,00
    coconut-strawberry panna cotta with coconut macaroons, marinated strawberries and strawberry sorbet
  • Fire hazard
    € 6,00
    white chocolate crème brulée with passion fruit sorbet
  • Smooth talker
    € 6,50
    cake of white chocolate, green tea and ginger with raspberry mousse and nougat ice cream
  • Sweet as pie?
    € 6,50
    rhubarb-date tarte with yogurt ice cream
  • Closing argument
    € 9,00
    tasting of our four sweet desserts

Condoned Menu €29 p.p.

Red card or Scapegoat


Masquerade or Stick it up or Good citizen


Sweet as pie? or Fire hazard

Judicial Wandering €35 p.p. (only per table)

A tasting menu with the six courses stated below:

Go up in smoke, Not a leg to stand on,
Sharp as a knife, Thick as thieves, Stiff conversation and Closing argument

Our wine list

THERE IS MORE PHILOSOPHY IN A BOTTLE OF WINE THAN IN ALL BOOKS (Louis Pasteur)

Our wine list is characterized by diversity and friendly prices. You won’t find any big names on our list, but you will find a large choice in wines made by passionate winemakers who make a beautiful product for a reasonable price.

Here is a listing of our house wines, under them you will find a link to download the entire wine list

  • White wine
  • Villa Fiore Pinot Grigio
    € 3,25/€ 18,00
    Tasty, fresh and subtile wine from the north east of Italy
  • Santiago 1541 Chardonnay, Chili
    € 3,75/€ 20,50
    Chardonnay. Smell of exotic fruit. Subtle wood maturation gives a perfect balance
  • Red wines
  • Schola Sarmenti Negroamaro, Italië
    € 3,25/€ 18,00
    Negroamaro.  Exuberant bouquet of ripe forest fruit, flowers and plum jam. Full juicy taste.
  • Kleine Parys, Merlot, Zuid Afrika
    € 3,75/€ 20,50
    Full, juicy taste of black berries, spices and a hint of vanilla
  • Bubbly wines
  • Codorniu 1551, Cava Brut, Spanje
    € 5,50/€ 29,50
    50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, 15% Xarel·lo. Harmonic cava, fresh and well balanced pallet.
  • PAUL ROGER BRUT RÉSERVE, CHAMPAGNE
    bottle € 59,50
    1/3 Pinot Noir, 1/3 Pinot Meunier and 1/3 Chardonnay
    Characteristic gold tint and fine mousse. Subtile flavour of white blossom and a long finish
  • Prosecco Solicum Solighetto, Venetië
    bottle € 24,50
    Prosecco. Light sparkly wine, fruity and delicate.

Click here to look at our entire wine list (in Dutch..)

Reservations

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You can make an online reservation till a maximum of 6 people. Groups larger than 6 people are requested to send us a reservation request throught the contact form. On the day itself you can make an online reservation until 14.00 hours, after that only by phone! If it is not possible anymore to make an online reservation, please give us a call, not all our tables are available online…

Reserve by phone

Do you want to reserve your table by phone? Please give us a call! You can reach us every day of the week from 14.00 hours on. Our phone number is 071-5143388

Openinghours

monday to friday from 18.00 hours on, saterday and sunday from 17.30 hours on

Contact

Restaurant Verboden Toegang

Kaiserstraat 7 2311 GN Leiden

  071-5143388

Mo to fri from 18.00 hours on, saterday and sunday from 17.30 hours on.

restaurant@verbodentoegang.nl

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